8 responses to “Offering CBT skills by group medical visits”

  1. This seems like a very efficient way to help more patients with the increased stress loads in a post covid world

  2. Access to CBT and DBT is not easily available

  3. I would love to know if a similar physician training program exists in Ontario to partake in.

  4. Here’s a very real issue with group visits. I have an adhd patient with severe social anxiety and who immediately goes into panic attack when surrounded by others . I have several other adhd patients who cannot sit for long periods of time listening to CBt sessions with cameras turned on . It is very distracting for them. I have many other mental health patients who just don’t do “groups”. Whilst this group therapy may prove to be beneficial for the mildly presenting mental health patient – it falls flat for patients who are really struggling and need one on one psychotherapy.

    How do we truly serve the ones that really need the help ?

  5. sounds like a good approach. getting patients in to see a psychiatrist is one of the most challenging things i try to do daily

  6. I think this CBT group is something I would find very helpful as a resource for my Family Practice. I would like to learn to do facilitate a group as I do a lot of mental health in my practice but in the meantime, it is a great option for people who need the help and cannot afford it or access it.

  7. I hear there’s an opportunity to advocate for more allied health professionals support. As an occupational therapist who run groups and can be trained in psychotherapy modalities (and become a psychotherapist with all the necessary qualifications according to the college of psychotherapists), could this resource to open to allied health practicing in mental health settings? I can see potential in bringing this into an inpatient and outpatient setting where number of sessions are often limited as well.

  8. From the author:
    Crystal Chan– We hope that there will be funding for allied health professionals to join us but the current funding structures don’t yet allow for this, so we are forced to depend on MSP from physicians at this time.
    Natasha–Yes, there are definitely patients who are more acute or complex and require 1:1 psychotherapy and services. This is not a solution for everyone, but a step on the ladder of stepped care for those who can access lower-acuity services. We have found that since moving to virtual, those with social anxiety find the groups more accessible. Also, we serve many patients with ADHD and are offering ADHD groups within our organization.

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