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CBT Skills for Distressing Physical Symptoms – November 2019

November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019
Registration Information
  • Register before
    September 28th, 2019
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after September 28th, 2019

Instructor – Lara Desrosiers MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)


Lara is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in community mental health settings since graduating from McMaster University in 2009. She has a passion for mental health and several years of experience addressing mental illness, trauma, and addiction using occupational therapy frameworks, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other psychotherapeutic strategies. While navigating her own journey with pelvic floor dysfunction, Lara realized the value of applying these strategies in the field of pelvic health and discovered the abundant evidence supporting this application.


Currently, Lara is an Occupational Therapist at Homewood Health Centre where she is an advocate for integrating pain education and programming into mental health care. Lara also operates a private practice (Pelvic Resilience) with a mission of supporting individuals experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction and/or persistent pain to address symptoms, manage distress, and navigate each unique experience in a way that promotes whole person wellness.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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CBT Skills for Distressing Physical Symptoms

Course Description:

The landscape in physical rehabilitation settings is changing rapidly as the research continues to identify numerous benefits of integrating psychosocial strategies into treatment. An individual’s beliefs, thoughts, and emotions will influence their physiology, their experience of their symptoms and how they engage in their unique rehabilitation process. Your effectiveness as a practitioner is determined largely by your capacity to intentionally identify and address these factors. However, these are skills that are not taught in most traditional physical rehabilitation programs. This experiential course is designed to address this gap, teaching practical Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies that can be integrated immediately into practice.


Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the evidence supporting the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions in physical rehabilitation settings.
  • Help patients to identify the various components of their experience with distressing symptoms (physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors).
  • Learn & practice some traditional CBT skills in order to:
    • Identify distorted thinking patterns
    • Introduce thought records to evaluate and shift distressing thoughts
    • Develop exposure hierarchies to challenge avoidant behaviors rooted in anxiety and interfering with recovery
  • Understand the rationale for 3rd wave approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (i.e. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Behavioral Activation).
  • Learn & practice specific strategies drawn from some of these 3rd wave approaches that you can integrate into practice. Strategies will include:
    • Mindfulness
    • Self-compassion
    • Behavioral experiments
    • Values-driven goal setting
  • Obtain a framework for conceptualizing the private experiences (thoughts, emotions, physical sensations) and behaviors of patients in order to help guide the selection of psychosocial strategies



This course is open to all health care professionals – licensed physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.



Two-day course from 8:30am-4:30pm

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.



Prerequisites: None