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Cognitive-Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP): Hope for chronic depression

Sian Rawkins, MD & Molyn Leszcz, MD

Dates: April 27, 28 & June 22, 23, 2012


CBASP is an integrative psychotherapy modality originated by Dr. Jim McCullough and designed specifically for the treatment of chronic depression; it is recognized in Treatment Guidelines and has robust empirical support (N Engl J Med 2000; 342: 1462-70)

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize prominent maladaptive interpersonal behaviours of chronically depressed patients and appreciate the resulting clinical challenges and potential pitfalls.
  • Understand and apply the key principles and techniques of CBASP in order to achieve real change in the lives of chronically depressed patients.
  • Formulate and explicitly communicate transference hypotheses, reflecting salient interpersonal themes as they come to life in-sessions.
  • Utilize 'Disciplined Personal Involvement' to help patients become aware of their interpersonal impact within the here-and-now of the therapeutic alliance.
  • Apply techniques to recognize and reduce the risk of therapeutic impasses.



Sian Rawkins

Sian Rawkins, MD, MEd, FRCPC, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, is Head of the Ambulatory Psychiatry Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Rawkins' academic and clinical work is focused in the areas of medical education, general psychiatry, and general psychiatry, and she has won a number of important teaching awards at the University of Toronto and beyond.  She is a certified CBASP trainer, with equal proficiency in IPT, group, and integrative psychotherapy.

Molyn Leszcz

Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, Professor and Vice-Chair, Clinical Programs, at the University of Toronto, is Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital and Head of the Group Psychotherapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.  Dr. Leszcz has received numerous teaching awards at the University of Toronto.  He has published in the areas of integrative and interpersonal approaches in group psychotherapy, group psychotherapy for geriatric depression and for the medically ill, and standards of practice and guidelines for psychotherapy.  Dr. Leszcz co-authored, with Dr. Irvin Yalom, the 5th edition of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. 


Fee & Information

The cost for this workshop is $745.  Lunch is included on both Fridays.

Attendance is expected for all 4 dates.  The Fridays are full days and the Saturdays are half-day mornings only.


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For more information, please contact:

Connie Kim

Administrative Coordinator, MSPI

Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

925-600 University Ave.

Toronto ON M5G 1X5

Phone: 416 586-4800 ext. 2473

Fax: 416 586-8654