Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Depression | Depression Education and Prevention Program

This page contains a description of these two programs offered by our department. The first program is aimed at those who are currently experiencing depression, and the second is designed for those who are concerned about experiencing depression in the future.

For more information on either of these programs please call us at (514) 934-1934, extension 34284 or e-mail us at:


Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy which emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT assumes that if we are experiencing unwanted feelings and behaviors, it is important to identify the thinking that is causing the feelings /behaviors and to learn how to replace this thinking with thoughts that lead to more adaptive reactions.

Our program will teach you to apply various techniques of CBT which have been well-documented in the scientific literature as being effective in the treatment of depression.  The program consists of 12 group sessions lasting 2 hours each, in which groups of 8-10 participants follow a structured approach as outlined in a workbook provided to each participant. Two therapists (per group) will guide participants through the program. In addition, participants will meet individually with one of the therapists prior to and following  the program.

We are planning to begin running our next set of groups in early 2005.

There is a fee of $480 for this program. This includes the twelve group sessions, the two individual sessions before and after these, as well as the workbook. N.B., This works out to 26 hrs of therapy time (24 hrs of group + 2 hours of individual) at less than $20/hr. 

For more information, please call us at (514) 934-1934, extension 34284 or e-mail us at:





Why This Program?

  1. Depression is a common and recurrent condition
    Depression has been called the "common cold" of mental illness because it affects so many people. It is estimated that up to 25% of women and 12% of men will experience clinical depression in their lifetime. Also, approximately half of those who experience an episode of depression will suffer a recurrence later in life. Depression is also on the rise; rates of depression have steadily increased in every age group since the 1940s.
  2. There is an enormous amount of scientific research conducted on depression and its treatment
    Along with this increased rate in depression, there has been a corresponding increase in research aimed at understanding the origins of depression and developing treatment approaches. In addition to large advances made in the biological treatments for depression, there has also been important progress in the development of psychological strategies to combat depression. These strategies usually involve modifying thoughts and behaviours that may contribute to depression. Research has clearly demonstrated that such strategies are effective in the treatment of depression.
  3. Knowledge may be a key to prevention
    While this information is accessible to researchers and clinicians who work in the area of depression, it is generally not available to the general public, including those who may be at-risk for depression. We believe that these people would likely benefit from having this knowledge, particularly as regards psychological coping strategies, and that this would promote a more active role in preventing a future episode.

What is This Program?

This 10-session program consists of two-hour weekly sessions involving both education and application of the material taught.
  1. Understanding depression
    The first half of each session consists of an informal lecture on a particular topic. Topics include: symptoms and types of depression, theories of depression (biological, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and humanistic-existential), the role of stress, interpersonal issues, and evaluating the effectiveness of different therapies.
  2. Practical applications
    During the second half of each session, participants try to apply the information presented to their own circumstances, and to share their experiences. There are also some exercises to do outside of the sessions. Although this is not, strictly speaking, a therapy group, participants have found the atmosphere in these groups supportive and encouraging.

Would I Benefit?

Anyone who has suffered a previous depression and is interested in learning more about this condition and how to cope with future episodes would likely benefit from this program. It may also be useful for those who simply believe that they are at-risk for depression because of family history or difficult life circumstances. As this program is psychoeducational rather than treatment-oriented, it is not recommended for those who are currently severely depressed.

How Can I Get More Information?

Please e-mail us at

You can also call us at (514) 934-1934, extension 34284.

There is a fee of $250 for this program.


Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy for Depression | Depression Educational and Prevention Program

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