Satellite Symposia - November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017 | 18.0 Mainpro+ credits

Although the workshops may be taken individually, participation in the full day is highly recommended. Certification is for three-credits-per-hour (18.0 Mainpro+ credits for the day). The lead instructor for the day is Greg Dubord, MD of the University of Toronto.


TUE, NOV 28 | 9:00AM-12:15PM | 9.0 MAINPRO+ | $395 TUITION*

“Empathy addiction” (Dubord, 2010) is a condition wherein the patient demands counterproductive levels of empathy. The mismanagement of empathy addiction is a leading cause of patient stagnation, professional dissatisfaction, and physician burnout.

Empathy addicts are earnest but misguided. Although most sincerely want to improve their lives, they put too much faith in “the drug called empathy” as a solution to their problems. Their pathogenic beliefs (cognogens) drive their empathy-seeking behaviors, making them feel compelled to regularly elaborate (& re-elaborate) upon their multitudinous complaints. The result for physicians is a treadmill of emotionally-exhausting clinical encounters that never seem to progress. As a rule of thumb, if the sight of a given patient’s name on your schedule makes your heart sink, odds are high that patient suffers from an empathy addiction.

This workshop—vital to both patient care and physician well-being—begins with a review of the causes & consequences of empathy addictions. Iatrogenesis is a key discussion, because many well-meaning physicians have been inadvertently contributing to today's empathy addition epidemic. Finally & most importantly, we review & practice sensitive but concrete medical CBT tools to motivate empathy-addicted patients to cut back on their complaining, and to take greater responsibility for their own health.

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TUE, NOV 28 | 1:00PM-4:30PM | 9.0 MAINPRO+ | $395 TUITION*

YES, "good enough" CBT can be integrated into ten-minute primary care appointments. In this three-hour afternoon session, Dr. Greg Dubord and CBT Canada faculty teach you the essentials of a skill that may fundamentally change your management of many vexing behavioral problems. 

You’ll learn flexible medical CBT tools to enhance your existing approaches to common psychiatric disorders (e.g., addictions, anxiety, depression), chronic medical conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, chronic pain), and disease risk factors (e.g., obesity, lack of exercise, poor stress management).

We examine how to pinpoint the pathogenic beliefs (cognogens) at the root of common emotional and behavioral problems. We continue on to explore the missing piece in most practices: the core clinical skill of persuasion.

Although every physician will reply that s/he knows persuasion is central in clinical medicine, few can name and describe which specific tool(s) of persuasion they’re using at any given moment. The common consequences of literally not knowing what one is doing are patient stagnation and physician frustration.

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Head instructor Greg Dubord, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and the prime developer of medical CBT. He has presented over 400 CBT workshops, including over 50 for the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and is a University of Toronto CME Teacher of the Year. Dr. Dubord is the CPD Director for CBT Canada, which received the National CME Program Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for providing "exceptional learning experiences”.