Given the COVID-19 pandemic, CACBT-ACTCC made the difficult decision to cancel the 10th annual conference that was to take place May 21-23 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nonetheless, we would like to offer a Thank you/ Merci to the Conference Planning Committee (Andrea Ashbaugh, Diana Dunnell, Noah Lazar, Alissa Pencer, and Natalie Stratton) for their time spent on preparation and planning for the conference which was deferred to 2021.
2020 Virtual Webinar Series
In lieu of our conference, CACBT-ACTCC organized a series of free webinars on topics pertinent to practice of CBT during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinars were well attended and overall our members found them useful and enriching. The following webinars took place:
- "Taking Your Practice Online" - Virtual Webinar with Dr. Christine Korol on April 2, 2020 (3 hours with CE credits made available to participants that attended live).
- "Treating Contamination and Harm Obsessions: New Challenges with the Pandemic and its Restrictions". Virtual Webinar Chat #1 with Dr. David A. Clark on April 9, 2020
- "Helping Children and Parents in a Time of Social Distancing". Virtual Webinar Chat #2 with Drs. Sheri Madigan and Nicole Racine on April 24, 2020.
- "Anxiété, dépression et COVID-19 : Comment adapter nos interventions en période de pandémie?”. Virtual Webinar Chat #3 in French with Dr. Martin Provencher on May 1, 2020.
- "Depression during the COVID-19 pandemic: Risks and effective responses". Virtual Webinar Chat #4 with Dr. Keith Dobson on May 8, 2020.
- "Working on the front lines of a pandemic: Helping those helping others". Virtual Webinar Chat #5 with Dr. Vivien Lee on May 15, 2020
To view the above webinars, please visit our CACBT-ACTCC YouTube channel.
Annual General Meeting ("AGM")
The AGM was hosted virtually on May 22, 2020. We had approximately 40 members in attendance and it was well received. We also hosted a Town Hall Meeting following the AGM, where we opened it up to questions and comments. Members presented ideas, voiced their opinions, and we had the opportunity to brainstorm on future recommendations to continue to ensure the growth of CACBT.
We also increased communication via CACBT-ACTCC’s Newsletters and published four editions over the last year in both English and French (Summer 2019, Winter 2020, April 2020 COVID-19 edition and May 2020 COVID-19 edition).
CACBT was pleased to congratulate, virtually:
CACBT-ACTCC 2020 Fellows:
- Deborah Dobson
Student Travel Awards:
Lauren Cudney (McMaster University) - Perceived cognitive and functional impairments across treatment with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
Jennifer Gillies (Western University) - Relative effectiveness of three commonly used sad mood induction procedures: Replication and extension