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ECHO Ontario Psychotherapy

Location: Videoconferencing
When: Tuesdays Weekly
Start: September 17, 2019
Time: 9:00  – 10:30 AM EST
Who: Healthcare Providers

ECHO Ontario Psychotherapy aims to share knowledge and skills for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), along with Trauma & Resilience.  The program is designed for primary care providers or allied health care providers who would like to integrate principles and strategies from these areas into their current practice.

This program includes 36 weekly-sessions over video-conference from September 2019 to June 2020. Each session will include a presentation on a core principle and/or skill, and case-based learning. The first 12 sessions focus on CBT (September – December), followed by 12 sessions on DBT (January – March), and the final 12 sessions focusing on Trauma and Resilience.

Why Join?

  • It’s free. ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • It’s virtual. All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
  • It’s fun. Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
  • It works for you – and our system. ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
What Will I Be Learning?

Please see the sample curriculum below:
Session # DBT Module
1  Introduction to DBT
2  Biosocial Theory
3  Structuring Treatment (setting goals, prioritizing treatment targets, managing multiple treatment providers)
4  Validation Strategies
5  Assess: Understand the Problem (Behaviour Analysis)
6  Motivate: Get a Commitment
7  Move: Problem Solving / Solution Analysis
8  Distress Tolerance Skills
9  Coaching Clients in Distress
10  Managing Safety Risk
11 TBD
12 TBD


Session # CBT Module
1 Introduction to the CBT Model, Rationale, and Suitability
2  Session Structure
3  Identifying Feelings, Physical Reactions, and Behaviours
4  Identifying Problem Thoughts and Cognitive Distortions
5  Examining and Challenging Problem Thoughts
6  Rationale and Guidelines for Exposure Therapy: Part 1
7  Rationale and Guidelines for Exposure Therapy: Part 2
8  Activity Monitoring and Behavioural Activation
9  Problem Solving
10  Overcoming Resistance, Common Hurdles, and Relapse Prevention
11  TBD
12  TBD

* Note: Curriculum topics are subject to change.

What is the Structure of the Session?

Each session consists of:

  • Introductions and announcements
  • 20 minute presentation on a given topic.
  • 60 minutes of case-based learning, where healthcare providers (Spokes) present de-identified cases to the Community of Practice and receive recommendations from both the specialist Hub team and other community partner Spokes. All teach, all learn.

Hub Team

ECHO Session

Spoke Sites / Community Partners

ECHO Session- Multi-Screen


What is the Commitment?

Active participation in ECHO Ontario Psychotherapy includes:

  1. Attending a 45-minute orientation session prior to the start of the ECHO.
  2. Attending weekly sessions. It is expected that you attend all sessions, as each curriculum topic builds on one another.
  3. Providing comments and asking questions (we encourage participation by multi-level teams when possible)
  4. Completing periodic surveys and other evaluation tools to help us improve our services to healthcare providers and other partners
  5. Presenting anonymized case presentations with patient assent
Who Can I Contact About this Program?


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost?

All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing experience and presenting cases.

What Equipment is Needed?

ECHO Ontario at CAMH and UofT uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.

Is This Only for Physicians?

Any healthcare professional interested in engaging around a topic, sharing their experience, and learning from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare administrators, community health workers, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will My Case Presentation Be Confidential?

Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are PHIPA compliant and a secure place to share information.

Can My Client Make an Appointment at ECHO?

Clients do not attend and are not seen during Project ECHO sessions. Instead, these sessions facilitate a way in which community providers connect to specialists and other community partners who help co-manage patients.