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ECHO Ontario Psychotherapy

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

ECHO Ontario Psychotherapy aims to share foundational knowledge and skills for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).  The program is designed for primary care providers or allied health care providers who would like to integrate principles and strategies of CBT and DBT into their current practice. No previous experience with CBT or DBT is required to participate; all levels of experience are welcome!

This program includes 20 weekly-sessions over videoconference from October 2018 to March 2019. Each session will include a presentation on a core principle and/or skill, and case-based learning. The first 10 sessions focus on DBT and are outlined below. Stay tuned for more information on CBT sessions.

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?
Note: the sessions are held from 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST.
Session Date DBT Module Topics
October 16, 2018  Introduction to DBT
October 23, 2018  Biosocial Theory
October 30, 2018  Structuring Treatment (setting goals, prioritizing treatment targets, managing multiple treatment providers)
November 6, 2018  Validation Strategies
November 13, 2018  Assess: Understand the Problem (Behaviour Analysis)
November 20, 2018  Motivate: Get a Commitment
November 27, 2018  Move: Problem Solving / Solution Analysis
December 4, 2018  Distress Tolerance Skills
December 11, 2018  Coaching Clients in Distress
December 18, 2018  Managing Safety Risk


Session Date CBT Module Topics
January 15, 2019 Introduction to the CBT Model, Rationale, and Suitability
January 22, 2019  Session Structure
January 29, 2019  Identifying Feelings, Physical Reactions, and Behaviours
February 5, 2019  Identifying Problem Thoughts and Cognitive Distortions
February 12, 2019  Examining and Challenging Problem Thoughts
February 19, 2019  Rationale and Guidelines for Exposure Therapy: Part 1
February 26, 2019  Rationale and Guidelines for Exposure Therapy: Part 2
March 5, 2019  Activity Monitoring and Behavioural Activation
March 19, 2019  Problem Solving
March 26, 2019  Overcoming Resistance, Common Hurdles, and Relapse Prevention

* 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.