Rumination Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

November 14th, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. EST

Dr. Sanjay Rao

7.5 hours

101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON


✓ Offered By Unified CBT Academy
✓ Associated with the University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry

Course Description

Rumination is a common phenomenon across a range of conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. It can be a challenge for therapists as it is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Rumination may go undetected and derail therapy.

Several interventions have been tried for rumination including cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and meta-cognitive approaches. The workshop will review the applied research on rumination. It will focus on developing skills to recognise this commonly occurring phenomena and learn interventions using a structured approach. The interventions involve understanding the adaptive and maladaptive role of rumination, analysing the process, emotions and content of rumination, tracking rumination and applying a stepped approach to intervention for rumination.

Participants will be able to practice a template for intervention using exercises, role plays and discussions. They will also receive practical tips on how to prevent rumination from hijacking the therapeutic alliance. Techniques will be derived from a range of cognitive behavioural schools (behavioural, cognitive, mindfulness and metacognitive awareness approaches).

The workshop will use experiential exercises, demonstrations, role plays and continual feedback for skills development.

Dr Sanjay Rao is an experienced teacher and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa in 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural therapy for his contribution to CBT in Canada. He has received an award from the Department of Health, UK for CBT development. He is the Director of Unified CBT Academy.

Dr Rao has trained in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness-based therapies, and strength focussed coaching. He has expertise in both psychological and pharmacological treatment of mental health conditions. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada). He has delivered over 250 workshops in Cognitive behavioural therapies, presented in national, international conferences and published in several scientific journals.

Since 2011 he has helped the province of Nova Scotia develop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy implementation by training and supervising therapists across the province. He has also served as an executive member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy along with various management position such as Co-Chair of Chiefs of Psychiatrists in Nova Scotia, Clinical Director of The Mood and Anxiety Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Clinical Lead of Improving Access to Structured Psychotherapy in Ottawa.

Dr Rao is involved in research concerning distance delivery of CBT through technology as well as workplace mental health using CBT and problem-solving approaches. He is an active clinician delivering CBT in collaborative care settings.

He trains and supervises multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and counsellors.

Registration Fee: $269 +HST | Early Bird Fee: $220.00 +HST (Ends October, 14th 2019)

Student Rate/CMHA Staff: $199.00 + HST (Note: Students & CMHA Staff send proof of being a student to

Registration is open to those who have an independent practice or is a student working towards independent practice. CMHA staff should send or present with their ID proof.

Email: if you have any questions.

Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe Room 1B
101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Note: There is a local café for refreshments and to purchase lunch.

Registrant Cancellation:

Note: Refund Policy

  • Full refund minus $50.00 Admin fee until October 14th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
  • After October 14th, 2019 the refund will be for 50% of the fee paid.
  • The course fee paid can be carried forward to another 1-day workshop offered by us.

Unified CBT Cancellation:

Please note that many Workshops require a minimum number of attendees for the workshop to go ahead and be financially viable. Please do not incur or commit to any additional costs in relation to the workshop until you have received confirmation that it is going ahead.

Unified CBT reserves the right to cancel this workshop at its discretion. In the unlikely event, a workshop must be cancelled or rescheduled, workshop fees will be refunded at 100%. Unified CBT including its coordinators, agents and/or trainers, hold no financial responsibility for any related additional costs including travel or accommodation costs incurred by the registrant. Thank you for your understanding.

Course Certificate

Receive a certificate of attendance from the Department of Psychiatry of University of Ottawa

A new approach

Learn up to date therapy skills with learning progression and supervision.

Taught by experts

We have delivered over 250 workshops, presented in national, international conferences and published in several scientific journals.

The CBT training with Dr. Sanjay Rao absolutely revolutionized my clinical practice. Dr. Rao’s program taught me the experiential components of treatment to move stuck clients, including stubborn belief systems that were resistant to change in purely cognitive work.

– Course Attendee



Director of Unified CBT & Professor of Psychiatry, MBBS, MD, FRCPsych, FRCPC, MBA

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