Resources for family physicians
Here you will find information and links to important resources.
CBT Skills Group
Recognizing the importance of a primary care option for mental health treatment needs, the Division supported the transition of the CBT Skills Group pilot to an ongoing program. Since April, 18 groups have run, reaching a total of 212 participants. The program has established 5 family physicians and 2 psychiatrists as trained CBT Skills Group facilitators in Vancouver.
The Vancouver CBT Skills Groups offer an 8-week psycho-education program that targets patients with low to moderate severity of anxiety and depression, as well as other lower acuity mental health diagnoses.
Click here for program information and patient referrals.
Mental Health and Substance Use
The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health Strategy includes as a priority the expansion of the role of primary healthcare in meeting mental health needs, with the understanding that people are more likely to consult their family physician about a mental health problem than any other provider. Click here for more information and a list of resources.
Pathways is a web-based directory that connects family physicians and specialists to streamline referrals. It also hosts a directory of Community Services, which includes free and low-cost programs and services for a variety of different patients.
Pathways is accessible to family physicians and residents who are members of the Vancouver Division, and to specialists in Vancouver. We encourage you to join this initiative and play an important role in improving the referrals experience for doctors and patients. Click here for more information, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The knowledge system software, UpToDate, is available for Vancouver Division members. Click here for more information.