Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Training Program


The Mood Disorders Society of Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network has developed a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Continuing Medical Education (CME) training program.

The goal of this e-learning program is to enhance the knowledge of physicians in the identification and treatment of PTSD, including information on available resources, latest treatment options and support networks throughout Canada.

Course content was developed and directed by subject matter experts and supported by an expert advisory panel consisting of persons with lived PTSD experience, physicians, PTSD specialists and mental health leaders in Canada.

Overarching Objectives of the PTSD Training Program

Increase Knowledge and Skills Among Family Physicians

and other health care providers which enable effective service delivery to persons and families affected by PTSD.


treatment and recovery strategies for PTSD.

Increase Knowledge About Stigma-Free Service Delivery

among family physicians and increase the adoption of clinical practices aligned with stigma-free service delivery.

Incorporate Contact-Based Education

involving persons with lived PTSD experience to improve physicians’ understanding of the care needs of patients with mental illnesses.

Why is this training important?

The negative consequences of unrecognized PTSD can impact individuals, families, and communities over generations. Physicians and other health care providers have the unique privilege of a trusted relationship in which they can transform lives through recognition, assessment, diagnosis and referral of their patients who are experiencing this disabling, but treatable injury.

Barbara Anschuetz, EdD, CTSThe Trauma Centre

Early assessment, diagnosis and referral for those struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress by family doctors will lighten the terrible burden carried by trauma survivors everywhere. Physicians trained to identify those at risk of PTSD and related disorders have the power to make a significant contribution to families and communities across the country.

Dr. Anna B. Barawnowsky, Training & DevelopmentTraumatology Institute (Canada)