Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Program

Engaging patients in effective treatment

The Comprehensive Psychiatric Care (CPC) program uses dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) to provide patients with high-level care, treatment and rehabilitation. Homewood’s CPC program has the distinction of being one of the few inpatient programs in Canada informed by DBT. Upon completion of our eight week program, patients can return to their home community with over 30 skills. These skills can be used to manage difficult emotions and stressful situations. The skills based on DBT will improve personal and professional relationships.

The CPC program accepts people suffering from a wide range of diagnoses, including concurrent disorder and other co-occurring disorders. 


A DBT-informed Program

The CPC program incorporates the four modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. Complimentary programming includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), behavioural activation and addiction counselling.

Admission requirements

The CPC program is for people who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are experiencing ongoing chronic psychiatric signs and symptoms that require inpatient hospitalization
  • Have one or more diagnosis of: mood disorder, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorder, trauma-related disorder, and substance-related disorder
  • Are motivated to attend groups, participate in an active schedule, practice and complete skill assignments
  • Agree to refrain from substance use during their stay
  • Can maintain safety and adhere to unit policies

Program objectives

While every program participant has individualized goals, common objectives include:

  • managing and treating symptoms of chronic mental illness;
  • increasing understanding of one’s illness and its treatment;
  • developing healthy coping strategies;
  • skill building to help recognize, express and regulate strong emotions and urges;
  • skill building to manage interpersonal relationships, set boundaries and communicate effectively;
  • changing the pattern of one`s thoughts and behaviours that keep people "stuck";
  • developing a healthy lifestyle including nutrition and exercise;
  • balancing lifestyle with focus on self-care, productivity and leisure;
  • medication review and adjustment as well as other biological interventions; and
  • improving independence, well-being and self-worth.

How to Get Help

To be admitted to the program, you require a referral from your doctor or other healthcare professional. We can help you with the patient referral and admissions process. Click below to learn more, or read on about additional Health Centre programs.

Admission to the Program
Integrated Mood and Anxiety (IMAP)

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Post Traumatic Stress Recovery (PTSR)

Homewood Health Centre’s Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery creates a sense of community, where trauma survivor helps trauma survivor through the healing process.

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Assessment & Stabilization Unit (ASU)

In this unit Homewood provides comprehensive, independent psychiatric and functional assessments. These include assessments of individuals with complex mental health problems.

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Want to Learn More?

Contact the Program Manager at 519.824.1010, extension 2339.

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