Minister Wilson-Raybould announces partnership with UBC’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma 

News release

The Veterans Transition Program (VTP) has been helping Veterans in British Columbia cope with operational stress disorders for 20 years. Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the VTP is expanding their programming to help more Veterans get the help they need. Veterans Affairs Canada has teamed up with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT) in an effort to expand their reach and train more clinicians — providing $250,000 over four years for the Veteran Transition Training Centre (VTTC).

The VTP program was created 20 years ago by Dr. Marv Westwood, who works out of the CGCT at UBC’s Faculty of Education. The program has since treated 1,000 Veterans and has a 90% success rate in terms of helping participants become successful and productive members of their civilian communities.

“The staff at UBC’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma are making a real difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. The research and innovation coming out of this organization is vital to improving the well-being of Canada’s Veterans and we’re happy to help them continue this important work.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Visit the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund webpage for more information on the fund.

Quick facts

  • Half of the Veterans that enrol in the Veterans Transition Program are referred by Veterans who have already completed the program.

  • Veterans Affairs Canada awarded $3 million in 2018-19 in grants and contributions through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.

  • The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is part of the new supports and benefits announced in Budget 2017 that are focused on improving the well-being of Veterans and their families.

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Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada

Alex Wellstead
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

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