Founded in 1997 and based out of UBC’s Faculty of Education, the Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma assists military veterans in transitioning back to civilian life. Building on the work of the Veterans Transition Program the Centre has refined and developed programming for over 30 years to create an approach to group counselling for veterans dealing with trauma that today is delivering unprecedented results. 

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Dr. Marvin Westwood Ph.D.

Founder & Senior Advisor

Marvin Westwood is Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology, at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Education. His major areas of teaching and research focused on the development, teaching and delivery of group-based approaches for counselling clients, and men’s psychological health. He developed the UBC Veterans Transition Program to help promote recovery from war-related stress injuries for which he received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2005 and 2013. In 2012 he established the Centre for Group Counselling & Trauma, and is currently its Senior Advisor.


Tim Laidler C.D., M.A.

Executive Director

Tim participated in a tour of duty in the Kandahar area of Afghanistan as a convoy escort troop, crew commander, acting station second-in-command, an RWS gunner, and a RG-31 driver. After he returned to Canada he eventually discovered the VTP and was blown away by the change it made in his life. It spurred him to complete a Masters of Counselling at UBC, during which time he spent thousands of volunteer hours creating the VTN, a non-profit organization helping Canadian Veterans nationwide. Today, Tim is the Executive Director of the Centre for Group Counselling & Trauma and focuses his work on supporting the needs of

veterans in the community.

Contact Us

Email: cgct.info@ubc.ca -- Phone: 604.822.0488

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This project was developed in partnership with the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Poppy Fund.