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 (founded 1997) the Centre has refined and developed 20 years of programming to create an approach to group counselling for veterans dealing with trauma that today is delivering unpresented results. 

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Marvin Westwood is Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology, in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Education. His major areas of teaching and research focused on 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 and Trauma, & is currently centre's  Director.

Founder & Director

Dr. Marvin Westwood Ph.D.


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 and Trauma, and focuses his work on supporting the needs of

veterans in the community.

Executive Director

Tim Laidler C.D., M.A.

Marla Buchanan is a Professor of Counselling Psychology in the Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education department at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Buchanan’s research area is in the field of traumatic stress studies where she uses narrative research methods to investigate military trauma, trauma among journalists and prisoner mental health and wellness. Recently in an international research project with Dr. Marvin Westwood, she conducted interpersonal process recall interviews with Australian veterans to evaluate the efficacy of a group-based treatment intervention for posttraumatic stress.

Research Director -  Holder of the Royal Canadian Legion Professorship

Dr. Marla Buchanan Ph.D.

Contact Us

Email:   cgct.info@ubc.ca

Phone:  604-822-0488


University of British Columbia 

2125 Main Mall (Scarfe Building), Room 308B

Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

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

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