The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®)

An Evidence-Based Treatment Program for Reducing Disability Associated with Pain,
Depression, PTSD, Cancer and other Chronic Health Conditions.

Helping People Get Their Lives Back

PGAP Workshop

As a result of contagion concerns associated with the ongoing pandemic, PGAP Training Workshops will now be offered online. We anticipate that the first virtual training workshop will be scheduled early in 2021.

The online training workshops will take the form of a series of didactic webinars that can be scheduled at the registrants’ convenience. These will be followed by two half-day live webinars focussing on demonstrations of clinical techniques. More details about scheduling and costs will be made available shortly. At this time, we do not anticipate holding in-person PGAP training workshops before Fall 2021.

Individuals who were registered for the Toronto or Burnaby workshops of 2020 can transfer their registration fees to one of the online workshops. We are investing heavily in the development of the online PGAP Training Workshops in order to ensure that they are delivered at the same high standards that have characterized the in-person workshops. We anticipate that the absence of displacement inconveniences and costs associated with attending the online training workshops will be attractive features for many clinicians interested in becoming PGAP Providers. To be added to the distribution list, please email us at :


PGAP Training Workshops are led by Dr. Michael Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan holds the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University. Dr. Sullivan has been a pioneer in research on psychosocial risk factors for delayed recovery. He developed the most widely used measures of psychosocial risk factors including the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Sullivan developed PGAP on the basis of his extensive research on cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of disability. PGAP was included in the Official Disability Guidelines as an evidence-based intervention for the prevention of work-disability in 2013.

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Research from our Centre

  • Reducing Alarmist Thinking can Help Recovery from PTSD.
  • Do Perceptions of Injustice Cause Depression?
  • Reducing Fatigue Improves Return to Work Outcomes
  • Does ‘injustice’ lie in the ‘eye’ of the perceiver?
  • Pain Catastrophizing and Mental Health Problems
  • Catastrophic thinking reduces quality of life in individuals with osteoarthritis
  • Targeting disability and depression to reduce perceptions of injustice
  • A treatment approach to promote return to work in individuals with PTSD
  • Returning to work following injury actually promotes recovery from whiplash injury
  • Expectancies, perceived injustice and return to work following whiplash injury
  • A measure of catastrophic thinking suitable for individuals with mental health problems
  • A brief measure of perceived injustice
  • Perceived injustice impacts negatively on the working alliance
  • Reducing psychosocial risk factors helps maintain gains made in pain rehabilitation
  • The multidimensional nature of pain experience