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

Preventing Needless Disability

Join a growing number of rehabilitation professionals who have been trained to deliver the most evidence-based intervention for targeting psychosocial risk factors for prolonged disability.

Clinical Training



Program Development

Program Evaluation




Upcoming PGAP

Burnaby, Bristish Columbia, October 23 -> October 24, 2020
Registration for this workshop is on hold.
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Mississauga, Ontario, November 6 -> November 7, 2020
Registration for this workshop is on hold.
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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.

 Download Dr. Sullivan’s CV

Research from our Centre

  • 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