The Canadian Centre
The Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies (CR&CT) opened in 2012 Brockville, Ontario. The Canadian Centre occupies the historical building that was once home to the Brockville Bible College. The over 100-year-old building has been completely renovated and will continue with the tradition of providing opportunities for continued learning and personal growth as envisioned by the founding fathers.
The Centre is an academic psychotherapy centre committed to the training of health professionals in the application of effective, short-term therapy with long-term results.
In keeping with goals of International Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and other training centres like the Albert Ellis Institute, the primary therapeutic approach at the Centre is based on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT is considered the first form of cognitive therapy, developed by Dr. Ellis in the 1950's. Today there are several approaches within the cognitive behavioural tradition, of which, REBT has been said to be the most influential. REBT is evidence-influenced and a distinctive form of cognitive therapy. REBT has become widely accepted as an effective intervention for several disorders and emotional and behavioural disturbances.
Dr. Ellis developed REBT from a desire to provide his clients with a more efficient means of resolving disturbances. REBT teaches individuals how to change self-defeating thoughts, behaviours and emotions into healthier life enhancing alternatives.
The Centre's clinicians are all members in good standing with their respective professional and regulatory colleges and all are trained and accredited supervisors at the Albert Ellis Institute and by the International Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (IAREBT). Members of the faculty have specific areas of clinical interest and expertise.
In addition to professional training the Centre sponsors a free monthly lecture to the public. The Centre's directors believe an increased understanding and awareness of mental health disturbances can overcome the barriers that may prevent individuals from seeking support. Clinical services in the form of individual and group therapy are offered.
Amenities at 243 Perth Street
Located in the city of Brockville in the famous 1000 Islands, the Centre can accommodate groups of sizes ranging from 5 to 50 in its over 5000 square foot facility. This ultra modern technologically advanced meeting facility is ideal for many different sectors including corporate, association and government. Choose from our state-of-the art rooms equipped with Smart Boards, LCD projectors, computers and high speed internet access. Any of our meeting rooms can be configured to meet your meeting objectives' format. Two meeting rooms ('The Al Room' and 'The Beck Room') can each sit 18 people, while 'Lambo’s Room' can accommodate 30-40 people. There are 3 additional breakout rooms for groups of 4-6 people.
There is ample complementary parking and full kitchen facilities. Hotels and restaurants are easily accessible.
Less than a mile from Hwy 401 and about 500 meters from the Brockville VIA Rail trail station, the Centre is easily accessible by car and by train.
History of 243 Perth Street
Having been deposed as a Methodist minister in 1894, the charismatic Rev Ralph C Horner founded a new church in 1918 and incorporated the Standard Church of America in 1920. In same year the church purchased 14 acres of land at the north end of Perth Street and raised $100,000 to build Brockville training school designed by A. Stuart Allaster. First classes began in the unfinished seminary in fall of 1920. During the dedication of the building in the following January Bishop Horner described the seminary as "a place in which preachers, evangelist and missionaries were to be trained and baptized with fire to go and rescue the perishing masses.” Years later the seminary came to be known as Brockville Bible College.
Over years, the building has housed students from the St Lawrence College, the political office of Senator Bob Runciman, etc. On the June 24, 2010 the building was acquired by AG AHMED MED PROFESSIONAL Corp as the Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies. Just like in the beginning, the Centre today remains a place where people come to receive training to provide care for the masses. As a “heritage” building, the Centre is vital part of Brockville history and an "iconic building in the city."