Dr. Arthur Blouin

Director, C. Psych.

With over 30 years of experience…

Dr. Arthur Blouin brings a rich knowledge base to the Centre. In addition to directing professional development, he is dedicated to enhancing understanding and helping clients.

Dr. Arthur Blouin brings a solid knowledge base to the Centre for Cognitive Therapy (CCT). Throughout his career, his research has resulted in over 100 publications and presentations in international journals and conferences. He completed his Doctoral training at the University of Ottawa in 1980. Throughout his graduate school studies, he was awarded two National Scholarships, which led to one of the first research publications on the follow-up of children identified with Attention Deficit Disorder. Following his Doctorate, he was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue his training with the eminent Psychologist Dr. C. Keith Conners. Following his fellowship at the National Medical Centre in Washington D.C., he was appointed Assistant Professor at George Washington University. He became Associate Director of the Laboratory of Behavioural Medicine, working with Dr. Conners.

Dr. Blouin returned to Ottawa in 1984 taking a position at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, where he rose to Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He also became an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, where he taught Psychology until 1995. His work in the area of developing improved psychiatric diagnosis led to collaborative projects with some of the prominent authors of the textbook for psychiatric diagnosis, the DSM. These include Drs. Lee Robins, John Helzer, and David Schaffer. As a result of this work, he was cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry of Columbia University, New York City.

Dr. Blouin was a founder of the first Eating Disorder Clinic in Ottawa at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital in 1984. The community demand for eating disorder services could not be met within the Hospital setting, and in 1995, the Eating Disorder Clinic was moved into the community, allowing for expansion. The accepted and empirically supported treatment for eating disorders is Cognitive Therapy, but it became apparent that there was also a community need for Cognitive Therapy for a variety of disorders other than Eating Disorders. As a result, Dr. Blouin, in collaboration with Dr. Jane Blouin, formed the Ottawa Centre for Cognitive Therapy. Since then, Dr. Blouin has been dedicated to ensuring that the services provided at the CCT are consistent with current scientific findings and modern practices.

With Advanced Certification from the Ellis Institute in New York, he has personally trained with one of the founders of Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Albert Ellis. He has also trained with internationally recognized Dr. Christine Padesky. He has been instrumental in teaching Cognitive Therapy skills to a number of therapists, including those at the the CCT, and is responsible for professional development within the CCT.

Dr. Blouin has also been active in the community, having coached little league baseball, minor hockey, Tae Kwon Do, and competitive basketball as a Level II coach. He and Dr. Jane Blouin have 3 wonderful children, and draw on varied personal experiences while helping clients meet the challenges of change through Cognitive Therapy.

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