Richard D. Rapoport

Name of Practice
Private Office (Montreal, Canada)
First Name
Last Name
D. Rapoport

I have worked with military personnel, first responders and veterans for over 35 years. I am currently working with Canadian Armed Forces Members and their families, as well as with retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Members and their families for Health Canada, a Federal Government Agency, in addition to being able to serve the employees of 80 Federal Government Departments and Agencies.

I began my involvement with the military at the age of five, listening to my paternal grandfather recounting his experiences to me as a First World War veteran on Saturday night sleepovers.

To my knowledge, I was the only family member that he shared these with, perhaps feeling that a young child would not try to change the subject, or try to appease him or speak in platitudes - I had to look it  up: "a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful." Or worse, to ask stupid or insensitive questions that can typically happen.

Nine years later, I was in uniform (162nd Battalion, Lincoln and Welland Regiment), in the artillery and later the Liaison with the Canadian Red Cross rising over four years to the rank of Lieutenant. At that time, I ended up renting a bedroom in the apartment of an Officer who had suffered profoundly grievous losses in his unit in the just-concluded Yom Kippur War of 1973.

It was then that I decided to make it my life's work to assist people whose line of work exposes them to conditions beyond human tolerance.

I subsequently received a B.A. in Psychology, (Personality and Abnormal Psychology) from McGill University, concentrating on stress disorders, and then through a joint agreement between the Canadian and American governments, I was permitted to join the U.S. Army, during my graduate studies, in order to do research and clinical work in the area of what was then called Delayed Stress Reaction Syndrome in the newly-published DSM - III (1980) - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. 

I was initially assigned to the Acute Respiratory Unit of the Infectious and Communicable Disease Department, clinically following patients and conducting research on the psychological impacts of extended social isolation and separation of military members from their regular work duties and units.

I participated in Reserve Officer Training, as well as the Army Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Control Program (ADAPCP), and concentrated on an idea that was considered to be by both the military and Washington University to be highly original and innovative research and clinical work on the primary prevention (in advance of a being subject to disturbing or traumatic experience) of stress disorders in military personnel.

This work "pre-conditioned" those likely exposed to harm to be "psychologically forearmed”, and “stress inoculated” with the view towards minimizing or mitigating the post-exposure emotional impacts.

My focus was "The Primary Prevention of Stress Disorders in Military Personnel", which I developed and presented at the USA Medical Headquarters, Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital; to the Psychiatry Department at Scott Air Force Base; and at Washington University.

This interest later lead to a three-year certification program with the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University, in which I investigated the impacts of trauma on physical and emotional intimacy and sexual relations. I have worked with Veterans, Police Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians, and with United Nations refugee relief.

From the early 1980’s through until the present, I began, with Jack Kusiewicz, a support group for Canadians who were Veterans of the war in Vietnam – l’Association Québécoise d’entraide des anciens combattants de la guerre du Viêtnam (The Quebec Vietnam Veterans’ Outreach Centre)  - « Centre »; Jack was very ambitious, in English!). We originally obtained a Charter through the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

These were people who volunteered (you could do that until 1971); who had “Green Cards”, working permits – and weren’t they surprised; or, were Indigenous, and allowed to serve in the Canadian and/or American militaries.

Earlier on, we got involved in activities related to legislative changes:  health benefits access, for example. – that the members and others not have to travel to Veterans’ Administration facilities in the United States in order to receive medical, dental and mental health care, and associated services.

Over time, the group has maintained just enough of a gravitational pull to maintain, variably at times, a sense of community and connection. This helped to create inter-family ties and intergenerational participation in activities not obviously or directly “therapeutic”. The sense of community itself, I would say, has been particularly healing.

This has included extensive media work over the years, including twelve years as "Shrinkrap", an intelligent (on a good day) talk radio therapy show on CJAD in Montreal, CFRB in Toronto, and internationally on the Internet.  This included a number of appearances as an “expert” on trauma, appearing in a variety of interviews, videos, and documentary series.

A most recent media activity involved being the "talking head" in a bilingual film, «“Working on the Edge/Travailler au bord du gouffre"» sponsored by the The Union of Correctional Officers of Canada / Le Syndicat des agents correctionnels du Canada (UCCO-SACC–CSN).

The film ( https://youtu.be/LcWiF_fQwEw ) shows the challenges correctional officers face with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for which they do not receive adequate support for across Canada. Approximately 30% of all correctional officers will develop PTSD (Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment). “Working on the Edge" is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness of the specific reality of correctional officers.

I then worked for four years for the Canadian Armed Forces in a military health centre providing mental health services (Operational Stress Disorder; Depression; Anxiety; Work-related Stress, Resilience and Performance Enhancement, Mindfulness work, etc.). At that time, I also provided clinical in-service training to psychiatric, psychology and social work staff members at the 41 CF Health Services Centre.

More recently, I have concentrated on trauma as related to Aboriginal health, as the Clinical Supervisor of the Kanesatake Health Centre in Oka, Quebec, as well as lecturing to students and Faculty of the McGill University Cultural Psychiatry Department on culturally-attuned trauma intervention, in this instance with those of First Nations origin. 

I continue, with gratitude, to see clients privately as well as through the provincial government’s counselling and psychotherapy services.


Trauma and PTSD
License and/or Certification Type
Psychotherapists Permit - College of Psychologists of Quebec
Years in Practice
38 Years
Clinical Supervision
Contact Info
Email Address
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Type of Service
In Office, Video Conferencing, Phone Call
Earned the Clinical Military Counselor Certificate (CMCC)
Generally all insurance policies.
Prescribes Medication
Age Groups Served
English, French
I appreciate having the opportunity to access this valuable training. I found it to be comprehensive, detailed, and courageous, especially in presenting the critical importance of addressing the existential factor (Soul Wound, Moral Injury) in the healing process.
Virginia Renfroe
Licensed Professional Counselor / Virginia C. Renfroe, MA, LPC

Wonderful course! Highly Recommend!

As the child of a Vietnam Army veteran, I am familiar with military life on a personal level. And now, as an art therapist and professional counselor, I have the honor of clinically servicing this population through art therapy, therapeutic arts and other holistic approaches to reintegrate the mind, body and spirit that becomes fragmented due to military life challenges. The CMCC program has truly strengthened my clinical skills through its expansive, in-depth view of various aspects unique to military veterans and families so I can better facilitate post-traumatic growth, resiliency and overall healthier military family functioning.
Yonsenia White, MS, ATR, LPC, CMCC
Art Therapist & Program Facilitator of WMAI Art Therapy & Veterans Open Studio Programs / Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative (WMAI)

This was a very eye opening training , there's no doubt in my mind that the information provided here will help me become a better advocate for veterans as well as deliver better services.

Victor Gonzalez
Volunteer Coordinator / Amara Hospiice

I fully enjoyed learning the contents of this course and feel it will be extremely useful when working with veterans of our armed forces.

Marek R Moldawsky
Licensed S. Psychologist / Southwest Psychological Services, llc
Having completed the Clinical Military Counselor Certificate program, I am honored and proud to endorse this training for those interested in providing counseling services to veterans, active duty personnel, and their loved ones. The CMCC program comprehensively covers veterans and disability (i.e., psychiatric disorders and physical disability), effective counseling strategies, elements of skillful interviewing during the intake process, and cultural aspects of the military. Although the CMCC program focuses on the unique challenges faced by the three aforementioned groups, your skillset as a current and/or future practitioner will be significantly enhanced after successful completion of the training. Having reviewed other military counseling certificate programs, this is by far one of the best available!
Noel Ysasi
President – American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, United States Navy Veteran / Northern Illinois University
The CMCC course offers helpful information to better prepare counselors and clinicians to work with military personnel and veterans regardless of work setting. The information provided is relevant and considers the holistic needs of military personnel. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to know more about this group of individuals and professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding.
Dr. Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, BC-TMH
Director of Disabiity Services / Adjunct Faculty / Southwestern Oregon Community College / University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

I first learned of the Clinical Military Counselor Certificate (CMCC) program during my first semester enrolled as a graduate student in the rehabilitation counseling program at Northern Illinois University. As a result of the training, I was able to gain further insight into the United States military culture, the impact trauma can have the service member, veteran, and family, and the methods for working with clients who face an array of challenges such as transitioning into civilian life post-military discharge. In addition, Dr. Stebnicki provides an array of resources that will undoubtedly prove useful post-graduation, but has aided me during my current graduate studies. My professors have oftentimes provided high praise in my ability to offer a deeper level of understanding on the issues discussed in class (i.e., psychosocial aspects of disability and counseling skills) and thankfully, continues to carry over in my other courses. Lastly, I was recently interviewed for practicum and internship by a highly competitive agency which has a high volume of veteran clientele, and was I accepted as a result of my CMCC certificate! Thank you Dr. Stebnicki for providing this outstanding and practical course!

Alison Murphy
Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Student / Northern Illinois University

Excellent course. Great content and resources. Very well organized. Thank you for developing such an outstanding resource to better serve the military population.

Jenny Wagstaff
Assistant Professor / Campbell University

As a professional counselor and leader in several professional associations, the CCMC program has been a tremendous asset to my personal knowledge and skills. Dr. Stebnicki is a visionary in how to translate the unique military culture into sound, evidence-based principles that can be easily applied by counselors and other mental health providers. His passion, commitment to ethical and evidence-based practice, and engaging style makes the CCMC training and credential a must have for all mental health providers.

Eric T. Beeson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, CRC
President Elect of the American Mental Health Counseling Association / The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Core Faculty

Dr. Stebnicki has created an excellent certification program rich with the necessary information needed to provide effective and ethical services to military-affiliated populations. The information provided moves substantially beyond the more obvious basic military cultural norms to include the subtle aspects of military culture and experience that are so important when both providing services to military populations and when educating counselors-in-training about military clinical issues.

Thomas I. Watson, EdD, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Assistant Professor – Counseling President – Military & Government Counseling Association (MGCA) – 2017-2019 / Military & Government Counseling Association (MGCA)

My name is William Herbert Butler. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina. I have been counseling combat veterans and their families with the federal government since 2006. I have had the privilege to co-facilitate multiple presentations of the CMCC course with Mark Stebnicki over the past 3 years to counseling professionals. I am a retired United States Marine of 30 years and a 10-month tour of duty in Iraq in 2005. I believe this course is a valuable source of insight for professionals not familiar with the military community.

William Herbert Butler, LPC
Retired Marine GySgt / Vet Center Greenville, NC