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Mar
18
Sat

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Saturday, March 18, 2017- 12:00 pm

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 8-week program explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBCT/MBSR. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Timing
Sunday Afternoons
Orientation & Interviews*: March 18 or 19, 2017 | 12pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-5**: March  26 – April 30, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: May 7, 2017 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6-7: 
May 14 – May 21, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8:
 May 28, 2017 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* registrants will be assigned a date and time slot for their intake interview
** program skips April 16th

Fee: $595 (includes handouts and guided meditations)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Trained MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Trained MSC Teacher)
Mar
30
Thu

8-Week MBSR

Start: Thursday, March 30, 2017- 12:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons

Orientation & Interview + Session 1: March 30, 2017 | 12.00pm – 5:00pm
Sessions 2-8*: April 6 – May 25, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips April 27th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 20th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Insurance receipts may not be available for this program. If insurance receipts are available, they will be Psychotherapist (RP) receipts. Closer to the date we will provide an update on our website or you can contact us.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Apr
5
Wed

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Wednesday, April 5, 2017- 5:00 pm

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator

This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Timing
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini & BA ECE OTC
Apr
6
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, April 6, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Mornings 
Orientation & Interview: April 6, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 13 – June 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 12pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 4th | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips April 27th & June 1st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 11th  is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Raha Mirian (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Raha Mirian also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Raha Mirian MA RP
Apr
15
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator

This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life. Develop a starter kit to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to your work, family and friends. Discover the neuroscience behind it as you delve into the techniques. Improve personal awareness and resiliency through this engaging day of instruction, conversation and practice.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness practices you can use on the street, in the elevator, and at the mall
• How to establish a mindfulness practice with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to anchor attention and regulate stress responses
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Build a practical toolkit to bring new perspectives to daily difficulties. The Beginners’ Mindfulness workshops are also recommended for those considering enrolling in our therapeutic or professional development programs. Completing the half-day workshop is not a requirement to attend the full-day workshop.

Timing
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $150 (please note that lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Apr
20
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, April 20, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 20, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions 1-8: April 27 – June 15, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 4th | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 18th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Ian Singer (Social Worker) or Dee Miron (Occupational Therapist). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Ian Singer MSW RSW & Dee Miron OT Reg. (Ont.)
Apr
22
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, April 22, 2017- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator

This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Timing
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Apr
23
Sun

5-Day MBCT & MBSR Advanced Training

Start: Sunday, April 23, 2017- 4:00 pm

Deepen your facilitation skills.

This training intensive supports facilitation skills while focusing on strengthening the facilitation of mindful inquiry.  At its deepest, it is about our relationship to the practice of mindfulness and to the articulation of that process. The curriculum is highly interactive and highlights the necessity of personal practice as a platform from which to teach.

This course will be led by Susan L. Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. Susan Woods is the Senior Guiding Teacher at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, UC San Diego, and one of the world’s leading experts and trainers in mindful inquiry. Dr. Patricia Rockman is the Director of Education and Clinical Studies here at The Centre, and has been educating healthcare providers in stress reduction, CBT and mindfulness-based practices for over 20 years.

The heart of this training program focuses on developing skills that increase an embodied mindful presence, mindful inquiry, and examines the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills for each of the eight MBSR/MBCT sessions.  We will pay attention to nurturing specific qualities associated with mindfulness—such as a present-moment-directed focus, an awareness that represents an inner and outer listening, and a compassionate stance that incorporates a willingness to meet our teaching edges with generosity and kindness.  This training offers the time to nurture these qualities through silent mindfulness practice, through simulated patient-teacher encounters, discussion and personal supervision from the retreat leaders.

Participants Will Learn
• Demonstrate proficiency in embodying present-moment-directed skills
• Identify the components and characteristics of the delivery and practice of inquiry
• Describe how mindfulness offers a radical perceptual shift for approaching difficult modes of mind and moods and creates a platform of self-compassion for the client
• Describe the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills embedded in the MBSR/MBCT programs
• Articulate appropriate professional and personal ethics

Who Should Attend
MBSR and MBCT facilitators.
Prerequisites:
• Advanced degree in a health-related field
• Attendance at a 6-day professional MBSR training and/or a 5-day professional MBCT training
• Teaching experience; the facilitation of a minimum of 3 MBSR or MBCT groups before the start of the 5-day advanced training
• Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
• Have attended an annual 5 or 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreat

Following registration, participants will be asked to provide:
• Your intentions/reasons for attending this advanced training
• The year you attended the professional training(s) in MBSR and/or MBCT with the teachers’ names
• The number of MBSR/MBCT courses taught and where
• An outline of your attendance at 5+ day silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats
• A description of your daily meditation practice and in what tradition you practice
• Your professional CV
• If you’re not sure if you meet the prerequisites, please email these to info@mindfulnessstudies.com before registering.

This training fulfills part of the requirements for the Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies as well as the MBSR and MBCT certification pathway at UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Timing
Five-Day Retreat: Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon
4pm on April 23, 2017 – 2pm on April 28, 2017

Fee: $2,400 double, $2,900 single
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Apr
24
Mon

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Monday, April 24, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness and give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

Who Should Attend
This introductory course is meant for general interest and is most suitable for those interested in the personal and professional applications of mindfulness including healthcare providers, other professionals, and those wishing to teach MBSR or other mindfulness programs. There is no prerequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

Timing
One-Day Course: Monday
April 24, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Apr
25
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, April 25, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings

Orientation & Interview: April 25, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 2 – June 20, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 30th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW & Heidi Bornstein
Apr
28
Fri

8-Week MBCT

Start: Friday, April 28, 2017- 2:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: April 28, 2017 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8: May 5 – June 23, 2017 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 26 is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of David Denis (Naturopath). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & David Denis ND RP
May
4
Thu

2-Day MBCT Basics in Montreal

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017- 9:30 am

NEW COURSE OFFERING IN MONTREAL in collaboration with The Mindspace Clinic: Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Thursday & Friday
May 4 – 5, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
642 Rue de Courcelle, 3rd Floor, Suite 300, Montreal, QC
Hosted by Mindspace Clinic at an offsite location in Montreal, QC

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD C. Psych & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
May
4
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 4, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 11 – June 29, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 1 is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Wendy Stanyon (Nurse). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
May
7
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, May 7, 2017- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator

This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Timing
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
May
10
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, May 10, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 10, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 17 – July 5, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 7 is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
11
Thu

2-Day Self-Compassion & Mindfulness

Start: Thursday, May 11, 2017- 5:30 pm

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Self-compassion and mindfulness are natural counterparts. Mindfulness practice increases our awareness of the present moment and encourages us to fully experience it as it is. Self-compassion further assists us in bringing greater kindness and understanding to periods of suffering, to be more accepting of our flaws and understanding of our challenges. Self-compassion can help us “get out of our own way.”

Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
• to reduce self-judgement and critical thoughts
• specific practices to manage loss and difficult emotional states
​• to approach life with more compassion and friendliness

A variety of meditation practices as well as self-reflection exercises and activities. Participants will understand and be able to draw upon methods that foster self-compassion and compassion for others.

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for individuals who struggle with addictions, perfectionism, self-criticism, and challenging moods. It is also suited for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBSR/ MBCT.

Timing
Consecutive Fridays
Orientation & Interview: Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Day 1: Friday, May 12, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Day 2: Friday, May 19, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed.

Fee: $390 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed
May
15
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, May 15, 2017- 5:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 15, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: May 29 – July 24, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: TBD
* Program skips May 22nd & July 3rd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 19th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Nicholas Ozarko (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW
May
20
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, May 20, 2017- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator

This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Timing
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
May
23
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, May 23, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 23, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 30 – July 18, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 20 is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay DCS RP
May
24
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, May 24, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 24, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 31 – July 19, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 21st is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed
May
26
Fri

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Friday, May 26, 2017- 9:30 am

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR. This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs and it is highly recommended as a part of the smartEducation Facilitation Certificate Program.

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It has been referred to as the heart of MBCT because it is such an essential part of this modality and is vital for those wishing to facilitate MBCT groups. It is also the most difficult practice to learn.

Participants Will Learn
• How to examine the principles and practices of mindful inquiry as they pertain to “therapeutic mindfulness”
• This process through its application to the direct experience of mindfulness meditation practices
• The use of inquiry both personally and professionally as it relates to increasing the capacity to regulate affect and attention
• How to develop the ability to use inquiry


Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs.

Prerequisites:

• If you are in the MBCT Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 5-day Intensive and the Practicum
• If you are in the MBSR Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 6-day Intensive
• It is recommended that participants have facilitated (assisted, facilitated alone or co-facilitated) a group or received mentorship prior to taking this course
• For those not in the MBCT or MBSR Certificate program, this course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
May 26 & 27, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
May
28
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, May 28, 2017- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator

This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life. Develop a starter kit to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to your work, family and friends. Discover the neuroscience behind it as you delve into the techniques. Improve personal awareness and resiliency through this engaging day of instruction, conversation and practice.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness practices you can use on the street, in the elevator, and at the mall
• How to establish a mindfulness practice with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to anchor attention and regulate stress responses
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Build a practical toolkit to bring new perspectives to daily difficulties. The Beginners’ Mindfulness workshops are also recommended for those considering enrolling in our therapeutic or professional development programs. Completing the half-day workshop is not a requirement to attend the full-day workshop.

Timing
Sunday, May 28, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $150 (please note that lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
May
31
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, May 31, 2017- 11:00 am

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety.
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience.
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level.

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality. 

Online Format
Participation will be via your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android), with interactive audio, video and chat. Participants are required to have:
• High-speed internet connection (DSL preferable)
• Audio microphone (built-in or external)
• Earbuds, headphones or headset
• Video cam (built-in or external)
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
May 31 – July 5, 2017 | 11:00am – 1:00pm ET

Fee: $535

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo
Jun
12
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, June 12, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: June 12, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: June 19 – August 21, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips July 3rd & August 7th

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 17  is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath) or Elaine Smookler (Social Worker). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Amanda Guthrie ND & Elaine Smookler RP
Jun
23
Fri

8-Week MBSR

Start: Friday, June 23, 2017- 10:00 am

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Friday Mornings

Orientation & Interview: June 23, 2017 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8: June 30 – August 18, 2017 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 21st  is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jul
4
Tue

4-Week smartEducation

Start: Tuesday, July 4, 2017- 10:00 am

Increase your resilience and help create an emotionally balanced, compassionate school environment.

What is smartEducation?
smartEducation (Stress Management And Relaxation Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed for educators and professional support staff.

This program provides educators with an opportunity for immersion in mindfulness practice to apply techniques for developing emotional balance, to enhance concentration, decrease occupational stress, and employ self-care techniques.

By the end of the smartEducation program, you will have a “SMART-Tool-Box” of skills to:
– Develop greater awareness of emotions
– Create more effective strategies for responding to difficult situations
– Apply mindfulness training to interactions with students, colleagues and others

See more details on UBC’s website here.

Participants Will Learn
How to manage stress by recognizing, tolerating, and transforming your reactions to challenging emotions. Rekindle your passion for teaching through exercises and discussions connected to experiences in the classroom.

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Tuesdays
July 4 – July 25, 2017* | 10:00am – 3:00pm
* Additional Retreat Session on Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 10am – 3pm

Fee: $520 ($500 + $20 for materials)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Jul
5
Wed

3-Day Mindfulness in Education: What Really Matters for K to 8

Start: Wednesday, July 5, 2017- 9:30 am

This three-day experiential workshop for educators and professional support staff teaches participants how to implement mindfulness programs for students to promote health and wellness. This intensive will include practices in mindfulness, emotional regulation, compassion and movement to provide a foundation for self-care and to impart mindfulness to students.

Participants Will Learn
• Foundational mindfulness practices for personal and professional use
• Considerations for a successful implementation plan
• Core social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies supported by mindfulness practice
• Key elements and lessons for mindfulness programs in education
• Cultivating a Mindful Culture in Schools

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Three-Day Course: Wednesday – Friday
July 5-7, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $520
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Karen Davis & Dianna Last
Jul
5
Wed

3-Day Mindfulness in Education: What Really Matters for Teens

Start: Wednesday, July 5, 2017- 9:30 am

This three-day experiential workshop for educators and professional support staff teaches participants how to implement mindfulness programs for students to promote health and wellness. This intensive will include practices in mindfulness, emotional regulation, compassion and movement to provide a foundation for self-care and to impart mindfulness to students.

Participants Will Learn
• Foundational mindfulness practices for personal and professional use
• Considerations for a successful implementation plan
• Core social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies supported by mindfulness practice
• Key elements and lessons for mindfulness programs in education
• Cultivating a Mindful Culture in Schools

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Three-Day Course: Wednesday – Friday
July 5-7, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $520
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Jul
8
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Saturday, July 8, 2017- 3:00 pm

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods. This is the second module of our Core MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.

This 6-day training intensive will provide participants with the opportunity to study and experience the foundational underpinnings, mindfulness practices and specific exercises that are the framework of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The themes, rationales, intention and practice skills of each MBSR session will be reviewed and practised.

In the first part of this highly interactive training, trainees will experience the MBSR program. In the second half of the training, trainees will be given the opportunity to practice facilitating various components of the MBSR program under the supervision and guidance of the teachers.

Inherent in this training is the necessity of a personal mindfulness practice as a platform from which to teach. The delivery of MBSR requires the facilitator to integrate what it means to embody a non-judgmental, present moment focus with an understanding of how this supports and strengthens such mind states as kindness, compassion and equanimity.

This training intensive will utilize didactic and experiential teaching modules. The curriculum includes both large and small group learning, with opportunity for role-play and simulated client-facilitator encounters.  There is daily meditation practice, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence. The ethical underpinnings of teaching MBSR will be discussed.

Participants Will Learn
• How to articulate the foundational principles of the MBSR program
• To demonstrate the basic MBSR teaching skills
• The central role of mindfulness meditation practice for general wellness and self-care in the regulation of emotions and behaviours
• How to articulate the rationale for a facilitator’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice in teaching MBSR
• To discuss and outline formal and informal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 6:30am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

You will be given assignments to complete in the evenings and we recommend that you plan to use any remaining free time for rest, relaxation, and reflection on the day’s learnings.

Who Should Attend
This 6-day training intensive is primarily intended for social service workers and other professionals wishing to teach MBSR. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBSR program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to Mindfulness Core Concepts, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the Applied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Facilitation Certificate Program, please submit a completed Professional Development Application Form and a copy of your CV to info@mindfulnessstudies.com.

Timing: July 8-14, 2017

Begins Saturday, July 8, 2017
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, July 14, 2017
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Fee: $2,350 camping / $2,700 double / $3,200 single
Please Note: no single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Instead, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jul
19
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, July 19, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 19, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: July 26 – September 13, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on August 16th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini ECE OTC
Aug
1
Tue

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Tuesday, August 1, 2017- 9:30 am

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality.

Timing
Consecutive Tuesdays
Session 1: August 1, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: August 8, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Sep
7
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, September 7, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 7, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 14 – November 2, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 5th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Sep
8
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, September 8, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness and give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

Who Should Attend
This introductory course is meant for general interest and is most suitable for those interested in the personal and professional applications of mindfulness including healthcare providers, other professionals, and those wishing to teach MBSR or other mindfulness programs. There is no prerequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, September 8, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
11
Mon

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Monday, September 11, 2017- 9:30 am

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Monday & Tuesday
Session 1: Monday, September 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Sep
12
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, September 12, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 12, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 19 – November 7, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 10th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont)
Sep
14
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, September 14, 2017- 9:30 am

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR. This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs.

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It has been referred to as the heart of MBCT because it is such an essential part of this modality and is vital for those wishing to facilitate MBCT groups. It is also the most difficult practice to learn.

Participants Will Learn
• How to examine the principles and practices of mindful inquiry as they pertain to “therapeutic mindfulness”
• This process through its application to the direct experience of mindfulness meditation practices
• The use of inquiry both personally and professionally as it relates to increasing the capacity to regulate affect and attention
• How to develop the ability to use inquiry


Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs.

Prerequisites:

• If you are in the MBCT Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 5-day Intensive and the Practicum
• If you are in the MBSR Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 6-day Intensive
• It is recommended that participants have facilitated (assisted, facilitated alone or co-facilitated) a group or received mentorship prior to taking this course
• For those not in the MBCT or MBSR Certificate program, this course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs

Timing
Two-day Course
Session 1: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, September 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Sep
15
Fri

8-Week MBSR

Start: Friday, September 15, 2017- 5:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Friday Evenings

Orientation & Interview: September 15, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm
Sessions 1-8: September 22 – November 10, 2017 | 5pm – 7:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 13th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo
Sep
18
Mon

10-Week Mindfully-Informed CBT

Start: Monday, September 18, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to cope with current difficulties and stay well in the long term.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most researched psychological approaches for a wide range of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Mindfully-Informed CBT builds a set of skills that enables people to interrupt the cycle of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours with mindfulness. After learning CBT, people can “become their own therapists” by using what they’ve learned to address problems as they arise.

While CBT is a key underpinning Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), MBCT emphasizes teaching CBT-informed mindfulness practices.

This 10-week program will focus on teaching participants the tools of CBT with mindfulness as a backdrop.

Participants Will Learn
CBT skills and techniques to manage depression and anxiety.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety/depression or with a history of depression. It is also recommended for MBCT graduates to increase their skill in using tools from CBT to stay well. People interested in incorporating CBT into their existing treatment plan for other conditions may also attend upon referral.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 18, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-10*: September 25 – December 11, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips October 9th & November 6th

Fee: $620 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Sharon Cirone MD CFPC FCFP ASAM (Cert.) & Amanda Guthrie ND
Oct
5
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017- 1:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: October 5, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 12 – December 7, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips November 9th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 2 is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Nicholas Ozarko (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW
Oct
6
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, October 6, 2017- 9:30 am

Enhance your understanding of MBCT by familiarizing yourself with the foundations of CBT. This is the second module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the tools of CBT with mindfulness practices. Both modalities help to increase awareness of thoughts, emotions and behaviours, allowing for the development of new responses to difficulty (challenges that arise). A solid background in CBT is an important underpinning of MBCT.

In this hands-on, skills-oriented workshop, participants will acquire a few basic CBT tools that they can integrate into their own general clinical practice. Relevance to mindfulness will be addressed.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of CBT
• How to apply the tools of CBT to stress, depression and anxiety
• An introductory grounding in CBT and its relationship to MBCT

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
October 6, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee:
$335 (please note that lunch is not provided)

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 6 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):David Denis ND RP
Oct
12
Thu

8-Week MBSR

Start: Thursday, October 12, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: October 12, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 19 – December 14, 2017 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips November 9th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 16th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.
Oct
13
Fri

8-Week MBCT

Start: Friday, October 13, 2017- 2:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: October 13, 2017 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8: October 20 – December 8, 2017 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 10th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of  David Denis (Naturopath). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD & David Denis ND RP
Oct
16
Mon

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, October 16, 2017- 2:00 pm

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety.
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience.
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level.

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality. 

Online Format
Participation will be via your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android), with interactive audio, video and chat. Participants are required to have:
• High-speed internet connection (DSL preferable)
• Audio microphone (built-in or external)
• Earbuds, headphones or headset
• Video cam (built-in or external)
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Timing
Mondays
Sessions 1-6*: October 16 – November 27, 2017 | 2pm – 4pm ET
* skips November 6th

Fee: $535
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo
Oct
22
Sun

5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017- 3:00 pm

Train to facilitate MBCT programs with guidance from Zindel Segal, one of its co-developers. This is the third module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Current treatments for depression provide relief for many people, yet they face significant challenges maintaining the benefits of treatment. This innovative 5-day intensive training and retreat will lead you through the program designed to prevent depressive relapse among people with a history of depression.

Based on the research of Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale and documented in their book Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, this program combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation.

The heart of MBCT lies in acquainting patients with the modes of mind that often characterize depression while simultaneously inviting them to develop a new relationship to these modes. Using your personal mindfulness practice to inform your psychotherapy is a crucial part of this process.

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 6:30am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

You will be given assignments to complete in the evenings and we recommend that you plan to use any remaining free time for rest, relaxation, and reflection on the day’s learnings.

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals and social service workers who have a clinical background and a mindfulness meditation practice. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBCT program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to MBCT Basics and CBT Primer, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the Applied Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate Program, please complete a Professional Development Application Form and a copy of your CV to info@mindfulnessstudies.com.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for up to 18 Mainpro-C and 11 Mainpro-M1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Timing: October 22-27, 2017

Begins Sunday, October 22, 2017
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, October 27, 2017
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Fee: $2,400 double / $2,900 single
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

 

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
23
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, October 23, 2017- 5:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 23, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8: October 30 – December 18, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 20th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Anya Choulsky  (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Anya Choulsky OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
6
Mon

5-Day MBCT Practicum

Start: Monday, November 6, 2017- 9:00 am

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program

This practicum will immerse participants in the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. Trainees will take on a variety of roles including teaching, providing and receiving feedback and developing skills of inquiry. Readings and home practice will be an essential part of the program. Relevant background will be provided in the areas of mindfulness, clinical research and CBT.

Participants Will Learn
• Ways to deliver the 8-week MBCT program in a systematic manner
• To engage in teach-backs to help hone their skills
• How to receive feedback to enhance their guidance and inquiry skills
• The underlying intentions, attitudes and attentional training skills developed in the practices/exercises
• To hold the group using the MBCT model

Who Should Attend
This program is intended for clinicians interested in deepening their understanding of MBCT and developing some foundational skills to facilitate MBCT.

This program is best suited for clinicians who have experience with meditative practices and who have attended an 8-week MBCT. It is also recommended for those who have taken the MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat. Please contact us before registering if you have yet to participate in an MBCT program.

What To Expect
This training will be an intensive version of our 10-week practicum in 5 days. You can expect to be immersed in the 8-week MBCT program. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 9:00am and ending at 5:30pm each day with an hour and a half for lunch that will entail some readings and work.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program, please complete a Professional Development Application Form and a copy of your CV to info@mindfulnessstudies.com.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for up to 25 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It has also been approved for 2 Lifestyle & 8 General Continuing Education credits by the BDDT-N for naturopathic doctors.

Timing
5-Day Practicum:

Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10, 2017
Morning Sessions: 9am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 2pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2pm – 5:30pm

Fee: $2,250
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & David Denis ND RP
Nov
14
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, November 14, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 14, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 21, 2017 – January 23, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 14, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* skips December 26th & January 2nd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 12th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Amanda Guthrie ND
Nov
16
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, November 16, 2017- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 16, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 23 – January 18, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips December 28th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 14th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: 
$520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Ian Singer MSW RSW & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.
Nov
22
Wed

The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat

Start: Wednesday, November 22, 2017- 4:00 pm

This retreat will explore the intersection between the Dharma (the ancient wisdom teachings of the Buddha) and mindfulness-based interventions (predominantly Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT).

Secular and Therapeutic Mindfulness have been referred to as a Trojan Horse, or stealth Buddhism, a characterization that brings a variety of reactions. This retreat will work with the Dharma, and Inquiry, a central component of mindfulness programs believed to assist in self exploration, emotion and attention regulation and an increased ability to manage difficulty. MBCT also makes explicit the intent of various practices within this context. This will also be explored as it relates to the Dharma. Thus the retreat will combine long periods of silence and a variety of practices with periods of inquiry into the meditative experience of retreatants. Silence will be maintained outside the meditation hall.

Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in Buddhist Psychology and/or mindfulness-based interventions with an existing mindfulness practice. Ideal for practitioners of mindfulness meditation who would like to develop their skills of inquiry and knowledge of the Dharma.  All professionals who are teaching mindfulness-based interventions would benefit greatly from this retreat as would MBSR/MBCT program graduates.

Participants Will Learn

  • to deepen their practice through periods of silence and inquiry
  • about the intersection between Buddhist Teachings and Mindfulness-Based interventions
  • to increase their self-reflective capacity using the components of their experience

Dates
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 4:00 pm – Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 4:00 pm

Facilitators
Pascal AuclairPatricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

Location
St. John’s Convent and Guest House
233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2M 2E8

Costs & Donation
The fee below covers the cost of room and board only.
The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization.
The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and invited to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood.

There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.

Fee
Early Bird Registration (before October 11, 2017): $675
Regular Registration: $725

Please bring:

•    yoga mat
•    meditation cushion
•    a shawl or blanket if needed
•    comfortable clothing
•    indoor, soft-soled shoes, sandals or slippers

The retreat location is a scent-free environment. Cell phones are prohibited in all but the main floor phone booth in the Guest House. Use of electronic devices and other distractions such as computers and books is strongly discouraged.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If your retreat is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund. You will be contacted at least five business days’ prior to the retreat start date if a cancellation is made.  If you wish to withdraw from this course, notice of withdrawal must be given by email to: info@mindfulnessstudies.com.  Please review the following refund & exchange policy:

REFUNDS
If you give at least 30 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive the full tuition less a $200 fee.
If you give 20 – 29 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you give 10 – 19 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a 25% refund.
If you give less than 10 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, no refund will be available.
After the retreat has started no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

EXCHANGES
If you give at least 20 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply the full tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
If you give 10-19 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply 50% of the tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
If you give less than 10 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply 25% of the tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
After the retreat has started no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Pascal Auclair Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
Dec
3
Sun

2-Day Self-Compassion & Mindfulness

Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017- 1:00 pm

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Self-compassion and mindfulness are natural counterparts. Mindfulness practice increases our awareness of the present moment and encourages us to fully experience it as it is. Self-compassion further assists us in bringing greater kindness and understanding to periods of suffering, to be more accepting of our flaws and understanding of our challenges. Self-compassion can help us “get out of our own way.”

Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
• to reduce self-judgement and critical thoughts
• specific practices to manage loss and difficult emotional states
• to approach life with more compassion and friendliness

A variety of meditation practices as well as self-reflection exercises and activities. Participants will understand and be able to draw upon methods that foster self-compassion and compassion for others.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for individuals who struggle with addictions, perfectionism, self-criticism, and challenging moods. It is also suited for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBSR/ MBCT.

Timing
Consecutive Mondays
Orientation & Interview: Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 1: Monday, December 4, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Monday, December 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed.

Fee: $390 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed
Dec
15
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, December 15, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness and give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

Who Should Attend
This introductory course is meant for general interest and is most suitable for those interested in the personal and professional applications of mindfulness including healthcare providers, other professionals, and those wishing to teach MBSR or other mindfulness programs. There is no prerequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, December 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed
Jan
1
Wed

Half-Day Intro Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Wednesday, January 1, 2020- 2:00 pm

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Fee: $80
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC

Personal Programs

Start: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Start: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Start: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00 am

Professional Development

Start: Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Start: Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30 am
Start: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:30 am