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Nov
22
Wed

The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Wednesday, November 22, 2017-

TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS RETREAT, PLEASE EMAIL info@MindfulnessStudies.com

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 note that most rooms are single with shared washrooms but there are a few double rooms with ensuite washrooms.

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
Nov
29
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, November 29, 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: November 29, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 6, 2017 – February 7, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* skips December 27th & January 3rd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on January 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Amanda Guthrie ND
Dec
3
Sun

2-Day Self-Compassion

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. RP

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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). 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 & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Dec
9
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners in Guelph

Start: Saturday, December 9, 2017- 1:00 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
Saturday, December 9, 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.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dec
10
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 10, 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, December 10, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
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 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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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.

Accreditation 
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

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 RP
Dec
17
Sun

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Sunday, December 17, 2017- 10:00 am

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):
Dec
17
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 17, 2017- 1:00 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
Sunday, December 17, 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.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Jan
9
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, January 9, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesdays
Orientation & Interview: January 9, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8: January 16 – March 6, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 6th 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Elaine Smookler RP
Jan
10
Wed

8-Week MBCT in OTTAWA

Start: Wednesday, January 10, 2018- 4:00 pm

Learn new skills 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, 2015)

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. 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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 10, 2018 | 4pm – 7pm
Sessions 1-8:
January 17 – March 7, 2018 | 4pm – 6:30pm

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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Please note that all participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Evelyn Tan MA SLP
Jan
12
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, January 12, 2018- 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 Fridays
Session 1: January 12, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: January 19, 2018 | 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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Jan
14
Sun

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, January 14, 2018-

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 as well as a prerequisite for training as a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) teacher.

Timing
Sunday Afternoons
Intake Interviews*: Saturday, January 6, 2018 & Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 12pm – 5pm
Sessions 1 & 2: January 14, 2018 | 9am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 3-5: January 21 – February 4, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: February 11, 2018 | 1pm – 5pm
skips February 18th
Sessions 6-7: February 25 – March 4, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8: March 11, 2018 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* registrants will be assigned a time slot for their intake interview

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 (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
Jan
15
Mon

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Monday, January 15, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Mondays
Orientation & Interview: January 15, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 22 – March 26, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips February 19th & March 12th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Eva Hahler (Psychologist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Eva Hahler C.Psych
Jan
17
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, January 17, 2018- 5:30 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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: January 17, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 24 – March 21, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips February 7th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 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)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jan
22
Mon

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Monday, January 22, 2018- 8:00 am

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 5-day intensive 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
Sessions 1-5:  Monday, January 22 to Friday January 26th | 8:30am – 4:30pm

Early Bird Fee: $690 until Dec 22 
Regular Fee: $750
(Fees 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.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Kimberly Sogge (Clinical Psychologist). 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):Kimberly Sogge PhD C Psych
Feb
1
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, February 1, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 1, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 8 – April 5, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 15th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 1st 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Susan Hershkop MD & Melissa Nigrini RP
Feb
2
Fri

8-Week MBCT in Guelph

Start: Friday, February 2, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 2, 2018 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 9 – April 13, 2018 | 9:30am – 12pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 11am – 3pm
* program skips March 16th & 30th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 2nd 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)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Feb
7
Wed

8-Week MBCT ONLINE

Start: Wednesday, February 7, 2018- 12:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

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, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.

Participants Will Learn
Skills and 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.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation: February 7, 2018 | 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Sessions 1-8: February 14 – April 4, 2018 | 12:30pm – 3pm

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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of either Michael Apollo  (Psychotherapist) or Elaine Smookler  (Psychotherapist). 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.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo RP & Elaine Smookler RP
Feb
7
Wed

8-Week MBSR in Guelph

Start: Wednesday, February 7, 2018- 6:30 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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: 
February 7, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 14 – April 11, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: TBD
* program skips March 14th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 7th 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)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Feb
9
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics in Calgary

Start: Friday, February 9, 2018- 9:30 am

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our 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: Friday & Saturday
February 9 & 10, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
121 14 Ave, SW Calgary

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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

MBCT Basics in Calgary is being hosted by Restorative Conversations in Calgary.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Feb
12
Mon

10-Week MBCT Practicum

Start: Monday, February 12, 2018- 5:30 pm

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 course is intended for clinicians interested in deepening their understanding of MBCT and developing some foundational skills to facilitate MBCT. It 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 5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat.  

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here

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
Monday Evenings
February 12 – May 28, 2018 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* skips February 19th, March 5th, March 19th, April 2nd, April 23rd, May 21st


Fee
Early-Bird $2,300 (until January 15, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,400
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 & Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
13
Tue

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts in BC (UFV)

Start: Tuesday, February 13, 2018- 9:30 am

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

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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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.

Accreditation 
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
One-Day Course: Tuesday
February 13, 2018
University of the Fraser Valley

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
Student Pricing: $125
Please register through University of the Fraser Valley website.
Contact Corinne.Richardson@ufv.ca with questions.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
20
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, February 20, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesdays
Orientation & Interview: February 20, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: February 27 – April 17, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist  & Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP
Feb
22
Thu

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Thursday, February 22, 2018- 9:30 am

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

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
One-Day Course: Thursday
February 22, 2018 | 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.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Feb
26
Mon

10-Week Mindfully-Informed CBT

Start: Monday, February 26, 2018- 1:30 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 Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: February 26, 2018 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 1-10*: March 5 – June 4, 2018 | 1:30pm – 4pm
program skips March 12th, April 2nd, April 23rd, May 21st

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 & Psychotherapist). 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):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Amanda Guthrie ND RP
Mar
1
Thu

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Thursday, March 1, 2018- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR 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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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.

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
One-Day Course: Thursday
March 1, 2018 | 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
Mar
1
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, March 1, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 1, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 8 – May 3, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 15th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 4th 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Mar
14
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, March 14, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: March 14, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 21 – May 16, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 25th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
Mar
16
Fri

8-Week MBCT ONLINE

Start: Friday, March 16, 2018- 1:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

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, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.

Participants Will Learn
Skills and 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.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation: March 16, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 23 – May 18, 2018 | 1pm – 3:30pm
* program skips March 30th

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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of either Michael Apollo (Registered Psychotherapist) or Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). 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.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo RP & Melissa Nigrini RP
Mar
24
Sat

8-Week MBSR

Start: Saturday, March 24, 2018- 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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Saturdays
Orientation & Interview: 
March 24, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 7 – June 2, 2018 | 10am – 12:30pm
* program skips March 31st & May 19th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 28th 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)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Elaine Orsini (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP
Apr
3
Tue

3-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Tuesday, April 3, 2018- 6:00 pm

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our 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
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Timing
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
Sessions 1-6: April 3 – 19, 2018 | 6pm – 8pm

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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Apr
11
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, April 11, 2018- 12:00 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: April 11, 2018 | 12pm – 3pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 17 – June 13, 2018 | 12pm – 2:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 3, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 25th

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD & Michael Apollo RP
Apr
18
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, April 18, 2018- 5:00 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: 
April 18, 2018 | 5pm – 8pm
Sessions 1-8*: May 2 – June 20, 2018 | 5pm – 7:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 13, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
*Program skips April 25th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 23rd 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Angie Kingma OT Reg (Ont.)
May
1
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, May 1, 2018- 2:00 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 the 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 well-being. 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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: May 1, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm
Sessions 2-8: May 8 – June 19, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: While it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 22 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical 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.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
May
10
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, May 10, 2018- 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, 2015)

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. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 10, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 17 – July 5, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 7th  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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

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

Facilitator Raha Mirian also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical 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.

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Raha Mirian RP
May
11
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, May 11, 2018- 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 Fridays
Session 1: May 11, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: May 18, 2018 | 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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jun
1
Fri

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Friday, June 1, 2018- 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
It is highly recommended that participants have facilitated at least one Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) group and/or received mentorship prior to taking this course.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here

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 and/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

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
Session 1: Friday, June 1, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 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
Jun
7
Thu

3-Week Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Thursday, June 7, 2018- 1:00 pm

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR 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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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.

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Thursdays
Session 1: June 7, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET
Session 2: June 14, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET
Session 3: June 21, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET

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 RP
Jun
23
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat in BC

Start: Saturday, June 23, 2018- 7:00 pm

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. This is the second module of our 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 7:30 am and ending at 8:30 pm 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 one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

Prerequisite Course
Mindfulness Core Concepts is will be led by Dr. Evan Collins and presented by UFV on February 13, 2018. Register here.

Timing
7 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 until 11 am on Friday, June 29, 2018

Fees
Early-Bird $2,325 (until March 31, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,450

Accommodation
This training intensive is intended to be residential. Participants are asked to stay at the Vedder River Inn, where we have arranged a discounted fee of $79.99 per night plus tax. The Inn is a 20 minute walk from the campus.

Commuting
Commuting is permitted only by participants living within 50 km. (You may commute from Abbotsford. You may not commute from Langley or other parts of Greater Vancouver.)

Download the Flyer/Poster of the MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

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

6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive

Start: Sunday, June 24, 2018- 2:30 pm

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warmhearted, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

MSC Teacher Training
The MSC program has been in development since 2009, and a MSC training manual is scheduled for publication in 2017 (Guilford Press). The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will coordinate MSC teacher training in the USA, in collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. The Centre for Mindfulness Studies will coordinate MSC teacher training in Canada, in collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC programs.

Please see MSC Certification Pathway on the UCSD website to learn more.

Participants Will Learn To

  • Deepen their personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion
  • Summarize current basic theory and research on self-compassion
  • Identify the core themes and be able to implement practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day
  • Develop the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion
  • Apply advanced mindful self-compassion principles and practices in teaching patients, students, or clients
  • Engage in real-time interactive sessions to demonstrate teaching skills and receive feedback and assessment from instructors
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them
  • Embody a mindful and compassionate stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice

Who Should Attend
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).

What To Expect
Our ability to teach others depends largely on discovering the power of self-compassion in our own lives and embodying the practice. Since the core principles and practices of the MSC program are taught through experiential learning, participants are encouraged to focus on their felt experience during teacher training. Ample time will also be allocated for professional dialogue and the nuts and bolts of teaching.

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Loving-kindness and self-compassion training helps us soothe and comfort ourselves as it paradoxically reveals emotional distress we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface as we grow in our capacity to embrace them. This is intrinsic to the process of emotional transformation through self-compassion.

Self-compassion thrives in an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to presence and compassion. Self-compassion practice should also be easy and enjoyable. The teacher trainers are dedicated to creating such a learning atmosphere for all workshop participants and their future students.

Required Reading
Before applying to the MSC Teacher Training: On Becoming a MSC Teacher: A Mountaineer’s Guide to Building the Resource of Mindful Self-Compassion By Christine Braehler, Steven D. Hickman, and Christopher Germer
Highly Recommended Reading
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin NeffThe Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, please apply now and wait to hear back before registering.

Timing
2:30pm on Sunday, June 24, 2018 to 1:30pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Morning Practices: 7am – 8am
Morning Sessions: 9am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Evening Sessions: 7pm – 8:30pm

Fees
Early-Bird (available until April 15, 2018)
$2,675 triple / $2,875 double / $3,375 single room
Regular Rates
$2,775 triple / $2,975 double / $3,475 single room

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):Christopher Germer & Michelle Becker & Dawn MacDonald
Jul
9
Mon

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Monday, July 9, 2018- 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, July 9, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Sep
12
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018- 2:00 pm

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our 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
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Wednesdays Afternoon
Sessions 1-6: September 12 – October 17, 2018 | 2pm – 4pm 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.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Sep
29
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018- 3:30 pm

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods. This is the second module of our 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 7:30am and ending at 8:30pm 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 one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

Timing
Arrival: Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Departure: Friday, October 5, 2018 | 11:30am – 1:30pm

Fee 
Early-Bird $2,775 (until August 20, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,875
Please note that all the rooms at St. Francis Centre will be single occupancy.

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

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):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
9
Tue

2-Week CBT Primer Online

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018- 10:00 am

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

Although physicians rely primarily on pharmacotherapy to treat depression and anxiety, many patients experience only partial relief and remain vulnerable to relapse if they stop medication. Cognitive Behavioural 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.

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.

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

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. There is no prequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBCT Facilitation Certificate, be sure to complete this course prior to the MBCT Intensive & Retreat or the MBCT Practicum. If you have prior formal CBT training and want to request an exemption for the CBT Primer module, please complete and submit the Alternative Module Request Form.

Online Format
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Tuesdays
Session 1: October 9, 2018 | 10am – 1pm ET
Session 2: October 16, 2018 | 10am – 1pm ET

Facilitator
Patricia Rockman
 MD CCFP FCFP

Fee: $335 (please note that meals are 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 & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
18
Thu

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018- 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: Thursday & Friday
Session 1: Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, October 19, 2018 | 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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
21
Sun

5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 21, 2018- 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 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 7am 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 Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate Program, please complete a Professional Development Application Form and wait for a response from the Centre before registering.

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 21-26, 2018

Begins Sunday, October 21, 2018
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, October 26, 2018
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Fee:
Early-Bird (available until August 15, 2018): $2,400 double / $2,900 single
Regular Rate:
$2,500 double / $3,000 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
Nov
1
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, November 1, 2018- 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
It is highly recommended that participants have facilitated at least one Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) group and/or received mentorship prior to taking this course.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here

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

Accreditation
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Session 1: Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, November 2, 2018 | 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

Personal Programs

Start: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 10:00 am

Professional Development

Start: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 -
2017-11-22 05:00:00
Start: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-12-15 14:30:00
Start: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:30 am
2018-01-12 14:30:00
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