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Sep
23
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, September 23, 2018

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.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

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

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Sep
24
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, September 24, 2018

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
Monday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: September 24, 2018 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 1 – December 3, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips October 8th & October 29th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 29th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

  • As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program
  • 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 Elaine Smookler (Psychotherapist ). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Smookler RP
Sep
26
Wed

8-Week MBCT in Ottawa (FULL)

Start: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Plan ahead to join the next MBCT program in Ottawa.

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.

Location
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: September 26, 2018 | 4pm – 7pm
Sessions 1-8: October 3 – November 21, 2018 | 4pm – 6:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 9:30am – 2pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 24th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $590

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) or Kelley Raab (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Kelley Raab PhD RP
Sep
29
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018

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.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $85
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
Sep
30
Sun

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, September 30, 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.

Timing
Intake Interviews: Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm and Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm
Sunday Afternoons
Sessions 1 & 2: October 14, 2018 | 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm
Session 3 & 4 & 5: October 21 & 28 & November 4, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Silent Retreat: November 11, 2018 | 2pm – 6pm
Sessions 6 & 7: November 18 & December 2, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Session 8: December 9, 2018 | 2pm – 5:30pm
* program skips November 25th

Early-Bird Fee: $595 (ends September 24, 2018)
Fee: $625
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 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)
Oct
9
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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 skilful 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
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 9, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: October 16 – December 4, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 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
  • 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 Allison 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). 

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay BCS RP
Oct
10
Wed

4-week Mindfulness Booster

Start: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Advance your mindfulness practice

Maintaining a mindfulness practice is difficult after a multi-week group program finishes. Mindfulness Booster helps you invigorate your mindfulness skills in 4 weekly sessions.

Reinforce and deepen your meditation and movement practices with an experienced mindfulness facilitator. Return to a group that provides the space, support, and accountability for you to practice mindfulness.

Research in CBT finds that booster sessions enhances the ability to use the tools you’ve found helpful (Gearing, 2013). Enhance the skills you’ve learned in MBCT, MBSR, MSC or any other Mindfulness-Based Intervention by taking this Mindfulness Booster.

You Will Learn To

  • re-energize your mindfulness meditation
  • increase your motivation to continue practising
  • enhance your formal and informal practice use
  • develop your understanding of mindful techniques

Who Should Attend
Past participants of mindfulness programs looking to enhance their mindfulness skills. Those with no mindfulness experience should not register.

Timing
Wednesdays
Sessions 1-4*: October 10, 17, 31 & November 7 | 6pm – 7:30pm
* skips October 24th

Fee: $160 ($15 OFF regular fee $175)

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 Allison McLay (Registered 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). 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Oct
11
Thu

Free Online Info Session

Start: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Learn a little mindfulness
If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session!
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Info Session page

Timing
Wednesday, October 11, 2018 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein BFA
Oct
14
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 14, 2018

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.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $85
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
Oct
16
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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 Mornings

Orientation & Interview: October 16, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8: October 23 – December 11, 2018 | 10:30am – 1pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

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

Fee: $485

  • 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 Elaine Orsini (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Orsini RP
Oct
17
Wed

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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.

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1
https://goo.gl/maps/SomGNrLfaN12

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 17, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 24 – December 19, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips October 31st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 21st  is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program
  • 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):Shawna Perlin MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
Oct
18
Thu

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018

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 must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

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
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: October 18, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm ET  Please be available for the full three hours 
Sessions 1-8*: October 25 – December 20, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm ET
* program skips November 8th

Fee: $494 – 5% OFF regular fee of $520
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
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):Melissa Nigrini RP
Oct
20
Sat

8-Week MBCT

Start: Saturday, October 20, 2018

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
Saturday Afternoons
Orientation & Interviews: October 20, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8: October 27 – December 15, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $520 

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

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Allison McLay RP
Oct
20
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners in Guelph

Start: Saturday, October 20, 2018

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, October 20, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm
** please note that this workshop was originally scheduled for Sept 15th 2pm – 5pm but has been postponed to Oct 20th **

Fee: $85
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.)
Oct
23
Tue

MBCT in Guelph

Start: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 23, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sessions 1-8: October 30 – December 18, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: TBD

Location
Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre
The Studio Room, 175 Chancellors Way (Suite 102) with The CareWell Health Group
Research Park North
University of Guelph, Main Campus
Guelph, ON N1G 0E9

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Nikki Mohle RN
Oct
26
Fri

8-Week MBSR in East Toronto

Start: Friday, October 26, 2018

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.

Location
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4
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Timing
Friday Afternoons
Mandatory Intake Interviews: via telephone as required, schedule TBD (please note that you must return your completed intake form to the Centre by 5pm October 22nd at the latest – instructions will be provided upon registration)
Orientation & Session 1: October 26, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 2-8: November 2 – December 14, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm

Fee: $485

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
Oct
28
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 28, 2018

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.

Facilitator
Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP is a psychotherapist with 36 years of teaching experience ranging from daycare to elementary to secondary. Elaine piloted the first Mindfulness Camp for teenagers at Camp Olympia as well as the first Mindfulness Councils in her school with Mindfulness Without Borders. She has trained in MBSR and aligned this with her work for social justice, locally and globally. Her area of expertise as Chaplain for 15 years includes facilitating retreats for both students and staff.

Timing
Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

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

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP
Oct
29
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, October 29, 2018

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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: October 29, 2018 | 3pm – 8pm
Sessions 2-8: November 5 – December 17, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 19th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

  • As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program
  • 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):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Eva Hahler PhD C.Psych
Nov
10
Sat

8-Week MBSR in North Toronto

Start: Saturday, November 10, 2018

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.

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1
https://goo.gl/maps/SomGNrLfaN12

Timing
Saturday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: November 10, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8: November 17, 2018 – January 19, 2019 | 10am – 12:30pm
* program skips December 22nd & 29th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 8th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 

  • 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.

** Please contact info@mindfulnessstudies.com for up-to-date insurance receipt information for this program **

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Rose Mina Munjee
Nov
11
Sun

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, November 11, 2018

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. 
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 11am – 2pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini
Nov
13
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 13, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 20, 2018 – January 22, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 25th & January 1st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 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 Melissa Nigrini (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Susan Hershkop MD & Melissa Nigrini RP
Nov
15
Thu

MBSR in Guelph

Start: Thursday, November 15, 2018

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
Thursday Evenings

Orientation & Interview:  November 15, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sessions 1-8: November 22, 2018 – January 17, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: TBD

Fee: $485 

  • 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 Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist OT). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
21
Wed

4-week Mindfulness Booster

Start: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Advance your mindfulness practice

Maintaining a mindfulness practice is difficult after a multi-week group program finishes. Mindfulness Booster helps you invigorate your mindfulness skills in 4 weekly sessions.

Reinforce and deepen your meditation and movement practices with an experienced mindfulness facilitator. Return to a group that provides the space, support, and accountability for you to practice mindfulness.

Research in CBT finds that booster sessions enhances the ability to use the tools you’ve found helpful (Gearing, 2013). Enhance the skills you’ve learned in MBCT, MBSR, MSC or any other Mindfulness-Based Intervention by taking this Mindfulness Booster.

You Will Learn To

  • re-energize your mindfulness meditation
  • increase your motivation to continue practising
  • enhance your formal and informal practice use
  • develop your understanding of mindful techniques

Who Should Attend
Past participants of mindfulness programs looking to enhance their mindfulness skills. Those with no mindfulness experience should not register.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: November 21 – December 12, 2018 | 5:30pm – 7pm

Fee: $160 ($15 OFF regular fee $175)

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 Allison McLay (Registered 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). 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Nov
26
Mon

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Monday, November 26, 2018

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 must be able to meet the following technical requirements

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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: November 26, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Sessions 1-8*: December 3, 2018 – February 11, 2019 | 5:30pm – 8pm ET
* program skips December 24th, December 31st, January 28th

Fee: $494 – 5% OFF regular fee $520 
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
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 Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
29
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, November 29, 2018

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: November 29, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 6, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program 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

  • 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):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Nov
30
Fri

MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Friday, November 30, 2018

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: November 30, 2018 | 2pm – 7pm
Sessions 2-8*: December 7, 2018 – February 1, 2019 | 4:30pm – 7pm
Silent Retreat: TBD
* program skips December 21st & 28th

Location
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Fee: $590
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Sukhjeewan Basran MD
Dec
5
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: December 5, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 12, 2018 – February 13, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 26th & January 2nd
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on January 16th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

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 Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath & Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Amanda Guthrie ND RP
Jan
6
Sun

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, January 6, 2019

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.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

Timing
Intake Interviews: Saturday, January 5, 2019 | 1pm – 6pm & Sunday, January 6, 2019 | 1pm – 6pm
Sundays
Sessions 1 & 2: January 13, 2019 | 9am – 12pm & 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 3-5: January 20 – February 3, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: February 10, 2019 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6 & 7*: February 24 – March 3, 2019 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8: March 10, 2019 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* program skips February 17th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $595 (until December 22nd)
Regular: $625

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (CERTIFIED MSC TEACHER) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (CERTIFIED MSC TEACHER)
Jan
8
Tue

MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 8, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: January 15 – March 5, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: TBD

Location
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Fee: $590
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Julie Kathleen Campbell MPs OPQ
Jan
21
Mon

MBSR in Downtown Torono

Start: Monday, January 21, 2019

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 21, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 28 – April 1, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips February 18th & March 11th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $485 (until January 6th)
Regular: $515
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini RP
Jan
24
Thu

MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: January 24, 2019 | 3pm – 6pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 31 – April 4, 2019 | 3pm – 5:30pm
* program skips February 14th & March 14th

Location
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Eva Hahler C.Psych & Leysa Cerswell Kielburger MA
Jan
28
Mon

MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Monday, January 28, 2019

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 28, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 4 – April 8, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips February 18th & March 11th

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
Jan
28
Mon

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Monday, January 28, 2019

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 program explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

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

Timing
Monday to Friday Intensive
January 28 – February 1, 2019 | 8:30am – 4:30pm

Fees (including handouts and guided meditations)
Early-Bird: $725 until December 15, 2018
Regular: $775
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 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)
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MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 3, 2019 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: April 10 – May 29, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm

Location
Beach United Church
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW