Professional Development

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jul
18
Mon

Facilitating Mindfulness-Based Programs with an Anti-Oppression Lens

Start: Monday, July 18, 2022

This workshop will provide mindfulness and compassion-based reflections, discussions, and guidance for mindfulness-based program facilitators to explore the fostering, development, and co-creation of mindfulness programs with a culturally sensitive, inclusive, anti-oppressive lens. Participants will have an opportunity to explore cultural sensitivity, respectful approaches for various identities and intersectionalities, and accessibility for offerings with diverse and underserved or underrepresented communities in the context of mindfulness-based teaching and learning.

Participants will be guided in awareness building, experiential, and reflective approaches to develop greater understanding of social, cultural, economic, and identity-based experiences of various groups through mindfulness and compassion-based exercises, discussions, and individual reflection. They will also explore how to support trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices. Ideas and resources will be shared to encourage greater positive social justice impacts in mindfulness programs and how to be better allies.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Have an opportunity to explore their cultural awareness and implicit bias with mindfulness and compassion
  • Better appreciate the realities of those facing oppression
  • Explore best practices for fostering greater inclusion and safer / braver spaces
  • Cultivate mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to teaching and learning with an anti-oppression lens
  • Explore what it means to be an ally and develop their own commitments to being better allies with attitudes based on mindfulness and compassion

Timing
Monday, Tuesday
Session 1: July 18, 2022 | 3pm – 6pm ET
Session 2: July 19, 2022 | 3pm – 6pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $350
Registration closes July 18, 2022 at 9am ET
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Rose Mina Munjee RP
Sep
29
Thu

Teacher Training Info Session

Start: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Interested in teaching mindfulness?
If you’re considering enrolling in one of the Centre’s facilitation certificate programs, or if you’re just looking for a course or two that will help you understand the foundations and science of mindfulness, find out more by attending this free online information session.

Timing
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 7pm – 8pm* ET
* 30 minute presentation + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jennifer Jeffery Program Manager - Education & Clinical Services
Oct
4
Tue

CBT Meets Mindfulness Online

Start: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Enhance your understanding of MBCT by familiarizing yourself with the foundations of CBT
This the second module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program. The course is open to anyone interested in learning about mindfulness has become a core component of “third wave” cognitive therapies. For more details, visit our CBT Meets Mindfulness page.

Timing
Tuesday, Thursday
Session 1: October 4, 2022 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET
Session 2: October 6, 2022 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET
Registration closes October 3, 2022 at 9am ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker MC MASc RSW RP
Oct
6
Thu

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Learn about the applications of mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) in contemporary society.
This is the first module of both our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program and our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Thursday – Saturday
Session 1: October 6, 2022 | 1pm – 4pm ET
Session 2: October 7, 2022 | 1pm – 4pm ET
Session 3: October 8, 2022 | 1pm – 4pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $475
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Oct
20
Thu

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive Online

Start: Thursday, October 20, 2022

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Train to facilitate MBCT programs in an immersive online atmosphere with guidance from highly skilled healthcare providers and mindfulness facilitators. This course is equivalent to the third module of the Centre’s MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program

Description
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8-week, empirically-validated and insurance-reimbursable therapeutic mindfulness intervention shown to be effective for prevention of depression relapse with increasing evidence for treating symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. Based on the research of Drs. Zindel Segal, John Teasdale, and Mark Williams, and documented in their book “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression”, this professional training combines the practice and clinical application of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy.

The MBCT Teacher Training Intensive (TTI) is a foundational step in the Centre’s MBCT Teacher Training Pathway and is equally applicable to therapists interested in incorporating elements of mindfulness practice into their clinical work. It is designed to cycle through the 8-week MBCT curriculum in two ways: First, participants are led through key components of the program by the instructors and then, using “teachbacks”, participants are supervised as they guide each other through the cardinal mindfulness practices and cognitive therapy exercises that comprise MBCT.

Throughout this training, didactics, experiential practice, and small group process — including daily meditations, mindful movement, and periods of silence — are relied upon to consolidate the participants’ learning of basic mindfulness group facilitation skills for clinical settings. A continuous theme emphasized in this training is the importance of the clinician’s own mindfulness practice, especially how self-knowledge gained through practice can be used in helping clients in emotional distress. These rigorous trainings are appropriate for professionals in the healthcare, community health, education, mindfulness research, mindfulness intervention, and leadership fields.

Is it for me?

  • Do you want to learn how to deliver a well-established mindfulness-based program that has been proven to be effective for people living with depression and anxiety?
  • Are you interested in increasing your skills and confidence in guiding meditation practices and cognitive exercises are facilitated?
  • Would you like to understand the key underpinnings of each session and component of the 8-week MBCT program?
  • Have you wondered about how the MBCT program is designed to prevent depressive relapse and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety?
  • Do you have a clinical background?
  • Have you participated in an 8-week mindfulness-based program? Alternatively, are you able to take the 8-week MBCT program, which is offered by the Center for Mindfulness & Compassion and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, prior the start of this course?
  • Do you have a personal mindfulness practice?
  • Have you completed some training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)?

Timing
October 20-21, 24-25 and 27-28, 2022 
Session 1: Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 2: Friday, October 21, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 3: Monday, October 24, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 4: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 5: Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 6: Friday, October 28, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET

Required Readings
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Second Edition by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale
MBCT: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
Please note that some additional reading and preparation is required. It is recommended that you register 1-2 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fees:
Early Bird Rate: $ 1,390.00 USD
Regular Rate: $ 1,495.00 USD
Late Registration: $ 1,596.00 USD

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Please note that applying to attend this MBCT TTI is not the same as applying to the Centre’s MBCT Facilitator Training Pathway. To apply to the full pathway, please click here.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Carl Fulwiler MD PhD & Allison McLay BA DCS RP & Julie Dunne PhD RN
Nov
3
Thu

Inquiry Essentials Online

Start: Thursday, November 3, 2022

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR. This course is required for the Centre’s Facilitators-In-Training looking to be recognized as Trained MBCT / MBSR Facilitators. The course is open to all mindfulness facilitators who meet the prerequisites. For more details, visit our Inquiry Essentials page.

Timing
Thursday, Friday
Session 1: November 3, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 2: November 4, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET

Required Reading
Please note that some reading and preparation is required. It is recommended that you register at least 1-2 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $625
Registration closes November 2, 2022 at 12pm ET

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

Please submit this form to receive the registration link.

The information you provide will assist the Centre and the course teachers to better understand who is in the group and how best to adapt the training to suit your needs.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
10
Thu

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive ONLINE

Start: Thursday, November 10, 2022

Train to facilitate MBSR programs. This is the second module of the Centre’s MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program. The course is open to all MBSR facilitators-in-training who meet the prerequisites. For more details, visit our MBSR TTI page.

Timing
Orientation Session: Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 12:30pm – 2pm ET
November 14-22, 2022
Session 1: Monday, November 14, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 2: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 3: Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 4: Friday, November 18, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 5: Monday, November 21, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 6: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | 10am – 5pm ET
Registration closes November 10, 2022 at 9am ET

Required Readings
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
MBSR: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills by Susan Woods and Patricia Rockman
Please note that some additional reading and preparation is required. It is recommended that you register 1-2 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fees: $2,350
Registration closes November 10, 2022 at 9am ET

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

Please apply to receive the registration link.

If you are already enrolled in the MBSR Training Pathway, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com for the registration link.

If you wish to register for the MBSR Teacher Training Intensive outside of the certificate training pathway, please submit this form and share your reasons for wanting to take the course as a stand-alone training module.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
16
Wed

MBCT Practicum Intensive Online

Start: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Canada’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program. The course is open to all MBCT facilitators-in-training who meet the prerequisites. For more details, visit our MBCT Practicum page.

Timing
Orientation Session: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 | 4pm – 5pm ET
Wednesdays
Sessions 1-5: November 16 – December 14, 2022 | 4pm – 7:30pm ET
Sessions 6-10: January 11 – February 8, 2023 | 4pm – 7:30pm ET
Please try to reserve February 15, 2023 | 4pm – 7:30pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in the rare case of a session cancellation.
The Centre strongly recommends that you register by November 1, 2022 at 5pm ET. Late registrants may have difficulty completing the required preparation work.

Required Readings
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Second Edition by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale
MBCT: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
Please note that some additional reading and preparation is required. It is recommended that you register 2-3 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fees: $2,550

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

Apply / Email to register.

If you are already enrolled in the MBCT Training Pathway, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com for the registration link.

If you wish to register for the MBCT Practicum outside of the certificate training pathway, please submit this form and share your reasons for wanting to take the course as a stand-alone training module.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.) & Allison McLay RP
Dec
6
Tue

The Dharma with a Twist: 5-day online silent retreat

Start: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

This retreat will explore the intersection between the Dharma (the ancient wisdom teachings of the Buddha) and mindfulness-based programs (predominantly Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy).
For more details, visit the Dharma with a Twist webpage.

Timing
Tuesday – Saturday
December 6-10, 2022 | 10am – 7pm ET

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Registration Fee: $250

Costs & Donation
The registration fee covers the administrative costs of delivering the retreat only. The teachers will not receive any payment from the organization. Instead, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, the teachers will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the teachers’ donated time and skills. Details on how to offer dana, or donations, will be shared at the end of the retreat.

As a registered charity, the Centre does 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
9
Thu

MBSR Practicum Intensive Online

Start: Thursday, February 9, 2023

Canada’s first MBSR practicum.
This is the third module of our
MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, visit our MBSR Practicum page.

Required Readings
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
MBSR: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills by Susan Woods and Patricia Rockman

Timing
Orientation: January 26, 2023 | 11am – 12pm ET
Thursdays
Sessions 0-4: February 9 – March 9, 2023 | 9:30am – 1pm ET
Sessions 5-9: March 23 – April 20, 2023 | 9:30am – 1pm ET
Please try to reserve April 27, 2023 | 9:30am – 1pm ET in your schedule as a make-up session in the rare case of a session cancellation.
The Centre strongly recommends that you register by January 25, 2023 at 12pm ET. Late registrants may have difficulty completing the required preparation work.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required.
For technical requirements, click here.

Fees: $2,550
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

Please Apply / Email to register.

If you are already enrolled in the MBSR Training Pathway, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com for the registration link.

If you wish to register for the MBSR Practicum outside of the certificate training pathway, please submit this form and share your reasons for wanting to take the course as a stand-alone training module.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
5
Fri

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive Online

Start: Friday, May 5, 2023

Train to facilitate MBCT programs in an immersive online atmosphere with guidance from highly skilled health care providers and mindfulness facilitators. This is the third module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program. The course is open to all MBCT facilitators-in-training who meet the prerequisites. For more details, visit our MBCT TTI webpage.

Timing
Orientation: Friday, May 5, 2023 | 2pm – 3:30pm ET
May 8-16, 2023
Session 1: Monday, May 8, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 2: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 3: Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 4: Friday, May 12, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 5: Monday, May 15, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 6: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Registration closes May 5, 2023 at 9:00am ET

Required Readings
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Second Edition by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale
MBCT: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
Please note that some additional reading and preparation is required. It is recommended that you register 1-2 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fees: $2,350
Registration closes May 5, 2023 at 9:00am ET

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

Please apply to receive the registration link.

If you are already enrolled in the MBCT Training Pathway, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com for the registration link.

If you wish to register for the MBCT Teacher Training Intensive outside of the certificate training pathway, please submit this form and share your reasons for wanting to take the course as a stand-alone training module.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.) & Rose Mina Munjee RP
Jun
2
Fri

Advanced TTI Online – Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice

Start: Friday, June 2, 2023

Deepen your facilitation and mindful inquiry skills with the Advanced Teacher Training Intensive. This is the final training module of the Centre’s MBCT and MBSR Training Pathways. The course is open to all mindfulness facilitators who meet the prerequisites. Please see the ATTI webpage for more information.

Timing
Orientation: Friday, June 2, 2023 | 12pm – 1pm ET
June 5-12, 2023
Session 1: Monday, June 5, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 2: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 3: Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 4: Friday, June 9, 2023 | 10am – 5pm ET
Session 5: Monday, June 12, 2012 | 10am – 5pm ET
Registration closes June 2, 2023 at 9am ET

Required Reading
MBCT: Embodied Presence & Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
MBSR: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills by Susan Woods & Patricia Rockman
Please note that additional reading and preparation is required. It is highly recommended that you register 1-2 weeks in advance at which time you will receive access to the course materials.

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based course. Your full attention and participation will be required. For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $2,095
Registration closes June 2, 2023 at 9am ET

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

Please submit this form to receive the registration link.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP