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Apr
21
Tue

Learn to Deliver Mindfulness Groups Online

Start: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Teach Mindfulness Online!

Join us for this introductory workshop with Rhea Plosker for teaching mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) and delivering psychotherapy online.

This two-session, 6-hour ONLINE workshop will provide participants with what they need to know to get started teaching mindfulness-based programs online. This highly interactive workshop is for those clinicians who are interested in increasing their practice to include working in the online space, whether that be for individual clients or group sessions.

NOTE: This workshop uses the Zoom Videoconferencing solution and other technologies and processes specific to the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. It may also be helpful for facilitators wishing to use other technologies in their facilitation, but other technologies are outside the scope of this workshop.

In the workshop, you will learn:

  1. The Zoom functionality required to manage a Mindfulness-Based Program online
  2. Developing the group process and relationships online
  3. The challenges (and benefits) of leading practice and inquiry in the online space
  4. Confidentiality, safety, and risk management online

Timing
Session 1: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 9am – 12pm ET
Session 2: Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 9am – 12pm ET

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: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Apr
24
Fri

MBCT Basics Online

Start: Friday, April 24, 2020

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications
This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate.
For more details, see our MBCT Basics page.

Timing
Friday & Saturday
Session 1: April 24, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm ET
Session 2: April 25, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm ET

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: $560 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Apr
29
Wed

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness
This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Session 1: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 11am – 2pm ET
Session 2: Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 11am – 2pm 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 and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
May
1
Fri

Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy

Start: Friday, May 1, 2020

An introduction to the personal and clinical practice of mindfulness 

This online course will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness, both theoretically and experientially, in order to help you establish your own personal mindfulness practice as well as incorporate it in your clinical work.

Originally taught as a Buddhist practice 2,500 years ago, mindfulness in its current, westernized form refers to a state of deliberate attention and focus in the present moment, with an open and accepting attitude. Today, decades of research have confirmed mindfulness as a validated and effective intervention for a variety of mental and physical health problems, and an increasing number of psychologists and psychotherapists are incorporating mindfulness into their clinical practice.

Course Objectives

  • Become familiar with the concept of mindfulness and its historical context
  • Learn key and useful scientific findings that support the practice of mindfulness
  • Learn to guide a range of guided mindfulness meditations
  • Learn the basics of how to incorporate mindfulness in psychotherapy
  • Access resources for establishing a personal mindfulness practice

Who Should Attend
This two-day experiential training is geared toward psychologists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals interested in enhancing their clinical practice through the personal and professional use of mindfulness.

Timing
Session 1: Friday, May 1, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
May
2
Sat

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive ONLINE

Start: Saturday, May 2, 2020

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

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

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Timing: May 2-8, 2020
daily start and end times TBC

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: $1,975

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 remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Sep
20
Sun

MSC Teacher Training in B.C.

Start: Sunday, September 20, 2020

APPLY NOW to obtain the registration link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Participants Will Learn To

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

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

Prerequisites

  • Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years.
  • Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice
  • Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Attendance in at least one 5-day silent teacher-led residential meditation retreat of any kind, at a location of your choosing.
  • Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings
  • Previous participation in a Mindful Self-Compassion personal program (8-week or 5-day Intensive) at least 6 months beforehand. Two-day Core Skills Workshops, Online MSC and shorter workshops do not satisfy this requirement.

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

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

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

Required Reading
Before applying to the MSC Teacher TrainingOn Becoming a MSC Teacher: A Mountaineer’s Guide to Building the Resource of Mindful Self-Compassion by Christine Braehler, Steven D. Hickman, and Christopher Germer
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff 

Highly Recommended Reading
Before participating in the MSC Teacher Training: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
Before participating in the MSC Teacher TrainingThe Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, but meet the above prerequisites, please apply now. Once you are approved to attend, you will receive the registration link via email along with your notice of acceptance. If you have been approved but did not receive the URL, please contact us.

Timing
September 20-25, 2020
Sunday Check-In*: 3pm – 4pm PT
Friday Departure**: 12pm – 1pm PT
* followed by dinner then first session starts at 6:30pm
** last session ends at noon then optional lunch

Location
Bethlehem Centre

2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9

Early-Bird Fees (available until June 15, 2020)
$3,375 double occupancy
$3,725 single occupancy
Regular Fees 
(as of June 16, 2020)
$3,575 double occupancy (if still available)
$3,925 single occupancy

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

Scholarships
Contact us to inquire about scholarship availability. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.

MSC Scholarship Details
We are pleased to offer a number of scholarships to attend the MSC Teacher Training Intensive. The scholarships (ranging from $1000 to $250) are available to all potential participants with special circumstances requiring financial assistance in order to attend.

Applicants for the scholarships are asked to apply for the intensive (you can register after notification of the award) and submit a one-page essay to scholarship@mindfulnessstudies.com.

The one-page essay should address the following questions:
– Why do you wish to attend this training?
– What are the specific financial or other barriers to your attending?
– How do you imagine implementing or integrating MSC into your life?

Scholarships may be awarded on a rolling basis, and retreat space may be limited, so please apply early. We will decide on the final awards and notify remaining scholarship applicants within 2 weeks of the deadline.

Facilitator(s):Steve Hickman Psy.D & Dawn MacDonald MSW RSW & Beth Mulligan PA-C
Oct
16
Fri

Advanced TTI in B.C.

Start: Friday, October 16, 2020

Deepen your facilitation and mindful inquiry skills at this 4-day Advanced Teacher Training Intensive. This workshop is open to all mindfulness-based facilitators who have taught at least two mindfulness-based programs. It is also the final module of the Centre’s Advanced Certification. Please see the ATTI webpage for more information.

The 2020 ATTI will take place in Victoria, B.C. if sufficient interest is demonstrated. There is the option to register your commitment to attend with a $200 deposit*.

Location Victoria, B.C.

Timing October 16-19, 2020

Hosted by

 

Fees
Early-Bird:
$1,925 (available until June 15, 2020)
Regular:
$2,075 (as of June 16, 2020)
* If you are committed to attending the 2020 ATTI in B.C. but do not wish to pay the full ticket price at this time, please purchase the $200 deposit ticket to register your interest. You will then be emailed a $200 discount code to use when completing your registration. If you withdraw from the event on or before June 15, 2020, you will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If you withdraw from the event after June 15, 2020, the $200 deposit will not be refunded. If the event is cancelled, you will receive a full refund on any purchased tickets. Additional Payment, cancellation and refund policies.

Required Reading: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Embodied Presence and Inquiry in Practice by Susan Woods, Patricia Rockman, Evan Collins
– purchasable via the publisher New Harbinger or Amazon.ca or
Indigo Chapters

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
29
Thu

Inquiry Essentials in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Inquiry is the practice of asking a question to investigate our experience. It is at the heart of MBCT and MBSR.
This is the final course module of our MBCT & MBSR Facilitation Certificate Programs.
For more details, visit our Inquiry Essentials page.

Timing
Session 1: Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, October 30, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Nov
2
Mon

Dharma with a Twist in Ontario

Start: Monday, November 2, 2020

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.

November 2-6, 2020
Begins: Monday, November 2, 2020
– check-in at 4pm
– dinner at 5:30pm
– first session at 7pm
Ends: Friday, November 6, 2020
– session ends at 11:30am
– optional lunch at 12:30pm

Location
Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road
Mono, ON L9W 6N2

Early-Bird Fees (available until September 14, 2020)
$940 double occupancy
$1,260 single occupancy*

Regular Fees
(as of September 15, 2020)
$1,040 double occupancy
$1,360 single occupancy*

* Please note that only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to pay the additional $300 online before the retreat.

Costs & Donation
The registration fee covers the cost of room and board only. The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization. The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood. There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat and participants will also be provided with an electronic method to donate as well.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Pascal Auclair Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
Nov
13
Fri

Mindfulness Core Concepts in Montréal

Start: Friday, November 13, 2020

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness
This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate Program.
For more details, see our Mindfulness Core Concepts page.

Timing
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
MindSpace
1310 Greene Ave #500
Westmount, QC H3Z 2B2

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Nov
14
Sat

MBSR TTI in Quebec

Start: Saturday, November 14, 2020

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

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

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

November 14-20, 2020
Starts: Saturday, November 14, 2020
– check-in at 4pm
– dinner at 6pm
– first session at 7pm
Ends: Friday, November 20, 2020
– session ends at 11am
– optional lunch at 12pm

Location
Kio-O Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
1905, ch. du Rang 6
Ste-Lucie, Québec J0T 2J0

Early-Bird Fees (available until September 14, 2020)
$2,925 double occupancy
$3,425 single occupancy**

Regular Fees (as of September 15, 2020)
$3,125 double occupancy
$3,625 single occupancy**

** Please note that only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to pay the additional $500 online before the retreat.

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

Please remember to apply before registering.

* Senior MBSR Teacher Trainer Susan Woods MSW LICSW will lead this TTI unless registration numbers are low

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods* MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Joe Flanders PhD OPQ