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Dec
3
Mon

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Monday, December 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

If you are pursuing the MBSR Certificate and you have already taken The Centre’s MBCT Basics course, you do not need to complete this first training module. If you have other prior formal mindfulness training, you may be exempt from completing Mindfulness Core Concepts.

Accreditation 
This 2-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning
Session 1: December 3, 2018 | 10am – 12pm
Session 2: December 5, 2018 | 10am – 12pm
Session 3: December 7, 2018 | 10am – 12pm

Fee: $350
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jan
15
Tue

MBCT Basics Online

Start: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Timing
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Sessions 1-6: January 15-31, 2019 | 12pm – 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: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Jan
18
Fri

MBCT Basics in Calgary

Start: Friday, January 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
January 18 & 19, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location:
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
121 14 Ave, SW Calgary
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Fee: $560
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.
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MBCT Basics in Calgary is being hosted by Restorative Conversations in Calgary.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jan
25
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, January 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are pursuing the MBCT Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal CBT training, you may be exempt from completing this training module. Consider submitting an Alternative Module Assessment request.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, January 25, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $350 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jan
27
Sun

Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Deepen your facilitation and mindful inquiry skills. This teacher training intensive is the final module of our Advanced Certification.

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

This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction.

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

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

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

Who Should Attend
MBSR and MBCT facilitators who meet the following prerequisites:
• Advanced degree in a health-related or social services field
• Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
• Participation in an 8-week MBCT and/or MBSR program
• Attendance at a 6-day professional MBSR training and/or a 5-day professional MBCT training
• Teaching experience; the facilitation of a minimum of 3 MBSR or MBCT groups before the start of the 5-day advanced training
• Participation in periodic residential formal silent mindfulness meditation retreats (annual is preferred)

What To Expect
You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 7am and ending at 9pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Timing
Arrival & Check-In: 4pm – 5:30pm Sunday, January 27, 2019
Check-Out & Departure: 11:30am – 1:30pm Friday, February 1, 2019

Early-Bird Fees: $2,675 (double occupancy) or $3,175 (single occupancy)
Early-Bird pricing ends on December 31, 2018
Regular Fees: $2,775 (double occupancy) or $3,275 (single occupancy)
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Mar
8
Fri

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, March 8, 2019

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, March 8, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Mar
14
Thu

MBCT Basics

Start: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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
Two-Day Course:
 Thursday & Friday
Session 1: Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, March 15, 2019 | 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
Mar
17
Sun

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Québec

Start: Sunday, March 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 7am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals and social service workers who have a clinical background and a regular mindfulness practice. It is recommended but not necessary to have participated in an 8-week MBCT program and to have formal mindfulness training such as MBCT Basics and CBT Primer.

  • Classes are bilingual friendly. The instructors will primarily deliver the training in English. Questions, teach-backs and materials will be offered in both languages.
  • Le cours sera proposé en anglais avec la possibilité de poser des questions, de participer aux discussions, de faire les pratiques d’enseignement, et d’avoir accès au divers documents en anglais ou en français.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for up to 135 Mainpro+ credits. It is also approved for up to 51 CE Credits by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and up to 45 CE Credits by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).

Timing: March 17-22, 2019

Begins Sunday, March 17, 2019
– Check-in at 3:30pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, March 22, 2019
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Location:
Kio-O Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
1905 Chemin 6e Rang
Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC J0T 2J0

Early-Bird Fees: $2,575 (double occupancy) or $3,075 (single occupancy)
Early-Bird pricing ends on January 17, 2019
Regular Fees: $2,675 (double occupancy) or $3,175 (single occupancy)
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies


Intensif de 5 jours de formation pour les enseignants de la Thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience (MBCT) au Québec

Formez-vous pour enseigner la thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience (MBCT) avec Zindel Segal, un des cofondateurs de cette approche. Ceci est le troisième module de notre certificat pour enseigner la MBCT.

Les traitements actuels de la dépression sont efficaces pour plusieurs, mais il reste des défis pour maintenir la rémission des symptômes dépressifs dans le temps. Ce programme innovateur intensif de 5 jours donné dans un contexte de retraite vous amènera à passer à travers le programme de MBCT reconnu efficace pour prévenir les rechutes de la dépression.

Basé sur les recherches de Zindel Segal, Mark Williams et John Teasdale, et bien documenté dans le livre La thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience pour la dépression, ce programme combine les outils de la thérapie cognitive et la pratique et les applications cliniques de la pleine conscience et de la méditation.

À Quoi S’attendre
Cet entraînement combine les éléments d’un atelier de formation clinique et d’une retraite de méditation. Les participants doivent s’attendre à certaines périodes de silence et à des périodes d’enseignements par discussions et échanges. L’horaire de cette formation est dense, débutant le matin à 7 heures et se terminant le soir à 20 heures. À noter que l’horaire précis ne sera pas distribué avant la formation, mais plutôt à la rencontre plénière du début de la formation/retraite.

Les participants recevront des travaux à faire en soirée, et nous suggérons que le reste de votre temps soit utilisé pour le repos, la relaxation et des réflexions sur les apprentissages de la journée

Qui Devrait Participer
La participation à cette formation est offerte aux professionnels de la santé et des services sociaux ayant un background en clinique/psychothérapie, ainsi qu’une pratique personnelle de méditation. Les prérequis de cet intensif incluent la participation à un programme MBCT de 8 semaines, l’équivalent d’une formation Les Bases de la MBCT, et Les Bases de la TCC, et une pratique régulière de méditation.

Dates
Du 17 au 22 mars 2019
Débute le dimanche 17 mars 2019

Arrivée à partir de 15h30
Souper à 17h30
Session en soirée débute à 19 heures

Se termine le 22 mars 2019
Session du matin jusqu’à 11h30
Départ des chambres au plus tard après le lunch

Lieu
Kio-O, Centre de ressourcement et de créativité
1905 Chemin 6ième rang
Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC J0T 2J0

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Andréanne Elie MD
Apr
6
Sat

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Saturday, April 6, 2019

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

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

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Timing: April 6-12, 2019
Begins Saturday, April 6, 2019
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, April 12, 2019
– 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 February 6, 2019)
$2,825 double occupancy
$3,325 single occupancy
Regular Fees
$2,925 double occupancy
$3,425 single occupancy
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single 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.

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Apr
25
Thu

Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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

Who Should Attend
It is highly recommended that participants have facilitated at least one Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) group and/or received mentorship prior to taking this course.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of our Facilitation Certificate Programs, please submit a completed Professional Development Application Form and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

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

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits..

Timing
Two-Day Course: Thursday & Friday
April 25 & 26, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $560
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
May
6
Mon

MBCT Practicum Intensive

Start: Monday, May 6, 2019

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

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

Timing
Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10, 2019
Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12pm – 1:30pm (please note that lunch is not provided)
Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm – 5pm

Location
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8
Map & Directions

Fees
Early-Bird: $2,375 (until March 31st)
Regular: $2,475
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

Remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Jun
21
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in B.C.

Start: Friday, June 21, 2019

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

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

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 39 Mainpro+ credits. It is also approved for up to 12.5 CE Credits by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
June 21 & 22, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
University of the Fraser Valley
Indigenous Gathering Space
Building A, Canada Education Park
45190 Caen Avenue
Chiliwack, B.C. V2R 0N3

Fees
$675 early-bird (until April 15, 2019)
$725 regular
Please Note: lunch is included in the registration price

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
Sep
22
Sun

MSC Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario (Sept 22-28)

Start: Sunday, September 22, 2019

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

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, 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 22-28, 2019
Sunday Check-In: 4pm – 5pm
Friday Departure: 1pm – 2pm

Location
St. Francis Centre
208501 Highway 9
Caledon, ON L7K 0A8
Google Map

Fees
Early-Bird: $2,975 (until July 15th)
Regular: $3,175
Please note that all rooms are single occupancy with an ensuite washroom.

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, 2019.

Facilitator(s):Steve Hickman Psy.D & Michelle Becker LFMT & Dawn McDonald MSW RSW
Oct
7
Mon

The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat

Start: Monday, October 7, 2019

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

Timing: October 7-11, 2019
Begins Monday, October 7, 2019
– check-in at 4pm
– dinner at 5:30pm
– session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, October 11 2019
– 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 July 31, 2019)
$880 double occupancy
$1,180 single occupancy*
Regular Fees
$980 double occupancy
$1,280 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 fee below covers the cost of room and board only. The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization. The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and invited to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood. There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.

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
Oct
20
Sun

MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, October 20, 2019

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

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

Timing: October 20-25, 2019
Begins Sunday, October 20, 2019
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, October 25, 2019
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Optional lunch at 12:30pm

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

Fee TBD
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

Remember to apply before registering.

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