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Sep
12
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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
Wednesday Afternoons
Sessions 1-6: September 12 – October 17, 2018 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm ET

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.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Sep
24
Mon

Notions essentielles de pleine conscience à Montréal

Start: Monday, September 24, 2018

Apprenez-en sur la recherche et les applications quotidiennes de la pleine conscience. Cette journée de formation est le premier module de notre Certificat pour devenir instructeur en MBSR (Gestion du stress par la pleine conscience).

Cet atelier hautement expérientiel d’une journée initiera les participants aux origines, principes et pratiques de la réduction du stress basée sur la pleine conscience (MBSR), et autres interventions basées sur la pleine conscience. Le temps de formation sera divisé entre des séances didactiques et expérientielles tout au long de la journée. Les participants approfondiront leur compréhension des fondements historiques et scientifiques de la pleine conscience ainsi que son application pour la gestion du stress au quotidien.

La séance du matin comportera une initiation globale aux concepts liés à la pleine conscience et à ses origines, ainsi que des exercices expérientiels en lien avec les sens. La séance de l’après-midi consistera en une exploration plus approfondie des sensations corporelles par des pratiques expérientielles simples, puis par l’exploration des pensées et émotions, encore une fois par des pratiques expérientielles.  La séance se terminera par une discussion sur les applications de la pleine conscience au quotidien, et sur comment en apprendre plus sur la pleine conscience.

Objectifs d’apprentissage
Comment définir la pleine conscience et élaborer une description de ses fondements théoriques
Comment entraîner l’attention pour être davantage attentif au présent
• Comment appliquer les pratiques essentielles de pleine conscience au quotidien et aux situations difficiles
• Identifier des ressources pour en savoir plus sur le MBSR et d’autres interventions basées sur la conscience

À qui s’adresse cette formation
Ce cours d’introduction est destiné à ceux ayant un intérêt général pour la pleine conscience, tant au niveau professionnel que personnel. Il s’adresse aux professionnels de la santé, mais aussi aux autres professionnels, à ceux qui désirent enseigner le MBSR et d’autres programmes basés sur la pleine conscience. Il n’y a pas de prérequis pour cette formation.

Si vous êtes à compléter la formation en MBSR et que vous avez déjà suivi une formation qui semble équivalente, prière de contacter le Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour qu’ils évaluent si une exemption à ce premier module pour l’obtention du certificat peut être possible.

Accréditation
Ce programme d’apprentissage en groupe répond aux critères de certification du Collège québécois des médecins de famille, organisme pleinement agréé en développement professionnel continu par le Collège des médecins du Québec, et donne droit à 12 crédits Mainpro+ (reconnus comme des crédits de Catégorie 1 pour les participants non membres du CMFC) pourvu que les normes éthiques soient respectées.

Calendrier
Cours d’une journée: Lundi
24 septembre 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Le cours sera proposé en français avec la possibilité de poser des questions, de participer aux discussions et d’avoir accès au divers documents en anglais ou en français. 
  • Classes are bilingual friendly. The instructor will primarily deliver the course in French. Questions, discussion and materials will be offered in both languages. See the course description in English here.

Frais d’inscription: $350 (Veuillez noter que le repas du midi n’est pas offert)
Aucune TPS ni TVQ ne sera chargée étant donné que le Centre est un organisme à but non lucratif. Nous soutenir c’est soutenir nos oeuvres caritatives. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre Programme Communautaire  

Paiement, annulation et conditions de remboursements
Veuillez contacter The Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour toute demande de remboursement. Envoyez un email à info@mindfulnessstudies.com au moins 5 jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme afin de recevoir un remboursement de frais d’inscription moins $50 de frais administratifs ou un remboursement de frais d’inscription intégral crédité pour une offre future.

Politiques d’annulation
J’ai lu et compris les règles de paiement, annulation, remboursement et échange. Je suis conscient que lorsque je remplis les conditions du Certificat de Facilitation du programme MBCT, le Certificat sera délivré uniquement par le Centre for Mindfulness, sauf si je remplis les conditions de transfert définies par le Factor-Inwentash de la faculté de travail social de l’université de Toronto, disponibles à l’adresse suivante : https://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/pro-dev/mbct-cert/

1. Conditions de paiement
Toute inscription effectuée en ligne via carte de crédit est non remboursable. Ces frais d’inscription sont facturés par le service de billetterie. Si vous désirez vous inscrire pour un programme sans payer ces frais, vous pouvez vous rendre au Centre pour payer en espèces ou par chèque ou encore en envoyant un chèque par voie postale. Nous vous prions de téléphoner à l’avance afin de vous assurer qu’il reste des billets disponibles.
Pour toute demande d’échange, de remboursement ou de crédit, veuillez nous envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante : info@MindfulnessStudies.com. Veuillez consulter nos autres conditions ci-dessous pour plus d’informations.

2. Annulation d’un programme
Si votre programme est annulé, vous avez le droit à un remboursement intégral. Vous serez contacté au moins trois jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme.

REMBOURSEMENTS
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme, vous recevrez un remboursement intégral moins $50 de frais administratifs.
Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous n’aurez pas droit à un remboursement.
Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

ECHANGES
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement d’un programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme en crédit pour un futur cours. Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme moins $50 de frais administratifs en crédit pour un futur cours. Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

Facilitator(s):Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Sep
28
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, September 28, 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.

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

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
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, September 28, 2018 | 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):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
29
Sat

6-Day MBSR Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018

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

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

In the first part of this highly interactive training, trainees will experience the MBSR program. In the second half of the training, trainees will be given the opportunity to practice facilitating various components of the MBSR program under the supervision and guidance of the teachers.

Inherent in this training is the necessity of a personal mindfulness practice as a platform from which to teach. The delivery of MBSR requires the facilitator to integrate what it means to embody a non-judgmental, present moment focus with an understanding of how this supports and strengthens such mind states as kindness, compassion and equanimity.

This training intensive will utilize didactic and experiential teaching modules. The curriculum includes both large and small group learning, with opportunity for role-play and simulated client-facilitator encounters.  There is daily meditation practice, yoga/mindful movement, and periods of silence. The ethical underpinnings of teaching MBSR will be discussed.

Participants Will Learn
• How to articulate the foundational principles of the MBSR program
• To demonstrate the basic MBSR teaching skills
• The central role of mindfulness meditation practice for general wellness and self-care in the regulation of emotions and behaviours
• How to articulate the rationale for a facilitator’s ongoing mindfulness meditation practice in teaching MBSR
• To discuss and outline formal and informal meditative practices and mindfulness as a mode of being in daily life

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 7:30am and ending at 8:30pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Who Should Attend
This 6-day training intensive is primarily intended for social service workers and other professionals wishing to teach MBSR. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBSR program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to Mindfulness Core Concepts, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into one of The Centre’s Facilitation Certificate Programs, please apply here and wait to hear back from the Centre before registering.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 124.5 Mainpro+ credits.

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

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

Fee 
Early-Bird $2,775 (until August 20, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,875

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

REFUNDS
If you give at least 30 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive the full tuition less a $200 fee.
If you give 20 – 29 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you give 10 – 19 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you will receive a 25% refund.
If you give less than 10 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, no refund will be available.
After the retreat has started no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

EXCHANGES
If you give at least 20 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply the full tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
If you give 10-19 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply 50% of the tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
If you give less than 10 business days’ notice prior to the retreat start date, you can apply 25% of the tuition amount as a credit to a future course.
After the retreat has started no refund, exchanges or transfers will be available.

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Oct
9
Tue

CBT Primer Online

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

Although physicians rely primarily on pharmacotherapy to treat depression and anxiety, many patients experience only partial relief and remain vulnerable to relapse if they stop medication. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

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

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

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

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training. There is no prerequisites for this course.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

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

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
Tuesdays
Session 1: October 9, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm ET
Session 2: October 16, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm ET

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman
 MD CCFP FCFP & Joe Flanders OPQ

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

Payment, cancellation & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
11
Thu

Les bases de la MBCT à Montréal

Start: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Explorez les bénéfices thérapeutiques, la recherche actuelle et les principes qui sous-tendent la MBCT tout en expérimentant ses pratiques essentielles et certains exercices de thérapie cognitive associés. Cette formation de 2 jours constitue le premier module de notre programme pour l’obtention du Certificat pour enseigner la MBCT.

La thérapie cognitive basée sur la pleine conscience (MBCT),un traitement offert en rencontres de groupes, a été développé à l’origine pour prévenir la rechute dépressive. Cette approche combine la pratique de la méditation de la pleine conscience et des outils de thérapie cognitive. L’atelier proposé de 2 jours, hautement expérientiel, se veut une initiation à la MBCT pour les professionnels du milieu de la santé . Nous y aborderons l’enseignement des pratiques de pleine conscience, les principes de base,ainsi que le contexte clinique et les neurosciences (recherche) liés à la MBCT. Les participants se familiariseront avec cette approche, avec l’amélioration de la résilience personnelle et  professionnelle comme objectif.

Les participants auront l’occasion d’approfondir les notions entourant les modes de pensées habituels et les changements d’humeur, tout en acquérant des outils pour développer une nouvelle relation avec ces changements du mental.

En outre, les participants seront initiés aux hypothèses théoriques qui sous-tendent le modèle du MBCT et auront un aperçu du programme qui est offert  semaine après semaine aux participants des groupes de MBCT, ainsi qu’une compréhension des contre-indications et des applications cliniques relatives recommandées pour cette approche.

Objectifs du cours :
• S‘initier à la MBCT: contexte historique, recherche et contexte scientifique qui sous-tendent cette approche
• Expérimenter, pratiquer et réfléchir sur des pratiques de pleine conscience et des exercices de thérapie cognitive
• Approfondir les applications cliniques de la pleine conscience à l’égard de la dépression, de l’anxiété et du stress

Contenu de la formation
• Aperçu du contexte scientifique, de la recherche et des données probantes des interventions basées sur la pleine conscience
• Aperçu de la structure et du contenu du programme de 8 semaines de la MBCT tel que proposé aux participants
• Pratiques d’attentions et exercices de thérapie cognitivo comportementale – pratique et dialogue exploratoire suivant les exercices pratiques
• Principes et hypothèses sous-jacentes de la MBCT
• Applications cliniques des pratiques et exercices de la MBCT en lien avec l’anxiété, la dépression et le stress
• Pratique à domicile

À qui s’adresse cette formation
Aux professionnels de la  santé qui souhaitent en apprendre plus sur la MBCT, ses bénéfices thérapeutiques et leur application à la résilience personnelle et professionnelle. Il n’y a aucun prérequis pour ce cours.

Accréditation
Ce programme d’apprentissage en groupe répond aux critères de certification du Collège québécois des médecins de famille, organisme pleinement agréé en développement professionnel continu par le Collège des médecins du Québec, et donne droit à 33 crédits Mainpro+ (reconnus comme des crédits de Catégorie 1 pour les participants non membres du CMFC) pourvu que les normes éthiques soient respectées.

Calendrier
Formation  de deux jours, 12 heures de cours didactique et de pratiques expérientielles
Jeudi 11 et Vendredi 12 octobre 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Le cours sera proposé en français avec la possibilité de poser des questions, de participer aux discussions et d’avoir accès au divers documents en anglais ou en français. 
  • Classes are bilingual friendly. The instructor will primarily deliver the course in French. Questions, discussion and materials will be offered in both languages. See the description in English here.

Frais d’inscription: $575 
Aucune TPS ni TVQ ne sera chargée étant donné que le Centre est un organisme à but non lucratif. Nous soutenir c’est soutenir nos oeuvres caritatives. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre Programme Communautaire  

Paiement, annulation et conditions de remboursements
Veuillez contacter The Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour toute demande de remboursement. Envoyez un email à info@mindfulnessstudies.com au moins 5 jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme afin de recevoir un remboursement de frais d’inscription moins $50 de frais administratifs ou un remboursement de frais d’inscription intégral crédité pour une offre future.

Renonciation à l’évènement
J’ai lu et compris les règles de paiement, annulation, remboursement et échange. Je suis conscient que lorsque je remplis les conditions du Certificat de Facilitation du programme MBCT, le Certificat sera délivré uniquement par le Centre for Mindfulness, sauf si je remplis les conditions de transfert définies par le Factor-Inwentash de la faculté de travail social de l’université de Toronto, disponibles à l’adresse suivante : https://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/pro-dev/mbct-cert/

1. Conditions de paiement
Toute inscription effectuée en ligne via carte de crédit est non remboursable. Ces frais d’inscription sont facturés par le service de billetterie. Si vous désirez vous inscrire pour un programme sans payer ces frais, vous pouvez vous rendre au Centre pour payer en espèces ou par chèque ou encore en envoyant un chèque par voie postale. Nous vous prions de téléphoner à l’avance afin de vous assurer qu’il reste des billets disponibles.
Pour toute demande d’échange, de remboursement ou de crédit, veuillez nous envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante : info@MindfulnessStudies.com. Veuillez consulter nos autres conditions ci-dessous pour plus d’informations.

2. Annulation d’un programme
Si votre programme est annulé, vous avez le droit à un remboursement intégral. Vous serez contacté au moins trois jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme.

REMBOURSEMENTS
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme, vous recevrez un remboursement intégral moins $50 de frais administratifs.
Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous n’aurez pas droit à un remboursement.
Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

ECHANGES
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement d’un programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme en crédit pour un futur cours. Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme moins $50 de frais administratifs en crédit pour un futur cours. Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP & Andréanne Elie MD FRCPC
Oct
18
Thu

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

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

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

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

Timing
Two-Day Course: Thursday & Friday
Session 1: Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, October 19, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $560 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

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

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

5-Day MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Ontario

Start: Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals and social service workers who have a clinical background and a mindfulness meditation practice. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBCT program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to MBCT Basics and CBT Primer, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate Program, please complete a Professional Development Application Form and wait for a response from the Centre before registering.

Accreditation
This 3-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 135 Mainpro+ credits.

Timing: October 21-26, 2018

Begins Sunday, October 21, 2018
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 5:30pm
– Session starts at 7pm

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

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

Fee: Early-Bird (available until August 20, 2018): $2,400 double / $2,900 single
Regular Rate:
$2,500 double / $3,000 single
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

 

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Nov
1
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, November 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Prerequisites:

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

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

Fee: $560 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
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
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.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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
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 for up to 135 Mainpro+ credits.

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

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.

Timing
Arrival: Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 4pm – 5:30pm
Departure: Friday, April 12, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:30pm

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):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
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
Jun
21
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in BC

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.

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: Friday & Saturday
June 21 & 22, 2019 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rocman 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: 3pm – 5pm
Friday Departure: 1pm – 2pm

Location
St. Francis Centre
208501 Highway 9
Caledon, ON L7K 0H2
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Fees 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

Scholarships
Contact us to inquire about scholarship availability. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.

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