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Oct
6
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, October 6, 2017- 9:30 am

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
October 6, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: 
$335 (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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):David Denis ND RP
Oct
16
Mon

6-Day MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, October 16, 2017- 4:00 pm

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. 

Online Format
Participation will be via your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android), with interactive audio, video and chat.

Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

This online course requires high-speed Internet access and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate equipment and internet connection.

Technical Requirements:

  1. High-speed internet connection
  2. Video cam (built-in or external)
  3. Audio microphone (built-in or external)

It is the registrant’s responsibility to complete the required technical tests on the computer and to test the internet connection that s/he will be using throughout the course. For those registrants who plan to participate from the workplace, please note that it might be necessary to involve your IT department/consultant in determining how to meet the following technical requirements.

Please complete all the following steps to successfully join the online course

Required preparation:

  • Download Zoom (video conference program) by clicking here or by clicking on https://zoom.us/download
  • Click here for a PDF on how to install Zoom
  • Ensure you have operational headphones/earphones – required to limit feedback
  • Test your headphones/earphones with the computer you will be using
  • Test your camera and microphone by clicking here or by clicking on https://zoom.us/test

If you have any questions, please contact Theo Amory at theo@mindfulnessstudies.com or via phone at 647-524-6216

Timing
Daily (Monday – Saturday)
Sessions 1-6: October 16 – 21, 2017 | 4pm – 6pm ET

Fee: $535
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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Oct
22
Sun

5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017- 3:00 pm

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 6:30am 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 a copy of your CV to karen@mindfulnessstudies.com

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for up to 18 Mainpro-C and 11 Mainpro-M1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Timing: October 22-27, 2017

Begins Sunday, October 22, 2017
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, October 27, 2017
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Fee: $2,400 double / $2,900 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
Oct
26
Thu

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts in Montréal

Start: Thursday, October 26, 2017- 9:30 am

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 give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

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, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Thursday
October 26, 2017 | 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):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP & Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Oct
27
Fri

Notions essentielles de pleine conscience à Montréal – 1 journée

Start: Friday, October 27, 2017- 9:30 am

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: Vendredi
27 octobre 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP & Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Nov
6
Mon

5-Day MBCT Practicum Intensive

Start: Monday, November 6, 2017- 9:00 am

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 intensive 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.

Participants Will Learn
• Ways to deliver the 8-week MBCT program in a systematic manner
• To engage in teach-backs to help hone their skills
• How to receive feedback to enhance their guidance and inquiry skills
• The underlying intentions, attitudes and attentional training skills developed in the practices/exercises
• To hold the group using the MBCT model

Who Should Attend
This program is intended for clinicians interested in deepening their understanding of MBCT and developing some foundational skills to facilitate MBCT.

This program is best suited for clinicians who have experience with meditative practices and who have attended an 8-week MBCT. It is also recommended for those who have taken the MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat. Please contact us before registering if you have yet to participate in an MBCT program.

What To Expect
This training will be an intensive version of our 10-week practicum in 5 days. You can expect to be immersed in the 8-week MBCT program. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 9:00am and ending at 5:30pm each day with an hour and a half for lunch that will entail some readings and work.

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

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
5-Day Practicum:

Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10, 2017
Morning Sessions: 9am – 12:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 2pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2pm – 5:30pm

Fee: $2,250
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 & David Denis ND RP
Nov
9
Thu

Les bases de la MBCT à Montréal – 2 journées

Start: Thursday, November 9, 2017- 9:30 am

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 9 et Vendredi 10 novembre 2017, | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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
Nov
22
Wed

The Dharma with a Twist: Silent Retreat (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Wednesday, November 22, 2017-

TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS RETREAT, PLEASE EMAIL info@MindfulnessStudies.com

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).

Secular and Therapeutic Mindfulness have been referred to as a Trojan Horse, or stealth Buddhism, a characterization that brings a variety of reactions. This retreat will work with the Dharma, and Inquiry, a central component of mindfulness programs believed to assist in self exploration, emotion and attention regulation and an increased ability to manage difficulty. MBCT also makes explicit the intent of various practices within this context. This will also be explored as it relates to the Dharma. Thus the retreat will combine long periods of silence and a variety of practices with periods of inquiry into the meditative experience of retreatants. Silence will be maintained outside the meditation hall.

Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in Buddhist Psychology and/or mindfulness-based interventions with an existing mindfulness practice. Ideal for practitioners of mindfulness meditation who would like to develop their skills of inquiry and knowledge of the Dharma.  All professionals who are teaching mindfulness-based interventions would benefit greatly from this retreat as would MBSR/MBCT program graduates.

Participants Will Learn

  • to deepen their practice through periods of silence and inquiry
  • about the intersection between Buddhist Teachings and Mindfulness-Based interventions
  • to increase their self-reflective capacity using the components of their experience

Dates
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 4:00 pm – Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 4:00 pm

Facilitators
Pascal AuclairPatricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

Location
St. John’s Convent and Guest House
233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2M 2E8

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.

Fee
Early Bird Registration (before October 11, 2017): $675
Regular Registration: $725

Please note that most rooms are single with shared washrooms but there are a few double rooms with ensuite washrooms.

Please bring:
•    yoga mat
•    meditation cushion
•    a shawl or blanket if needed
•    comfortable clothing
•    indoor, soft-soled shoes, sandals or slippers

The retreat location is a scent-free environment. Cell phones are prohibited in all but the main floor phone booth in the Guest House. Use of electronic devices and other distractions such as computers and books is strongly discouraged.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If your retreat is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund. You will be contacted at least five business days’ prior to the retreat start date if a cancellation is made.  If you wish to withdraw from this course, notice of withdrawal must be given by email to: info@mindfulnessstudies.com.  Please review the following refund & exchange policy:

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):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Pascal Auclair Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
Dec
15
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, December 15, 2017- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core 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 give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

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, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

Accreditation 
This 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, December 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (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):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jan
12
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, January 12, 2018- 9:30 am

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
Consecutive Fridays
Session 1: January 12, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: January 19, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
12
Mon

10-Week MBCT Practicum

Start: Monday, February 12, 2018- 5:30 pm

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.

Participants Will Learn
• Ways to deliver the 8-week MBCT program in a systematic manner
• To engage in teach-backs to help hone their skills
• How to receive feedback to enhance their guidance and inquiry skills
• The underlying intentions, attitudes and attentional training skills developed in the practices/exercises
• To hold the group using the MBCT model

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for clinicians interested in deepening their understanding of MBCT and developing some foundational skills to facilitate MBCT. It is best suited for clinicians who have experience with meditative practices and who have attended an 8-week MBCT.  It is also recommended for those who have taken the 5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat.  

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

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
Monday Evenings
February 12 – May 28, 2018 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* skips February 19th, March 5th, March 19th, April 2nd, April 23rd, May 21st


Fee: $2,250
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 & Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
22
Thu

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Thursday, February 22, 2018- 9:30 am

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.

Accreditation
This 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: Thursday
February 22, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (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
Mar
1
Thu

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Thursday, March 1, 2018- 9:30 am

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core 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 give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

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, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Thursday
March 1, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (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
Apr
3
Tue

3-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Tuesday, April 3, 2018- 6:00 pm

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. 

Online Format
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Timing
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
Sessions 1-6: April 3 – 19, 2018 | 6pm – 8pm

Fee: $535
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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
May
11
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, May 11, 2018- 9:30 am

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
Consecutive Fridays
Session 1: May 11, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: May 18, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (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 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
Jun
1
Fri

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Friday, June 1, 2018- 9:30 am

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 and/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 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
Session 1: Friday, June 1, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (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
Jun
7
Thu

3-Week Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Thursday, June 7, 2018- 1:00 pm

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 give a description of its theoretical underpinnings
• To train the attention to be more present-focused
• To start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations
• Resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions

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, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

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

Timing
Thursdays
Session 1: June 7, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET
Session 2: June 14, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET
Session 3: June 21, 2018 | 1pm – 3pm ET

Fee: $335 (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):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jun
23
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat in BC

Start: Saturday, June 23, 2018- 7:00 pm

Train to facilitate MBSR programs with Susan Woods and Dr. Patricia Rockman. 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 7:30 am and ending at 8:30 pm 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.

Timing
7 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2018 until 11 am on Friday, June 29, 2018

Fees
Early-Bird $2,325 (until March 31, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,450

Accommodation
This training intensive is intended to be residential. Participants are asked to stay at the Vedder River Inn, where we have arranged a discounted fee of $79.99 per night plus tax. The Inn is a 20 minute walk from the campus.

Commuting
Commuting is permitted only by participants living within 50 km. (You may commute from Abbotsford. You may not commute from Langley or other parts of Greater Vancouver.)

Download the Flyer/Poster of the MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Jun
24
Sun

6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive

Start: Sunday, June 24, 2018- 2:30 pm

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.).

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, please apply now and wait to hear back before registering.

Timing
2:30pm on Sunday, June 24, 2018 to 1:30pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018
Morning Practices: 7am – 8am
Morning Sessions: 9am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Evening Sessions: 7pm – 8:30pm

Fees
Early-Bird (available until April 15, 2018)
$2,675 triple / $2,875 double / $3,375 single room
Regular Rates
$2,775 triple / $2,975 double / $3,475 single room

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 info@MindfulnessStudies.com to inquire about scholarship availability.

Facilitator(s):Christopher Germer & Michelle Becker & Dawn MacDonald
Jul
9
Mon

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Monday, July 9, 2018- 9:30 am

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: Monday & Tuesday
Session 1: Monday, July 9, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (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 Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Sep
12
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018- 2:00 pm

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. 

Online Format
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

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

Timing
Wednesdays Afternoon
Sessions 1-6: September 12 – October 17, 2018 | 2pm – 4pm ET

Fee: $535
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
29
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018- 3:30 pm

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.

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

Fee 
Early-Bird $2,775 (until August 20, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,875
Please note that all the rooms at St. Francis Centre will be single occupancy.

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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
Oct
9
Tue

2-Week CBT Primer Online

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018- 10:00 am

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 prequisite for this course.

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.

Online Format
For full details, please see our technical specifications webpage.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.

Accreditation
This 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 | 10am – 1pm ET
Session 2: October 16, 2018 | 10am – 1pm ET

Facilitator
Patricia Rockman
 MD CCFP FCFP

Fee: $335 (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
18
Thu

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018- 9:30 am

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: $535 (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 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 Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 21, 2018- 3:00 pm

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 course has been accredited for up to 18 Mainpro-C and 11 Mainpro-M1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Timing: October 21-26, 2018

Begins Sunday, October 21, 2018
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

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

Fee:
Early-Bird (available until August 15, 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
22
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, November 22, 2018- 9:30 am

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 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 22, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, November 23, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (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

Personal Programs

Start: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Start: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Start: Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Professional Development

Start: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-10-06 13:30:00
Start: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm
2017-10-16 20:00:00
Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 3:00 pm
2017-10-22 19:00:00
Start: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 9:30 am
2017-10-26 13:30:00