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Feb
25
Tue

MBCT Online

Start: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy providing tools and strategies for preventing depressive relapse, as well as reducing acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Monday, February 24th | 6pm – 8pm ET or Tuesday, February 25th | 10am – 12pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: February 25, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: March 3 – April 28, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET
NOTE: Tuesday, April 14th is the 4-hour Silent Retreat | 5:30pm – 9:30pm ET
* program skips March 17th

Registration closes Friday February 24th at 4pm ET

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

Fee: $550
Registration closes Friday February 24th at 4pm ET
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

If you’re interested in taking this course but don’t see a time that works for you, let us know! Fill out our interest list here.

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Feb
27
Thu

Graduate Program in Mindfulness-Based Skills Development

Start: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Essential Skills for Mindfulness Meditation & Living a Mindful Life
Deepen and develop your practice of mindfulness in this 8-week program especially designed for graduates of MBCT, MBSR, or MSC. A signature focus of this program is on extending the discrete skills of mindfulness meditation as transferable skills, directly applicable into everyday life.
For more details, visit our MBSD page.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): February 25-26, 2020 if required
Sessions 1-8*: February 27 – April 23, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 19th
Registration closes on Sunday, February 23, 2020

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $550
Registration closes on Sunday, February 23, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Ian Singer MSW RSW
Feb
27
Thu

MBSR in Guelph

Start: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 5pm – 8pm
Orientation & Session 1: February 27, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: March 5 – April 23, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 19th
Registration closes on Sunday, February 23, 2020

Location
Chapel Room
Harcourt United Church
87 Dean Avenue
Guelph, ON

Fees: $520
Registration closes on Sunday, February 23, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Mar
4
Wed

MBCT Practicum in Toronto

Start: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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.
For more details, visit our MBCT Practicum page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Sessions 1-10*: March 4 – May 20, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* course skips March 18th & May 6th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fees
Early-Bird: $2,395 (until January 31st)
Regular: $2,595
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Online participation may be possible for this course.
If interested, email jennifer@MindfulnessStudies.com

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP & Allison McLay RP
Mar
4
Wed

Free Online Info Session

Start: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Learn a little mindfulness
If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session!
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Info Session page

Timing
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Mar
5
Thu

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 5, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: March 12 – April 30, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Allison McGee MD & Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Mar
6
Fri

Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER) Training Course

Start: Friday, March 6, 2020

Learn mindfulness skills that are accessible and transferable in a variety of clinical settings
Learn to facilitate the 4-week Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER) program. This introductory program brings the lens of mindfulness into clinical work, addressing the emotion and attention regulation of your clients. This program can prepare them for longer, 8-week mindfulness programs that are usually offered through specialized mental health services. 

This psychoeducational and skills-based program is for those who are considering bringing mindfulness into their practice and are wishing to learn more about how to do this. MTER is a short-term, trauma-informed program and can be accessible to people dealing with emotional instability. Clinicians who are interested in a brief, practical approach to learning about therapeutic mindfulness in a health care setting will benefit from this program.

Course Content
In this 2-day professional training course, participants will examine the four modules of the MTER program:

  • Module 1: introduction to mindfulness for mental health; emotional regulation with mindfulness; grounding for safety; three-minute breathing space meditation; bringing mindfulness into daily life
  • Module 2: introduction to neuroplasticity and neuroscience of mindfulness; the triune model of the brain; how to meditate; meditation of breath
  • Module 3: mindfulness of emotions; the emotions wheel; sitting with pleasant / unpleasant / neutral emotions; meditation on working with emotions in the body
  • Module 4: planning for mindfulness in daily life; balancing stress with nourishing activities, self-compassion meditation

Please note this 2-day training is considered an initial step in learning to deliver a mindfulness-based program.

Who Should Attend
This program is suitable for providers such as psychologists, social workers, and front line workers who are looking to begin to integrate mindfulness into the mental health field.

Timing
Session 1: Friday, March 6, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Rachael Frankford MSW RSW
Mar
7
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness from an experienced facilitator
This lively introductory session is a fun and engaging opportunity to learn mindfulness practices and skills. 
For more details, visit our Mindfulness for Beginners page.

Timing
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 10am – 1pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Mar
10
Tue

MSC in Downtown Toronto

Start: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 10, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 24 – May 12, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 1pm — 5pm
* program skips March 17th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $625
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP & Cassandra Cornacchia MSW RSW
Mar
11
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: March 11, 2020 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 25 – May 13, 2020 | 1pm – 3:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 18th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD & Rose Mina Munjee RP
Mar
24
Tue

MSC in Oakville

Start: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Mandatory Intake Interview: to be scheduled
Sessions 1-8: March 24 – May 12, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 1pm – 5pm

Location
The Studio at Gairloch Gardens
1302 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 1L6

Fees
Early-Bird: $625 until January 31st
Regular: $695
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Mar
27
Fri

Inquiry Essentials in Toronto

Start: Friday, March 27, 2020

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

Timing
Session 1:  Friday, March 27, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2:  Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Online participation may be possible for this course.
If interested, email jennifer@MindfulnessStudies.com

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay RP
Apr
1
Wed

CBT Mindfulness Primer Online

Start: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A practical introduction to the current landscape of cognitive therapies.
This the second module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program
For more details, visit our CBT Mindfulness Primer page.

Timing
Wednesday & Friday
Session 1: April 1, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET
Session 2: April 3, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:30pm ET

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

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Apr
1
Wed

MSC in East Toronto

Start: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being.
For more details, visit our MSC page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 1, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 8 – June 10, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, May 23, 2020 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm
* program skips April 29th & May 27th

Location
Beach United Church
Upstairs (Chapel Room)
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $625
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Facilitator(s):Christine Grace McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rose Mina Munjee RP Trained MSC Teacher
Apr
1
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.
For more details, visit our MBCT page.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 1, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: April 8 – May 27, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 24, 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $550
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Elaine Orsini RP
Apr
24
Fri

MBCT Basics in Toronto

Start: Friday, April 24, 2020

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

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

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560 
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Apr
29
Wed

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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

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

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

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy

Start: Friday, May 1, 2020

An introduction to the personal and clinical practice of mindfulness 

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

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

Course Objectives

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

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

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

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

MBSR Teacher Training Intensive in BC

Start: Saturday, May 2, 2020

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

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

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Timing: May 2-8, 2020
Begins Saturday, May 2, 2020
– Check-in at 4pm
– Dinner at 6pm
– Session starts at 7pm
Ends Friday, May 8, 2020
– Session ends at 11am
– Optional lunch at 12pm

Location
Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9

Early-Bird Fees (available until January 28, 2020)
$2,925 double occupancy
$3,275 single occupancy
Regular Fees
(as of January 29, 2020)
$3,125 double occupancy
$3,475 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

Please remember to apply before registering.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
4
Mon

Mindfulness Booster in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, May 4, 2020

Advance your mindfulness practice
Maintaining a mindfulness practice is difficult after a multi-week group program finishes. Mindfulness Booster helps you invigorate your mindfulness skills in 4 weekly sessions.
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Booster page.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: May 4 – June 1, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8pm
* program skips May 18th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $195
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

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

MBSR in East Toronto

Start: Monday, May 11, 2020

Learn practical ways to manage stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.
For more details, visit our MBSR page

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Intake: May 11, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: May 25 – July 13, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location
* program skips May 18th

Location
Beach United Church
Upstairs (Chapel Room)
140 Wineva Avenue
Toronto, ON M4E 2T4

Fee: $520
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

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

Mindfulness Booster in Guelph

Start: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Advance your mindfulness practice
Maintaining a mindfulness practice is difficult after a multi-week group program finishes. Mindfulness Booster helps you invigorate your mindfulness skills in 4 weekly sessions.
For more details, visit our Mindfulness Booster page.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: May 14 – June 4, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8pm
Registration closes Monday, May 11, 2020

Location
Chapel Room
Harcourt United Church
87 Dean Avenue
Guelph, ON

Fee: $195
Registration closes Monday, May 11, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jul
20
Mon

MSC Intensive in Niagara Falls

Start: Monday, July 20, 2020

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our emotional well-being. While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. It also helps us accept our flaws and better understand our challenges.

MSC is a research-supported program developed by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer. Research on self-compassion have shown that it boosts happiness and improves relationships while reducing anxiety, depression and shame. Increased levels of self-compassion can transform empathy fatigue into wholehearted engagement with others.

Participants Will Learn
To befriend their self–critic, develop self-compassion skills, and foster goodwill towards themselves and others. The 5-day intensive explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBCT/MBSR. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. This program qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Timing
Monday, July 20, 2020 – Friday, July 24, 2020
Check-In: July 20, 2020 | 11am
Departure: July 24, 2020 | 5pm

Daily Schedule
Group Sessions: 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm
Group Meals: 8am breakfast, 12pm lunch, 5:30pm dinner

Notes
There is an evening session scheduled for the first day – Monday, July 20, 2020 | 7pm – 8pm
Plan on some informal early morning and evening activities during the week (to be scheduled).

Fees:
Residential (includes tuition, private room, meals, snacks): $1950
Commuter (includes tuition, meals, snacks): $1250
Registration closes Sunday, July 12, 2020
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

To find out if your third-party insurance covers all or part of a therapeutic program, visit our About Insurance page.

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Strongly recommended reading:
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer  (available on Amazon.ca and Guilford.com)

Recommended readings:
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Sep
20
Sun

MSC Teacher Training in B.C.

Start: Sunday, September 20, 2020

APPLY NOW to obtain the registration link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Participants Will Learn To

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

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

Prerequisites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location
Bethlehem Centre

2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advanced TTI in B.C.

Start: Friday, October 16, 2020

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

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

Location Victoria, B.C.

Timing October 16-19, 2020

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

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

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

Inquiry Essentials in Downtown Toronto

Start: Thursday, October 29, 2020

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

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

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

Dharma with a Twist in Ontario

Start: Monday, November 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness Core Concepts in Montréal

Start: Friday, November 13, 2020

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

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

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

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

MBSR TTI in Quebec

Start: Saturday, November 14, 2020

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

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

Required Reading: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please remember to apply before registering.

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

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