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Dec
12
Thu

Holiday Open House

Start: Thursday, December 12, 2019

We invite you to our Open House on Thursday, December 12th from 2pm to 5pm

Let’s take the time to practice mindfulness as a community.

Join us to share in conversation, food, drink and a short seasonal meditation.

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury Street, Toronto, ON

Facilitator(s):N/A
Dec
15
Sun

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, December 15, 2019

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
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 10:30am – 1:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Dec
17
Tue

Teacher Training Info Session

Start: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Interested in teaching mindfulness?
If you’re considering enrolling in one of the Centre’s facilitation certificate programs, or if you’re just looking for a course or two that will help you understand the foundations and science of mindfulness, find out more by attending this free online information session.

Timing
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Cassandra Cornacchia MSW RSW
Dec
18
Wed

Free Online Info Session

Start: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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, December 18, 2019 | 6pm – 6:30pm + Q&A

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein RP
Jan
6
Mon

Mindfulness Booster in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, January 6, 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: January 6 – 27, 2020 | 6pm – 7:30pm

Participants are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes early on January 6th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

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

A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the first 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 & Melissa Nigrini RP
Jan
7
Tue

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Tuesday, January 7, 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
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Orientation & Session 1: January 14, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8: January 21 – March 3, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

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):Rose Mina Munjee RP
Jan
15
Wed

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Wednesday, January 15, 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: January 15, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: January 22 – March 11, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, February 29, 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):Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP & Joanna Shapiro MD
Jan
16
Thu

MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Thursday, January 16, 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
Thursdays
Orientation & Interview: January 16, 2020 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Sessions 1-8: January 23 – March 12, 2020 | 4:30pm – 7pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, March 1, 2020 | 1pm – 5pm

Location
2487 Kaladar Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1V 8B9

Fee: $590
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):Sukhjeewan (Sukhi) Basran MD & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Jan
18
Sat

Half-Day Intro Workshop in Guelph

Start: Saturday, January 18, 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, January 18, 2020 | 1pm – 4pm

Location
Karma Yoga Studio
404 York Road
Guelph, ON N1E 3H4

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, January 20, 2020

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

Timing
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Week 1: January 20, 22, 24, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am ET
Week 2: January 27, 29, 31, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:30am ET

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

Fee: $560
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Jan
23
Thu

Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Thursday, January 23, 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
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $350
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Jan
23
Thu

MBSR Online

Start: Thursday, January 23, 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 Afternoons
Intake Interviews (via telephone): January 23, 2020 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: January 30, 2020 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm ET
Sessions 2-8: February 6 – April 9, 2020 | 1:30pm – 4pm ET
NOTE: Thursday, March 26th is the 4-hour Silent Retreat | 1pm – 5pm ET
* program skips February 20th & March 19th

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.

CMS Supervision Program
Some sessions may need to be recorded for faculty supervision purposes. Recordings will only be reviewed by CMS Senior Faculty for the purposes of quality assurance and/or training. Recordings will be destroyed within 2 weeks of the program end date.
For further information, please contact the Centre before registering.

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

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP
Jan
25
Sat

Half-Day Intro in Downtown Toronto

Start: Saturday, January 25, 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, January 25, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $85
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler RP
Jan
31
Fri

MSC Intensive in Downtown Toronto

Start: Friday, January 31, 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
Friday – Tuesday
Sessions 1 & 2: January 31, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Sessions 3 & 4: February 1, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Session 6 & Silent Retreat: February 2, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 6pm
Sessions 5 & 7: February 3, 2020 | 9am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5:30pm
Session 8: February 4, 2020 | 9am – 1pm

Fee: $780
Registration closes Sunday, January 26, 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.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Feb
3
Mon

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, February 3, 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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 3, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 10 – April 20, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips Feb 17th, March 16th, April 13th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

Fee: $550
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):Wendy Stanyon RN & Margaret Reid C.Psych
Feb
4
Tue

MBCT in East Toronto

Start: Tuesday, February 4, 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
Tuesday Evenings
Intake Interviews: February 3rd or 4th via telephone or February 4th 4pm – 6pm in-person
Orientation & Session 1: February 4, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8: February 11 – March 24, 2020 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 22, 2020 | 10am – 4pm at our downtown location (180 Sudbury Street)

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

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):Shawna Perlin MD & Christine Bilinski RP
Feb
6
Thu

MBSR in Guelph

Start: Thursday, February 6, 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 4, 2020 | 5pm – 8pm
Orientation & Session 1: February 6, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: February 13 – April 2, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 19th
Registration closes on Sunday, February 2, 2020

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

Fees: $520
Registration closes on Sunday, February 2, 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.)
Feb
10
Mon

MBSR in Downtown Toronto

Start: Monday, February 10, 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 & Interview: February 10, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 24 – April 27, 2020 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips Feb 17th, March 16th, April 13th

Location
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A8

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):Melissa Nigrini RP & Amanda Beaman C.Psych
Feb
13
Thu

Expecting Mindfully

Start: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Nourish your emotional well-being during pregnancy and post-partum

Expecting Mindfully is an eight-week mental health and wellness group program designed for birthing parents and new mamas. Expecting Mindfully is offered live online through web conferencing so you can attend the group from your home. Babies and young children, and the inevitable interruptions they create, are welcome and expected. Each session will be 2.5 hours long, including time for breaks and time to interact in small groups with other participants and with the facilitators.

Expecting Mindfully is adapted from the extensively researched, effective, and popular Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program. The Expecting Mindfully workbook (authors and developers Dr. Sona Dimidjian and Dr Sherryl Goodman) is used in supporting this group. All participants are required to purchase an electronic or paper copy, with links provided below.

Who Should Attend
This program is for you if:

  • You are an individual who is pregnant, post-partum, or in early motherhood and you want to maintain the best possible mental health and well-being for both you and your baby
  • You are concerned about the effects of feeling down, stressed, tired, or anxious on your parenting and the well-being of your baby
  • You have a personal history of living with anxiety or depression and wish to take preventative steps to prevent recurrence

Participants Will Learn
The Expecting Mindfulness program uses mindfulness practices, cognitive exercises, and supportive discussion to help you develop the skills required to change your way of thinking and acting in a way that:

  • Helps you nurture your mental health during this important time in your life
  • Helps with managing the stress and anxiety around pregnancy and early parenthood
  • Helps prevent depression or the recurrence of depression

Required Resource: Expecting Mindfully: Nourish Your Emotional Well-Being and Prevent Depression during Pregnancy and Postpartum by Sona Dimidjian and Sherryl H. Goodman
Please purchase via the publisher Guilford PressAmazon.ca, Amazon.com, or others.

Timing
Thursday Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Tuesday, February 11th or Wednesday, February 12th | 9:30am – 11:30am
Orientation & Session 1: February 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 2-8*: February 20 – April 9, 2020 | 9:30am – 12pm
* programs skips March 19th
Registration closes on Sunday, February 9, 2020

Online Format
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. For technical requirements, click here.

Fee: $550
Registration closes on Sunday, February 9, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker RSW RP & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Feb
23
Sun

MBCT in Downtown Toronto

Start: Sunday, February 23, 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
Sunday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: February 23, 2020 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8: March 1 – May 10, 2020 | 10am – 12:30pm
NOTE: Sunday, April 26th is the 6-hour Silent Retreat | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 15th & April 12th

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):Sharon Cirone MD & Allison McLay RP
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
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
Mar
6
Fri

Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER) Training Course

Start: Friday, March 6, 2020

Develop 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 for those who are in immediate need of mental health services and stabilization. People seeking mental health services through community settings where there are long waitlists, or those who are dealing with crisis and need more stabilization, can benefit from this brief MTER program. MTER can also prepare them for longer, 8-week mindfulness programs offered through more specialized mental health services.

MTER is a short-term, psycho-educational program that is trauma-informed and can be accessible to people dealing with more critical stages of emotional instability as well as people who are interested in a brief, practical approach to learning mindfulness skills in a health care setting. This program focuses on mindfulness skills for mental health and combines:

  • Psycho-education on emotional regulation and the neuroscience of mindfulness
  • Simple mindfulness practices that can be followed in daily life

MTER is intended to provide user-friendly mental health tools that can be used in a self-directed way or with the support of a mental health provider or guide.

Participants Will Learn
This 2-day professional training course 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: 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: setting an action for mindfulness in daily life; balancing stress with nourishing activities, self-compassion meditation

Who Should Attend
Front-line clinicians and mental health peer support workers who want to offer mindfulness services in their settings but do not have the resources or expertise to offer therapy-based approaches like MBCT. Participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds including social workers, physicians, teachers, peer support workers, psychologists, and child and youth workers.

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
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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini RP & Cassandra Cornacchia MSW RSW
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.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rainer Beltzner Certified MSC Teacher
Mar
25
Wed

MBSR Online

Start: Wednesday, March 25, 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
Wednesday Mornings
Intake Interviews (via telephone): Monday, March 23, 2020 | 6pm – 8pm ET or Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 10am – 12pm ET & 6pm – 8pm ET
Orientation & Session 1: March 25, 2020 | 10am – 1pm ET
Sessions 2-8*: April 1 – May 20, 2020 | 10am – 12:30pm ET
** please note May 6th is the 4 hour Silent Retreat | 9:30am – 1:30pm ET **
Registration closes Sunday, March 22, 2020

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: $520
Registration closes Sunday, March 22, 2020
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
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
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):Rhea Plosker MC MASc RSW RP
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 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm
* 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.

Facilitator(s):Christine Grace McMulkin MSW RSW Certified MSC Teacher & Rose Mina Munjee RP Trained MSC Teacher
Apr
16
Thu

Mindfulness Booster in Guelph

Start: Thursday, April 16, 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: April 16 – May 7, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8pm
Registration closes Monday, April 13, 2020

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

Fee: $195
Registration closes Monday, April 13, 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.)
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
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
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