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Jun
23
Sat

Mindful Self-Compassion Masterclass Workshop with Chris Germer

Start: Saturday, June 23, 2018- 9:00 am

The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the art of caring for ourselves with the same kindness and understanding as we care for others. Burgeoning research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, reduced anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

This workshop presents key principles and practices from the 8-week, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program, developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff in 2010 and already taught to tens of thousands of people around the globe. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. You will learn how to stop being so hard on yourself; handle difficult emotions with greater ease, and motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers. This course is relevant for the general public as well as to practicing mental health professionals. CE credits available. This event is a fundraiser for The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Date & Time
Saturday June 23, 2018 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location
University of Toronto – Medical Sciences Building, 27 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J7 Canada

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, identify misconceptions, and review the research
  • Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system
  • Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion
  • Practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism
  • Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate caregiving fatigue
  • Practice savouring, gratitude and self-appreciation to correct the negativity bias
  • Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients

Continuing Education Credits

  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 6 CE Credits
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) 6 CE Credits
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) 7 CE Credits

Presenter Bio
Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

This event is hosted by A Mindful Society

Cancellation Policy

Workshop tickets cancelled before June 15th, 2018 will receive a refund less 50% of your registration price. After June 15th, 2018, all tickets are non-refundable. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, we will refund all tickets. We will not, however, be able to refund flight, hotel, or other purchases people may make. All listed speakers are confirmed – however, sometimes life events such as sickness or death in the family prevent them from making it at the last minute.

Purchase of a workshop ticket indicates that you have read and agree to comply with this cancellation policy. This policy is subject to change; all registered attendees will be notified of any changes.

Facilitator(s):Chris Germer PhD
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 or MBCT Basics, 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.

Prerequisite Course*
Mindfulness Core Concepts will be offered online June 7 – 21. More info.
*If you’ve completed MBCT Basics, this prerequisite is waived. Other equivalent professional mindfulness training may also qualify.

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

Fees
$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. **To request the lower rate, please mention “MBSR” to the hotel staff at the time of booking.** 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 (FULL – waitlist)

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

To add your name to the wait list for this program, please click here.

Alternatively, plan ahead to join us for the 2019 MSC TTI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Participants Will Learn To

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

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

Prerequisites

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

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

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

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

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

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, but meet the above prerequisites, please apply now 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

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

Fees
Early-Bird (available until April 15, 2018)
$2,475 camping / $2,675 triple / $2,875 double / $3,375 single room
Regular Rates
$2,575 camping / $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

Facilitator(s):Christopher Germer & Michelle Becker & Dawn MacDonald
Jun
26
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, June 26, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesdays
Orientation & Interview: June 26, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: July 3 – August 28, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, August 19, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips July 10th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 31st is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.
Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical psychologist (C.Psych). 

Facilitator(s):Allison McLay DCS RP & Trish Sullivan
Jun
28
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, June 28, 2018- 2:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursdays
Orientation & Interview: June 28, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8: July 5 – August 23, 2018 | 2:30pm – 5pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 1pm – 5pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 26th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Julie Irving (Psychologist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Julie Irving PhD C.Psych
Jul
3
Tue

8-Week MBCT in Ottawa

Start: Tuesday, July 3, 2018-

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: July 3, 2018 | 3pm – 8pm  Please be available for the full 5 hours
Sessions 2-8: July 10 – August 21, 2018 | 5pm – 7:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 11, 2018 | 9:30am – 1:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 24th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $590 

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Karen Sutherland (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Jul
4
Wed

8-Week MBSR in Guelph

Start: Wednesday, July 4, 2018-

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and well-being. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: July 4, 2018 | 5pm – 9pm  Please be available for the full 4 hours
Sessions 2-8: July 11 – August 22, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: TBD
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 25th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jul
8
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, July 8, 2018- 10:00 am

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP is a psychotherapist with 36 years of teaching experience ranging from daycare to elementary to secondary. Elaine piloted the first Mindfulness Camp for teenagers at Camp Olympia as well as the first Mindfulness Councils in her school with Mindfulness Without Borders. She has trained in MBSR and aligned this with her work for social justice, locally and globally. Her area of expertise as Chaplain for 15 years includes facilitating retreats for both students and staff.

Timing
Sunday, July 8, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Orsini RP
Jul
16
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, July 16, 2018-

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 16, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: July 23 – September 24, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
* program skips August 6th & September 3rd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on August 20th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session  
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Anya Choulsky (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Anya Choulsky OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jul
22
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, July 22, 2018- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator

This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life. Develop a starter kit to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to your work, family and friends. Discover the neuroscience behind it as you delve into the techniques. Improve personal awareness and resiliency through this engaging day of instruction, conversation and practice.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness practices you can use on the street, in the elevator, and at the mall
• How to establish a mindfulness practice with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to anchor attention and regulate stress responses
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Build a practical toolkit to bring new perspectives to daily difficulties. The Beginners’ Mindfulness workshops are also recommended for those considering enrolling in our therapeutic or professional development programs. Completing the half-day workshop is not a requirement to attend the full-day workshop.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $150 (please note that lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
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):Elaine Smookler RP
Aug
1
Wed

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Wednesday, August 1, 2018- 6:00 pm

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 8-week program 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
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews: August 1, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: August 8 – September 26, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 1pm – 5pm

Fee: $595 (includes handouts and guided meditations)
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

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Elaine Orsini (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Aug
8
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, August 8, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: August 8, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: August 15 – October 3, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on September 5th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Aug
11
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, August 11, 2018- 2:00 pm

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Saturday, August 11, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP 
Aug
16
Thu

8-Week MBSR

Start: Thursday, August 16, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursdays
Orientation & Interview: August 16, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: August 23 – October 11, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on September 13th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW & Laurie Arron
Aug
23
Thu

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, August 23, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
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.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements

Participants Will Learn
Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: August 23, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm ET  Please be available for the full three hours 
Sessions 1-8: August 30 – October 18, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET

Fee: $468 – 10% OFF regular fee of $520
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 & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Rhea Plosker (Social Worker & Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Rhea Plosker MASc MC RSW RP
Aug
26
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, August 26, 2018- 1:00 pm

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP is a psychotherapist with 36 years of teaching experience ranging from daycare to elementary to secondary. Elaine piloted the first Mindfulness Camp for teenagers at Camp Olympia as well as the first Mindfulness Councils in her school with Mindfulness Without Borders. She has trained in MBSR and aligned this with her work for social justice, locally and globally. Her area of expertise as Chaplain for 15 years includes facilitating retreats for both students and staff.

Timing
Sunday, August 26, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Orsini RP
Aug
28
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, August 28, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: August 28, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 4 – October 23, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on September 25th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist & Psychotherapist ). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP & Anne Wagner
Sep
4
Tue

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Tuesday, September 4, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1
https://goo.gl/maps/SomGNrLfaN12

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 4, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: September 11 – November 6, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips October 2nd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 9th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Eva Hahler (Psychologist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD & Eva Hahler PhD, C.Psych.
Sep
4
Tue

8-Week MSC in Oakville

Start: Tuesday, September 4, 2018- 6:00 pm

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 8-week program 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. Please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of seven sessions.

Location
The Studio at Gairloch Gardens
1308 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON L6J 1L6
https://goo.gl/maps/j7rqo2918v92

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Mandatory Intake Interview:
to be scheduled
Sessions 1-8:
September 4 – October 23, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat:
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 1pm – 5pm

Early-Bird Fee: $595 (ends July 15th)
Regular Fee: $695 (registration closes August 17th)

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

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
Sep
8
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, September 8, 2018- 10:00 am

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP 
Sep
10
Mon

8-Week MBCT in Guelph

Start: Monday, September 10, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 10, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: September 17 – November 12, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: TBD
* program skips October 8th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 15th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.) & Jamie McCarthy
Sep
12
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, September 12, 2018- 1:30 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.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

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

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

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

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Sep
13
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, September 13, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursdays
Orientation & Interview: September 13, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 20 – November 8, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 11th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Sep
13
Thu

8-Week MSC in North Toronto

Start: Thursday, September 13, 2018- 6:00 pm

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 8-week program 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
Thursday Evenings
Intake Interviews: September 13, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 20 – November 8, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Fee: $595 (includes handouts and guided meditations)
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

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Rose Mina Munjee (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Rose Mina Munjee RP & Markus Bohlmann PhD
Sep
15
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners in Guelph

Start: Saturday, September 15, 2018- 2:00 pm

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Timing
Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $85
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):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Sep
17
Mon

8-Week MBSR

Start: Monday, September 17, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and well-being. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Mondays
Orientation & Interview: September 17, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: September 23 – November 19, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips October 8th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 22nd is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Melissa Nigrini (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini RP & Jeremy Finkelstein
Sep
21
Fri

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Friday, September 21, 2018- 10:00 am

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
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.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skilful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

Participants Will Learn
Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Friday Mornings
Orientation & Interviews: September 21, 2018 | 10am – 1pm ET  Please be available for the full three hours 
Sessions 1-8*: October 5 – November 23, 2018 | 10am – 12:30pm ET
* program skips September 28th

Fee: $494 – 5% OFF regular fee of $520
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 & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Sep
23
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, September 23, 2018- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator

This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life. Develop a starter kit to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to your work, family and friends. Discover the neuroscience behind it as you delve into the techniques. Improve personal awareness and resiliency through this engaging day of instruction, conversation and practice.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness practices you can use on the street, in the elevator, and at the mall
• How to establish a mindfulness practice with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to anchor attention and regulate stress responses
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Build a practical toolkit to bring new perspectives to daily difficulties. The Beginners’ Mindfulness workshops are also recommended for those considering enrolling in our therapeutic or professional development programs. Completing the half-day workshop is not a requirement to attend the full-day workshop.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $150 (please note that lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
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):Elaine Smookler RP
Sep
24
Mon

Notions essentielles de pleine conscience à Montréal – 1 journée

Start: Monday, September 24, 2018- 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: Lundi
24 septembre 2018 | 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):Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Sep
24
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, September 24, 2018- 1:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Monday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: September 24, 2018 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 1 – November 26, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips October 8th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 29th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Elaine Smookler (Psychotherapist ). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Smookler RP
Sep
28
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, September 28, 2018- 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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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

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

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, September 28, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
29
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, September 29, 2018- 10:00 am

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. 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

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

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

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

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

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
30
Sun

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, September 30, 2018-

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 8-week program 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
Intake Interviews: Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm and Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm
Sunday Afternoons
Sessions 1 & 2: October 14, 2018 | 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm
Session 3: October 21, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
* program skips October 28th
Sessions 4 & 5: November 4 & November 11, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Silent Retreat: November 18, 2018 | 2pm – 6pm
Sessions 6 & 7: November 25 & December 2, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Session 8: December 9, 2018 | 2pm – 5:30pm

Early-Bird Fee: $595 (ends September 24, 2018)
Fee: $625
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

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Eileen Beltzner (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
  • If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers (e.g. Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Naturopath) and that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question (sometimes there are restrictions on the particular services covered by a given health profession). Please check the profession of the non-physician faculty for this program (see above), and confirm that profession is covered by your insurance and that the program is not an excluded service for that profession. Insurance receipts will be issued during the final session of the program.
Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (Certified MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Certified MSC Teacher)
Oct
9
Tue

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 prerequisites for this course.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

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

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

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

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman
 MD CCFP FCFP & Joe Flanders OPQ

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

Payment, cancellation & refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
9
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, October 9, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skilful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 9, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: October 16 – December 4, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 6th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.
Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical psychologist (C.Psych). 

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay BCS RP
Oct
10
Wed

4-week Mindfulness Booster

Start: Wednesday, October 10, 2018- 6:00 pm

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.

Reinforce and deepen your meditation and movement practices with an experienced mindfulness facilitator. Return to a group that provides the space, support, and accountability for you to practice mindfulness.

Research in CBT finds that booster sessions enhances the ability to use the tools you’ve found helpful (Gearing, 2013). Enhance the skills you’ve learned in MBCT, MBSR, MSC or any other Mindfulness-Based Intervention by taking this Mindfulness Booster.

You Will Learn To

  • re-energize your mindfulness meditation
  • increase your motivation to continue practising
  • enhance your formal and informal practice use
  • develop your understanding of mindful techniques

Who Should Attend
Past participants of mindfulness programs looking to enhance their mindfulness skills. Those with no mindfulness experience should not register.

Timing
Wednesdays
Sessions 1-4*: October 10, 17, 31 & November 7 | 6pm – 7:30pm
* skips October 24th

Fee: $160 ($15 OFF regular fee $175)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical psychologist (C.Psych). 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Oct
11
Thu

Les bases de la MBCT à Montréal – 2 journées

Start: Thursday, October 11, 2018- 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 11 et Vendredi 12 octobre 2018 | 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
Oct
14
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 14, 2018- 10:00 am

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. Discover why so many people around the world are embracing this simple and effective way to help quiet the mind, increase attention, awareness and resiliency. Become more responsive and less reactive by experiencing new ways to be present in your life.

Participants Will Learn
• Proven techniques to improve well-being and reduce stress
• How to practice mindfulness with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to help you feel more alive in everyday life
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Learn mindfulness and engage with the present moment. The workshops are recommended for those considering enrolling in our personal or professional development programs.

Facilitator
Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP is a psychotherapist, a teacher, writer and performer who has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years. She has written about Mindfulness for The Medical Post, Mindful Magazine, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and has been a frequent guest on the CBC.

Timing
Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $85
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Oct
16
Tue

8-Week MBSR

Start: Tuesday, October 16, 2018- 10:00 am

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop the capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and well-being. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Mornings

Orientation & Interview: October 16, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8: October 23 – December 11, 2018 | 10:30am – 1pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 13th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering.

Fee: $485

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Elaine Orsini (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Orsini RP
Oct
17
Wed

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Wednesday, October 17, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Location
OM Toronto
55 Spring Garden Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M2N 3G1
https://goo.gl/maps/SomGNrLfaN12

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 17, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 24 – December 19, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips October 31st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 21st  is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Wendy Stanyon (Registered Nurse). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
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: $560 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This 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
18
Thu

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Thursday, October 18, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
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.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.
Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements.

Participants Will Learn
Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: October 18, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm ET  Please be available for the full three hours 
Sessions 1-8*: October 25 – December 20, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm ET
* program skips November 8th

Fee: $494 – 5% OFF regular fee of $520
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 & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini RP
Oct
20
Sat

8-Week MBCT

Start: Saturday, October 20, 2018- 2:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Saturday Afternoons
Orientation & Interviews: October 20, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-8: October 27 – December 15, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 17th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.
Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical psychologist (C.Psych). 

Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Allison McLay RP
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

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

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
Oct
28
Sun

8-Week MBSR

Start: Sunday, October 28, 2018-

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Sunday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: October 28, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Session 1: October 28, 2018 | 2pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 2-8: November 4 – December 16, 2018 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 17th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Oct
28
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 28, 2018- 10:00 am

Discover the power and benefits of mindfulness in-person from an experienced facilitator

This full-day immersive workshop gives the time and space needed to go deeper in understanding mindfulness and integrating it into everyday life. Develop a starter kit to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to your work, family and friends. Discover the neuroscience behind it as you delve into the techniques. Improve personal awareness and resiliency through this engaging day of instruction, conversation and practice.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness practices you can use on the street, in the elevator, and at the mall
• How to establish a mindfulness practice with feedback and guidance
• Develop resources to anchor attention and regulate stress responses
• Participate in an open forum to ask questions about mindfulness meditation and practices

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a heartbeat! Build a practical toolkit to bring new perspectives to daily difficulties. The Beginners’ Mindfulness workshops are also recommended for those considering enrolling in our therapeutic or professional development programs. Completing the half-day workshop is not a requirement to attend the full-day workshop.

Facilitator
Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP is a psychotherapist with 36 years of teaching experience ranging from daycare to elementary to secondary. Elaine piloted the first Mindfulness Camp for teenagers at Camp Olympia as well as the first Mindfulness Councils in her school with Mindfulness Without Borders. She has trained in MBSR and aligned this with her work for social justice, locally and globally. Her area of expertise as Chaplain for 15 years includes facilitating retreats for both students and staff.

Timing
Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $150 (please note that lunch is not provided; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch for a mindful eating exercise)
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC RP
Oct
29
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, October 29, 2018- 3:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview + Session 1: October 29, 2018 | 3pm – 8pm
Sessions 2-8: November 5 – December 17, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 19th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Eva Hahler (Psychologist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Eva Hahler PhD C.Psych
Nov
1
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

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

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Nov
13
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, November 13, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 13, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 20, 2018 – January 22, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 25th & January 1st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 11th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Melissa Nigrini (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Melissa Nigrini RP
Nov
21
Wed

4-week Mindfulness Booster

Start: Wednesday, November 21, 2018- 5:30 pm

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.

Reinforce and deepen your meditation and movement practices with an experienced mindfulness facilitator. Return to a group that provides the space, support, and accountability for you to practice mindfulness.

Research in CBT finds that booster sessions enhances the ability to use the tools you’ve found helpful (Gearing, 2013). Enhance the skills you’ve learned in MBCT, MBSR, MSC or any other Mindfulness-Based Intervention by taking this Mindfulness Booster.

You Will Learn To

  • re-energize your mindfulness meditation
  • increase your motivation to continue practising
  • enhance your formal and informal practice use
  • develop your understanding of mindful techniques

Who Should Attend
Past participants of mindfulness programs looking to enhance their mindfulness skills. Those with no mindfulness experience should not register.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Sessions 1-4: November 21 – December 12, 2018 | 5:30pm – 7pm

Fee: $160 ($15 OFF regular fee $175)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising clinical psychologist (C.Psych). 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Nov
26
Mon

8-Week MBCT Online

Start: Monday, November 26, 2018- 5:30 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
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.

We recognize that our in-person MBCT program is not accessible for all, and so we now offer MBCT Online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office, wherever you may be.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression who are unable to attend an MBCT in person.

Participants must be able to meet the following technical requirements

Participants Will Learn
Skills and practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

A commitment to attendance, participation, and home practice activities is required.
In order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interviews: November 26, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Sessions 1-8*: December 3, 2018 – February 11, 2019 | 5:30pm – 8pm ET
* program skips December 24th, December 31st, January 28th

Fee: $494 – 5% OFF regular fee $520 
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 & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Nov
29
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, November 29, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy for preventing depressive relapse. It also reduces acute depression, anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is designed to bring awareness to the habitual negative thinking that leads to depressive and anxious spirals. Combined, MBCT interrupts how we habitually react to situations, so we can choose to respond in more skillful ways.

Research has demonstrated MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence. (Kuyken, 2015)

Participants Will Learn
A variety of practices to manage depression, anxiety and prevent relapse. By learning to identify the triggers and symptoms of anxiety and depression, participants can effectively address these issues as they arise in everyday life.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety or depression and people with a history of depression. See guidelines on whether MBCT or MBSR is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBCT program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 29, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 6, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 27th & January 3rd
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on January 10th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $520

  • 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
  • A valid OHIP card is required for this program and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session
  • Review our Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Dec
3
Mon

Mindfulness Core Concepts Online

Start: Monday, December 3, 2018- 10:00 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 explore its theoretical and historical underpinnings
• The contemporary applications of mindfulness in healthcare and other settings
• To experience and reflect on mindfulness practices
• To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations

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

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

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

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

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Dec
5
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, December 5, 2018- 6:00 pm

Learn practical ways to manage stress

What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is for individuals experiencing stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

This 8-week psycho-educational group program helps develop capacity for greater calm and teaches practical skills to manage stress. The majority of MBSR program participants report lasting decreases in psychological and physical symptoms exacerbated by chronic stress.

Research has demonstrated improved behavioural outcomes including better sleep, lower blood pressure, and fewer worries.

Participants Will Learn
How to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions.

Who Should Attend
Individuals suffering from chronic stress, illness and pain, who wish to increase their overall health and wellbeing. See guidelines on whether MBSR or MBCT is right for you.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat. If you are not able to attend the scheduled Session 4, or if you would have to miss more than two sessions in total, we recommend that you register for an MBSR program starting on a different date. And please note that, in order to receive an insurance receipt, you must attend a minimum of six sessions.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: December 5, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 12, 2018 – February 13, 2019 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips December 26th & January 2nd
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on January 16th is particularly important – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)

Insurance Coverage
If you have third-party insurance, it may cover all or part of the cost of a therapeutic course. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider to confirm what health professions your plan covers and to verify that this coverage includes the types of therapies in question. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Upon request, an insurance receipt for this program will be provided on behalf of Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath & Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Amanda Guthrie ND RP
Jan
25
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, January 25, 2019- 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.

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

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

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

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

5-Day Advanced TTI

Start: Sunday, January 27, 2019-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timing
Arrival & Check-In: 3:30pm – 5:30pm Sunday, January 27, 2019
Check-Out & Departure: 11:30am – 1:30pm Friday, February 1, 2019

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

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Mar
17
Sun

5-Day MBCT Teacher Training Intensive in Québec

Start: Sunday, March 17, 2019-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timing: March 17-22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Andréanne Elie MD
Sep
22
Sun

6-Day MSC Teacher Training Intensive

Start: Sunday, September 22, 2019-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Participants Will Learn To

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

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

Prerequisites

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

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

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

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

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

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been approved to attend this MSC Teacher Training, but meet the above prerequisites, please apply now and wait to hear back before registering.

Timing
September 22-28, 2019

Location TBD

Fees TBD

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Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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