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2-Day MBCT 17–104–01

Start: Friday, February 24, 2017
At: The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, 180 Sudbury Street, Toronto, ON
Fee: $390 (as a charity, we do not charge HST)
Facilitator(s): Pat Smith MD & Amanda Guthrie ND

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.

MBCT is an 8 week program, and this is a two-day adaptation with 14 hours of teaching versus 20 hours in the 8-week program. The two days are a week apart to allow an opportunity to practice. It is recommended for those that are interested in learning mindfulness tools but unable to commit to the 8-week program. It is also suitable for past participants of the MBCT program who want to increase their knowledge and experience in an intensive setting.

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, 2008)

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.

A commitment to attendance and home practice activities is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the day-long silent retreat.

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.

Consecutive Saturdays
Orientation & Interview: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Day 1: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:30am – 4:30pm
Day 2: Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 9:30am – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat (Option 1): Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10am – 4pm
Silent Retreat (Option 2): Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 10am – 4pm

Fee: $390 (includes a copy of The Mindful Way workbook)
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.

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

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • 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.