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Jun
18
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, June 18, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if you enrol within 6 months of the date of your introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jun
21
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety and prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: June 21, 2016 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions: June 28 – August 23, 2016* | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
* Skips August 9th 

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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.

Facilitator(s):Monica Branigan MD & Amanda Guthrie ND
Jun
26
Sun

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Sunday, June 26, 2016

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 10am – 4pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jun
29
Wed

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Jul
5
Tue

4-Day Mindfulness in Education: What Really Matters

Start: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

This four-day experiential workshop for educators and professional support staff teaches participants how to implement mindfulness programs for students to promote health and wellness. This intensive will include practices in mindfulness, emotional regulation, compassion and movement to provide a foundation for self-care and to impart mindfulness to students.

Participants Will Learn
• Foundational mindfulness practices for personal and professional use
• Considerations for a successful implementation plan
• Core social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies supported by mindfulness practice
• Key elements and lessons for mindfulness programs in education
• Cultivating a Mindful Culture in Schools

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Four-Day Course: Tuesday – Friday
July 5-8, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Fee: $575
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):Karen Davis & Dianna Last
Jul
8
Fri

3-Day Teachings of Silence Retreat for Professionals

Start: Friday, July 8, 2016

A retreat and fundraiser to benefit The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

This retreat was created for clinicians to experience the value of extended periods of silence as well as to enhance their mindfulness-teaching skills and deepen their personal practice. Silent retreats allow us to become more acquainted with our internal experience by taking us out of our busy routines. Over three days, retreat-goers will have the opportunity to explore the body/mind without the distractions of everyday life and to see what comes and goes over the duration of the retreat. The insights that arise can assist teachers and practitioners both personally and professionally.

Come join our community as we work with mindfulness and all its facets.

Who Should Attend
This silent retreat is primarily intended for professionals in healthcare, education, or social services, clinicians-in-training, facilitators of mindfulness-based programs, or those with professional interests in the topic (e.g. researchers and administrators).

Timing
Three-Day Retreat: Friday afternoon to Monday afternoon
4pm on July 8, 2016 – 2pm on July 11, 2016

Fee: $490 (double*) – $650 (single)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST and when you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
* For double occupancy, the organizers will pair participants unless specified by attendees at time of registration.

The fee covers the cost of room and board only.
Did you know our facilitators are donating their time and their facilitation skills in service of this fundraiser retreat?  We ask all participants to make a donation on top of the registration fee in appreciation of the facilitators’ donated time. All donations will support The Centre for Mindfulness Studies’ Community Program in its goal to reduce financial barriers to mindfulness-based therapies. There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.

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

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

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from this course, notice of withdrawal must be given by email to: info@mindfulnessstudies.com.  Please review the following refund & exchange policy:

  • Up to and including June 19th, you can request a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee or a full credit to apply to future course(s) at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
  • From June 20th onwards, no refunds or exchanges will be given
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD & David Denis ND RP
Jul
9
Sat

3-Day smartEducation Foundations

Start: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mindful awareness and compassion practices for managing stress and promoting well-being in your personal and professional life.

This 20-hour workshop will provide valuable information about how mindfulness- and compassion-based approaches can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning. The workshop draws upon basic and applied research in the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology and education.

Workshop Components
•  Mental Health Strategy in Ontario and the focus on Wellness for Educators
•  Mindfulness and Neuroscience
•  The Physiology and Neurobiology of Stress
•  Emotional Literacy
•  The Relationship between Health, Happiness and Well-Being
 Mindfulness and its Application in Education
•  Learning Outcomes

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness in education
• The background, themes, session overview and variations in delivery methods for SMART and certificate requirements for teaching SMART
• How to practice Mindful Communication
• How stress affects the brain and learning

Who Should Attend
Educators and those interested in becoming a SMART facilitator. The program is a requirement of the UBC facilitator certification process for SMART Facilitators.

Timing
Three-Day Course: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
July 9, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
July 10 & 11, 2016 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Fee: $500
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):Heidi Bornstein
Jul
13
Wed

4-Week smartEducation

Start: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Increase your resilience and help create an emotionally balanced, compassionate school environment.

What is smartEducation?
smartEducation (Stress Management And Relaxation Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed for educators and professional support staff.

This program provides educators with an opportunity for immersion in mindfulness practice to apply techniques for developing emotional balance, to enhance concentration, decrease occupational stress, and employ self-care techniques.

By the end of the smartEducation program, you will have a “SMART-Tool-Box” of skills to:
– Develop greater awareness of emotions
– Create more effective strategies for responding to difficult situations
– Apply mindfulness training to interactions with students, colleagues and others

See more details on UBC’s website here.

Participants Will Learn
How to manage stress by recognizing, tolerating, and transforming your reactions to challenging emotions. Rekindle your passion for teaching through exercises and discussions connected to experiences in the classroom.

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Wednesdays
July 13 – August 3, 2016* | 10:00am – 3:00pm
* Extra Retreat Session on Tuesday, August 2nd 10am – 3pm

Fee: $505 ($485 + $20 for materials)
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.

Jul
13
Wed

4-Week smartEducation Practicum

Start: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Immerse yourself in the smartEducation (Stress Management And Resiliency Techniques) program

The 33-hour practicum provides participants with the opportunity to participate in the SMART program from the perspective of the facilitator. The practicum includes experience in guiding practices, as well as debriefing on the content and structure of the SMART curriculum.

The Practicum in SMART is an in-depth training program offering you an opportunity to:
• Study the curriculum, program flow, and contextual and theoretical background of SMART
• Inquire and reflect on a range of issues arising out of the experience and principles of SMART
• Prepare and lead a seminar presentation that includes mindfulness practice, theory, and application
• Familiarize yourself with perspectives on self-care, self-compassion, and mindful awareness inherent in the SMART curriculum

Click here to see more details on the Practicum.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of SMART
• The theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical, and scientific underpinnings of SMART
• How to examine SMART within the fields of Social and Emotional Learning
• How to foster a coherent, active international network of SMART professionals

Who Should Attend
Educators and those interested in becoming a SMART facilitator. The program is a requirement of the UBC facilitator certification process for SMART Facilitators.

Timing
Wednesdays
July 13 – August 3, 2016* | 10:00am – 5:00pm
* Additional Retreat Session on Tuesday, August 2nd | 10am – 3pm

Fee: $1,000
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.

Jul
13
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety and prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 13, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: July 20 – September 14, 2016* | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
* Skips August 10th 

Fee: $485 (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 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Arpita Biswas (Clinical Psychologist) or Dee Miron (Occupational Therapist). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Arpita Biswas PhD C.Psych. & Dee Miron OT Reg. (Ont.)
Jul
16
Sat

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 9:30 – 3:30pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD
Jul
16
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Parents

Start: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Navigating the ups-and-downs of parenting with mindfulness

Parents can learn to be fully present with their children and teenagers – both in shared moments of joy and in times of conflict. Mindfulness can support parents to nurture moments of self-care so they can slow down and savour the day-to-day experience of being a parent – from the toddler to teenage years.

Mindfulness meditation teaches people how to develop a less reactive, non-judgmental stance and to approach themselves and others with compassion. It can help parents facing common challenges such as comforting a colicky baby, dealing with toddler tantrums, helping children cope with school, or talking with teens.

Participants Will Learn
• How to apply a variety of mindfulness practices to parenting
• How to develop present-moment awareness in day-to-day parenting
• Ways to avoid “knee-jerk” parenting responses

Who Should Attend
Parents and expectant parents. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Sara Marlowe MSW RSW
Jul
16
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
Learn on-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Jul
24
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, July 24, 2016

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
Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jul
26
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety and prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 26, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: August 9 – September 27, 2016* | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
* Skips August 2nd 

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

 

Facilitator(s):Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW
Aug
5
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, August 5, 2016

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

Participants Will Learn
• Define mindfulness and give a description of its theoretical underpinnings.
• Train the attention to be more present-focused.
• Start to apply core mindfulness practices to everyday life and difficult situations.
• Review resources to learn more about MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions.

Who Should Attend
This introductory course is 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.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
August 5, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335
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):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Aug
6
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, August 6, 2016

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.

Timing
Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Fee: $150
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Aug
13
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
Learn on-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Aug
18
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety and prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 2008)

Participants Will Learn
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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: August 18, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: August 25 – October 13, 2016 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

 

Facilitator(s):Sharon Cirone MD CFPC FCFP ASAM (Cert.) & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Aug
20
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, August 20, 2016

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, August 20, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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.

Take an introductory workshop, receive $50 OFF a therapeutic program!
Considering a therapeutic program? Try an introductory workshop first! All introductory workshops participants receive a $50 discount on the cost of any -100- level therapeutic program (MBCT, MBSR, MSC, etc.) if they enroll within 6 months of the date of their introductory workshop.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Sep
10
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, September 10, 2016

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.

Timing
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B Mus RP
Sep
11
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, September 11, 2016

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 11, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B. Mus RP
Sep
14
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: September 14, 2016 | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Sessions: September 21 – November 9, 2016 | 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & David Denis ND RP & Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Sep
16
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, September 16, 2016

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: Friday & Saturday
September 16 & 17, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Sep
18
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, September 18, 2016

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
Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Sep
18
Sun

Wait list only: 9-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, September 18, 2016

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 has 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 9-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
Sunday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: September 18, 2016 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions: September 25 – December 4, 2016* | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
* Skips October 9th & October 30th
Please note that the November 13th session (Silent Retreat) starts an hour earlier | 12:30pm – 4:30pm 

Fee: $575 (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.

  • 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.

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 MSW RSW & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC
Sep
19
Mon

8-Week MBSR

Start: Monday, September 19, 2016

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.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 19, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: September 26 – November 28, 2016* | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Mandatory Session 4: October 24, 2016 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Optional Silent Retreat:  Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
* Program skips October 10th & November 14th

Fee: $485 (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.

  • 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt 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 & Michael Apollo
Sep
21
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 21, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: October 5 – November 23, 2016* | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
* Skips September 28th 

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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.

Facilitator(s):Pat Smith MD & Amanda Guthrie ND
Sep
24
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Sep
27
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 27, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: October 4 – November 22, 2016 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD MBA FACEP & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW
Sep
30
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, September 30, 2016

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

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the tools of CBT with mindfulness practices. Both modalities help to increase awareness of thoughts, emotions and behaviours, allowing for the development of new responses to difficulty (challenges that arise). A solid background in CBT is an important underpinning of MBCT.

In this hands-on, skills-oriented workshop, participants will acquire a few basic CBT tools that they can integrate into their own general clinical practice. Relevance to mindfulness will be addressed.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of CBT
• How to apply the tools of CBT to stress, depression and anxiety
• An introductory grounding in CBT and its relationship to MBCT

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
September 30, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335
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 course has been accredited for 6 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):David Denis ND RP
Oct
1
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, October 1, 2016

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, October 1, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Oct
5
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesdays
Orientation, Interview & Session 1: October 5, 2016 | 10:00am – 2:30pm
Sessions 2-8: October 12 – November 30, 2016* | 11:30am – 2:00pm
Mandatory Session 4: November 2, 2016 | 11:30am – 2:00pm
Optional Silent Retreat:  Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
* Program skips October 26th

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Nikki Mohle RN CNO
Oct
8
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, October 8, 2016

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, October 8, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Oct
16
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

Timing
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Oct
17
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, October 17, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 17, 2016 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Sessions: October 24 – December 12, 2016 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Mandatory Session 4: November 14, 2016 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Optional Silent Retreat:  Sunday, December 3, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Fee: $485 (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 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt 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.)
Oct
20
Thu

8-Week MBSR

Start: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: October 13, 2016 | 2:30pm – 5:30pm NEW REGISTRANTS will be emailed to set up a time for their one-on-one interview before Session 1 on October 20th.
Sessions: October 20 – December 15, 2016* | 2:30pm – 5pm
Mandatory Session 4: November 10, 2016 | 2:30pm – 5pm
* Program skips November 24th

Fee: $485 (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 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.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Heidi Bornstein
Oct
20
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview and Session 1:  October 20, 2016 | 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Sessions: October 27 – December 15, 2016* | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Mandatory Session 4: November 10, 2016 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
*Program Skips November 17th
Optional Silent Retreat:  Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 9:30am – 3:30pm

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Oct
23
Sun

5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

Participants Will Learn
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 program will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 6:30 am and ending at 8 pm each day.

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals who have a clinical background and a mindfulness meditation practice.

Timing
Five-Day Retreat: Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon
4pm on October 23, 2016 – 2pm on October 28, 2016

Fee: $2,350 (double) – $2,850 (single)
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 course has been accredited for up to 18 Mainpro-C and 11 Mainpro-M1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Nov
2
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 2, 2016 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions:  November 9, 2016 – January 18, 2017* | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Mandatory Session 4: December 7, 2016 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 8, 2016 | 10am – 4pm
*Skips November 23rd and December 21st & 28th

Fee: $485 (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.

  • 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of either Gwen Morgan (Social Worker) or Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member or which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

 

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW & Allison McLay BA DCS RP
Nov
5
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, November 5, 2016

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, November 5, 2016 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Nov
11
Fri

8-Week MBCT

Start: Friday, November 11, 2016

Learn to prevent the relapse of depression and help manage anxiety

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group therapy developed for preventing depressive relapse. It also helps treat depressive states, anxiety and reduce 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: November 11, 2016 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sessions: November 18 – January 20, 2016* | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Mandatory Session 4: December 9, 2016 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
* Program skips December 23rd and December 30th

Fee: $485 (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 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.

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

 

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Nov
13
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, November 13, 2016

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
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Nov
13
Sun

8-Week MBSR

Start: Sunday, November 13, 2016

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.

Timing
Sunday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: October 23, 2016 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm NEW REGISTRANTS will be emailed to set up a time for their one-on-one interview before Session 1 on November 13th.
Sessions: November 13, 2016 – January 15, 2017 @ 10am – 12:30pm
Mandatory Session 4: December 4, 2016, 2016
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 17th | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips October 30th, November 6th, December 25th, January 1st

Fee: $485 (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.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.
Nov
19
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, November 19, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Nov
23
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Learn to manage anxiety & prevent the relapse of depression

What is MBCT?
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a clinically-proven 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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 23, 2016 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions: November 30 – February 1, 2017* | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Mandatory Session 4: January 4, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 21st | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips December 21st & 28th

Fee: $485 (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 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Nicholas Ozarko (Social Worker) or Nikki Mohle (Nurse). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

 

Facilitator(s):Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW & Nikki Mohle RN CNO
Nov
24
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, November 24, 2016

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
This two-day workshop will examine the principles and practices of mindful inquiry as they pertain to “therapeutic mindfulness.” We will explore this process through its application to the direct experience of mindfulness meditation practices. Moving between didactic and experiential sessions, we will examine the use of inquiry both personally and professionally as it relates to increasing the capacity to regulate affect and attention. Participants will develop the ability to use inquiry.

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs.
Prerequisites:

• If you are in the MBCT Certificate program, this course must be taken after the 5-day Intensive and 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

Timing
Two-Day Course: Thursday & Friday
November 24 & 25, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Nov
26
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, November 26, 2016

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, November 26, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Dec
4
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 4, 2016

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
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Dec
5
Mon

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Monday, December 5, 2016

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

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

Who Should Attend
This introductory course is 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.

Timing
One-Day Course: Monday
December 5, 2016 | 9am – 4pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.
Dec
10
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying roller coaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Dec
11
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 11, 2016

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.

Timing
Sunday, December 11, 2016 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Dec
17
Sat

Half-Day Beginners Mindfulness Workshop

Start: Saturday, December 17, 2016

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, December 17, 2016 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Dec
18
Sun

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, December 18, 2016

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
Sunday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: December 18, 2016 | 12pm – 4pm
Sessions*: January 8 – March 5, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
NOTE: the February 12th session (Silent Retreat) ends an hour later | 1pm – 5pm
* Program skips December 25th & January 1st

Fee: $575 (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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can 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). 
Facilitator(s):Eileen Beltzner SCC, BA, MSW, TITC-CFST, RSW (TRAINED MSC TEACHER) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (TRAINED MSC TEACHER)
Jan
5
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, January 5, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Thursdays
Orientation & Interview: January 5, 2017 | 11:30pm – 2:30pm
Sessions*: January 12 – March 9, 2017 | 11:30pm – 2:00pm
NOTE: Session 4 on February 2nd is mandatory – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips February 23rd

Fee: $485 (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.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  • 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.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed.
Jan
9
Mon

10-Week Mindfully-Informed CBT

Start: Monday, January 9, 2017

Learn to cope with current difficulties and stay well in the long term.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most researched psychological approaches for a wide range of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Mindfully-Informed CBT builds a set of skills that enables people to interrupt the cycle of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours with mindfulness. After learning CBT, people can “become their own therapists” by using what they’ve learned to address problems as they arise.

This 10-week program will focus on teaching participants the tools of CBT with mindfulness as a backdrop.

Participants Will Learn
• The CBT model and techniques to manage depression and anxiety
• To develop effective goals related to their issues of concern they want to work on
• To learn and engage in practices and homework related to their goals and difficulties, such as the Automatic Thought Record
• To understand underlying motivators of behaviour and develop CBT skills to become their own therapist

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety/depression or with a history of depression. It is also recommended for MBCT graduates to increase their skill in using tools from CBT to stay well. People interested in incorporating CBT into their existing treatment plan for other conditions may also attend upon referral.

Timing
Monday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: January 9, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sessions 1-10: January 16 – April 3, 2017* | 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
* Program skips February 20th & March 13th

Fee: $585 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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.

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 and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview 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):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Amanda Guthrie ND
Jan
10
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Tuesdays Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 10, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions: January 17 – March 7, 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
NOTE: Session 4 on February 7th is mandatory – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering
Silent Retreat: Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Fee: $485 (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.

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.

 

Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD MBA FACEP & Amanda Guthrie ND
Jan
14
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, January 14, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jan
16
Mon

10-Week MBCT Practicum

Start: Monday, January 16, 2017

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

The MBCT Practicum will immerse those interested in teaching the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. Trainees will take on a variety of roles including teaching, providing and receiving feedback and developing skills of inquiry. Readings and home practice will be an essential part of the program. Relevant background will be provided in the areas of mindfulness, clinical research and CBT.

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

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for healthcare providers and social service workers interested in developing some foundational skills to facilitate the 8-week MBCT program. It is best suited for clinicians who have experience with meditative practices and who have attended an 8-week MBCT group as a participant.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the Applied Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate Program, please submit a completed Professional Development Application Form and a copy of your CV to karen@mindfulnessstudies.com.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Sessions 1-10*: January 16, 2017 – April 3, 2017 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* Skips February 20th & March 13th

Fee: $2,250
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Registration is limited to 20 people so please register early.

Please note that no meals are provided, only light refreshments.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & David Denis ND RP
Jan
19
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 19, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions*: January 26 – March 23, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
NOTE: Session 4 on February 16th is mandatory – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips March 2nd

Fee: $485 (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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). 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.
Facilitator(s):Sharon Cirone MD CFPC FCFP ASAM (Cert.) & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Jan
22
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, January 22, 2017

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
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jan
25
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 25, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions 1-8: February 1 – March 22, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Sessions 4 & 5 on February 22nd and March 1st are particularly important – if you are unable to attend either of these sessions, you should register for a different program offering

Fee: $485 (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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (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):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jan
27
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, January 27, 2017

Explore the therapeutic benefits, underlying principles and assumptions of MBCT while experiencing its essential practices and associated cognitive exercises. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a group based treatment, originally developed for preventing depressive relapse, combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This introductory and highly experiential workshop teaches healthcare providers practices, principles, context, and neuroscience related to MBCT. Practitioners learn this modality from the inside out. This module is therefore primarily for personal use and professional resilience.

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, receive an overview of the program as well as an understanding of the relative contraindications and clinical applications.

Course Objectives
• To learn about MBCT: historical context and supporting science
• To experience and reflect on introductory mindfulness practices and CBT exercises
• To learn more about the clinical application of mindfulness for depression, anxiety and stress

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers and social service workers interested in learning about MBCT, its clinical benefits and application to personal and professional resilience. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13 ½ Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Course Content
• Overview of context and research on MBIs
• Overview of MBCT program
• Mindfulness practices and CBT exercises – practice and inquiry
• Underlying principles and assumptions of MBCT
• Clinical application of MBCT practices/exercises to anxiety, depression and stress
• Home Practice

Timing
Two-Day Course: Consecutive Fridays
January 27 & February 3, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

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

8-Week MBCT

Start: Friday, January 27, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Friday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: January 27, 2017 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sessions*: February 3 – March 31, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
NOTE: Session 4 on February 24th is mandatory – if you are unable to attend this session, you should register for a different program offering
Silent Retreat: Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips March 17th

Fee: $485 (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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either David Denis (Naturopath) or Ian Singer (Social Worker). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. 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):David Denis ND, RP & Ian Singer MSW, RSW
Jan
28
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, January 28, 2017

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, January 28th, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jan
28
Sat

Half-Day Intro Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, January 28, 2016 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Eva Hahler C. Psych
Feb
5
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, February 5, 2017

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
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Feb
6
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, February 6, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 6, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 13 – April 10, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
* Program skips February 20th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 13th 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)
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 Nikki Mohle (Nurse). 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.
Facilitator(s):Darren Higgins MD FRCPC & Nikki Mohle RN CNO
Feb
10
Fri

8-Week MBCT in Guelph

Start: Friday, February 10, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Friday Afternoons 
Orientation & Interview: February 10, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 17 – April 21, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 11am – 4pm
* Program skips March 17th & April 14th

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 10th 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)
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 Blakie Sahay (Occupational Therapist). 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.
Facilitator(s):Andrea Alvarez MD & Blakie Sahay OT Reg. (Ont.)
Feb
11
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, February 11, 2017  | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Feb
20
Mon

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Monday, February 20, 2017

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
Monday, February 20, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Feb
20
Mon

Half-Day Intro Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Monday, February 20, 2017

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing

Monday, February 20, 2017 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Feb
22
Wed

8-Week MBCT – SOLD OUT

Start: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 22, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 1 – April 26, 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips April 5th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 22nd 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)
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 can be provided on behalf of Allison McLay (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview 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):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Allison McLay DCS RP
Feb
24
Fri

2-Day MBCT

Start: Friday, February 24, 2017

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.

Timing
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.

 

 

Facilitator(s):Pat Smith MD & Amanda Guthrie ND
Feb
25
Sat

8-Week MBSR

Start: Saturday, February 25, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday Mornings
Orientation & Interview: February 18, 2017 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
NEW REGISTRANTS will be emailed to set up a time for their one-on-one interview before Session 1 on February 25.
Sessions 1-8*: February 25 – April 22, 2017 | 10:00am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 2, 2017| 10:00am – 4:00pm
* Program skips April 15th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 18th 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)
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 Elaine Smookler (Psychotherapist). 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.
Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Feb
26
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, February 26, 2017

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
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Mar
10
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, March 10, 2017

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

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

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 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.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of CBT
• How to apply the tools of CBT to stress, depression and anxiety
• An introductory grounding in CBT and its relationship to MBCT

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training. There is no prequisite for this course.

If you are pursuing the MBCT Facilitation Certificate, be sure to complete this course before taking 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 course has been accredited for 6 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
March 10, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Mar
12
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, March 12, 2017

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
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Mar
18
Sat

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Saturday, March 18, 2017

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
Sunday Afternoons
Orientation & Interviews*: March 18 or 19, 2017 | 12pm – 5pm
Sessions 1-5**: March  26 – April 30, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: May 7, 2017 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6-7: 
May 14 – May 21, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8:
 May 28, 2017 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* registrants will be assigned a date and time slot for their intake interview
** program skips April 16th

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.

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 (Trained MSC Teacher) & Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D (Trained MSC Teacher)
Mar
21
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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, 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 a day-long silent retreat but it is an optional part of the program.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 21, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: March 28 – May 16, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 18th 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)
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 Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist). 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.
Facilitator(s):Laura Lee Copeland MD MBA FACEP & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.)
Mar
25
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, March 25, 2017

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, March 25, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Mar
30
Thu

8-Week MBSR

Start: Thursday, March 30, 2017

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.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons

Orientation & Interview + Session 1: March 30, 2017 | 12.00pm – 5:00pm
Sessions 2-8*: April 6 – May 25, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips April 27th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 20th 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)
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.

Insurance receipts may not be available for this program. If insurance receipts are available, they will be Psychotherapist (RP) receipts. Closer to the date we will provide an update on our website or you can contact us.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the orientation.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Apr
5
Wed

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini & BA ECE OTC
Apr
6
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, April 6, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Mornings 
Orientation & Interview: April 6, 2017 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: April 13 – June 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 12pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 4th | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips April 27th & June 1st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 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.

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

Raha Mirian also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • 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.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Raha Mirian MA RP
Apr
15
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Apr
15
Sat

Half-Day Intro Mindfulness for Teens

Start: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Building resilience… one breath at a time

The teenage years can often seem like a thrilling yet terrifying rollercoaster ride. During this time of tremendous physical and emotional growth, huge life changes and intense academic and social pressures, teens often struggle to cope. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Our introductory workshop created specifically for a teen audience will teach evidence-based techniques for:
• coping with school pressures
• reducing the anxiety that comes with trying to fit in
• improving sleep
• making it easier to socialize and enjoy life!

See Discover Mindfulness’ Fact Sheet on how mindfulness helps the mental health and well-being of students.

Participants Will Learn
On-the-spot-tools teens can use to deal with daily pressures, key skills to self-manage mood swings, and practical methods they can use to avoid over-reacting.

Who Should Attend
14 to 17 year-olds who want to learn tools they can use to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Timing
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Apr
20
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, April 20, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: April 20, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sessions 1-8: April 27 – June 15, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 4th | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on May 18th 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Ian Singer (Social Worker) or Dee Miron (Occupational Therapist). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. 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):Ian Singer MSW RSW & Dee Miron OT Reg. (Ont.)
Apr
22
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, April 22, 2017

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, April 22, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Apr
23
Sun

5-Day MBCT & MBSR Advanced Training

Start: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Deepen your facilitation skills.

This 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 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
• Demonstrate proficiency in embodying present-moment-directed skills
• Identify the components and characteristics of the delivery and practice of inquiry
• 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
• Describe the theme, rationale, intention and practice skills embedded in the MBSR/MBCT programs
• Articulate appropriate professional and personal ethics

Who Should Attend
MBSR and MBCT facilitators.
Prerequisites:
• Advanced degree in a health-related field
• 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
• Personal on-going mindfulness meditation practice
• Have attended an annual 5 or 7-day silent teacher led mindfulness meditation retreat

Following registration, participants will be asked to provide:
• Your intentions/reasons for attending this advanced training
• The year you attended the professional training(s) in MBSR and/or MBCT with the teachers’ names
• The number of MBSR/MBCT courses taught and where
• An outline of your attendance at 5+ day silent teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats
• A description of your daily meditation practice and in what tradition you practice
• Your professional CV
• If you’re not sure if you meet the prerequisites, please email these to info@mindfulnessstudies.com before registering.

This training fulfills part of the requirements for the Level 2: Supervised MBCT Facilitator Certification at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies as well as the MBSR and MBCT certification pathway at UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Timing
Five-Day Retreat: Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon
4pm on April 23, 2017 – 2pm on April 28, 2017

Fee: $2,400 double, $2,900 single
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):Susan Woods MSW LICSW & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Apr
24
Mon

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Monday, April 24, 2017

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

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

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

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

Timing
One-Day Course: Monday
April 24, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
4
Thu

2-Day MBCT Basics in Montreal

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEW COURSE OFFERING IN MONTREAL in collaboration with The Mindspace Clinic: 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
May 4 – 5, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
5711 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC
Hosted by Mindspace Clinic at an offsite location in Montreal, QC

Fee: $575 (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 course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD C. Psych & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
May
4
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, May 4, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 4, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 11 – June 29, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 1 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Wendy Stanyon (Nurse). 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.
Facilitator(s):Alison Kelford MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
May
7
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, May 7, 2017

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
Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
May
10
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 10, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 17 – July 5, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 7 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). 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.
Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
May
11
Thu

2-Day Self-Compassion & Mindfulness (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Thursday, May 11, 2017

To join the waiting list for this program, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Self-compassion and mindfulness are natural counterparts. Mindfulness practice increases our awareness of the present moment and encourages us to fully experience it as it is. Self-compassion further assists us in bringing greater kindness and understanding to periods of suffering, to be more accepting of our flaws and understanding of our challenges. Self-compassion can help us “get out of our own way.”

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 reduce self-judgement and critical thoughts
• specific practices to manage loss and difficult emotional states
​• to approach life with more compassion and friendliness

A variety of meditation practices as well as self-reflection exercises and activities. Participants will understand and be able to draw upon methods that foster self-compassion and compassion for others.

Who Should Attend

All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for individuals who struggle with addictions, perfectionism, self-criticism, and challenging moods. It is also suited for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBSR/ MBCT.

Timing
Consecutive Fridays
Orientation & Interview: Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Day 1: Friday, May 12, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Day 2: Friday, May 19, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed.

Fee: $390 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M. Ed
May
23
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 23, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: May 30 – July 18, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 20 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.

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

Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • 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.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Allison McLay DCS RP
May
24
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: May 24, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm NEW REGISTRANTS will be emailed to set up a time for their one-on-one interview before Session 1 on May 31st.
Sessions 1-8: May 31 – July 19, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on June 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.

Insurance receipts will not be available for this program. If an insurance receipt is required, please see our programs starting on other dates, as the availability of insurance receipts depends on the particular faculty for each group.

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Joanna Jarecki MD & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed
May
26
Fri

2-Day Inquiry Essentials (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Friday, May 26, 2017

To join the waiting list for this course, please email info@MindfulnessStudies.com 

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 and it is highly recommended as a part of the smartEducation Facilitation Certificate Program.

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
This course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs.

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

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
May 26 & 27, 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
May
28
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

Timing
Sunday, May 28, 2017 | 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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
May
31
Wed

6-Week MBCT Basics Online

Start: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety.
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience.
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level.

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality. 

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

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

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

Technical Requirements:

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

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

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

Required preparation:

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

Timing
Wednesday Afternoons
May 31 – July 5, 2017 | 11:00am – 1:00pm ET

Fee: $535

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

Accreditation
This course has been accredited for 13.5 Mainpro-C credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Jun
11
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, June 11, 2017

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
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jun
12
Mon

8-Week MBCT

Start: Monday, June 12, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: June 12, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: June 19 – August 21, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips July 3rd & August 7th

NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 17  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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. 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):Amanda Guthrie ND & Elaine Smookler RP
Jun
23
Fri

8-Week MBSR

Start: Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

Timing
Friday Mornings

Orientation & Interview: June 23, 2017 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8*: June 30 – August 25, 2017 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Skips July 14th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on July 28th  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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (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):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Jun
24
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, June 24, 2017

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, June 24, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Jun
27
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: June 27, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: July 4 – August 22, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
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: $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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist) or Karen Sutherland (Social Worker). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. 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):Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Jul
8
Sat

6-Day MBSR Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Saturday, July 8, 2017

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 6:30am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Who Should Attend
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 send your CV to karen@mindfulnessstudies.com.

Timing: July 8-14, 2017

Begins Saturday, July 8, 2017
– Check-in at 3pm
– Dinner at 5pm
– Session starts at 7pm

Ends Friday, July 14, 2017
– Session ends at 11:30am
– Check-out after lunch

Fee: $2,350 camping / $2,700 double / $3,200 single
Please Note: no single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Instead, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case 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
Jul
12
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 12, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: July 19 – September 6, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on August 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.

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

Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • 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 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):Alison McLay DCS RP & Elaine Orsini ECE OTC
Jul
15
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Jul
19
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: July 19, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8: July 26 – September 13, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on August 16th 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Gwen Morgan (Social Worker) or Karen Sutherland (Social Worker). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. 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):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Jul
21
Fri

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Friday, July 21, 2017

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
Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Aug
1
Tue

4-Week smartEducation

Start: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Increase your resilience and help create an emotionally balanced, compassionate school environment.

What is smartEducation?
smartEducation (Stress Management And Relaxation Techniques) is an evidence-based program designed for educators and professional support staff.

This program provides educators with an opportunity for immersion in mindfulness practice to apply techniques for developing emotional balance, to enhance concentration, decrease occupational stress, and employ self-care techniques.

By the end of the smartEducation program, you will have a “SMART-Tool-Box” of skills to:
– Develop greater awareness of emotions
– Create more effective strategies for responding to difficult situations
– Apply mindfulness training to interactions with students, colleagues and others

See more details on UBC’s website here.

Participants Will Learn
How to manage stress by recognizing, tolerating, and transforming your reactions to challenging emotions. Rekindle your passion for teaching through exercises and discussions connected to experiences in the classroom.

Who Should Attend
Education professionals including teachers, guidance counsellors, and professional support staff. The program is also suitable for healthcare professionals who work with children and teens. Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.

Timing
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 10am – 3pm
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 10am – 3pm
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 10am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 10am – 3pm
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 10am – 3pm

Fee: $520 ($500 + $20 for materials)
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.

Aug
5
Sat

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):
Aug
12
Sat

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):
Aug
13
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Sunday, August 13, 2017

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
Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
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):Elaine Orsini BA ECE OTC
Aug
17
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, August 17, 2017

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: August 17, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: August 24 – October 12, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on September 14th 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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 Nicholas Ozarko (Social Worker) Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Joanna Shapiro MD & Nicholas Ozarko RSW MSW
Aug
18
Fri

3-Day smartEducation Foundations

Start: Friday, August 18, 2017

Mindful awareness and compassion practices for managing stress and promoting well-being in your personal and professional life.

This 20-hour workshop will provide valuable information about how mindfulness- and compassion-based approaches can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning. The workshop draws upon basic and applied research in the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology and education.

Workshop Components
•  Mental Health Strategy in Ontario and the focus on Wellness for Educators
•  Mindfulness and Neuroscience
•  The Physiology and Neurobiology of Stress
•  Emotional Literacy
•  The Relationship between Health, Happiness and Well-Being
 Mindfulness and its Application in Education
•  Learning Outcomes

Participants Will Learn
• How to define mindfulness in education
• The background, themes, session overview and variations in delivery methods for SMART and certificate requirements for teaching SMART
• How to practice Mindful Communication
• How stress affects the brain and learning

Who Should Attend
Educators and those interested in becoming a SMART facilitator. The program is a requirement of the UBC facilitator certification process for SMART Facilitators.

Timing
Friday, August 18, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $520 ($500 + $20 for materials)
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.

Sep
7
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, September 7, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 7, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: September 14 – November 9, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips September 21st
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 12th  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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Ian Singer (Social Worker). 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.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Sep
8
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, September 8, 2017

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Core Facilitation Certificate Program.

This one-day highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the origins, principles and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions.  We will move between didactic and experiential sessions throughout the day. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

The morning session will consist of an orientation and overview of mindfulness concepts and origins, and experiential exercises working with the senses. The afternoon session will delve deeper into experiencing the body through simple practices, move into exploring thoughts and feelings, and end with a discussion of the applications of mindfulness to daily living and how to learn more about mindfulness.

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

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

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please contact The Centre to see if you can be exempt from completing this first training module.

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, September 8, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
11
Mon

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

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

Timing
Two-Day Course: Monday & Tuesday
Session 1: Monday, September 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Progra

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Sep
12
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 12, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: September 19 – November 7, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 10th 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.
Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Angie Kingma (Occupational Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist). 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.
Facilitator(s):Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont) RP
Sep
14
Thu

2-Day Inquiry Essentials

Start: Thursday, September 14, 2017

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
This course is suitable for those who have experience teaching mindfulness-based programs.

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
Two-day Course
Session 1: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Friday, September 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Sep
15
Fri

8-Week MBSR

Start: Friday, September 15, 2017

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.

Timing
Friday Evenings

Orientation & Interview: September 15, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm
Sessions 1-8: September 22 – November 10, 2017 | 5pm – 7:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 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)
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 Michael Apollo (Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.
Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo RP
Sep
16
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners in Guelph

Start: Saturday, September 16, 2017

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 16, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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
18
Mon

10-Week Mindfully-Informed CBT

Start: Monday, September 18, 2017

Learn to cope with current difficulties and stay well in the long term.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most researched psychological approaches for a wide range of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Mindfully-Informed CBT builds a set of skills that enables people to interrupt the cycle of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours with mindfulness. After learning CBT, people can “become their own therapists” by using what they’ve learned to address problems as they arise.

While CBT is a key underpinning Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), MBCT emphasizes teaching CBT-informed mindfulness practices.

This 10-week program will focus on teaching participants the tools of CBT with mindfulness as a backdrop.

Participants Will Learn
CBT skills and techniques to manage depression and anxiety.

Who Should Attend
Individuals experiencing moderate anxiety/depression or with a history of depression. It is also recommended for MBCT graduates to increase their skill in using tools from CBT to stay well. People interested in incorporating CBT into their existing treatment plan for other conditions may also attend upon referral.

Timing
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 18, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-10*: September 25 – December 11, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips October 9th & November 6th

Fee: $620 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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.

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 and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview 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):Sharon Cirone MD CFPC FCFP ASAM (Cert.) & Amanda Guthrie ND
Sep
20
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 20, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: September 27 – November 22, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* skips November 8th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 18th 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Gwen Morgan (Social Worker). 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.
Facilitator(s):Pat Smith MD & Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Sep
23
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, September 23, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 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.

Facilitator(s):Elaine Smookler B.Mus. RP
Sep
26
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Tuesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: September 26, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: October 3 – November 21, 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on October 24 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either Alison McLay (Psychotherapist) or Karen Sutherland (Social Worker). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Allison McLay also works in a supervised practice and can provide an insurance receipt from her supervising registered psychologist (C.Psych). If you have a preference regarding which profession is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request.

  • 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):Alison McLay DCS RP & Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Oct
3
Tue

8-Week MBCT ONLINE (Fully Enrolled)

Start: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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 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.

Timing
Tuesdays
Orientation*: October 3, 2017  |  2pm – 4pm EST
Sessions 1-8**: October 10 – December 5, 2017  | 2pm – 4:30pm EST
* Please also be available from 4pm – 5pm on October 3, 2017 in the event we will schedule an interview with you
** program skips November 7th

Fee: $390*
*As the pilot of our MBCT online program, we’re offering registration at a discounted rate of 25% off (Regular Price: $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
Insurance receipts will not be provided for this program. For complete information regarding third-party insurance coverage, please click here.

Online Format
Participation will be via your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android), with interactive audio, video and chat.
Please note this will be a highly interactive web-based program. Your full attention will be required.
This online program requires high-speed Internet access and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate equipment and internet connection.

Technical Requirements

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

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

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

Required Preparation

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

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Michael Apollo RP
Oct
5
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, October 5, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Afternoons
Orientation & Interview: October 5, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Sessions 1-8*: October 12 – December 7, 2017 | 1:30pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, November 26, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips November 9th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 2 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt will be provided on behalf of Nicholas Ozarko (Social Worker). 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.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Nicholas Ozarko MSW RSW
Oct
6
Fri

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Friday, October 6, 2017

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

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the tools of CBT with mindfulness practices. Both modalities help to increase awareness of thoughts, emotions and behaviours, allowing for the development of new responses to difficulty (challenges that arise). A solid background in CBT is an important underpinning of MBCT.

In this hands-on, skills-oriented workshop, participants will acquire a few basic CBT tools that they can integrate into their own general clinical practice. Relevance to mindfulness will be addressed.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of CBT
• How to apply the tools of CBT to stress, depression and anxiety
• An introductory grounding in CBT and its relationship to MBCT

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training.

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

Fee: 
$335 (please note that lunch is not provided)

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

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

Facilitator(s):David Denis ND RP
Oct
8
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, October 8, 2017

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
Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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
Oct
15
Sun

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Please note that the intake interviews for this program were held on October 14th. New registrants will be asked to participate in a telephone or video conference intake interview before Session 1 on October 22nd.

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 as well as a prerequisite for training as a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) teacher.

Timing
Sunday Afternoons
Intake Interviews*: Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 10am – 4pm (new registrants will be contacted to schedule an interview before Session 1)
Sessions 1-5: October 22 – November 19, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Silent Retreat: November 26, 2017 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6-7: December 3 – December 10, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 8: December 17, 2017 | 1pm – 4:30pm
* registrants will be assigned a time slot for their intake interview

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.

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
16
Mon

6-Day MBCT Basics Online

Start: Monday, October 16, 2017

Explore the therapeutic benefits of MBCT while looking at its clinical applications. This is the first module of our Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

Participants Will Learn
• Mindfulness-based interventions are applicable to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety.
• How to use mindfulness-based cognitive strategies in your personal and professional life to increase resilience.
• How to use MBCT practices in addressing depression and anxiety at an introductory level.

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning MBCT for personal and professional resilience will benefit from this workshop as well as those who wish to learn about the clinical applications of this modality. 

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

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

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

Technical Requirements:

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

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

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

Required preparation:

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

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

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

Fee: $535
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

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

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Oct
16
Mon

8-Week MBSR in GUELPH

Start: Monday, October 16, 2017

Please note that the orientation for this program was held on October 16th. New registrants will be asked to participate in an intake interview before Session 1 on October 23rd.

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
Monday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: October 16, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm (new registrants will be contacted to schedule an interview before Session 1)
Sessions 1-8: October 23 – December 11, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 3, 2017
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

Location
Chancellors Way Medical Arts Centre
The Studio Room, 175 Chancellors Way (Suite 102) with The CareWell Health Group
Research Park North
University of Guelph, Main Campus
Guelph, ON N1G 0E9

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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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.)
Oct
17
Tue

8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Please note that the intake interviews for this program were held on October 17th & 18th. New registrants will be asked to participate in a telephone or video conference intake interview before Session 1 on October 25th.

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 as well as a prerequisite for training as a Making Friends with Yourself (MFY) teacher.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Intake Interviews*: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 & Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm (new registrants will be contacted to schedule an interview before Session 1)
Sessions 1-5: October 25, 2017 – November 22, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 1pm – 5pm
Sessions 6-7: November 29 – December 6, 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Session 8: December 13, 2017 | 5:30pm – 9pm
* registrants will be assigned a time slot for their intake interview

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.

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
19
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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 + Session 1: October 19, 2017 | 4:30pm – 9pm
Sessions 2-8*: October 26 – December 14, 2017 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips November 23th
NOTE: While it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on November 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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):Alison Kelford MD & Wendy Stanyon RN
Oct
22
Sun

5-Day MBCT Intensive Training & Retreat

Start: Sunday, October 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

What To Expect
This training will combine elements of a clinical training workshop and a meditation retreat. You can expect to spend some periods in silence and others in active discussion and interaction. The course will follow a concentrated schedule, starting at 6:30am and ending at 8pm each day. Registrants will not be provided with a detailed agenda beforehand; instead the schedule and time breakdown will be addressed at the opening session of the retreat.

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

Who Should Attend
Enrolment is open to healthcare professionals and social service workers who have a clinical background and a mindfulness meditation practice. Prerequisites for the intensive training include participation in an 8-week MBCT program, formal mindfulness training equivalent to MBCT Basics and CBT Primer, and a regular mindfulness mediation practice.

Apply Before Registering
If you have not already been accepted into the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Facilitation Certificate Program, please complete a Professional Development Application Form and a copy of your CV to karen@mindfulnessstudies.com

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

Timing: October 22-27, 2017

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

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

Fee: $2,400 double / $2,900 single
Please Note: only a limited number of single rooms will be available for immediate registration. Once these spots are sold out, you can register for a “double room – single upgrade waiting list” in case more single rooms become available. If you are offered a single room upgrade, you will be asked to bring the additional $500 to the retreat.

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

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

 

Facilitator(s):Zindel Segal PhD & Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Oct
27
Fri

Notions essentielles de pleine conscience à Montréal – 1 journée

Start: Friday, October 27, 2017

Apprenez-en sur la recherche et les applications quotidiennes de la pleine conscience. Cette journée de formation est le premier module de notre Certificat pour devenir instructeur en MBSR (Gestion du stress par la pleine conscience)

Cet atelier hautement expérientiel d’une journée initiera les participants aux origines, principes et pratiques de la réduction du stress basée sur la pleine conscience (MBSR), et autres interventions basées sur la pleine conscience. Le temps de formation sera divisé entre des séances didactiques et expérientielles tout au long de la journée. Les participants approfondiront leur compréhension des fondements historiques et scientifiques de la pleine conscience ainsi que son application pour la gestion du stress au quotidien.

La séance du matin comportera une initiation globale aux concepts liés à la pleine conscience et à ses origines, ainsi que des exercices expérientiels en lien avec les sens. La séance de l’après-midi consistera en une exploration plus approfondie des sensations corporelles par des pratiques expérientielles simples, puis par l’exploration des pensées et émotions, encore une fois par des pratiques expérientielles.  La séance se terminera par une discussion sur les applications de la pleine conscience au quotidien, et sur comment en apprendre plus sur la pleine conscience.

Objectifs d’apprentissage
Comment définir la pleine conscience et élaborer une description de ses fondements théoriques
Comment entraîner l’attention pour être davantage attentif au présent
• Comment appliquer les pratiques essentielles de pleine conscience au quotidien et aux situations difficiles
• Identifier des ressources pour en savoir plus sur le MBSR et d’autres interventions basées sur la conscience

À qui s’adresse cette formation
Ce cours d’introduction est destiné à ceux ayant un intérêt général pour la pleine conscience, tant au niveau professionnel que personnel. Il s’adresse aux professionnels de la santé, mais aussi aux autres professionnels, à ceux qui désirent enseigner le MBSR et d’autres programmes basés sur la pleine conscience. Il n’y a pas de prérequis pour cette formation.

Si vous êtes à compléter la formation en MBSR et que vous avez déjà suivi une formation qui semble équivalente, prière de contacter le Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour qu’ils évaluent si une exemption à ce premier module pour l’obtention du certificat peut être possible.

Accréditation
Ce programme d’apprentissage en groupe répond aux critères de certification du Collège québécois des médecins de famille, organisme pleinement agréé en développement professionnel continu par le Collège des médecins du Québec, et donne droit à 12 crédits Mainpro+ (reconnus comme des crédits de Catégorie 1 pour les participants non membres du CMFC) pourvu que les normes éthiques soient respectées.

Calendrier
Cours d’une journée: Vendredi
27 octobre 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Frais d’inscription: $350 (Veuillez noter que le repas du midi n’est pas offert)
Aucune TPS ni TVQ ne sera chargée étant donné que le Centre est un organisme à but non lucratif. Nous soutenir c’est soutenir nos oeuvres caritatives. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter notre Programme Communautaire  

Paiement, annulation et conditions de remboursements
Veuillez contacter The Centre for Mindfulness Studies pour toute demande de remboursement. Envoyez un email à info@mindfulnessstudies.com au moins 5 jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme afin de recevoir un remboursement de frais d’inscription moins $50 de frais administratifs ou un remboursement de frais d’inscription intégral crédité pour une offre future.

Politiques d’annulation
J’ai lu et compris les règles de paiement, annulation, remboursement et échange. Je suis conscient que lorsque je remplis les conditions du Certificat de Facilitation du programme MBCT, le Certificat sera délivré uniquement par le Centre for Mindfulness, sauf si je remplis les conditions de transfert définies par le Factor-Inwentash de la faculté de travail social de l’université de Toronto, disponibles à l’adresse suivante : http://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/pro-dev/mbct-cert/

1. Conditions de paiement
Toute inscription effectuée en ligne via carte de crédit est non remboursable. Ces frais d’inscription sont facturés par le service de billetterie. Si vous désirez vous inscrire pour un programme sans payer ces frais, vous pouvez vous rendre au Centre pour payer en espèces ou par chèque ou encore en envoyant un chèque par voie postale. Nous vous prions de téléphoner à l’avance afin de vous assurer qu’il reste des billets disponibles.
Pour toute demande d’échange, de remboursement ou de crédit, veuillez nous envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante : info@MindfulnessStudies.com. Veuillez consulter nos autres conditions ci-dessous pour plus d’informations.

2. Annulation d’un programme
Si votre programme est annulé, vous avez le droit à un remboursement intégral. Vous serez contacté au moins trois jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme.

REMBOURSEMENTS
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant la date de commencement du programme, vous recevrez un remboursement intégral moins $50 de frais administratifs.
Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous n’aurez pas droit à un remboursement.
Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

ECHANGES
Si vous envoyez un avis écrit au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement d’un programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme en crédit pour un futur cours. Si vous n’envoyez pas d’avis au moins cinq jours ouvrables avant le commencement du programme, vous pouvez utiliser l’entièreté de la somme de votre programme moins $50 de frais administratifs en crédit pour un futur cours. Lorsqu’un programme a commencé, aucun remboursement, échange ou transfert ne sera possible.

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP & Joe Flanders PhD OPQ
Oct
28
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, October 28, 2017

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.

Timing
Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 B.Mus. RP
Nov
3
Fri

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Friday, November 3, 2017

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
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm

Fee: $80
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
Nov
4
Sat

8-Week MBCT

Start: Saturday, November 4, 2017

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 Mornings
Orientation & Interview: November 4, 2017 | 10am – 1pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 11, 2017 – January 13, 2018 | 10am – 12:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips December 23rd & 30th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 2 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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):Shawna Perlin MD & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Nov
6
Mon

5-Day MBCT Practicum Intensive (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Monday, November 6, 2017

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program

This intensive practicum will immerse participants in the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. Trainees will take on a variety of roles including teaching, providing and receiving feedback and developing skills of inquiry. Readings and home practice will be an essential part of the program. Relevant background will be provided in the areas of mindfulness, clinical research and CBT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timing
5-Day Practicum:

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

Fee: $2,250
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

 

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Nov
16
Thu

8-Week MBCT (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Thursday, November 16, 2017

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, 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.

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.

Timing
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 16, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: November 23 – January 18, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* Program skips December 28th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on December 14th 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.

Upon request, an insurance receipt can be provided on behalf of either  Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). 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 & Interview 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):Joanna Shapiro MD & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Nov
18
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Saturday, November 18, 2017

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, November 18, 2017 | 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $80
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
Nov
22
Wed

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

Start: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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

This retreat will explore the intersection between the Dharma (the ancient wisdom teachings of the Buddha) and mindfulness-based interventions (predominantly Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT).

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

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

Participants Will Learn

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

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

Facilitators
Pascal AuclairPatricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP

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

Costs & Donation
The fee below covers the cost of room and board only.
The teachers will not receive any payments from the organization.
The facilitators, following the teachings on the practice of generosity of the ancient Buddhist tradition, will be offering their time and their facilitation skills to the retreatants. Participants are invited to consider this deeply and invited to consider making a donation on top of the fees in appreciation of the facilitator’s donated time and skills and to support them in their well-being and livelihood.

There are opportunities to donate in person at the retreat or online here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Pascal Auclair Core Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts
Nov
29
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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.

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: November 29, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: December 6, 2017 – February 7, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* 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 (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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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 Amanda Guthrie (Naturopath). 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):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Amanda Guthrie ND
Dec
3
Sun

2-Day Self-Compassion

Start: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Learn to manage difficulty with more ease and kindness

Self-compassion and mindfulness are natural counterparts. Mindfulness practice increases our awareness of the present moment and encourages us to fully experience it as it is. Self-compassion further assists us in bringing greater kindness and understanding to periods of suffering, to be more accepting of our flaws and understanding of our challenges. Self-compassion can help us “get out of our own way.”

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 reduce self-judgement and critical thoughts
• specific practices to manage loss and difficult emotional states
• to approach life with more compassion and friendliness

A variety of meditation practices as well as self-reflection exercises and activities. Participants will understand and be able to draw upon methods that foster self-compassion and compassion for others.

Who Should Attend
All are welcome. It is especially beneficial for individuals who struggle with addictions, perfectionism, self-criticism, and challenging moods. It is also suited for graduates of mindfulness-based programs, such as MBSR/ MBCT.

Timing
Consecutive Mondays
Orientation & Interview: Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm
Session 1: Monday, December 4, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Session 2: Monday, December 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Facilitators
Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP

Fee: $390 (includes handouts and guided meditation download or CD)
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

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 Melissa Nigrini (Registered Psychotherapist). 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.
Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Dec
9
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners in Guelph

Start: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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, December 9, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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.)
Dec
10
Sun

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 10, 2017

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.

Timing
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 B.Mus. RP
Dec
15
Fri

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Friday, December 15, 2017

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

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Friday
Friday, December 15, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Melissa Nigrini M.Ed RP
Dec
17
Sun

Full-Day Silent Retreat

Start: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deepen your mindfulness practice in our silent retreats.

On a regular basis, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies opens its doors to our community for a silent day of mindful movement and walking and sitting meditations. While spending hours in silence may seem daunting to some, these retreats are often a welcome respite and a great way to foster stillness in the rush of everyday life. Many regular participants attest to the retreats’ restorative effects and the ways in which the experience enhances personal insight and self-knowledge.

Who Should Attend
Mindfulness program participants, past participants, faculty, staff and members of the community with an existing mindfulness practice. We do not recommend the silent retreat for beginners. For those interested in discovering mindfulness, please join us for one of our beginners’ workshops.

Timing
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 10am – 4pm

Registration
To benefit our charitable initiatives, our facilitators donate their time and expertise. We ask that you please donate what you can for the silent retreat to help us deliver affordable mental health therapies to those in need.

A minimum contribution of $20 is requested.
For those facing affordability and access issues, we request a minimum donation of $5.
For a limited time, current program participants can register with no minimum contribution.

Meals
Note that lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch in order to participate in a mindful meal.

Facilitator(s):
Dec
17
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, December 17, 2017

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
Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 1pm – 4pm

Fee: $80
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
Jan
4
Thu

Mindfulness Info Session

Start: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Learn a little mindfulness

If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session! We’ll give you a brief overview on how best to learn mindfulness and what programs we offer for you to develop a practice.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness helps you enhance your mental health. Research on 8-week mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) shows it is beneficial for reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing focus.

If you’re unsure if you’re ready to take an 8-week program or which program to take, this info session will help you understand your options, how to register and how to use your extended health benefits.

You Will Learn

  • what mindfulness is
  • how to learn mindfulness
  • understand mindfulness benefits
  • about mindfulness programs: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Mindfully-Informed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MI-CBT)


Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in taking a mindfulness program at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Timing
Thursday Evening
January 4, 2018 | 6pm – 6:30pm

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein BFA
Jan
9
Tue

8-Week MBCT (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Tuesday, January 9, 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
Tuesdays
Orientation & Interview: January 9, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8: January 16 – March 6, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  •  A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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):Laura Lee Copeland MD FACEP & Elaine Smookler RP
Jan
12
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics

Start: Friday, January 12, 2018

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.

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

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

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

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC & Melissa Nigrini M.Ed. RP
Jan
13
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, January 13, 2018

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, January 13, 2018 | 2pm – 5pm

Fee: $80
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
Jan
15
Mon

8-Week MBCT in North Toronto

Start: Monday, January 15, 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
Mondays
Orientation & Interview: January 15, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 22 – March 26, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
* program skips February 19th & March 12th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 12th 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):Joanna Shapiro MD & Eva Hahler C.Psych
Jan
17
Wed

8-Week MBCT in OTTAWA

Start: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THIS DATE HAS PASSED, the next 8-week MBCTs in Ottawa are starting April 24 & July 3

Learn new skills 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. 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
91A Fourth Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Timing
Wednesday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: January 10, 2018 | 4pm – 7pm NEW REGISTRANTS WILL BE CONTACTED TO ARRANGE AN INTAKE INTERVIEW BEFORE SESSION 1 ON JANUARY 17th
Sessions 1-8:
January 17 – March 7, 2018 | 4pm – 6:30pm

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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

Please note that all participants must be free of substance misuse.

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):Karen Sutherland MSW RSW & Evelyn Tan MA SLP
Jan
17
Wed

8-Week MBSR

Start: Wednesday, January 17, 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
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: January 17, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: January 24 – March 21, 2018 | 5:30pm – 8pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips February 7th
NOTE: 
while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on February 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)

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
Jan
22
Mon

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion

Start: Monday, January 22, 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 5-day intensive explores typical responses as difficulties arise.

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

Timing
Sessions 1-5:  Monday, January 22 to Friday January 26th | 8:30am – 4:30pm

Early Bird Fee: $690 until Dec 22 
Regular Fee: $750
(Fees 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 Kimberly Sogge (Clinical Psychologist). 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):Kimberly Sogge PhD C Psych
Jan
27
Sat

Full-Day Mindfulness for Beginners (FULLY ENROLLED)

Start: Saturday, January 27, 2018

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.

Timing
Saturday, January 27, 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 B.Mus. RP
Jan
29
Mon

Mindfulness Info Session

Start: Monday, January 29, 2018

Learn a little mindfulness

If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session! We’ll give you a brief overview on how best to learn mindfulness and what programs we offer for you to develop a practice.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness helps you enhance your mental health. Research on 8-week mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) shows it is beneficial for reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing focus.

If you’re unsure if you’re ready to take an 8-week program or which program to take, this info session will help you understand your options, how to register and how to use your extended health benefits.

You Will Learn

  • what mindfulness is
  • how to learn mindfulness
  • understand mindfulness benefits
  • about mindfulness programs: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Mindfully-Informed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MI-CBT)


Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in taking a mindfulness program at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Timing
Monday Evening
January 29, 2018 | 6pm – 6:30pm

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein BFA
Feb
1
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, February 1, 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
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: February 1, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 8 – April 5, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 15th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 1st 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 (Registered Psychotherapist). Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Susan Hershkop MD & Melissa Nigrini RP
Feb
2
Fri

8-Week MBCT in Guelph

Start: Friday, February 2, 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
Friday mornings
Orientation & Interview: February 2, 2018 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 9 – April 13, 2018 | 9:30am – 12pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 11am – 3pm
* program skips March 16th & 30th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 2nd 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 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.)
Feb
7
Wed

8-Week MBCT ONLINE

Start: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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 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
Wednesdays
Orientation: February 7, 2018 | 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Sessions 1-8: February 14 – April 4, 2018 | 12:30pm – 3pm

Fee: $442 – 15% OFF regular fee of $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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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 either Michael Apollo  (Psychotherapist) or Elaine Smookler  (Psychotherapist). If you have a preference regarding which faculty member is listed on your insurance receipt, please make sure to include that information in your request. Insurance receipts will not be available prior to the last program session.

Facilitator(s):Michael Apollo RP & Elaine Smookler RP
Feb
7
Wed

8-Week MBSR in Guelph

Start: Wednesday, February 7, 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
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: 
February 7, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: February 14 – April 11, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 11am – 3pm
* program skips March 14th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 7th 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.)
Feb
9
Fri

2-Day MBCT Basics in Calgary

Start: Friday, February 9, 2018

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.

Timing
Two-Day Course: Friday & Saturday
February 9 & 10, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
121 14 Ave, SW Calgary

Fee: $535 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

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

MBCT Basics in Calgary is being hosted by Restorative Conversations in Calgary.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Feb
10
Sat

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Saturday, February 10, 2018

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, February 10, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
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
Feb
12
Mon

10-Week MBCT Practicum

Start: Monday, February 12, 2018

Ontario’s only MBCT practicum accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This is the fourth module of our MBCT Facilitation Certificate Program

This practicum will immerse participants in the 8-week MBCT program as participants, facilitators and observers. Trainees will take on a variety of roles including teaching, providing and receiving feedback and developing skills of inquiry. Readings and home practice will be an essential part of the program. Relevant background will be provided in the areas of mindfulness, clinical research and CBT.

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

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

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

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

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


Fee
Early-Bird $2,300 (until January 15, 2018)
Regular Rate $2,400
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.
Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP & Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
13
Tue

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts in BC (UFV)

Start: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Learn about the research and application of mindfulness. This is the first module of our MBSR Facilitation Certificate.

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

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Tuesday
February 13, 2018
University of the Fraser Valley

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
Student Pricing: $125
Please register through University of the Fraser Valley website.
Contact Corinne.Richardson@ufv.ca with questions.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Evan Collins MD FRCPC
Feb
20
Tue

8-Week MBCT

Start: Tuesday, February 20, 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
Tuesdays
Orientation & Interview: February 20, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8: February 27 – April 17, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on March 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.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund & Exchange Policies

  • A valid OHIP card is required and must be brought to the Orientation & Interview session.
  • All participants must be free of substance misuse.

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):Shawna Perlin MD & Angie Kingma OT Reg. (Ont.) RP
Feb
22
Thu

1-Day CBT Primer

Start: Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most empirically supported psychological treatment for a wide range of disorders including depression and anxiety. It has also been shown to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the tools of CBT with mindfulness practices. Both modalities help to increase awareness of thoughts, emotions and behaviours, allowing for the development of new responses to difficulty (challenges that arise). A solid background in CBT is an important underpinning of MBCT.

In this hands-on, skills-oriented workshop, participants will acquire a few basic CBT tools that they can integrate into their own general clinical practice. Relevance to mindfulness will be addressed.

Participants Will Learn
• The principles and practices of CBT
• How to apply the tools of CBT to stress, depression and anxiety
• An introductory grounding in CBT and its relationship to MBCT

Who Should Attend
Healthcare providers interested in learning CBT on its own or as a complement to MBCT training.

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

Timing
One-Day Course: Thursday
February 22, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Facilitator(s):Patricia Rockman MD CCFP FCFP
Feb
23
Fri

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Friday, February 23, 2018

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
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 5pm – 8pm

Fee: $80
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
Feb
26
Mon

Mindfulness Info Session

Start: Monday, February 26, 2018

Learn a little mindfulness

If you’re considering a mindfulness program, join us for a free information session! We’ll give you a brief overview on how best to learn mindfulness and what programs we offer for you to develop a practice.

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention to the present moment. Practising mindfulness helps you enhance your mental health. Research on 8-week mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) shows it is beneficial for reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing focus.

If you’re unsure if you’re ready to take an 8-week program or which program to take, this info session will help you understand your options, how to register and how to use your extended health benefits.

You Will Learn

  • what mindfulness is
  • how to learn mindfulness
  • understand mindfulness benefits
  • about mindfulness programs: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Mindfully-Informed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MI-CBT)


Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in taking a mindfulness program at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Timing
Monday Evening
February 26, 2018 | 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Fee: Free

Facilitator(s):Jeremy Finkelstein BFA
Mar
1
Thu

1-Day Mindfulness Core Concepts

Start: Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

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

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

Fee: $335 (please note that lunch is not provided)
As a registered charity, we do not charge HST. When you support us, you support our charitable initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please see our Community Program.

Payment, cancellation and refund policies

Facilitator(s):Gwen Morgan MSW RSW
Mar
1
Thu

8-Week MBCT

Start: Thursday, March 1, 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
Thursday Evenings
Orientation & Interview: March 1, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 8 – May 3, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips March 15th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 4th 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):Shawna Perlin MD & Ian Singer MSW RSW
Mar
4
Sun

Half-Day Mindfulness for Beginners

Start: Sunday, March 4, 2018

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
Sunday, March 4, 2018 | 10am – 1pm

Fee: $80
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
Mar
14
Wed

8-Week MBCT

Start: Wednesday, March 14, 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
Wednesdays
Orientation & Interview: March 14, 2018 | 6pm – 9pm
Sessions 1-8*: March 21 – May 16, 2018 | 6pm – 8:30pm
Silent Retreat: Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 10am – 4pm
* program skips April 25th
NOTE: while it is important for participants to attend all sessions, Session 4 on April 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 y