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Mindfulness-Based Group Practice Workshop

A 6-day interprofessional workshop for clinicians who wish to lead mindfulness-based groups

Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW, Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW and Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW


Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3, 2010
Saturday November 6 and Sunday November 7, 2010
Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28, 2010


What is Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness involves paying attention - intentionally and without judgment - to experiences and emotiosn as they happen.  This workshop series will help participants to develop their own daily mindfulness meditation practice and familiarize them with the skills and knowledge needed to lead mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) groups.

MBSR enhances awareness of each moment, allowing clients to develop more adaptive relationships with and responses to difficult emotions an dthoughts.  This helps the clients cope better with chronic illness, pain and other stressors.  MBCT - an integration of MBSR and cognitive behavioural therapy - has been shown to cut in half the rate of depression relapse in patients with three or more previous episodes of major depression. 

Participants who attend the six-day workshop will receie a certificate of attendance.  Registration cost includes two practice CDs with guided mindfulness practices, and a manual with guidelines on leading mindfulness groups.


What You Will Learn

  • The skills needed to lead MBSR or MBCT groups.  Participants will be able to assess their own readiness to lead groups.
  • How to develop your own daily mindfulness practice.
  • Key principles in leading MBSR and MBCT groups.
  • How to lead clients in MBSR or MBCT mindfulness practices and mindful inquiry.
  • How to improve empathy with clients by developing a more mindful relationship with one's own and with clients' distress, difficult thoughts and pain.
  • An expanded repertoire of clinical techniques for treating clients with stress, disability, pain and psychological disorders.


This workshop series is suitable for psychiatrists, GP psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupatioanl therapists and others.  Accreditation has been sought.


Please see attached flyer for more information.


Registration is now CLOSED. Please contact Connie Kim ( if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

A $50.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation.  Refund requests must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  No refunds will be given after this time.