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Mindfulness-Based Group Practice Workshop

A six-day interprofessional course for clinicians who wish to lead mindfulness-based groups.

Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW, Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW & Steve Selchen, MD
October 1, 2, 29, 30 & November 26, 27, 2011


What is Mindfulness-Based Therapy

Mindfulness involves paying attention - intentionally and without judgment - to experiences and emotions 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-baed 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 and thoughts.  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 receive 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

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will learn:

  • the skills needed to lead MBSR or MBCT groups and will be able to assess their own readiness to lead groups
  • how to develop their own mindfulness practice
  • key principles in leading MBSR MBCT groups
  • 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


Faculty Bios


Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW is a social worker and advanced practice clinician (APC) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  She has worked in various mental health and addiction settings and supervises clinical staff in the residential addiction service.  She has experience providing mindfulness groups in chronic pain, depression and addiction and was involved in a study examining mindfulness and smoking cessation.  Kirstin has formal training in MBSR and MBCT, and offers training and consultation in mindfulness treatments.


Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW is a social worker who leads both Mindfulnes-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups.  She was a social worker and advanced practice clinician (APC) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for 12 years until 2010, when she began private practice.  She has provided individual, couple and group psychotherapy for 20 years, conducted mindfulness research, and led professional and community workshops.  In addition to providing mindfulness, she teaches mindfulness workshops for professionals and provides consultation for professionals leading groups.  More information about Kate is available on her website,


Steven Selchen, MD, FRCPC, is a staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital where he runs a Mindfulness-Based Interventions Clinic.  He trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University, where he is completing his Master's degree.  He also leads mindfulness-based educational programming within the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.


Workshop Fee

The cost for the 6-day workshop is $995.  This includes morning and afternoon refreshments and 2 catered lunches.



Waiting list only.  Please contact Connie if you'd like to be added to the waiting list.


For more information or to be added to the waiting list, please contact:

Connie Kim
Administrative Coordinator, MSPI
Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
925-600 University Ave.
Toronto ON M5G 1X5
416 586-4800 x2473
416 586-8654