Viewpoint Psychotherapy offers mindfulness workshops

Siobhan Nearey, Registered Psychotherapist and OMC-trained mindfulness teacher, has opened her private practice! Please visit Viewpoint Psychotherapy for information on the terrific workshops she will be offering.

 

DE-STRESS YOUR SPRING

Three one-hour talks with Siobhan Nearey, Registered Psychotherapist, about reducing your stress and putting the spring back into your step!

Special rate: All three talks for $60. Please email talks@vpt123.ca for discount code.

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So, What’s the Deal with Mindfulness?        Tues, Apr 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm,  cost: $25               Buy Tickets

Wondering what’s up with mindfulness? Research indicates that it benefits our physical and mental well-being. But isn’t that just one more thing to squeeze into our busy lives?

Coping with Job Stress                                     Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm,  cost: $25                Buy Tickets

Are you stressed at work? Isn’t everyone? There’s no magic wand to change our workplaces into supportive and empowering spaces. So, how can you get your life back when work is running you down?

Taking Care of Yourself in a Busy World      Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm,  cost: $25             Buy Tickets

Do you find yourself taking care of others, but neglecting your own needs? Do you criticize yourself because you can’t get everything done? Come and learn some self-compassion and self-care techniques that will help you take care of you.

Location: 2487 Kaladar Ave, room 215 (sorry, no elevator)

Call or text: 613-700-4969     Email: talks@vpt123.ca

Special rate: All three talks for $60

Interested in working for a mindfulness clinic? We’re looking!

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Interested in working in a mindful environment?

Want to learn more about mindfulness and support those who do?

Curious, open-minded, creative?

We’re looking for someone who can be supportive, compassionate, and disciplined in their work with others.

 

RECEPTIONIST/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC) & Sea Glass Psychological Services (SGPS) are two aspects mental health services provided through a mindfulness-based treatment centre and the private practices of Drs. Lynette Monteiro and Frank Musten, Psychologists, and clinical associates. The group of professionals practising together under the umbrella of the OMC forms a cooperative delivering mental health services through mindfulness-based programs. The OMC conducts at least fifteen 8-week mindfulness programs annually along with retreats and workshops. Sea Glass PS is comprised of the private practice psychological services of Drs. Frank Musten and Lynette Monteiro, offering individual psychotherapy and personnel selection services for various security organizations.

Administrative services, while primarily dedicated to the activities of the OMC, occasionally involves some aspects of the SGPS such as scoring tests or setting up for assessments. This is a contract position based on an hourly rate for 15 hours per week with employee benefits (CPP, EI). There is a six month probation period to ensure a good fit with the organization.

Job description for Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

The incumbent will be responsible for the following for the OMC

  • Read and respond to emails inquiring about the MBSM & MSC programs
  • Setting up sign up through Eventbrite for information sessions and monitoring the flow of registrants
  • Respond to phone calls about the programs offered as above
  • Photocopying materials as required for the clinic
  • On line ordering of materials (printing of handouts by Staples) for programs
  • Preparing receipts for participants in courses or events
  • Data entry of course and event evaluations
  • General filing duties (client files and expense receipts) including creating labels for file folders
  • Attend events to support registration desk (some may be during evenings and/or weekends)

The incumbent will be responsible for the following for SGPS

  • Forwarding phone calls and emails to psychologists
  • Scanning & scoring test forms when necessary
  • Faxing materials requested by external agencies
  • General filing duties

All listed duties are open to change based on the growing needs of the OMC and/or SPGS.

 

Applicant Attributes

Applicants should have an interest in mindfulness and open to working in an environment that fosters a mindful approach to interactions. They should have experience and be comfortable working with current technology. Experience with Word, Excel, templates, online set up of event registration, email protocols, cloud-based data storage and retrieval, and standard filing.

The applicant we hope to work with will be sensitive to the population we serve, attending to their needs with patience and kindness. They will also be assertive in expressing their own needs, meeting the needs of those who seek information about the organizations’ services and with professionals who work in the organization. Additional attributes we seek are as follows:

  • Able to work in a quiet atmosphere with sensitivity to mental health issues
  • Excellent email (grammatical, tone and phrasing) and phone (polite, patient, straightforward) skills
  • Conscientious and reliable in carrying out the tasks as outlined above
  • Attentive to routine tasks
  • Good organization skills with the ability to stay focussed
  • Open to evolving ways of doing things
  • Creative and willing to take on challenges
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Able to recover well from typical missteps
  • Good stress awareness and coping skills

This position is best-suited for someone with matured interpersonal skills, seeking part-time employment, is retired or semi-retired, and with a flexible availability for occasional evening or weekend duties.

If you believe you have these attributes and enjoy working in a dynamic and encouraging setting, please forward you resume to our address below or via email (mindful [at] ottawamindfulnessclinic.com – insert @ for [a]) with the subject header “ADMIN APPLICATION”. Cover letter should include direct experience with software and programs mentioned in the above job description and a statement of expected salary range.

Please note that due to the volume of calls we receive regarding the clinic programs, we cannot respond to phone inquiries about this position. You may email us or submit your resume with cover letter.

Mail application to: Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, 595 Montreal Road, Suite 301, Ottawa ON K1K 4L2

Download PDF version here.

2015 M4 Teacher Training Graduates

We are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary of Teacher Training and welcome our 2015 cohort of mindfulness teachers who completed the M4 training requirements in the first full 3-day training retreat. Congratulations to all and we look forward to an on-going sharing in your insights and great work! Many thanks as well to our coach teachers, Brittany Glynn, Lakshmi Sundaram, Sheila Robertson, and Jessie Bossé.

 

2015 TTR Group

Craig Mackie RSW joins OMC

Craig We are pleased to welcome Craig Mackie RSW to the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. Craig has a BA in developmental psychology, MA in philosophy and a Masters of Social Work. He has worked in therapeutic recreation, mental health, and social services for over 10 years. He is a certified Transformative Mindfulness practitioner, 16 Guidelines international facilitator trainer, and has taken multiple trainings in clinical and mindfulness modalities. Currently he teaches in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program at the University of Toronto and is the Director of Essential Change.

At the clinic, Craig will be offering mindfulness programs for youth and adults.

Program and contact information on the adult and youth programs can be downloaded here:

Youth – Transformative Mindfulness.

Adults- Transformative Mindfulness.

 

Mindfulness training retreat with Mark Coleman & Mary Elliott at UoToronto

Mastering Mindfulness – Personally and Professionally with Mark Coleman

Fall Training October 20-24th 2014 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Hart House, University of Toronto

This multi tiered mindfulness training program explores mindfulness theory, practice and teacher development. It is intended for those working in healthcare and while it is suitable for those working in any healthcare setting, it was designed to be particularly suitable for those working with the medically ill. Part 1 is for healthcare professionals wishing to use mindfulness for their own well being, deepen their own mindfulness practice; enhance therapeutic presence and communication with patients; and those wanting to begin to utilize mindfulness based techniques with clients. For those wanting to move on to teaching mindfulness-based groups and introduce mindfulness techniques to patients, it provides the foundational base for the Part 2 and 3 (Spring and Fall 2015) of the course which provides more in – depth training on how to teach mindfulness techniques and practices.

Objectives: Part 1 – Practitioner Training – Foundations of Teaching

  • To deepen the practitioner’s understanding of the ways in which mindfulness intervention can enhance health care; including healthcare provider self care, improved presence and communication with patients and as an intervention to improve both personal and patient well-being.
  • Through experiential learning methods participants will deepen their personal practice of mindfulness, learn how to cultivate awareness, train attention, and understand how mindfulness supports presence, compassion and resiliency in every aspect of life.
  • Participants will explore the benefit of enhanced presence and its impact on self, patient interaction and the hospital environment.
  • Attendees will have a better understanding of the foundational roots of mindfulness practices.

Faculty

Mark Coleman MA is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California. He teaches mindfulness workshops, courses, and retreats internationally, including trainings for Proctor & Gamble, Gap, Facebook, US Bank, Google, Prana and for UC Berkeley and UCSF University. He is a trainer at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) developed at Google. He holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Mark is the author of Awake in the Wild : Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Poems from the Wild (www.awakeinthewild.com). He is the co-creator Mindful Healthcare: C.P.R. (Compassion, Presences and Resilience) Training for Health Providers.

Mary Elliott, MD, FRCP (C), has worked as a consulting psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, University of Toronto for the past 25 years. She now runs the Mindful Healthcare program at Princess Margaret. She is the co-creator of Mindful Healthcare: C.P.R. (Compassion, Presences and Resilience) Training for Health Providers.

Part 1 – Practitioner Training – Foundations of Teaching

Cost: $500.00. Scholarships available. Generous support from the Corrigan Family Fund.

Optional Part 2 – Teacher Training –

Foundations in Teaching Spring 2015 with mentorship opportunities for those enrolling in Part 2.

To register contact: sherene.tay@uhn.ca

Or call 416-946-2897

U of T Applied Mindfulness Meditation – MIND Certificate Program Registration Open Now

APPLIED MINDFULNESS MEDITATION – MIND CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

AMM-MIND program : an interprofessional certificate on mindfulness and mindfulness meditation training, education and integration into our lives. The Inter-professional AMM-MIND certificate at University of Toronto has become internationally , nationally and locally recognized as a unique and exceptional gathering of mindfulness based practitioners, faculty, and mindful leaders who are trying to co-operatively integrate mindfulness and mindfulness meditation into lives, as a way of being , 24/7.

It is our hope to enhance the health , wellness and resiliency of people- no matter what their walk in life. It is also our hope to enhance the humanity in organizations and to bring healthy change to the people who live, work and play in the many systems which make up a vibrant society.

At AMM-MIND we teach applications of mindfulness that are drawn from the 2500 year old traditions of contemplative practice which are now tested and translated into evidence based research. These practices have been proven to: enhance health, wellness and resiliency, develop increased attentional skills and focus, which can reduce error and stress, sick days etc. Imagine the impact of these practices in the health and/or educational system, in the corporate world, in decision making and in leadership. At AMM-MIND we work from a concept of the embodied mind rather than the enskulled brain, that is, we strive for the integration of mind-body relationship in community to enhance health , wellness, resiliency and humanity.

If you are interested in learning about this practice, its history of use and application, in how to integrate this practice into your life at work or at home, in the why and how we meditate then please come join us and be the change- as well as bring the change.

To explore our program’s offering, to seek further consultation with administration or to register for our Open House or workshops.

http://socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/programs-and-workshops/certificates/mind/

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto
246 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada

Credible Teachers of Mindfulness: How can you know?

Mindfulness-Based programs have become the go-to treatment around the world and their popularity has made treatment more accessible in many ways. Despite the popularity or maybe because of it, several articles have argued against mindfulness because it  (1) seems to be the fix-it for many ills, (2) doesn’t stay true to its Buddhist roots and (3) understates its “dark side”. There is concern that mindfulness therapies and programs are often sold as much better than the traditional methods of treating depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders. Such concerns were supported when a recent study showed that statistically mindfulness-based therapies (MBTs) have a moderate effect when studied in comparison with wait-list controls and when participants are compared to their pre-post scores. More than that, MBTs are not better than traditional cognitive behavioural therapy or pharmacological treatments. The deepest concern however relates to the qualifications of those who teach mindfulness as more and more programs are offered by individuals and groups with little or no training in mindfulness concepts and approaches.

Elisha Goldstein, writing for the magazine Mindfulness, re-stated some of these issues that constitute a “mindfulness backlash” in his recent blog post which claimed that there is little evidence for a backlash. What stands out in his discussion about the issues facing programs that offer mindfulness is the emphasis on trusting that “skilled mindfulness teachers” will neither over-sell the treatment scope and that “credible teachers” will walk participants through their misunderstanding of what is mindfulness. Goldstein goes on to say – even more emphatically – that it is important to seek out teachers who are well-trained. He adds a link to finding qualified teachers via the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, the birthplace of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

What is left unsaid however is that the focus of all discussions and debates of mindfulness programs are anchored in the original one, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This particular program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the acronym has taken on an iconic status much like the terms Xerox or Kleenex. When most professionals discuss mindfulness programs they are typically referring to MBSR unless it is clear from the outset that the topic is related to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This assumption leads to confusion because MBSR, while being the original, is not the only mindfulness treatment program.

Does it matter? Absolutely. While most programs have a similar format (8-10 weeks, groups, meditation and yoga, etc.), significant aspects of the program will differ. Even more than that, the type of training and confirmation of skills of the teacher will differ considerably. And since Goldstein makes a very good point that we need to find credible teachers, it is important to note that not all qualified mindfulness teachers will have been trained in MBSR itself.

Recently, the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts (CFM-UMass; the home base for MBSR and training of MBSR teachers) announced a format of teacher training that includes training those who will train teachers. While it’s perfectly understandable that CFM-UMass has taken a firm stand in cultivating MBSR teachers, this move is not without its detractors. However, it will filter those who have been teaching without full training at CFM-UMass and passing their programs off as MBSR. Nevertheless, this raises a difficult issue for those who have been trained in approaches that are not MBSR but which are legitimate approaches; the cachet of the term MBSR now takes on a more serious tone because many identify it as THE treatment program and may be confused by others.

That being the case, it is important to know that there are a number of other training centres that train teachers for mindfulness programs.

The M4 Program, Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. The M4 (includes Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management; MBSM) training is in-depth and takes as long as a year. It requires applicants to have a clear rationale for wanting the training and expects a high level of participation. They attend the 8-week program as participants and do twice the expected formal and informal practices. They must attend a silent retreat in the year of their training. Current research and topics in mindfulness treatments are researched especially in their area of interest of specialization. They attend a training in the specifics of the delivering the program and in cultivating teacher qualities. Before teaching the M4 potential teachers must teach under supervision (qualification level) and then teach for 3 sessions with senior teachers in the clinic for Certification.

MBSR, University of Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness. This is the original MBSR program and the training is extensive.

MBCT, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. The training in MBCT is offered through various forms of study and teacher development. This program is supported by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto) which offers a certificate in MBCT.

MiCBT, Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. An approach to mindfulness that weaves together Western psychology with Eastern principles of mindfulness. Training is comprehensive and a graduate diploma is offered for teachers.

Applied Mindfulness Meditation, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. This program offers what is likely one of the most extensive trainings in mindfulness, meditation, and all its attendant components.

Training in the UK. This website lists various programs that train mindfulness teachers, including MBCT teachers. Rebecca Crane and her colleagues at Bangor University have also developed a teaching assessment protocol for the cultivation of mindfulness teachers which is a gold standard for any teacher who is dedicated to cultivating their skills.

Mindful Self-Compassion, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) has developed a following in the last year as the teacher training becomes more available globally.

UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. For training in various mindfulness-based programs such as Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Mindful Eating, etc.

Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy offers a certificate program in mindfulness and psychotherapy. The founding practitioners include Paul Fulton, Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel, Trudy Goodman – all well-regarded in the field of meditation and clinical psychology.

If you intend to take a mindfulness program, ask the sticky questions. It’s your health and your wellbeing. Be informed. The program may not be MBSR. And it may be something valid and well-supported in its own right.