Mindfulness-based Symptom Management

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Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (MBSM)

Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (M4-Core) is the designed for individuals experiencing stress related to life events (relationships, work, family, depression, anxiety, loss, etc.). Over 8 weeks, each weekly session focuses on cultivating mindfulness skills through the following themes:

  • body awareness,
  • understanding our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world,
  • cultivating tolerance of distress, and
  • transforming reactivity into respons-ability.

Specialized Programs Using the M4-Core Curriculum

Burnout Resiliency (M4-BR) focuses on building capacity to manage the stress of high demand jobs. Participants practice ways to adapt to work-related situations so that the outcome is healthy for themselves and their work environment.

Operational Stress Injury (M4-OSI) is designed for First Responders (police, paramedics, firefighters) and active and veteran military members diagnosed with PTSD. Referrals can be made through the members’ occupational health services. Dr. Musten and Dr. Monteiro are Blue Cross Service Providers and registered with the National Defence Medical Centre and RCMP.

Pain & Chronic Illness Management(M4-PCI) teaches mindfulness to cope with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, pain related to physical injury. Classes are typically in the morning. The OMC is a registered facility with HCAI and able to submit OCF-18 requests for treatment where required.

General Information

The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic maintains responsibility for the program.

We are proud to be a teaching clinic for masters and doctoral candidates in psychology, social work, counselling and psychotherapy.

The MBSM Programs are held in January-February, May-June, and September-October each year. All programs are 8 weeks and 2 hours each week. There is an extended day of practice after the fourth session. Daily formal and informal practices help establish mindfulness skills and participants in all courses are provided with handouts at each session to assist them with home practices. All meditations are available for download from the OMC blog site or on the app Insight Timer.

The fees for the program are typically reimbursed by third-party, extended health care insurance as psychological services or psychological services provided under direct supervision by a registered psychologist.  Various employers also have approved this program for use as personal training with fees paid by the organization; please discuss this possibility with your employer.

Military members (active and VAC) require referral through their MO or case manager. RCMP members must be referred through their HSO.

Sliding fee scale is available for participants who may not have access to insurance coverage.

Information sessions are required before registering for any program. These are available the month before the program begins.

Please contact us for more information.