Workshop: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness
Length: 4 Weeks
Description: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is recommended as first-line treatment for most mental health conditions. However, many people do not have access to CBT due to long waiting lists. There are an increasing number of self-help CBT resources available (books, websites, online interactive programs). Many of these resources are good and easily accessible. People are more likely to use self-help resources when they have even a small amount of guidance from a therapist.
CBT Education Classes were designed to help people:
Learn the basic principles of CBT for depressive and anxiety symptoms
Learn about good quality self-help CBT resources
Get a head start on CBT as part of their recovery
Who is likely to benefit from these classes?
Any individual with a current diagnosis of a mental health condition that involves depressive and/or anxiety symptoms.
Who is unlikely to benefit from these classes? People with currently high suicidality, active psychosis, cognitive impairment (e.g. dementia, head injury), and those who have had extensive cognitive behavior therapy previously.
What to expect in the classes?
The classes will include both information and experiential learning. Homework will also be assigned weekly. The 4 classes will cover the following material:
Class 1: Mindfulness, Basics of Cognitive Therapy, Thinking Traps, Thought Records
Class 2: Mindfulness, Basics of Behaviour Therapy, Goal-Setting
Class 3: Mindfulness, Principles of Healthy Living, Goal-Setting
Class 4: Mindfulness, Anger/Assertiveness, Thought Records, Problem-Solving
Facilitator: Ashley Kircher is a former nurse and mental health worker. She worked at St. Boniface Hospital Anxiety clinic with Dr. John Walker studying children with anxiety. She also has facilitated groups with anxiety and panic disorder, and has taught mindfulness stress reduction in various school divisions and Seven Oaks Wellness Centre. She has maintained a personal mindfulness meditation practise for the last 15 years.
Please note this group is for participants ages 16 and up.
*This workshop was created by clinical professionals and is administered by qualified peer support workers.
Time & Place
Date and Time
February 12, 2019
1:30pm to 3:00pm
MDAM Office (Board Room B)
4 Fort St.