The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba offers a variety of workshops in-order to successfully educate individuals on mental illness and addictions and co-occurring mental illness. Our workshops strive to successfully equip individuals with the necessary tools required to provide help or assistance to those in need. Each workshop is facilited by a MDAM employee or volunteer with lived experience of a mental illness or addiction. 


Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Mindfulness

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Mindfulness (CBTm) aims to help individual to uncover and alter distortions of thought or perception in-order to change their behaviour and emotional state. The Cognitive behavior therapy workshop offered during the span of 4 weeks. The objective of CBT is to teach individuals the building blocks of self-help recovery. Registration is $20.

*Disclaimer, This course has been developed by therapists and is being delivered by peer support workers.

Course begins May 28th, 2019 Register here

Cognitive Behavior with Tina Holland

Cognitive Behavior with Tina Holland is a 6 week workshop designed for those interested in furthering thier education on CBT and gaining additional skills to manage thier mental illness. Participants will learn to accept they have a mental illness, which is interfering with their ability to live a complete and meaningful life. As well as learn new and valuable skills to effectively deal with their mental illness and live a productive and managable life. Registration is $40.

*Disclaimer, This course has been developed and is taught by Tina Holland, Family Navigation Coordinator.

Dates: TBA

Mental Health First Aid Basic

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This courses focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces. A certificate upon completion of the course will be mailed out to participants. Registration is $100.

Course begins May 25th, 2019 Register here

Mental Health Peer Support For Community Leaders

Provided by MDAM to address very real mental health issues, this training will build your capacity to listen, reflect and support those who need it most. The goal of this training is to provide you with the concrete peer support skills you require to work with individuals and groups.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn new peer support skills
  • Develop self-awareness and self-reflective practices
  • Identify ways to encourage inclusion, foster belonging and cultural competency in your groups, relationships and your community
  • Gain essential skills to address mental health challenges

Course begins June 3rd, 2019 Register here

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

MBSR is an approach to self-care that can assist in managing stress, pain, and illness.  The practice of mindfulness is used to help people learn to focus awareness on body sensations, thoughts and emotions in a non-judgemental way.

MBSR is based on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, medical professor and developer of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is offered as a practice based 4 week course for anyone in the community. Whether attending out of interest or having experienced mindfulness instruction in the past, all are welcome and all will benefit. MBSR will help you let go of the past, worry less about the future and live more fully in the present! Registration is $30.

Facilitators: Al Kircher, Psychologist & Ashley Kircher, former nurse and mental health worker. Both Al and Ashley have an extensive background in MBSR and have maintained a personal mindfulness practice for the past 15 years. 

Course begins May 16th, 2019  Register here

Peer Support Group Facilitation Training

This training will build your capacity to engage, support and organise a group of your peers! 

In this 5 hour training, you will:

  • Share Peer Support group facilitation skills
  • Learn new ways of engaging and addressing expectations with your peers
  • Develop self-awareness and self-reflective practices
  • Identify ways to encourage inclusion, foster belonging and cultural competency in your group

Course begins May 31st, 2019, Register here

Brene Brown Workshop

This workshop focuses on shame and shame resiliency through a 10-week period. Individuals are educated on shame, vulnerability and empathy. This workshop provides an opportunity for individuals to learn about themselves. Registration is $75.

Course begins TBA