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. 

Workshops

Please note workshops will not be running during the summer months. Workshops will commence during the Fall 2019 season. Thank you for your patience.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Mindfulness

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Mindfulness (CBTm) aims to help individuals to uncover and alter distortions of thought or perception in order to change their behaviour and emotional state. The objective of CBT is to teach individuals the building blocks of self-help recovery. 

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy workshop is offered during the span of 4 weeks. The course outline is as follows:

Class 1: healthy thinking and thought testing

Class 2: facing fears through exposure

Class 3: sleep and healthy living

Class 4: anger management, assertive communication, and problem solving

Registration is $20. Please note participants are required to register for the workshop and attend all 4 sessions. Participants who have not registered for the workshop are not permitted to casually drop in on any of the sessions.

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

Dates:

September 16th, 23rd, 30th & October 7th, 2019 REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

October 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st, 2019 (Thursdays) REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED

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.

Please note participants are required to register for the workshop and attend all 4 sessions. Partipants who have not registered for the workshop are not permitted to casually drop in on any of the sessions.

New Dates TBA

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

Dates: TBA

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

Dates: TBA

Facilitators

Ashley Kircher

Ashley is a former nurse with an interest in mental health. She has worked with Dr. John Walker at the St. Boniface Hospital anxiety clinic, helping run Coaching With Confidence and the Triple Parenting Program. She has also facilitated groups at Anxiety disorders of Manitoba for several years. Ashley and her husband, a psychologist, developed a program of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction which was presented at several school divisions, as well as Seven Oaks Wellness Centre and Creative Retirement Manitoba. They continue to run this program.