For All Professionals & Support Staff
Working in Health Care
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
To register please call at 514.340.8222 ext 5203 or e-mail maryse.gautier [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Orientation (**mandatory in order to take the classes)
Tuesday: February 19 or 26 from 18:00 till 20:00, room 119 at the
Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry (ICFP), 4333 Cote Ste-Catherine, Montreal Qc H3T 1E4.
Classes: Tuesdays (8 week program with one day retreat + one orientation meeting)
March 12, 19 & 26 18:00 till 21:00
April 2, 9, 23, 30 18:00 till 20:30 (no class on April 16)
May 7 18:00 till 20:30
Retreat day: Sunday April 27 from 10:00 till 16:00 (or on the Saturday if better for the group) (6 hours)
Requirements: Doctors, psychologist, librarians, occupational therapists, secretaries, researchers, receptionists, social workers, residents, students and others, interested in MBSR need to attend the orientation class.
Commitment to come to the orientation, to classes and to the retreat day.
Commitment to practice 30-45 minutes/day, 6 days/week, at home, different mindful techniques learned in class (audios will be provided).
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a method of using meditation to cultivate awareness. It is compatible with all belief systems. It is a way of calming mind and body to become more open to the direct experience of life through the simple act of paying attention moment to moment with kindness and with intention.
This program is modeled after the University of Massachusetts Medical School Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. It has been developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, and has been offered to health care providers and patients for over 25 years. It is being taught in over 250 hospitals in North America and in many different countries. Mindfulness has been supported by evidence-based research.
Why do this?
What is often commented on from participants, is a feeling of calmness, better concentration and focus, a feeling of well-being, less reactivity to events, less anxiety, better sleep, decrease negative thinking and increase compassion for oneself and for others. Sometimes participants will remark on improvement of their physical health. Application of mindfulness in our daily life and in our work settings is of primordial focus in this course.
Who can benefit from this?
Everybody. All professionals, students, interns, researchers etc, we all deal with stresses from within or from outside. We are pressed by time and obligations. And we are also pressed by shoulds, needs and expectations. How can we better be present to live our lives and maybe decide to look at things differently and make changes if we desire, or decide to simply live our life as it is. It becomes a new way of being.
What we do in MBSR
Participants will learn mindful breathing, communication, eating, walking and mindful yoga (accessible for everyone). Awareness of thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and breath will be practiced. Participants will also practice self- inquiry and group discussion will be encouraged.
This group will be conducted in English by Maryse Gautier, M.Ed., occupational therapist and psychologist. She has participated in a professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli and has recently terminated her practicum in MBSR. Maryse has been practicing meditation for the past 6 years.
Fees: $ 450.00 for the MBSR classes including the orientation and the retreat day (29 hrs). Guided mindfulness audios and a workbook is included in the fee. Sliding scale is available. Receipts are available for insurances or income tax purposes.
P.S. No you do not have to sit on a cushion!