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Mindfulness Basic Intensive Training for Mental Health Professionals


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 8:30 AM - Friday, 23 March 2018 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

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What is Intensive Training?

We like being able to offer intensives which share a lot of the same benefits of retreats but are less expensive and more accessible to people living in cities. Usually several days long, intensives are like being on retreat during the day, but—because we’re still in the middle of an urban centre, and going home at night—it’s a great opportunity to practice with the city too. Based on focused, community-oriented practice, intensive training provides the education and experiential practice​.


What is MBSR and MBCT?​


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week psycho-educational group that teaches mindfulness meditation as a health intervention. Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR offers participants the possibility to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic physical and psychological conditions. Research has demonstrated improved physical, psychological, and behavioural outcomes.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. It is 90% MBSR, and 10% Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

This highly experiential workshop adapts this treatment to health-care providers for personal use. Participants will explore habitual modes of mind that characterize changes in mood while simultaneously developing skills and a new relationship to these states. In addition, participants will be introduced to the theoretical assumptions underlying the model as well as the application of MBCT in clinical settings.

This introductory intensive course is meant for general interest and is most suitable for those interested in the personal and professional applications of mindfulness including healthcare providers, other professionals, and those wishing to teach mindfulness-based interventions. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and scientific underpinnings of mindfulness and its application to stress and everyday life.

If you are pursuing the MBSR Facilitation Certificate or MBCT Facilitation Certificate and you have prior formal mindfulness training, please visit the Centre for Mindfulness Studies for further details.


Who Should Attend


Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Teachers, Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Youth Workers, and Mental Health Workers.

* If you have never taken a mindfulness program before, it would be benefical to enroll in the 2-day introduction from March 5-6. Special discounts will be provided for those who register for both programs. Please contact Derek at for further details.


Wednesday Mar 21- Friday Mar 23, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm


Recommended text: Mindfulness: An 8-week plan to finding peace in a frantic world


Participants Will Learn
  • To explore the application of mindfulness practices to managing stress, everyday life and difficult situations.

  • Learn mindfulness-based skills to dealing with negative moods, stress and anxiety through peer teach-backs and group inquiry.

  • Facilitate shortened MBCT practices in addressing chronic pain, depression and anxiety at an introductory level.

  • Learn and practice the inquiry process after each mindfulness exercise to recognize patterns of mind to internal experiences.

  • Recognize the risks and benefits of introducing mindfulness practices to your clients.


Please note: This program is not designed for individual experiencing mental health conditions, but more towards professional development. For further inquiries, please contact Derek at


Meals and beverages are not provided.

Have questions about Mindfulness Basic Intensive Training for Mental Health Professionals? Contact Mimentra

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Business Career College
115-2323 32 Ave NE
Calgary, AB

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 8:30 AM - Friday, 23 March 2018 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

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As a social enterprise, MImentra's mission is to provide accessible mindfulness programs for helping professionals and the community. Based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program.

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