Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – informed (MBSRi)

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – informed (MBSRi)2020-03-08T02:24:59+00:00

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword when people talk about mental health and self-care, but what does it actually mean? How is meditating supposed to help you with the problems you face day-to-day?

Catholic Family Service offers an 8-week mindfulness program that will not only answer these questions, but also teach you a few different types of meditation, how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life, the neurobiology of why it is helpful, and how these skills can be applied to how we interact with others to improve relationships.

Our program follows the evidenced-based curriculum of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction created by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979, which has become world renowned and still runs at the University of Massachusetts today. This program has been extensively studied and been proven to help people reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and chronic pain. We have made a few tweaks to the curriculum: we hold a slightly shorter class time and we leave out the full day silent retreat. For these reasons we call our group Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction –informed (MBSRi), and have been running it since January of 2018.

79% of participants who completed our MBSRi program have reported an increase in sense of well-being at the end of the 8 weeks. 94% of those who have completed the program have reported a positive impact on family, other relationships, or both. Here is what some of our participants have had to say:

“I am more aware of my approach in difficult conversations and problem solving. My previous approach was read as aggressive and the receiver would shut down. Trying to listen more allows the communication to move forward a bit further.”

“It’s been an enlightening program. Things we often take for granted in daily life and in our interactions that can actually lead to better quality of life have been dealt with in this program.”

“I deepened in my patience for myself and others. I became more carefree and not as attached to outcomes.”

Our facilitators include Social Workers, Psychologists and Certified Counsellors, and sometimes involve an assistant who may be a practicum student or intern. We offer the program about once each season: fall, winter, spring and summer. You can call (403.233.2360) or email (intake@cfs-ab.org) our intake and engagement team to be placed on the waitlist so that you are contacted when our next offering is scheduled. In the meantime, you can always access our single session counselling program if you feel you would benefit from a supportive, change-focused conversation. To book a single session appointment, CLICK HERE.

Fees for all our counselling programs continue to be, pay what you can afford. We are committed to serve anyone who seeks our service.

What is the time commitment?2019-07-24T18:24:05+00:00

Our MBSR-Informed group runs for 8 weeks, with one 2 hour session per week and daily home practice in between these sessions. We ask that if you will need to miss more than 1 class that you consider waiting for the next offering.

Can I join in through skype?2019-07-24T18:27:13+00:00

Currently we are only able to offer this program to people that can attend in person. If you would like to try a free online course, please check out www.palousemindfulness.com – a site where you can go through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction curriculum online at your own pace and for free!

What does a session look like?2019-07-24T18:29:17+00:00

Sessions are a combination of instructed formal meditation practice, discussion of home practices and mindfulness strategies that address stress and increase sense of well-being, some psycho-education on why these strategies can be helpful and light yoga.

How much does it cost?2019-07-24T18:24:49+00:00

The true cost of the program is $300, however we operate on the same “pay what you can afford” philosophy that all of our counselling programs follow.

How do I register?2019-07-24T18:26:03+00:00

Call our intake line at 403-205-5294 or email at intake@cfs-ab.org. They will put you on the waiting list and let you know when the next session will be held.

Why do you call it “Informed”?2019-07-24T18:28:43+00:00

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based curriculum that was first created in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. At CFS we have made a few adaptations to the curriculum: we do not provide a one day silent retreat, we have slightly shorter class times, and we have slightly lightened the home practice work load. Due to making these adaptations while adhering to the curriculum otherwise, we say the group is Informed by MBSR.

Contact Us!

You can reach our Engagement Team at 403.233.2360 or by email at intake@cfs-ab.org

Main Office
250, 707 – 10 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2R 0B3
Tel: 403.233.2360
Fax: 403.205.5295
Email: info@cfs-ab.org

Main Office Hours
Monday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

FOR IMMEDIATE CRISIS COUNSELLING OR AFTER HOURS EMERGENCIES, contact the Calgary Distress Centre 24 hour Crisis Line at (403) 266-HELP (4357).

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