Psychoeducational (CBT) Courses

About our Psychoeducational Groups:

 

MDABC Psychoeducational Groups are structured courses in which participants are encouraged and supported to acquire the most effective tools and techniques to cope with the mental health challenges they are facing. The Counsellor running the group will facilitate the learning and discussion and ensure that the group enviroment is condusive to sharing and healing.

The tools and strategies that you will learn in an MDABC Course will not only help you in your present circumstances but will help you build emotional resilience that will serve you well in the future.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) Principles are the foundation of the skills taught in our courses:

 

CBT is an evidence-based psychological intervention shown to significantly reduce emotionally distressing symptoms. CBT is educative and clients are taught cognitive, behavioral, and emotional-regulation skills so that that they can, in essence, become their own therapists.

 

Extended Benefits Coverage

 

Our psychoeducational groups are not covered by MSP, but our services may be covered by your extended health plan. We advise clients to check their insurance provider's policy under "psychological services" to find out their yearly limit as well as to see if coverage includes any level of clinicians or only specific types of clinicians. Our psychoeducational groups are faciliated by Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC) or Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).

 

How do I register for an MDABC Psychoeducational Course?

 

No doctor's referral is needed to register for a group. 

Please read the course descriptions and suitability criteria and select the course which best meets your needs. - Scroll down this page to see full course descriptions.

Please read through the policies below.

Once You have decided on the course that you would like to apply for, submit a self-referral form.  Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by our staff. 

 

Registration for Winter 2018 courses is now OPEN. 

 

Policies:

 

As a not-for-profit organization, MDABC works hard to make our services available to everyone. In order to keep our fees as low as possible we aim for 100% enrollment in all our programs. 

Groups will be extended by one week for any meeting that occurs on a statutory holiday. 

Our buidling is locked outside normal business hours. So for groups that start on evenings and weekends we ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the group. Unless you make prior arrangements with the MDABC, office latecomers past 5 minutes will not be allowed entry into the group.

 

Payment Policy:

 

  • A non-refundable fee per course must be paid at the time of registration. 

 

Cancellation Policies:

 

  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations where full credit is applied to another group must be received by the MDABC office no later than 72 hours before the start of the first session of the program. If you find that the course is not suitable for you after the first session, you may receive a full credit towards another program if you withdraw no later than 72 hours before the second session. No Refunds.

 

  • A minimum enrollment is required to recover our program costs. If that minimum is not reached, MDABC reserves the right to cancel programs. Every attempt will be made to notify you in advance. A full refund will be processed unless we are notified of your wish to transfer to another program.

 

Psychoeducational Course Descriptions:

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Skills Group for Depression and Anxiety   

Bessie Wang, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) 
8 Tuesdays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm 
January 16th - March 6th, 2018
Maximum Participants: 10
Fee: $400

 

This 8-week psychoeducational group is designed for individuals who are faced with depression and anxiety concerns and who would like to learn strategies to help manage symptoms and improve wellbeing and self-confidence. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach proven to be effective in helping to manage and reduce the impacts of depression and anxiety concerns including generalized anxiety and social anxiety. This course will focus on learning about depression and anxiety and bringing awareness to the thoughts, physical feelings, emotions, and behaviours that contribute to your distress.  Your group leader will help you to develop coping skills which will include positive self-talk, thought restructuring, relaxation, and mindfulness. Behavioural strategies including gradual exposure, goal setting, and assertive communication will also be explored.  

 

This course is suitable for: Adults who are experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety who would like to learn and build strategies in a safe space with others who are faced with similar concerns. A formal diagnosis of a mental health concern is not required for participation.

 

This Course is Not Suitable for: Adults who are experiencing strong and repetitive thoughts of suicide, psychotic disorders, substance dependence, frequent panic attacks, and/or current intense feelings and intrusive images/memories related to trauma. If you are dealing with any of these concerns, individual therapy is the more appropriate option for you.

 


 

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Skills for Depression   

Bessie Wang, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

8 Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30pm

January 17th - March 7th, 2018

Maximum Participants: 10
Fee: $400

In this 8-week psychoeducational group, you will begin to understand how to use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT) to get more control over your feelings of depression.  This course will focus on learning about low-mood/depression and bringing mindful awareness to the thoughts, physical feelings, emotions, and behaviours that contribute to your distress. By acquiring mindfulness skills designed to reduce depression, you will begin to increase your sense of wellbeing and self-confidence. Your group leader will encourage you learn to think in new ways that are more balanced and realistic and to train yourself to see beyond the harmful thought distortions that depression can present. This group is focused on what is going on in your life right now. The practical coping skills that you will learn in therapy can be applied to your current circumstances, and will also help you to prevent depression relapse in the future.  

This Course is suitable for: Adults who are experiencing mild to moderate depression who would like to learn and build strategies in a safe space with others who are faced with similar concerns. A formal diagnosis of a mental health concern is not required for participation.

This Course is Not Suitable for: Adults who are experiencing strong and repetitive thoughts of suicide, psychotic disorders, substance dependence, frequent panic attacks, and/or current intense feelings and intrusive images/memories related to trauma. If you are dealing with any of these concerns, individual therapy is the more appropriate option for you.