The Mindful Way Through Chronic Pain
The Mindful Way through Chronic Pain is an 8-week program which has been designed to accommodate limitations often experienced by individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), well-researched evidenced-based approaches to mindfulness, our program will help you recognize pain as a moment-to-moment experience that does not need to interfere with the way you live your life. With our program you will learn about the principles of mindfulness, the importance of living in the moment, and you can improve the management of your chronic pain to minimize the control pain has over your life.
What to Expect:
Participants meet together as a class with our experienced facilitators for 8-weekly 90 minute classes. You will also be provided with exercises to be done at home between classes to support your development of skills. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that may arise, and how to deal with them skillfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice.
Benefits of the Program:
Facilitators: Dr. Reena Chopra, PhD, CPsych (Clinical Psychologist) and Ms. Chau Du, M.Sc, RYT (Psychotherapist, Certified Yoga Instructor).
Program Duration: 8 Weeks, (1.5 hours)
Start Date: Tuesdays, October 28-December 16th, 2014 (6:30pm-8pm)
Cost: $450 +HST
Deadline to Register: October 12, 2014 (Space Limited to 12 people)
*NOTE: Our program is eligible for coverage through your workplace benefits or extended health care and we can help you submit claims to your insurance. This program is NOT covered by OHIP.
About the Facilitators
Dr. Reena Chopra, PhD, CPsych, ABFP is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Psychological Associations (CPA) and is Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Professionals. Dr. Chopra completed her doctoral studies at the University of Windsor, and her doctoral residency at SUNY Upstate Medical in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Chopra's doctoral level education and training has been within CPA and APA accredited institutions and she has received significant research funding throughout her education, including the Doctoral Fellowship from the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre.
As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Chopra assesses, diagnoses, and treats many problems including Depression, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain, and marital/relationship problems. Dr. Chopra currently divides her time as a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Work, Stress, & Health Program) and facilitating the Mindful Way Through Chronic Pain treatment at Mindful BodyWorks.
Chau Du is the Director of Mindful BodyWorks and she has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 10 years. She specializes in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based eating and awareness training (MB-EAT) which she incorporates in her training as a psychotherapist. As a mindfulness facilitator, Chau provides a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental space for her students to be present and to grow physically, psychologically and spiritually.
After completing her Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology, Chau received additional professional training from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), the Omega Institute in New York, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Centre for Mindfulness. Chau is also a graduate of Breathe Yoga’s Teacher Training Program (RYT300) and she will be starting her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in September 2014. She currently divides her work between Mindful BodyWorks, and the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Toronto Western Hospital and is a Faculty member for the Inter-professional Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate Program (AMM) at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto.