Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Research suggests that MBCT interrupts unhelpful thinking patterns that lead to depression and anxiety.   It helps participants to become familiar with the behavior of the mind, and to relate differently to life challenges as well as difficult thoughts and feelings that arise in response.   Lifespan Group has run MBCT groups in the past and we are planning a group for the Fall of 2018.  Participants who have experienced significant anxiety and/or depression symptoms will benefit from this course.  Participants will be invited to engage in one hour per day of mindfulness practice. Course fee: $450.00. Facilitators: Dr Christopher Jones, R.Psych. and Ms. Keri-Lyn Bjornson, MA, RCC.

Please email Ms. Bjornson at info@lifespandevelopment.ca to register and for more information

Skills Training for Adults with ADHD

We will run an ADHD skills training group in February 2018.   The course will be 10 weekly sessions with 6 to 10 persons per group.  A formal ADHD diagnosis is not required.  The program is largely based on the published work of Stephen Safren and colleagures and Dr. Mary Solanto and colleagues  and has the following major components:

  1. maintaining awareness of tasks and deadlines
  2. getting to work on non-preferred tasks (procrastination)
  3. productive and efficient work sessions

Two additional modules will be chosen by the group from the list below:

  1. impulsive and problematic behaviors
  2. managing stress
  3. managing anxiety and moods
  4. communication and social skills
  5. maintaining relationships

Our program differs from Safren and Solanto programs in that it includes skills training components focusing on mindfulness, value-awareness, value-guided action, management of problematic impulses / behaviors, and managing emotions and stress from within an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.