Online Eight-Week MBSR Program January 19 to March 9, 2023 (Thursday Evenings)
January 19, 2023 - March 9, 2023
- About This Program
- Online Info Sessions
- About The Facilitator
- Fee & Helpful Info
- Payment & Refund Policy
- How to Apply
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program is a highly respected program within the medical community for dealing with stress, pain, illness, and the demands of daily life. It was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. MBSR is not an alternative to traditional or psychological treatments but is a complement to those approaches.
The eight-week MBSR program will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in formal MBSR mindfulness meditation practices, as well as investigation of themes of perception, automatic, habitual stress
reactivity, mindfulness-mediated stress response and interpersonal communication.
At the conclusion of the MBSR program, participants will be able to:
- Explore and recognize personal patterns around automatic pilot thinking, and automatic habitual stress reactivity that can increase burnout and reduce effectiveness;
- Identify and understand current life stressors;
- Reflect on and examine individual resources for meeting stress, comparing adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms;
- Understand how stress expresses itself in human biology and physiology, and then how mindfulness can reduce the stress cycle;
- Utilize formal and informal mindfulness practices to reduce distraction, bring greater clarity and intentionality to decision-making, and increase emotional regulation;
- Learn and practice mindful listening as an effective skill in human relating;
- Develop a plan for using mindfulness practices to support one’s health and well-being.
Thursday nights, January 19 to March 9, 2023
|Session 1||Thursday, January 19||5:30pm – 8:30pm PST (3 hours)*|
|Session 2||Thursday, January 26||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|Session 3||Thursday, February 2||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|Session 4||Thursday, February 9||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|Session 5||Thursday, February 16||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|All Day Session||Saturday, February 18||9:00am – 4:30pm PST (7.5 hours)*|
|Session 6||Thursday, February 23||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|Session 7||Thursday, March 2||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
|Session 8||Thursday, March 9||5:30pm – 8:00pm PST (2.5 hours)|
*Please make note of the dates in asterisks as they deviate from the regular schedule. The first session is 3 hours instead of the usual 2.5 hours, plus, the All-Day session on the weekend is 7.5 hours long. Please note, all times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST). The Pacific time zone encompasses western Canada, western United States, and western Mexico. To calculate your specific times zone, you can use this link.
All MBSR participants are required to attend one info/orientation session prior to the start of the program.
You can choose ONE of the following upcoming FREE Online MBSR info session dates (see chart below)
|Upcoming 2022 Online Info Sessions||Time|
|December 5, 2022 (Monday)||6:00pm to 7:30pm PST|
|January 12, 2023 (Thursday)||6:00pm to 7:30pm PST|
The MBSR program is open to anyone 19 years of age and older. It is an interactive Live Online program via Zoom conferencing. What you will need is:
- A device (e.g., computer or phone) with speaker, microphone, and video capabilities.
- Internet connection.
This eight-week MBSR program will be facilitated by Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat. He is a Registered Psychologist and University of Massachusetts Certified MBSR Teacher and authorized Teacher Trainer by the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. He is the founder of Center For Mindfulness Canada. Kasim has also completed a six-month meditation retreat in silence in Southeast Asia and presented a TEDx about mindfulness. For a full bio – click here.
Fee: $545 CAD total (includes MBSR booklet and mindfulness audios)
Helpful Fee Info: I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC). Some Extended Health plans cover Psychologist Services for BC residents. Otherwise, non-reimbursed Psychologist fees are tax deductible according to Canada Revenue Agency.
Payment Method: INTERAC e-Transfer (preferred), cheque, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (please note: the credit card option has an extra $20 processing fee).
Payment Options: You can contact me if you need to make a special payment arrangement.
Refund Policy: Refunds for this MBSR program are provided for cancellations made prior to the MBSR session #1 (i.e., before January 19, 2023), less a $50 processing fee. After that, no refunds or credits will be issued unless it is due to an emergency or extenuating circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.
To apply for this online program, please fill the form below. If your application form is received after the class is full, you will be placed on a waiting list.
Processing Time: Applications will be processed within 2-4 business days.
- Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat
To apply for this Online Eight-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, please fill the form. Your application will be reviewed, and we will notify you of your registration status within 2-4 business days. Please don't send any payment until we confirm your registration status.