Group Programs

Below is a listing of upcoming group programs.  If you have questions about any of these programs, please send an email to the clinic at or call the clinic at 416-650-8488.

Managing your Emotions - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group

  • Do you find yourself overwhelmed, angry or sad?

If so, come to this 10 session group on Wednesday nights from 5:30 - 7:00.  For more information about the group click here and for the registration form click here


Mindfulness Meditation Programs - NEW Winter Programs

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy 2.0

With the mindfulness ‘movement’ come visions and actions devoted to world peace and a more compassionate society.  In this 10 week group we adopt an interpersonal focus, emphasizing peaceful, compassionate relationships with self and significant others. 

The mindfulness techniques emphasized are shamatha and tonglen, practices devoted to peace-making and healing exchanges where all people derive benefits. 

These approaches are integrated with an interpersonal approach to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, changing the distorted thoughts and emotions that regularly occur and result in unnecessary internal and interpersonal conflict.

This combination is further integrated with recent cognitive and neurophysiological research on mindfulness and CBT, where indices of brain health are used as scientific validations of subjective processes and their benefits.

Time: Tuesdays beginning February 2, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Fee: $200 for 10 week program ($75.00 for students)

Facilitator: Dr. Paul RItvo

Click here for registration form

A Noon Hour of Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness meditation is being applied in every major medical centre and university setting in Canada.  This is an introductory group that aims to use 8 consecutive noon-hours to guide participants towards a personal practice with pragmatic  benefits (reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep) and performance improvements (via better attentional control).

Time: Wednesday beginning February 3, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Fee:  $150.00 for 10 week program ($50.00 for students)

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Ritvo

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Interpersonal Mindfulness for Couples

Mindfulness methods aim at developing peaceful, compassionate relationships, the very types we want with spouse, partners, offspring and parents.  In this group we apply a unique approach to interpersonal mindfulness based on celebrating strengths and addressing the common and unique problems experienced in intimate relationships. Mindfulness meditation will be integrated with cognitive behaviour therapy and relationship counseling to guide participants in finding  better ways of communicating and discovering lovingkindness in everyday life.  This is an 8 week group designed for four couples (N = 8) and two therapists (Drs. Hartley and Ritvo) that follows a specific curriculum with homework assigned for the interval periods between sessions.

Time: Thursdays beginning February 4, 2016 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

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Education Series:  Memory and Aging Program

This is a 5 week education workshop series that was developed and evaluated by Baycrest, a renowned academic health science centre focused on aging.  The program is designed to assist people approaching retirement age or in retirement who are interested in learning about memory changes that normally occur with age, and strategies to improve their everyday memory performance.

Dates: Tuesdays beginning April 5, 2016 (April 12, 19, 26, and May 3)

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Location: Rm 102A Behavioral Science Building, Keele Campus, York University

To see a flyer more fully describing the program, click here.  For the registration program click here.

Kids Have Stress Too! TM- Parenting Program

This 6 week parenting program is designed to help parents better understand stress and to help them teach their children ways to manage it.  The dates and times for his program are still being determined.

FREE - Relationship Enhancement Workshops

Have you been looking for ways to improve your relationship with your partner? If you answered yes to this question, then come to our Relationship Enhancement Workshops. We are recruiting couples for upcoming research on relationship enhancement. The chosen couples will receive four, free workshops that focus on listening skills, perspective taking and ability to communicate with each other even when there is a hard topic.

Click here for more information.