Upcoming Workshops

Please note: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our workshops will be held online via your computer. 

If your workshop is being held via Google Meet, you will receive a direct link by email. Having trouble accessing a Google Meet workshop? Click HERE for tips.

If your workshop is being held on Facebook Live, visit facebook.com/amiquebec at your workshop’s scheduled start time. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the presentation.

Please note that workshops start right on time–you will not be able to access them before the designated start time.

All our workshops are FREE. Please note that for most workshops you must register in advance!

If a workshop is marked FULL or PAST, don’t despair. It will likely be offered again. Click HERE to sign up for our emails and be notified of new programs and dates.

Please note that these are interactive workshops and space is limited, even online–this gives our facilitators the chance to personally address your questions and concerns. If you register and do not attend, you may be taking a spot away from someone in need.

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For family and friends of someone living with mental illness only

Boundaries & Setting Limits

Caregiving relationships challenge everyone involved in discovering what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable within the unique dynamic. The aim of this workshop is to identify these limits and learn to communicate the boundaries necessary to protect both the relationship and the caregiver.

October 21, 2020
6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

Introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder

This introductory session will provide basic knowledge on Borderline Personality Disorder: what it is, what are some of the challenges, and what can be done to reduce conflicts. You will gain a better understanding of the condition and how to cope.

October 29, 2020
6-8 pm
With Sylvie Bouchard

Caregiver Group

This group offers an opportunity to explore how caring for a loved one with mental health challenges affects the caregiver’s experience and own wellbeing. Held over several sessions, it can alleviate some of the isolation and other difficulties that are often associated with caregiving.

Starts November 2 and runs for 6 weeks  FULL
7-8:30 pm
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

Acceptance & Letting Go

Loss is an inevitable and painful part of life. In the relationship between a family and their loved one with mental illness, experiencing loss can be complicated. In this workshop, we will identify and name losses, situate participants within their own grieving processes in relation to loss, and learn about acceptance which leads to healing opportunities.

November 11, 2020
6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

Validation Practice Group

If you have a loved one (family, partner, friend, etc.) who lives with mental illness and has difficulty managing their emotions, this group is for you! This is a practice group where we will practice Validation, using examples from real life. We will also introduce the practice of boundaries and limit setting.

November 18, 2020
6-7:30 pm
With Sylvie Bouchard

De-escalating Conflict

This workshop explores de-escalation techniques and how to engage mindfully in conflictual situations. It will encourage self-awareness and you will develop insight into effective communication techniques in conflict situations. Attendees will be invited to share specific situations they have experienced and unravel the new dynamics that influence the outcomes of their situations.

December 9, 2020
6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness

Hot Topics: Eating Disorders

Under eating, purging, over eating, hiding when you eat. Young or old, men or women, anyone can suffer from an eating disorder. Oftentimes it stems from issues with control and it’s not actually about food. Join us as we talk about eating disorders and how they affect people, how to spot it in loved ones, how to help them get help, and so much more.

November 19
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on November 19 at 7pm to access the presentation.

Types of Mental Illness

There is a wide spectrum of mental illnesses from Depression to Hoarding to Bipolar Disorder. This workshop goes over the various diagnoses and characteristics of each mental illness. 

November 26
6-8pm

Hot Topics: Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal and natural response to difficult or stressful situations. But how can you manage anxiety when it begins to affect your daily life? Join us as we talk about different scenarios, learn some tips, and share how to manage anxiety!

December 10
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on December 10 at 7pm to access the presentation.

For people living with mental illness only

Hoard No More!

Is your home so full of stuff that it gets in the way of your daily living? Are you struggling to stop yourself from acquiring yet more stuff that you don’t really need? If this sounds all too familiar, you may be interested in our Hoard No More! workshop.

If you would like to be informed of the next workshop (potentially in 2021), click HERE

Coming Soon

The programs below have already taken place this season, but will likely be offered again next season. Don’t miss our program announcements: click HERE to sign up for our emails.

Anger and Caregiving Relationships

Anger is an important emotion to explore and understand within the caregiving relationship. This workshop will help you build a greater understanding of anger and your relationship to the emotion. Participants will be encouraged to articulate their feelings around anger and discuss how they express anger within their caregiving relationships. 

Creative Expression

It can be difficult to care for a loved one who is living with mental illness. With SoulCollage, you will use your intuition to create small collage cards and then learn how to “read” your cards to discover what personal and hidden meanings your card reveals to you.

Coping Skills

We cope all the time. Awareness of how we cope can increase our ability to notice when we engage in defensive patterns and move towards practicing new skills that will provide us with more safety, peace, and general wellbeing.

Meditation

How do we gain the strength to work with life situations that are difficult and stressful? Meditation is widely used today for stress reduction or to help cope with pain, anxiety, or depression. This workshop will use meditation to help participants get in touch with their unknown strengths and develop their resilience.

Past Programs

The following programs do not have a scheduled return date, but sign up for our emails to be notified of any new or returning programs.

BPD Family Connections, BPD Suicide Prevention–for help with Borderline Personality Disorder, click HERE.

Teleworkshops–click HERE to listen to recorded teleworkshops.

BPD: A Family Affair

The goal of this workshop is for both people with Borderline Personality Disorder and family members to understand each other’s perspective. This helps create a climate of trust and connection. Together we will explore the challenges that you face when you communicate with each other, as well as what could help.

BPD Validation Part 2

In this workshop, we will answer YOUR questions about communicating with a loved one with BPD, and we will talk more about validation: why validation is important, the difference between validation and invalidation, and how to validate.

Caregivers Over 55: What will happen to your ill loved one when they outlive you?

Are you concerned about what will happen to your loved one who lives with a serious mental or physical illness when they outlive you? This is a very common and important concern, but it is emotionally difficult to face your own mortality.

This workshop will allow you to explore ways to adjust to this phase, discuss experiences and feelings, and examine how to share or pass along caregiving responsibilities.

Communication

In communication the idea is to strengthen mutual respect and trust, thereby allowing people with diverse attitudes and opinions to develop effective partnerships. It’s the type of approach that can help reduce your anxiety and improve your relationship with your ill loved one.

Crisis Intervention for Caregivers

The aim of this workshop is to provide caregivers with both preventive and in-the-moment crisis interventions for their loved ones. Dr. Kate Drury will draw from several trauma-informed therapies to provide you with strategies for more effective caregiving. We will be looking at strategies to better manage our own nervous systems as well as those of our loved ones.

Mindfulness

Come develop a skill that will help keep stress at bay, reset your physiological baseline, and integrate your practice in daily life.

Recovering

The Recovering workshop for carers will introduce you to what you can do as you help your relative manage his illness, and what you can do to sustain your own health.

Supporting Aging Family Members

Do you have an elderly loved one living with mental illness or mental health challenges? Together we will discuss and share how the adaptation to the changing needs of an aging family member can be done with grace and ease.

Treatments for Mental Illness

A variety of treatments exist for mental illnesses. This workshop focuses on both pharmaceutical and alternative treatments.

Yoga

Yoga can have a positive impact on mental health, and so can help you cope with challenges you may be facing.

We are constantly evaluating and updating our programs. If you don’t see a program on this page that suits your needs, you can always find help at our regularly scheduled support groups or our counselling for family and friends. We also offer online learning.