Interactive 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.

If a workshop is marked FULL, 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.

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For family and friends of someone living with mental illness only

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

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.

May 18, 2021
6-8pm
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.

May 26, 2021
6-8pm
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.

Monday group: Starts June 14, 7-8:15pm
Wednesday group: Starts June 16, 3-4:15pm

You must attend all 6 sessions
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

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.

June 15, 2021
6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness

In Hot Topics, we talk about trends in mental illness and mental health.

In our NEW AMI Spotlight series, we focus on a particular topic and connect it to our services and other services in Montreal.

Also new: BPD Emotion Regulation, open to family, friends, and people who have trouble regulating their emotions.

Hot Topics: Rural Settings & Mental Health

Living outside an urban area brings challenges when it comes to accessing services. In addition, isolation can have serious mental health implications, and this has been amplified during Covid. Join us as we discuss the various pros and cons of living outside of a metropolitan hub in a rural setting and how that can affect mental health.

May 13
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on May 13 at 7pm to access the presentation.

AMI Spotlight: Depression

Depression can be debilitating, can appear at any age, and is one of the most common and treatable mental illnesses. Join us to learn about depression and get your questions answered. We will also talk about how to get help. For example, our depression support group is open to family, friends, and people living with depression–find out if it is the right group for you.

May 27
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on May 27 at 7pm to access the presentation.

BPD Emotion Regulation

Emotional Regulation refers to the way we deal with feelings like frustration, rage, anxiety or low mood. In this workshop, you will learn a few strategies to help manage strong emotions in challenging situations. We will also explore together the role that emotion regulation plays in our day to day life and with our loved ones.

This workshop is for people who care about someone who has BPD or difficulty regulating emotions, AND for people who have BPD or have difficulty regulating emotions.

June 13, 2021
10am-12pm
With Sylvie Bouchard and Carl Riambon

Hot Topics: Calming Techniques

Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Fear. Excitement. Mania. Panic Attacks. Now imagine being able to bring yourself back to your baseline. Let’s talk about some calming techniques and learn some new ways to relax. We want to hear what works for you!

June 17
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on June 17 at 7pm to access the presentation.

AMI Spotlight: Kaleidoscope (living with mental illness)

Our Kaleidoscope support group is open to anyone living with any mental illness (depression, bipolar, anxiety, OCD, hoarding, schizophrenia, etc.) In this AMI Spotlight event, we will talk about what it’s like to live with a mental illness, where to get help (including at our support groups), and how to live your best life.

June 23
7-8:15 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on June 23 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mood Journals for Young Caregivers

Are you aged 18-30 and have a family member, friend, or partner with mental health issues? Then this new workshop is for you! Reflect upon and analyze your caregiving experience through words and drawings in your own personalized mood journal to better understand and manage your situation and emotions.

Types of Mental Illness

There is a wide spectrum of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Facilitated by doctors in McGill University’s Psychiatry Postgraduate Program, this workshop series went over the various diagnoses and characteristics of each mental illness and we answered your questions.

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.

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