Upcoming Workshops

Please note: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, most of 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 space is limited in many of our workshops, even online ones–this gives our facilitators the chance to personally address your questions and concerns.

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For family and friends of someone living with mental illness only

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 September 9 and runs for 6 weeks
7-8:30 pm
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

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.

September 16, 2020
6-7:30 pm
With Sylvie Bouchard

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness

Parents Supporting Adolescents

Adolescence can be rough for youth and parents alike! Certain mental illnesses can start to manifest themselves during puberty, but what’s the difference between regular mood swings and the onset of mental illness? Let’s talk about how parents can best support adolescents through these trying times.

August 13, 2020
7-8:15pm

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.

FULL for 2019-20
If you would like to be informed of the next workshop (potentially in fall 2020), 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

We all deal with various losses in our lives, whether it be a death, a loss of relationships, or loss connected to mental illness. This workshop looks at how we grieve mental illness and the losses associated with it; how we can adjust our hopes and expectations and accept what exists in the present moment.

Boundaries & Setting Limits

Boundaries are not easy to understand, and even harder to set in relationships. As a caregiver of a loved one with mental illness, being aware of our feelings and needs while respecting another person’s limits makes it necessary to ensure safe and positive interactions and living situations.

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.

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.

Coping Skills

Dedicated to solving one of the stickiest worries for caregivers: how to deal with stressful situations and keep harmony in the family. Plus learning resilience—the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or other sources of stress.

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.

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 for Resilience

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.

Hoard No More–click HERE for details and to sign up for notifications about the next workshop (potentially fall 2020).

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.