Upcoming Workshops

All our workshops are FREE and are held at the AMI office, 5800 Decarie. 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 our workshops and there may be a waiting list.


Call 514-486-1448

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness:


Learn how to access and let go of the mind traps that keep you locked in stressful patterns of reactivity. Come develop a skill that will help keep stress at bay, reset your physiological baseline, and integrate your practice in daily life.

Mindfulness & Stress Management
November 20, 27
10 am – 12 pm

Just for family and friends of someone living with mental illness:

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. This workshop is facilitated by doctors in McGill University’s Psychiatry Postgraduate Program.

November 21, 2018

BPD Suicide Prevention

Loving someone who is suffering so deeply that they turn to death for solace is extremely painful. It can feel as though loving them is not enough and yet we don’t know what else to do. This workshop will discuss suicidality within the context of Borderline Personality Disorder. We will explore the meaning of suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-injury. We will talk about what is helpful and what is not, look at how to care for yourselves, explore more effective ways to care for your loved ones, and teach them how to live.

November 29, 2018

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.

December 11, 2018


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.

November 13, 2018
November 28, 2018

Must attend both sessions

Past Programs

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.

The following programs have already taken place this season, but will be scheduled again soon. Sign up for our emails to be notified of any new or returning programs.

Social Media & Internet Addiction

The world has changed dramatically in the wake of the internet, mobile phones, and social media. In this live Facebook event, residents of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry discussed how these technologies relate to mental illness, addiction, and coping strategies for the digital world we live in today. This was an interactive online event that took place September 12, 2018.

Marijuana & Mental Illness

Marijuana is now legal. Residents from McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry joined AMI-Quebec live on Facebook to discuss the pros and cons of marijuana usage in relation to mental illness. This was an interactive online event that took place October 24, 2018.

Letting Go & Acceptance

We all deal with various forms of 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.


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

BPD Validation

In this two-part workshop, you will be introduced to communication skills that have the potential to defuse conflicts and improve relationships. For family members or friends of loved ones with “Emotional Dysregulation*” or Borderline Personality Disorder. No diagnosis necessary. You will learn: what is validation, why validation is important, the difference between validation and invalidation, and how to validate.

*Emotional Dysregulation: difficulty in controlling or regulating emotions, intense mood swings, hyper reactivity, hypersensitivity.

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 SoulCollage card reveals to you. It is an innovative and creative way to explore your own challenges and how they can be overcome. No art experience required–yes, you are naturally creative!


The Recovering workshop for carers will introduce you to what you can do as you help your relative manage their illness, and what you can do to sustain your own health. Since recovery is one of the building blocks of our work, you may consider attending this workshop before others.

Introduction to BPD

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.

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–for help with Borderline Personality Disorder, click HERE.

Hoard No More–for help with Hoarding, click HERE.

Teleworkshops–click HERE to listen to recorded teleworkshops.