Upcoming Workshops

All our workshops are FREE. In person workshops are held at the AMI office, 5800 Decarie and you must register in advance!

Workshops that are marked “online” do not require registration, can be viewed from anywhere, and are recorded so you can watch later if you miss the live event.

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.

Questions?

Call 514-486-1448

Our next workshops will take place in the fall. You can see a sample of them below and view videos from our Hot Topics events. 

Our support groups run year round and we can help you by phone: 514-486-1448

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For people living with mental illness only:

Hoard No More!

Are you having trouble letting go of excess stuff? Is your home so full of stuff that it gets in the way of your daily living? If so, consider registering for our Hoard No More! workshop.

The next workshop runs from September 2019 to March 2020. It consists of 22 weekly classes, 3 Wednesday evenings (6-8 pm) a month.

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.

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.

Mindfulness

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.

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.

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 BPD.

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.

New Group for Caregivers

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.

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.

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.

Recovery

In this video, we discuss recovery and living with mental illness but also good mental health. Is it possible to recover from mental illness, or to live a fulfilling life even with mental illness? Yes. How can families help their loved ones while balancing their own needs? This was a live, online event that took place May 29, 2019.

LGBTQ, Gender, and Mental Illness

Issues surrounding sexuality and sexual orientation can cause symptoms of anxiety or depression. LGBTQ individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) can experience poor mental health outcomes as the result of prejudice and other biases they struggle against and the accompanying trauma they may experience. This was a live, online event that took place April 24, 2019.

Canadian Disability Tax Credit

It can be confusing and complicated to apply for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit. Could you or your loved one be eligible? Jean Claude Benitah joined AMI-Quebec to discuss the basics of the tax credit and recent updates. (You can watch his 2015 video HERE). This was a live online event that took place April 4, 2019.

Alternative Treatments for Mental Illness

Beyond medication and therapy there are alternative treatments available for mental illness. AMI-Quebec was joined by Sara Cohen-Fournier, a doctor from McGill University, and An-Phuong Nguyen, Acupuncturist, to discuss such things as exercise, mindfulness, diet, marijuana etc. This was a live online event that took place February 27, 2019.

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.

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.

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–for help with Hoarding, click HERE.

Teleworkshops–click HERE to listen to recorded teleworkshops.

Yoga

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

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. 

Treatments for Mental Illness

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

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.