Interactive Workshops

Please note: due to Covid-19, our workshops will be held online via your computer, smartphone, or tablet. 

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 until a few minutes before the designated start time.

All our workshops are FREE.

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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. They are not recorded and you must register in advance. If you register and do not attend, you may be taking a spot away from someone in need.

Relaxation Through Hypnosis

Caring for a loved one with mental health issues can invoke feelings of fear, guilt and anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help you gain perspective and feel calmer when life seems like a storm.

May 24 and/or June 1, 2022
8-9pm
With Karen Torgerson

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.

May 26, 2022
6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

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.

June 9, 2022
6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

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.

June 16, 2022
6-7:30pm
With Joyce Cohen

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.

June 22, 2022  FULL
6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

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.

If you think you would be a good fit for this program and would like to be interviewed for the next series (date to be determined), register now.

You must attend all sessions
Mondays, 7-8:30pm or Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

For family, friends, and people living with mental illness

Our interactive BPD Emotion Regulation 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. And in Hot Topics, we talk live, online about trends in mental illness and mental health. Discover how we can help you, and get your questions answered about the different topics.

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 5, 2022  FULL
10am – 12pm
With Sylvie Bouchard and Carl-Olivier Riambon

Hot Topics: Managing Emotions

There are times when our emotions get the better of us. We often focus on ways to calm down anger and frustration, but manic episodes can also be challenging to negotiate. Join us as we talk about managing our emotions, and how to cope when a loved one’s emotions are more than we can handle.

May 18, 2022
1-1:45 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on May 18 at 1 pm to access the presentation.

Hot Topics: Psychedelic Drugs & Mental Health

There have been recent changes in the laws around psychedelic drugs, which has caused a lot of questions to pop up. People are going to use both legal and illegal drugs–it’s important to make informed decisions about how it will affect your (or your loved one’s) mental health. Join us as we talk about psychedelics and their impact on mental health.

June 15, 2022
1-1:45 pm

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can click HERE on June 15 at 1 pm 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 about the next workshop (potentially in 2022), click HERE

Coming Soon

The programs below will likely be offered again next season. Don’t miss our program announcements: click HERE to sign up for our emails.

Aging Well With Mental Illness

Aging while living with mental health struggles or illness can present certain difficulties. Talking to peers with similar experiences can provide validation and compassion. We will explore ways to cope with challenges and how to manage difficult emotions. Subjects include boundaries, communicating feelings, hobbies, and self-care. People living with mental illness age 55 years and over are welcome.

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. 

Caregivers 55+

Getting older while still having to take care of a loved one with mental health challenges can be difficult. In this three part workshop, practical information and coping strategies will be shared and explored; themes include making difficult choices, creating a circle of support, dealing with legal concerns, aging and self-care, grief, establishing boundaries, etc. Caregivers aged 55 years and over are welcome.

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.

Hands On Practice for Challenging Situations

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.

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.

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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