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

For family and friends of someone living with mental illness only

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. We will discuss and practice setting boundaries with others who live in similar situations.

January 21, 2020
6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

Caregivers 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 January 27, 2020 and runs for 8 weeks
Mondays, 6-7:30pm
With Ella Amir and Miriam Byers

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.

February 4, 11, 18, 2020
Must attend all sessions

6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

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.

February 6, 2020
6-8 pm
With Sylvie Bouchard

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.

Starts February 20, 2020 and runs for 9 weeks
10-11 am
With Bill Byers

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.

February 25, 2020
6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

Caregivers Over 55: What will happen to your loved one with mental illness when they outlive you?

Are you concerned about what will happen to your loved one with mental 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.

March 2, 9, 16, 2020
Must attend all sessions

1-3 pm
With Melanie Hughes

Acceptance & Letting Go

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.

December 12, 2019  FULL
March 10, 2020

6-8pm
With Melanie Hughes

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.

March 24+31, 2020
Must attend both sessions
6-8 pm
With Melanie Hughes

For family, friends, and people 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. 

November 28, 2019
6-8pm
Facilitated by doctors in McGill University’s Psychiatry Postgraduate Program

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Join us as we learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma can affect anyone! We will learn what it looks like, what can cause it or trigger an episode, and how to support a loved one suffering from PTSD.

January 23, 2020
7-8pm
Online

Treatments for Mental Illness

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

January 30, 2020
6-8 pm
Facilitated by doctors in McGill University’s Psychiatry Postgraduate Program

Technology: Helping Mental Health

We’ve all heard the negative things about technology and mental health. Join us as we learn about all the ways that technology is helping medical professionals diagnose, treat, and help people suffering from mental illness in their recovery process!

March 19, 2020
7-8 pm
Online

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.