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General Psychiatry & Mental Health in Medicine - Groups

Group Session Information – January 2017 to December 2017

Groups Calendar

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to high internal demand we are not accepting external referrals at this time.

Based on the work of Aaron Beck, CBT emphasizes the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This 12 week group will assist individuals to develop strategies to manage previously overwhelming situations thereby increasing their self-awareness and reducing their symptoms. The co-facilitators will encourage and provide opportunities for individuals to develop a practice of using cognitive and behavioral strategies and tools in a supportive group setting.


The CBT Referral Form is required to register for this program.

Day Treatment Program (DTP)

Day Treatment Program (DTP) offers a psycho-educational approach to treatment for adults whose mental health concerns have impacted their daily lives. We aim to develop strength-based strategies with clients to self-manage challenges, increase daily activity level and enhance socialization through skills training, support and structure.

DTP is designed as an 8 week program, running 3 consecutive mornings each week.


The DTP Referral Form is required to register for this program.

Mindfulness-Based Group Programs

PROGRAM UPDATE: We are currently accepting referrals for the Fall 2017 group. We are currently not offering MBCT.

The Mental Health in Medicine program offers two Mindfulness-Based group programs for Women:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT).

The MBSR program is typically offered 3 times per year (Winter, Spring & Fall) and the MBCT program is typically offered once per year based on sufficient demand and resources. MBSR and MBCT are similarly structured eight-week intensive mind/body group training programs and typically run on Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30pm.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program (for Women)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program provides instruction in mindfulness meditation practices to help heighten awareness of how people react to both emotional and physical pain. The MBSR program is suitable for women with a variety of medical conditions including heart disease, cancer, chronic pain conditions, as well as anxiety, depression and other related symptoms.

Learn more from the MBSR Information Sheet.


The MBSR Referral Form is required to register for this program.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression (for Women)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an 8-week intensive structured group program that combines Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and instruction in mindfulness meditation practices for women who have a history of recurrent or residual depression. The program addresses how to work with challenging symptoms of depression and in preventing the recurrence of depressive episodes. The group is not recommended for women currently experiencing severe symptoms of depression.

Referrals for MBSR and MBCT Group Programs

Patients are contacted about attending an Orientation Session for the programs once the Referral Form completed by their health care provider has been accepted and the next group is scheduled to begin. Please note that our MBSR and MBCT programs are Women-only groups.

Seeking Safety Treatment Group

This treatment is designed for people with a current substance use disorder, a relational trauma history and symptoms of PTSD.  This group emphasizes the relationship between substance use and trauma. This group is open to internal and external referrals. Please note: No waitlist is held for this group.


The Seeking Safety Treatment Referral Form is required from a treating physician who can follow the participant while they are in the group.

Therapeutic Writing Group

PROGRAM UPDATE: We are accepting referrals for the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 group.

This group program gives participants an opportunity to explore the therapeutic nature of creative writing in a confidential supportive forum. Members will practice writing personal narratives and share them with others to build meaning and navigate relational challenges of life. Learn more about this program.


The Therapeutic Writing Group Referral Form is required to register for this program.

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Women's Mental Health Program
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
7th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6230 NEW #

Hours of Service
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

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