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General Psychiatry & Mental Health in Medicine - Groups

Group Session Information – January 2018 to December 2018

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 Groups for Women

PROGRAM UPDATE January 31, 2018: We are accepting referrals for the MBSR group (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) which will begin after April 2018 – dates to be announced here as they are confirmed.

The Mental Health in Medicine program currently offers the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group program for women 3 times per year on Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30pm.

MBSR is a structured eight-week intensive mind/body group training program. The program provides instruction in mindfulness meditation practices to help heighten awareness of how we 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.

The MBSR program was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Hundreds of studies have shown the beneficial effects of MBSR for a wide range of health conditions. For more information on the history and research evidence supporting MBSR you may wish to visit the University of Massachusetts website at:


Learn more about our MBSR program from the MBSR Information Sheet.

Referral and Intake Process for MBSR Program for Women

  • The MBSR Referral Formis required to register for this program.
  • Exclusion Criteria: MBSR is typically not recommended for women recently experiencing: suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance use disorders, recent hospitalization, psychosis, intrusive symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or severe depression.
  • Once the completed Referral Form is received and reviewed you will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted to schedule an Orientation and Intake appointment approximately 3 to 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the next MBSR group

MBSR Information Phone Line: 416-323-6400 ext. 5785 – this recorded message provides general information and updates on the current group dates.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

We are not currently offering MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) Groups for Depression.

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 not offering this group at this time. Referrals are not being accepted. Please return to our website for updates about possible future programs later in 2018.

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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Location & Contact Information

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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