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Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team


Group classes

As a patient of this family health team, you are welcome to attend our free classes.

Speak with your health-care provider about which classes would be good for you. To sign up, please call 416-864-6060 ext. 8367.

Classes

Social Work

Skills for Life

Separate for men and women, a six-week dialectical behaviour group that gives patients tools to manage emotions and interpersonal relationships – individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are usually a great fit for this group.

* This class will require a referral from the provider.

Getting Connected

Finding resources to reach your goals. Four week group to give patients resources to get out and do things that are meaningful to them and help them to establish goals and objectives for themselves. It will incorporate tools for working on self-esteem. Individuals who are lonely and desire connection or a path for themselves are a great fit for this group.

Facing Fears

Skills for dealing with anxious thoughts. Six weeks of learning strategies to cope with anxious thought patterns, focusing on the concept of exposure and non-avoidance. Individuals looking to work on their anxious thought patterns are a great fit for this group.

MAST

Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training. A 5-week mindfulness group for praticing care and learning to understand feelings, thoughts and sensations.

Life after Trauma

Separate groups for men and women. A ten week group for individuals who have experienced childhoord trauma and live with symptoms. Program agenda applies skills and activities to reflect on current life dynamics, core beliefs, thinking patterns, how dynamics of trust, anger, shame and guilt impact relationship with self and others.

Move your Mood

Six educational sessions on exploring core beliefs, the connection of our thoughts, emotions, behaviours and creating action plans to improve one’s mood. Recognizing thought patterns and emotion cycles of low mood and depression.


Psychology

Beating the Blues

12 weekly group sessions. The group treatment incorporates behavioural interventions, relaxation, and some anxiety work, depending on group needs in combination with depression. Offered Fall and Spring.

* A psychology referral is required.

Mindfully Managing Pain

Mindfully Managing Pain uses both mindfulness based practices and cognitive behavioural techniques to assist patients who are living with chronic pain. It is a group that meets for 8 weeks, for 1 ½ hours. Patients who attend this group have the opportunity to learn mindfulness practices that they can use to help manage their pain. During group cognitive behavioural techniques are introduced that are helpful in raising awareness about the way you think and behave as a result of your chronic pain and to make changes that continue to support your efforts on coping with your chronic pain. Opportunities to discuss and practice these techniques are part of the group experience.

* A psychology referral is required.


Addiction Services

Engaging in Recovery

6-week group for those with addictions to explore the idea and meaning of change in their lives. Helping clients move through the stages of change as they examine their values and strengths, and challenges of making changes around addictive behavior.

*Referrals through addiction services

Pathways to Recovery

12-week, skills-based group to help newly recovering clients learn ways to change their thought and behavior patterns, and better understand how these are connected to their substance use

* Referrals are made through addiction services.


Dietician

Craving Change Program™

The Craving Change Program™ is designed to assist people who are trying to discover their problematic eating triggers and learn new healthier ways of managing them. The main ideas that the Craving Change Program™ teaches include:

a. Understanding why it’s hard to change eating behavior
b. Identifying personal triggers for problematic eating
c. Learning to respond to triggers differently
d. Maintaining these changes

The Craving Change Program™ is four sessions and each session is two hours in length. To participate in the program, you will need to commit to attending all four sessions. There is no cost for this program.

* Patients can self-refer.


Diabetes

Prediabetes Workshop

This workshop is for individuals who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or glucose intolerance (IGT). This workshop is 3 hours in length and is offered monthly. Topics covered include:

1. Definition and diagnosis of prediabetes, IFG and/or IGT
2. Basic pathophysiology of diabetes
3. Risk factors for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
4. Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
5. Importance of exercise
6. Introduction to healthy eating
7. Label reading

* This class will require a referral from the provider.

Diabetes 101 Workshop

The Diabetes 101 workshop is for individuals who have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or individuals who have diabetes and are interested in a refresher class. This workshop is 3 hours in length, offered monthly and provides ongoing support individually or in a group setting as required. Topics covered include:

1. Definition and diagnosis of diabetes
2. Risk factors for diabetes
3. Basic pathophysiology of diabetes

* This class will require a referral from the provider.