Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) is a program developed by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, a physician and chronic pain consultant at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. It is based on the famous Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA several decades ago, and has been developed into a programme more customized to the needs of those dealing with chronic pain, and is just as effective for stress. Classes are conducted in meeting rooms at various hospitals/health facilities, in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness, the importance of living in the moment, and the power of “now”, and how these relate to suffering less pain and improving healing. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain-controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change the intensity of pain and disability suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way. Life skills are also enhanced in this course.
From mid 2015, NNC no longer directly offered the patient courses, basic and alumni level. NNC now acts as a training, mentoring and accrediting company for other facilitators wishing to teach the courses to patients/clients in their own communities, delivering them from their own health facilities and practices. This increases the accessibility of the courses as they spread throughout Ontario and beyond. Our website helps you to find courses you can attend, as we continue to train facilitators who enrol their own participants. NNC produces the course curriculum and course materials, and acts as an information and consulting hub for those seeking Mindfulness-Based chronic pain management services across the Globe. We also offers trainings for staff of corporations, as the same courses reduce burnout, stress, and compassion fatigue.
If you are interested in taking a course, please read About the Courses. NeuroNova Centre will list locations of courses on our website and send patient referrals we continue to receive on to a trained facilitator if their course is available in the patient’s area. For more information please click here.
Meet the Team
Margie, VolunteerProvides volunteer support to the entire NNC Team. Read more
Kendra, Volunteer Communications and Dispatch CoordinatorProvides website and dispatch support, legal communications and file documentation. Read more
Joan, Intake and Facilitation Assessment CoordinatorInputs patient referrals for the MBCPM™ programmes run by facilitators contracting to NNC staff for their enrollments, and coordinates end-of-course patient evaluations for all facilitators, to ensure quality control. Read more
Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Founder & Medical DirectorDr. Gardner-Nix is a Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Toronto. She is also on staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg. She trained in the renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in the USA in 2001. Read more
Scott, VolunteerProvides volunteer support at on-site and off-site professional trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more
Janice & Sara, Programmes Liaison CoordinatorsProvide support to Medical Director, assistance to trained MBCPM™ facilitators, and enroll prospective facilitators and health care professionals for the professional trainings. They enroll patients for MBCPM™ programme facilitated by several facilitators, and provides support at NNC trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more