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About NeuroNova Centre
NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc. (NNC) was established in 2010 to offer professional trainings in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™).
This work evolved from the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn to further customize it for those living with chronic pain, a process that started in 2002 at St Michael’s Hospital’s pain clinic, Toronto, and incorporated Sunnybrook Health Science’s Centre’s pain clinic and telemedicine service from 2003. The trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed MBCPM™ detailed curriculum is available to professionals who train to facilitate the courses for patients.
NNC collaborates with University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (UTSCS) to: (1) offer the patient/client course to professionals (the MBCPMTM Practical Training), and (2) offer training and mentorship to those who plan to facilitate the course (Curriculum Training Intensive; and Curriculum Implementation and Development).
Facilitators, after training, may also run an MBCPM™ Advanced Review (revision) course for alumni of the MBCPM™, exploring the course curriculum at a deeper level, with an Advanced Review workbook.
In addition, they may offer a parallel Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management course with its own workbook and formal practices.
NeuroNova Centre also offers Masterclasses in formal practice delivery and inquiry for facilitators trained in MBCPMTM or other Mindfulness traditions.
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) is a programme developed in Toronto, Canada by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, a physician and University of Toronto Associate Professor, who has worked as a chronic pain consultant for many years at University of Toronto pain clinics, including at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. She also ran it from telemedicine locations, initially from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre into other health facilities throughout Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). The MBCPM™ programme has helped several thousand chronic pain sufferers since 2002.
Frequently Ask Questions
Here are a few commonly asked questions
- The basic MBCPMTM course given to patients, and instead, experienced by professionals online.
- Receive the detailed evidence-based manual for running each class of the patients’ 13-week course and for delivering each meditation. This online study of the course with a facilitator promotes understanding and insights into the chronic pain sufferers’ challenges from facilitators’ perspectives.
- You will deepen your experience in giving meditations and doing enquiry, and in the theory behind delivering the MBCPMTM course. Also online.
- This three-course certificate is a total of 80 hours. For more details, please go to the UTSCS page for Applied Certificate in MBCPMTM Facilitation.
- For those with previous mindfulness training or group facilitation experience, the Curriculum Training Intensive alone can lead to facilitation, with on-going access to online mentorship.
- This will depend on your existing training and practice in Mindfulness, prior experience of running groups, and your professional background discipline.
- The Curriculum Training Intensive (CTI 3502) is the mandatory part of the training for delivering the course to your own participants. However, participation in an actual course Practical Training (PT 3699) is highly recommended.
- If you have no prior experience of delivering formal practices and the enquiry that follows them, the on-line Curriculum Training Intensive (CID 3503) is highly recommended.
Our online Saturday trainings accommodate professionals in many time zones.
- In addition, many of the synchronous learning sessions will be recorded, and we will request permission from participants for those having difficulty attending to view the recordings later, providing proof of having done so.
- They will be removed from the University of Toronto Learning Management System site (Quercus) a couple of weeks after the course is over.
- It is best to do the full certificate and establish your own consistent formal practice from the beginning.
- A year of personal practice would be necessary in most cases before launching your own courses and it is not recommended that you teach this course without having a personal practice.
- You may want to audit another MBCPMTM course in addition (MBCPMTM facilitators’ locations are on our website).
- NNC does provide on-going mentorship to all potential facilitators taking the trainings.
- Yes, but you’d rename your course. Note that you cannot call it an MBCPMTM course, and you won’t have the research done on the existing course to support claims of efficacy in the course you teach.
- If you wish, you may request permission from NNC to use some of our materials in the course you devise.