About NeuroNova Centre
Dr. Gardner-Nix established NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc. (NNC) to offer professional trainings, online and on site, to facilitate the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) course she devised and evolved for chronic pain sufferers since 2002. The trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed MBCPM™ detailed curriculum is available to professionals who train to run the courses.
NNC collaborates with University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (UTSCS) to: (1) offer the same patient/client course to professionals, to experience it, and (2) offer training and mentorship to those who want to continue on to train to facilitate the course.
Facilitators, after training, may also run an MBCPM™ Advanced Review (revision) course for their alumni of the MBCPM™, exploring the course curriculum at a deeper level, with an advanced review workbook. In addition, there is a parallel Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management course with its own workbook and formal practices, which is available to deliver after training in the pain course curriculum.
Both courses can be taught to patients/clients in French as well as English.
“Trauma Sensitive Trauma-Informed Strategies for General Mindfulness instruction”: NNC introduced this weekend professional training through UTSCS which teaches the trauma-sensitive trauma-informed strategies developed empirically during the evolution of the MBCPM™ and offered for use in other mindfulness interventions.
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.
Based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn, in the USA several decades ago, it has been developed into a Trauma-Sensitive, Trauma-Informed, researched mindfulness-based pain management programme, customized to the needs of those dealing with chronic pain, and recognizing the prevalence of trauma in the chronic pain population.
Typical conditions of referred patient participants include low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and many others and include mental health disorders. The MBCPM™ programme is offered in addition to what is conventionally offered for chronic pain management, not “instead of”, though many have found that it has reduced, prevented, and in some cases, eliminated, their need for medications and procedures.
The MBCPM™ programme is described in the book “The Mindfulness Solution to Pain” available from NNC, bookstores, and major bookseller websites. Well-respected pain specialists have endorsed the book, recognizing its potential for enhancing pain management for many conditions. Customized guided meditations for the MBCPM™ programme are available as downloads through NNC’s website and include a popular sleep meditation. NNC publishes and distributes the patient course materials. A workbook and meditation downloads for the pain course are also available in French.
Research has demonstrated that the “off site” participants (via telemedicine) benefit almost as much as the “on site” participants on measures that include pain catastrophizing, mental health, suffering, and pain scores.
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM), modeled on the pain course, is therefore also trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed, and has been introduced, with its own workbook and meditations for clinical populations, as well as for corporate use for staff.
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 University of Toronto page for Applied Mindfulness Certificate in MBCPMTM.
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, and 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 (PT 3699) is highly recommended. If you have no prior experience of delivering formal practices and the enquiry that follows them, the on-line CID (CID 3503) is highly recommended.
The 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 taken off 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.