Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management courses are offered in many Ontario communities and via Telemedicine to hospital sites and health care facilities across Ontario.
Throughout the past years six courses have been offered:
- Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Level 1
- Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Level 2
- Emotional Skills
- Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals
- Mindfulness Maintenance
- Lumina Spark
Courses were facilitated exclusively by Dr Jackie Gardner-Nix until Fall of 2012, when NNC began to train other health care professionals, and others, usually with relevant Master’s degrees to teach the curricula.
Typical wait time to enter the entry level course, Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management, is between 4 to 12 months for sites in Toronto. Wait times for the sites serviced by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) will vary based on the number of participants in each location.
Patient/client courses are usually once a week for 12 to 13 weeks, for 2 hours 30 to 50 minutes, including a mid class intermission. Some courses can be linked with patients at other facilities in Ontario via Telemedicine. A physician referral is usually required, depending on the facilitator. Updated Referral -July 2018
Sites which have received courses to date include: Aurora, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Cambridge, Campbellford, Carlton Place, Cochrane, Elliot Lake, Emo, Espanola, Fort Frances, Haliburton, Iroquois Falls, Kingston, Leamington, Lindsay, Little Current, Napanee, Newmarket, Noelville, North Bay, Orangeville, Orillia, Oshawa, Parry Sound, Peterborough, Picton, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste-Marie, Shelburne, Sturgeon Falls, Sudbury, Terrace Bay, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Wawa, and Wellington. Currently a French course is underway in Quebec. Outside Canada, courses have been offered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Virginia in the USA, and Melbourne, Australia.
Sites in Ontario are accommodated if there are enough participants, a telemedicine site is available locally for clinical work, and a trained MD, or health care professional employed by their health facility, is available and willing to offer courses to that site through telemedicine. Most of the courses delivered through telemedicine are run with a maximum of 4 sites simultaneously, sites being connected through TV screens from their local hospitals and health facilities. Average number of participants in telemedicine classes is 40 for the entire class.
Facilitators delivering the courses on site only are increasingly available in various areas, as more train to deliver them. On site class sizes vary between 6 to 20 participants.
Costs of the course vary. Courses taught by MDs are covered by the provincial health plan in Ontario except for course materials and an enrolment fee. Others are offered privately by non MD facilitators.