Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPMTM) is a program developed and run until mid 2015 by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix (right). Other health care professionals are now trained to deliver these courses from their own centres. While there are several different types of MBCPM™ class, they are all conducted in a similar environment, meeting rooms at various hospitals and health facilities, in an open, honest, and welcoming atmosphere.
Brief Courses Descriptions:
Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPMTM) and Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) Level 1 Courses:
Module 1: Introduce tools to increase wise-mind and resilience
Module 2: Enhance the mind-body connection and self-nurture
Module 3: Enhance relationship skills in a broad context
While the full three modules are usually taught over 12 to 13 weeks at 2.5 hours per class, each module can be taught over 1 to 1.5 days, or, at a less comprehensive level, over a half day, such as in corporate environments.
MBCPMTM or MBCSM Level 2: takes same content to a deeper level for Alumni of level 1 Courses.
Mindfulness Matters Maintenance: weekly 75 minute drop-in classes for Alumni to maintain practice (now offered also via Zoom interface into participants’ homes and offices, from NNC).
Emotional Skills: for Alumni: (not yet offered to corporate groups): Five modules, 2 classes each: Mental health and Triggers; Stress and Immunity; Mental Illnesses Overview; Male/ Female Differences in Brain Development Throughout Life; Personality differences (generic: as a prequel to Lumina Learning work).
Lumina Learning: Developing Personality/Characteristics Awareness of self and others to promote skilful relationships at a more detailed level, at work and at home. Customized to Individuals (Spark), Leadership, 360, Sales, Emotional Agility, Talent and Team.
Telemedicine and On-Site Classes
The classes are sometimes hosted from a telemedicine site to allow patients from other health facilities to join the classes in real time via a TV screen. The room shown here is located at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
The number of patients varies per course and per site taking part in the MBCPM™ class. There may be 8 to 60 participants, depending on whether a class is on site or sharing other locations.
In the picture above we see patients of an MBCPM™Level 1 class during an in-class meditation. While, there are many important lessons learned in the classes, one of the most important is that you do not need to be in a totally quiet environment, sitting on the floor with your legs crossed in order to meditate. We learn to sit or lie in a comfortable position, as the space and furniture allow, and to adopt as natural an attitude as possible, though meditation props can be tried out at some sites.
Classes typically run for 2.5 hours with a break in the middle, and try to accommodate as many special needs as possible. Space permitting, participants are welcome to lie down during class, and it may be useful to bring a mat, pillow or other assistive device which will make the class experience as comfortable as possible. Animal assistants are welcome–as seen in the above photo!
Where meeting rooms are set up for Telemedicine, participants from locations all over Ontario take a full and active role in the class. During whole-class discussions, when someone from any of the rooms is speaking, the picture of their site enlarges to better see who is talking. Small group work is also a part of the class time which helps to build trust and community within each course.