by Guy Russel
It seems only yesterday we were talking about ways to expand the MBCPM program and get Dr. Jackie some much needed help. The idea we came up with was to train new facilitators but to do this, we needed a teaching manual which would describe how to teach each of the 13 classes of the entry level course. Late last year, Dr. Jackie, Rose Raponi-Newton and Pamela Medjuck Stein worked to bring out the first draft. Then it was Pam and Dr. Jackie going through the substantive edit before Beth McAuley took on the proof reading. Finally, the manual made its way to me for layout and a final round of changes with Dr. Jackie and some terrific 11th hour assistance by her husband Scott. It was a team effort to be sure.
During the April cycle of classes, Dr. Jackie led a group of healthcare professionals from across the province in a ten week Mindfulness course. Several of them attended the course so that they could be trained as facilitators. After their course was over, 7 of them stayed on for three weeks of Facilitator Training with the newly minted manual.
Then in August, 11 healthcare professionals came to Toronto to attend the first 3-day intensive Facilitator Training, which we held at St. Mikes. We had people come in from as far away as Newfoundland, British Columbia and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Lorilain, Sara and I were in attendance with Dr. Jackie for the whole event. For all of us the training sessions were remarkable. And while I know that each of us will have their own highlights from the course, for me it was the opportunity to observe Dr. Jackie as she gave her wealth of knowledge and experience to people who will carry on the program in their own practices.
These two training sessions marked both the culmination of years of hard work and effort as well as the beginning of a new facet of The NeuroNova Centre as a centre of education, in addition to patient care and research. The journey continues as we are now working towards the next 3-day Facilitator Training session in February, 2013.
As part of the path to becoming a fully accredited MBCPM Facilitator, candidates are required to audit a full course. So, this September, as we start a new round of classes, some groups, like the Tuesday evening group at St. Mike’s, will welcome attendees from the latest training sessions as auditors. I think having them in the classes will be a great experience for everyone.
As for me, I am looking forward to coming back to class this September as an Alumni, ready to continue my journey in Mindfulness. See you in class!