The Mindfulness Based Symptom Management (MBSM), an 8-week program is also offered in a 5-Day Intensive format.

To register, click here

Who can attend: Anyone interested in practicing mindfulness in their everyday life, also open for people who experience stress, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, care giver stress, pain,etc. The program is open for anyone in the helping field-Clinical Psychologists, Rehabilitation psychologists and Mental health professionals, doctors, social workers, life coaches, and others in the helping field. The program is also the first step in certification for Mental Health professionals who are interested in moving on to become teacher trained in MBSM.
What will be taught: Experiential workshop in Mindfulness. You will learn: 
  • the fundamentals of mindfulness practices
  • how to become more aware of the mind-body connection
  • mindfulness-based stress awareness and coping skills
  • how the Five Skillful Habits can support your values and how to live in line with those values
  • self-care strategies that go together with mindfulness skills
Workshop conducted by Aarathi Selvan who is a trained Clinical Psychologist and Qualified MBSM teacher. 



For out-station participants please call on 9490708947 or 8106864001 for accommodation details

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a skill we all possess yet we have little or no awareness of actually using it in our daily lives. When we are aware of being mindful, we sense it as the feeling of being “on” or “in the flow” of the moment. However, more often, we slip into “automatic pilot” in our thinking, acting, and way of being with respect to others and ourselves. In such moments, if we are caught in difficult situations or complex events, we become frustrated or frightened of the many internal changes we experience.

MBSSM Explain

Often these complex reactions seem to arise from innocent events or comments. We wonder how  and  why  seemingly ordinary, everyday things can derail us so easily.

Recognizing when we are on auto-­‐pilot, we learn skillful ways to detect the early signals that are found in our Body, Emotions, Sensations, and Thinking.

Mindfulness is a way of taking a more engaged stance in our relationship with our loved ones, our environment and ourselves. It promotes awareness of the changes arising in us, giving us the time to assess, accept, and encourage healthy ways of being. It is not a formula for happiness, however, through the Breath, it is a way of directing our onto a path that fosters calm and ease in the face of our challenges.

Mindfulness based interventions such as MBSR, MBCT and so forth that run 8-week long programs have found to be more effective than medication management for recurrent depression.

Course Outline

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Session Durations: We will run two sessions per day. The sessions will go on each day (24th, 25th, 27th and 29th June)  and the timings are as below:

10:30-1:30pm Session

1:30pm to 2:15pm Lunch

2:15pm to 3:30pm Session

26th June which is day-three will be a silent teacher-led retreat. The timings are the same (10:30am to 3:30pm).

About the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic

Mindfulness Based Symptom Management program was developed at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. The Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.

OMC is also a  doctoral-level training affiliate of the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa. The clinic also provides training in Mindfulness Interventions for health care professionals.

Lynette MonteiroOMC’s co-founder Dr. Lynette Monteiro is a Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Psychology.  She completed her training in the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. In 2012, she completed her training in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center with Dr. Joan Halifax and is part of the Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team at The Ottawa Hospital.  She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD in active duty and veteran police and military members.  Lynette brings a creative blend of Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Theory to her work. She is supervising Aarathi Selvan (Facilitator of the MBSM in India) in the format of MBSM. She teaches the Health Care Professionals and Pain Management programs.

NOTE: Aarathi Selvan is a certified Mindfulness Based Symptom Management teacher trained under the supervision of Dr.L.Monteiro, C.Psych. The program is based in the M4 programs offered by the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Ottawa, Canada. For more information about the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic click here.