FAQ on Mindfulness Meditation
Q: How much do your courses cost?
A: Between $480 and $575, payable at the time of registration
Q: Do you have a scholarship program?
A: Yes, in order to make our programs accessible to everyone, MindSpace offers a full scholarship to one participant in each MBSR and MBCT group. Scholarships are available to individuals with an annual household revenue under $35,000. To apply, please email email@example.com.
Q: How do I register?
A: All registrations are done online. If you’re having trouble with our online system, contact us at (514) 481-0317 x 1. Online registration closes one week before the course begins. If you wish to register after that time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will accommodate you if spots are available.
Q: Why do I have to attend an orientation session prior to starting the group?
A: MindSpace wants to make sure that each participant has a good experience in the MBSR or MBCT program. The orientation session provides a chance for you to see for yourself what the program is about, so that you can make an informed decision. Likewise, if the instructor determines that MBSR or MBCT may not be the right fit at the right time for you, we’ll make sure to orient you toward the best alternative.
Q: What if I register and pay for the group but change my mind after the orientation session or the instructor doesn’t think that MBSR or MBCT is right for me?
A: You will receive a full refund of your registration fees, and referrals for other options.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: If you cancel registration five or more days before the first class, you will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel registration fewer than five days before the first class and before the fourth session, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be offered after the fourth session. Exceptionally, MindSpace MBSR teachers may require a participant to withdraw from the program if his or her participation is disruptive to the group. In that case, a full reimbursement will be given.
Q: Are the fees covered by Quebec health care?
A: No. we are not medical doctors, so we cannot bill RAMQ for our services.
Q: Will my private health insurance cover the fees?
A: Many of our programs are taught by licensed psychologists and most health plans cover psychological services. Some plans cover 100% of the costs and others cover only a portion. The details vary from plan to plan, so check with your insurance company. (Check with us to ensure that the program you’re registered for is taught by a psychologist.)
Q: How do I get reimbursed from my insurance company?
A: We will provide you with a receipt on the first day of the course, which you would submit to your insurer for reimbursement. Some insurance companies will require a separate receipts for each session – rather than a receipt for a lump sum payment. Call your insurance company for more details; we will be glad to accommodate your needs.
Q: How many people are in your groups?
A: The groups range from 10 to 20 participants.
Q: What happens if I have to miss a session?
A: Missing a session isn’t ideal, but is sometimes unavoidable. You have several options if you miss a session:
1) You can explore the written or online material provided by the teacher(s) for that week.
2) You can set up a brief phone call or pre-class meeting with your teacher to review the material you missed.
Q: Do I have to speak during group discussions?
A: You are free to contribute as little or as much to the discussions as you like.
Q: How are the sessions structured?
A: We usually spend 20-30 minutes debriefing on home meditation practice or other homework assigned the previous week. The next portion of the session is devoted to psychoeducation, discussion, and exercises related to the topic of the session. We usually close with a meditation.
Q: Do I have to do anything between sessions?
A: We give homework at the end of most sessions. The homework usually consists of meditation and informal mindfulness practice, adding up to about 20 mins per day. The assignments are an essential component of the course. The more you put into the practice, the more likely you are to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.
Q: Do I need to know anything about mindfulness or meditation to take your courses?
A: MBSR, our Intro to Mindfulness workshop, and Individual Training are introductory programs, so no background is required. Mindfulness Tools for Valued Living, and Deepening Mindfulness Practice are advanced courses open exclusively to graduates of our MBSR program. MBCT is designed specifically for individuals recovering from recurrent clinical anxiety or depression.
Q: Who benefits from mindfulness training?
A: Mindfulness training benefits anyone who is:
- Looking for new tools for managing stress
- Recovering from anxiety or mood problems
- Having difficulty coping with a particular life stressor such as an illness, separation, or significant transition
- Having difficulty coping with health problems such as chronic pain
- Interested in enhancing well-being and preventing future health problems
- Interested in starting a meditation practice
Q: Does MindSpace collect data on MBSR participant outcomes?
A: Yes, MindSpace is collaborating with McGill University to collect outcome data from participants in our MBSR program. Participants are compensated; click here for more information!
Q: Should I take MBSR or MBCT?
A: MBSR is open to anyone who is interested in decreasing stress and learning a new way of relating skillfully to their experience. It is not recommended for individuals with recurrent clinical anxiety or depression, but rather is meant to help improve management of everyday stressors (e.g., work, relationships, health).
In contrast, MBCT is designed specifically to help prevent relapse in individuals who have struggled with acute/clinical anxiety or depression. If you’ve been treated for an anxiety disorder or for one ore more depressive episodes in the past, and are ready to learn new skills for preventing further episodes, MBCT is for you.
MBSR and MBCT teachers will confirm participant eligibility at the mandatory orientation session one week prior to the start of the program.