Psycho-education Program

Buddhist Mindfulness Psycho-education (on-line) Program:
Applying Mindfulness in Dealing with Difficult Thoughts and Emotions
(1) for adults 25 years or older (4 Saturdays: Jan 22 – Feb 12, 2022, 2:00 – 4:30 pm);
(2) for young adults & college students under 30 (4 Saturdays: Feb 19 – Mar 12, 2022, 2:00 – 4:30 pm)

Limited spots available. Accepting applications now for January 22 Program
Please send completed application form (download word version here)
to to register by January 19, 2022.
$25 Early Bird Registration Fee (before Jan. 15, 2022)
$35 Registration Fee (by Jan 19, 2022)

This program will begin with exploring what participants consider as stress, as well as what the Buddha and western sciences say about stress. We will then delve into some Buddhist approaches for dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions. A key Buddhist practice is mindfulness. The program will first introduce some foundational knowledge in Buddhism addressing topics such as the relationship between ethics and mindfulness and the nature of mind and consciousness that are important for mindfulness practice. Participants will learn and practise how mindfulness can be applied in daily life when facing stress, or when experiencing difficult emotions and thoughts. Some exercises from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will also be introduced. Interactive discussions will be encouraged. Participants are expected to turn on their Zoom video.

Co-facilitated by members of our Buddhist counselling team: 
The (Jan 22 to Feb 12) program for adults 25 years or older will be co-facilitated by:
Charles Chiarelli BA, BEd and Heather Robertson MSW, RSW
Please download flyer (Jan 22 program) from here. Accepting applications now.

The (Feb 19 to Mar 12) program for young adults and college students under 30 will be co-facilitated by:
Glen Choi MA. PhD and Michael Dougan MEd, MA, RP
Please download flyer (Feb 19 program) from here. Will be accepting applications on Jan 18, 2022.

Charles is an Ontario Certified Teacher. He also has a Certificate in Counselling Techniques from Mohawk College and a Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health from Emmanuel College. He works as a peer support counsellor at the Hamilton Mental Health Rights Coalition. He is completing his final capstone course in the Master’s in Buddhist Pastoral Studies, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. 

Heather is a therapeutic social worker with over 10 years of experience in mental health care. Currently she works at the University of Toronto providing brief psychotherapy to graduate students. She is an individual and family therapist who offers single session, short-term and long-term therapy, as well as workshops and group work. Her counselling career has supported children, teens, post-secondary students, adults and families with multiple emotional, behavioural and psychiatric issues.  

Glen teaches cross-cultural psychology and religion at Seneca College. A lifelong Buddhist, he received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (“Buddhism in the West”) from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Seon (Zen) Studies from Dongguk University in Seoul. Glen also hosted a 12-part OMNI TV documentary series on Buddhism in Canada called “Path to Enlightenment”.

Michael is a Registered Psychotherapist. He has worked in community mental health care, post-secondary, and private practice contexts. Michael is passionate about applications of contemplative practices in counselling and in education.

This program was first developed by Charles Chiarelli and Nicolas Beaulieu, a psychiatrist who was the 2020-2021 Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada Fellow in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. It was first offered in April/May 2021 by Charles and Nicolas for TCAB. The inspiration for this program came from a pilot psychotherapy group published in the article by Dr. Kenneth Fung titled “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Western Adoption of Buddhist Tenets?”