Psycho-education Program

Buddhist Mindfulness Psycho-education (on-line) Program 
for adults 20 or older:

Applying Mindfulness in Dealing with Difficult thoughts and Emotions

Four Saturday afternoons, November 27 to December 18, 2021 – 2 pm to 4 pm
Limited spots available.
Please send completed application form (download word version here)
to to register by November 24, 2021.
$35 Registration Fee.
$25 Early Bird Registration Fee (before Nov. 16, 2021)

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 used in 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: 
Charles Chiarelli BA BEd and Michael Dougan MEd, RP

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 in the University of Toronto. 

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.

Please download poster from here.

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?”