UTSC Mindfulness Summit: Oct 13, 2017

Join us on October 13th for the 4th Annual UTSC Mindfulness Summit. This year we explore mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of vulnerable populations.

This full-day workshop is most relevant to clinical and counseling graduate students but registration is open to anyone who is interested. This event will feature three interactive lectures on the use of mindfulness for borderline personality disorder, substance abuse and for at-risk adolescents. Participants will also have opportunities to practice mindfulness through guided activities, and to network with both their peers and experts in the field.

Registration is free and includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by Oct 6 to ensure your space at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fourth-annual-utsc-mindfulness-summit-tickets-37467529389 

Event Schedule

9:30-10:00am Registration and continental breakfast
10:00-10:30am Welcome, meditation exercise, and summit orientation by Dr Zindel Segal
10:30-11:30am Heidi Bornstein and Mary Githumbi: Stress Reduction for At-Risk Teens
11:30-11:45am Break
11:45-12:45pm Amanda Uliaszek: Borderline Personality Disorder
12:45-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Kirstin Bindseil: Substance Abuse and Clinicians as a Vulnerable Population
2:30-3:30pm Coffee and floating panel

Location and Contact Information

Catalyst Centre (EV151/152)
Environmental Science and Chemistry Building
University of Toronto Scarborough
1065 Military Trail
Email utsc.summit@gmail.com


The 4th Annual Mindfulness Summit is proud to support Jack.org - a Canadian network dedicated to mitigating barriers to positive mental health through conversation and community outreach. When you register, you'll also have the option to make a donation to Jack.Org in lieu of your ticket price.

About Jack.org: Jack.org is Canada's leading not-for-profit training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Through our Jack Talks, Jack Summit and Jack Chapter programs, our youth leaders are breaking down barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org amplifies youth voices because they are the most important speakers in the conversation about their own mental well-being. Together, we’re building communities where young people know how to take care of their mental health and can ask for help when they need it. Our movement is 2,500 strong. We’re making change. And we’re just getting started. Find out more herehttps://www.jack.org/about

Guest Speakers



Kirstin Bindseil, MSW, RSW has worked in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for over 15 years. She currently works as a Supervisor, Educator and Program Planner in Addictions. She has been engaged in various innovative projects related to Mindfulness Meditation and has led Mindfulness groups for Chronic Pain, Depression, Smoking and other Addictions. Kirstin has formal training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and has extensive experience providing mindfulness training to health care professionals who plan to add Mindfulness to their clinical practice.

Dr. Amanda A. Uliaszek, Ph.D., C.Psych., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and the director of the Personality, Psychopathology and Psychotherapy Lab which focuses on the development, assessment and treatment of personality disorders. Her recent work has focused on efficacy and mechanisms of change in dialectical behavior therapy skills group – most notably the skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation -  in targeting symptoms of borderline personality disorder in youth populations. She has specific clinical expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder (including suicidality and self-harm) in both adolescents and adults utilizing mindfulness-based interventions. Her work in personality disorders and dialectical behavior therapy has been presented at several international conferences and published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals. She frequently provides workshops and training events in the GTA on dialectical behavior therapy topics, including the use of dialectics, mindfulness, and how to target self-harm behavior.

Heidi Bornstein is a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, who received intensive training at the International Meditation Institute while living in India. She is a certified instructor in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Science, and Yoga Ed for Elementary Schools, High Schools, and For Working with Those At-Risk. She trained as an MBSR teacher under the direction of Roy Hintsa, MBSR Toronto, and Dr. Diane Reibel, the Director of the Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. She participated in the 7-Day Professional Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Heidi trained in Mindfulness for Kids at Risk with Vinnie Ferraro, Street Yoga training for Kids at Risk as well as SMARTinEducation (Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training) with Linda Wallace. Heidi is the co-creator (with Heather Elson) of the Yoda-Yoga Program for kids, a program specifically designed for use in the 20 minute DPA (Daily Physical Activity) in elementary schools. Heidi is the co-creator and teacher for The Mindful Edge® – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. Heidi is on staff of Yoga Community Toronto, and is on the steering committee for Mindfulness Toronto. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in Toronto since 2002 and continues to support yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs for children, youth, teens, and adults.

Mary Githumbi, HBSc in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science is a mindfulness teacher who has taken Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Dianna Last, Yoga for Trauma-informed Youth with New Leaf Foundation and Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (UBC’s SMART) with Heidi Bornstein & Stephen Chadwick. She is trained in The Mindful Edge (TME) Program for Teens and is in training to receive UBC’s smartEducation Facilitator Certification with Mindfulness Everyday and MBSR-Teens Facilitator Certification with Gina Biegel. She incorporates the value of diversity and accessibility in her mindfulness teaching and personal mindful movement practice.