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The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project

The Mindfulness Project

The Mindfulness Project, part of the Spiritual Care Department at SickKids, offers ongoing mindfulness practice training to patients, families and staff. Our vision: Compassionate Care, Mindful Culture.

The Mindfulness Project provides: consultation, special events during our annual mindfulness month and mindfulness workshops specific to health care disciplines within SickKids. By providing mindfulness skills, support, and education we improve resilience, and create an environment of sustainable wellness. This improves self-awareness, the caregiver-patient relationship, the patient and family experience and leads to quality and advancement in health care. We aim to enrich mindful awareness and its effectiveness through evidence-based research. By applying the skills of contemplative traditions, and the wisdom of secular psychotherapeutic interventions, we come to understand the body, mind and spirit.  

The Mindfulness Project team consists of qualified facilitators/practitioners, all of whom have authentic recognized clinical training, consistent mindfulness practice, and are certified in trademarked mindfulness-based interventions. The Mindfulness Project partners with recognized mindfulness organizations to offer training and facilitation from local and internationally-celebrated mindfulness professionals and experts.

“Mindfulness has potential benefits for many stakeholders across SickKids. For parents who are supporting their children through stressful situations with often unknown outcomes, mindfulness can help them live through these experiences and have more emotional space to support their children.  For staff caring for the children, mindfulness can help them be more centered, listen better and be better available to children and their families.  The social work department begins every staff meeting with a mindful moment, which assists us to focus in the moment and ultimately reminds of the importance of paying attention non-judgementally.”
- Barb Muskat, Former Director, Department of Social Work

Upcoming events, courses and workshops

Walking Towards Suffering with Integrity: Cultivating Moral Resilience in a Culture of Ethical Practice presented by Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Bioethicist Researcher
When: Nov. 13, 2019
Learn more and register.

Mindfulness for patients and families

Mindfulness for families, patients and caregivers at the bedside
By request, please contact: (ani J. ext. 205290) or Chandra (ext. 208405)

Individual mindfulness sessions also available for outpatients in the Meditation & Contemplation Room (2713)
Please ask your healthcare provider to make the request. Contact: ani J. (416-813-5290) or Chandra (416-813-8405) for more information.

Mindfulness groups

MARS-A (Mindful Awareness & Resilience Skills for Adolescents): A program for teens with a medical condition, combining meditation practice, breathing exercises, and group discussions.

Mindful Self Compassion for Parents of Children with a Health Condition: An 8-week group program that teaches concrete skills to care for ourselves like we would a loved one who is experiencing difficulty in some way – with patience, kindness, understanding and compassion.

For information on mindfulness groups for patients, teens, parents and caregivers please contact: mindfulness.groups@sickkids.ca

Mindfulness resources on AboutKidsHealth

Visit the mental health hub on AboutKidsHealth for a series of videos and animations to help teens and youth connect with and understand their thoughts and emotions, find a moment of peace, or with falling asleep.

Other videos

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower: An animation by Dan Harris

Where does compassion really come from?

    By Sharon Saltzberg. For more information, click here.