Programs and groups include one time workshops and multi-week sessions and are currently being offered in a virtual setting only via Zoom.
Note: Programs, workshops, and services are currently reserved for Thames Valley Family Health Team patients only, unless otherwise indicated.

Chronic Disease Management

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain

Overview: This is a free, 6 week chronic pain self-management program where managing pain is discussed through the use of various coping skills and strategies. This program was developed and researched at Stanford University and is now offered around the world!   
Who Should Attend: 
– People with chronic primary or secondary pain
– People interested in learning how to better manage their chronic pain
– Individuals caring for someone living with chronic pain

Sweet Talk: Blood Glucose and the Health Behaviours to Help Manage It

This workshop is aimed at helping participants at-risk for or having pre-diabetes or newly diagnosed diabetes control blood sugars and minimize associated risk factors. During this information session, participants will learn:
What is pre-diabetes and diabetes?
Why controlling blood sugars is so important
How health behaviours can promote improved blood sugar control

Participant Feedback:
– “Presenters shared great advice and very practical perspectives. Enjoyed the breadth of the overview (diet, exercise, mental health, etc.). Very much appreciated the session. Great job!” (February 2021)

Health Promotion & Prevention

Healthy Lifestyle Kickoff

In this program, our registered dietitians answer your questions about what really affects your weight and how this is linked to your overall health. We focus on the ways in which your nutrition, activity level and lifestyle affect your health and how they can play a role in reducing your risk for chronic disease.

Participant Feedback:
“What I liked most about the workshop: The facilitator’s knowledge of the subject, non judgmental and provided some insightful suggestions.” (January 2021)

Heart Health

Join us for this one-time workshop where our registered dietitians help you understand factors that affect your heart health. In this class, you will learn about lifestyle changes that can help you better manage your cholesterol levels and reduce your overall cardiovascular disease risk.

Leave the Pack Behind – Tools to Quit Smoking
* Open to the general public *

Thinking about quitting? This one-hour information session will discuss the nuts and bolts of quitting smoking to prepare you to hit the ground running! We will discuss physical and psychological aspects of nicotine addiction, strategies and tools to help you quit (including nicotine replacement products and medications), and provide details about the programs offered at the Family Health Team and in your community to help you quit. You may be eligible for free nicotine replacement supplies (e.g. patches, gum, lozenges etc).
This session is a prerequisite for Thames Valley Family Health Team patients in order to receive one-on-one counselling from a nurse or pharmacist and access free nicotine supplies.

Participant Feedback:
– “It was great and very informative.” (February 2021)

Let’s Talk about Driving and Dementia
* Open to the general public *

Free education event intended for older adults, people living with dementia and their family and friends.
Presented in partnership with Alzheimer Society of Oxford.
Using the new Driving and Dementia Roadmap*, which is a website providing information and tools to guide the driving and dementia journey, we’ll review:
• How will I know when it’s time to retire from driving?
• How do we talk about this as a family?
• What are the warning signs that driving is getting risky?
• What should I know about driving and dementia in Ontario?
• What are the obligations of health care professionals to report to the Ministry of Transportation?
• I disagree with the medical report made and decision of the Ministry of Transportation. How can I keep my driver’s license?
• Addressing the grief and loss that affects a whole family when the person with dementia stops driving.
• Living life without driving

*Acknowledgements: The Driving and Dementia Roadmap (DDR) is a website providing information and tools to guide the driving and dementia journey. The DDR was developed by researchers who are part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging which is supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research with funding from several partners. The affiliated lead institutions are Baycrest and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Meal Planning Class

“What’s for dinner tonight?” How often do you ask this question?
Join our dietitians for this one hour meal planning class so you only need to ask “What’s for dinner tonight?” once a week. Our dietitians will teach meal planning skills that work for you and teach you how to build healthy, nutritious meals one week at a time.

Participant Feedback:
– “Presentation was extremely informative. Lots of wonderful ideas on incorporating meal plans into weekly goals. Learned a great deal about eating healthy, balanced meals.” (January 2021)

Mindful Eating – Emotional Eating and Food Craving Management Group

In this 6-week virtual group, you will learn:
– About the benefits of mindfulness and how to practice mindful eating;
– How to become more in tune with your body and learn to respond to your natural hunger cues;
– Powerful skills that can help you manage even your toughest food cravings;
– How to find balance and heal your relationship with food.

Participant Feedback:
“Reframing the relationships with my body and food — from anxious/judgmental to positive/non-judgmental — is a major relief both mentally and physically.” (March 2021)

Mental Health

Dream On – CBT for Insomnia
One-time session, 90 minutes

Tired of tossing and turning? Tired of lying awake in bed for hours? Dream-ON will help improve your sleep with this one time workshop. This program uses a non-medication approach that helps correct your sleeping difficulties by breaking bad habits and patterns that interfere with sleep, and replaces them with new approaches that bring sleep on naturally.
It is not suited for everyone, if you have one or more of following conditions speak with your medical provider for alternate strategies:
– Uncontrolled anxiety, depression, or obsessive compulsive disorder
– Active substance abuse (alcohol, drugs)
– Current symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
– History of bipolar disease
– Seizure disorder
– Significant memory problems
– Excessive daytime sleepiness
– Untreated sleep apnea
– Active medical problems (e.g. recent heart attack, stroke, etc.)
The program does not work well for shift workers, or if this is a particularly stressful or busy time in your life.

Happiness 101
6 weekly sessions, 90 minutes each

Format/Description:
An interactive, psycho-educational program that uses principles of positive psychology to teach participants how to purposefully create happiness in their lives. The program explores 13 proven skills that build greater positive experiences, engagement, meaning, social relationships, and opportunities for achievement. 

Who should attend this group?
This group is intended for adults (18+) with mild to moderate depression, are languishing or feel they want to enhance their current level of happiness.  Not suitable for anyone with severe depression, recent trauma, or active psychosis. 

Requirements/Expectations:
No purchase of material is required.  Weekly attendance is expected, as well as a commitment to complete assigned practices between sessions. 

Benefits/Take-aways:
At the end of this program participants will have an increased understanding of how they can personally control their happiness to improve their quality of life. 

Introduction to Mindfulness
One-time session, 90 minutes

This 1.5-hour one-time virtual session is skill-based and psycho-educational. The workshop will include education, experiential practice, and discussion. Participants will get an overview of the mindfulness approach, the principles behind it, and some simple techniques to try out to calm the nervous system. Resources will be provided electronically.

Participant Feedback:
– “Great mindfulness exercises. Great resources. Very engaging and knowledgeable presenters.” (January 2021)
– “What I like most was that it was a reminder to use the skills taught to accept how I am feeling and then bring myself back and be present.” (January 2021)

Living Mindfully
4 weekly sessions, 90 minutes each

Format/Description:
An opportunity to learn the impacts of stress on your mind and body, and how to incorporate a variety of mindfulness practices that help develop capacity for calmness and reduce physiological reactivity to stress. 

Who should attend this group?
This group is intended for adults (18+) with chronic stress, illness, pain or who want to enhance their overall emotional and physical wellness. Not suitable for anyone with severe depression, recent trauma, or active psychosis.   

Requirements/Expectations:
No purchase of material is required.  Weekly attendance is expected, as well as a commitment to complete assigned practices between sessions. 

Benefits/Take-aways:
At the end of the 4 weeks, participants will have a basic understanding of how to change their relationship with stress through the integration of mindfulness practices. Independent, ongoing practice is recommended to maintain the positive effects of this learning. 

Mind Over Mood
8 weekly sessions, 2 hours each

Change how you feel by changing the way you think! Mind Over Mood is an 8 week program focusing on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and stress. Learn how thinking differently can affect your feelings, and ultimately your mood, for the better.

Please note, there is a required textbook “Mind over Mood- 2nd Edition” for this group. Textbooks are available for purchase from Indigo and Amazon. You can also borrow the book from your local library or our organization. If you need to borrow a book, please contact [email protected] or call 519-473-0530, ext. 451.

Participant Feedback:
– “It’s helped me to realize I’m not alone in my thoughts or events in my life as others are or have dealt with them before. It has given me tools to use and changed my reactions/ thoughts on things. The book is really spot on that I can relate to as well as being in the group and the facilitators.” (March 2021)
– “This group has been amazing. Great teachers, great people, felt so comfortable and learned so much on how to cope with life’s ups and downs.” (March 2021)
– “Feel calmer and more able to cope with issues & emotions in a constructive way.” (December 2020)

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