The Institute of Family Living (IFL) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural team of professional therapists and physicians. Guided by Christian and Jewish faith traditions, we offer psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation to individuals, couples, families, and human service agencies.
Since 1971, IFL has provided therapeutic, educational, and consulting services to a wide variety of people and organizations. Our associates are members of the Ontario and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT/AAMFT), Ontario Medical Association (OMA), Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or other accredited professional associations, and we maintain a growing network of professional Consultants
Our Institute offers rich and diverse possibilities for therapeutic help, as each Associate brings his or her unique gifts and expertise to the IFL team.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic is a program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada which aims to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and recognize symptoms of mental illness. MHFA equips individuals to assist their friends, family, clients or members of the public who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
A MHFA Basic course (12 hours) will be held over 2 Saturdays, Jan 4 & 11, (9:00-5:00) at the Institute of Family Living, at 3080 Yonge Street (Yonge & Lawrence). Below is some basic information about the course, cost for the 2 days of training, and how to register:
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
The program does not teach people how to be therapists. It does teach people how to:
MHFA shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid – to save lives. It aims to:
Cost is $ 250 per person, which includes a course manual and materials. To register, contact Adrianne Sequeira by sending an email with "MHFA" in the subject line to:
Leader and AAMFT Approved Supervisor:
Diane Marshall, M.Ed. , RMFT
Beginning its 17th year in September, 2013, IFL’s Advanced Counselling Training Program (“ATP”) will provide an unusual opportunity for intensive discussion of selected aspects of advanced marriage and family therapy. For both medical and non-medical counsellors and clergy, the Program is eminently suitable for practical and theoretical investigation of various therapeutic issues that arise in clinical practice and are dealt with in supervision. The Program also provides AAMFT supervised hours for those who require them.
Program members at various levels of experience and expertise are expected to participate as contributors to a “community of learners.” Case presentations are an integral part of every session. Medical doctors, marriage and family therapists, addiction counsellors, social workers and clergy who seek to expand their repertoire of counselling techniques and modalities will find the ATP a unique and valuable learning experience.
September 2013 - June 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
IFL, 3080 Yonge Street, Suite 5034, Toronto
(at the northwest corner of Yonge and Lawrence)
Term 1 (September to January) = $750.00 + HST 97.50 = 847.50
Term 2 (February to June) = $750.00 + HST 97.50 = 847.50
Payment is due at the beginning of each term. Payment may be made by cash, cheque, MC or VISA
Information: Please call Diane Marshall at (416) 487-3613
Women only. Led by Nancy Molitz, M.A., RMFT.
Meets 2 hours a week for 6 – 8 weeks, depending on participants’ needs. Women who have suffered abuse may continue their healing journey through guided imagery, journalling, music, therapeutic body work, prayer, etc.
For more information, please call 416-487-3613 to speak to Nancy at ext. 214.
Led by Adrianne Sequeira, RN. CPMHN(C), BHA
FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS
Information Sessions are held monthly for family, friends and supporters of individuals who are living with an addiction or concurrent disorder (mental health and addiction). The Information Sessions are 90 minute single group sessions.
Participants will learn:
BRIEF INTERVENTION GROUPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH ADDICTIONS
Individuals who are addicted to harmful substances will attend a module of four 75 minutes group sessions, held once per week, designed to help them to assess the effect that substance use has on their life, and to formulate treatment goals and plan.
For more information about the above groups, please call 416 487 3613 ext 206, and speak to Adrianne.