Group Classes

At Maple we care about your health and we offer many group programs to help keep you healthy.  The group programs are free and are available to patients of Maple.  Dates and times for all groups are listed in the Calendar of Programs.  Space is limited so you must register to attend a group.  To register contact your doctor's office or call 613-531-5888 x 1107

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Anxiety Management

Anxiety Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group

Are you struggling with panic attacks, chronic worry or anxiety around social situations?

 

Common signs of anxiety include:

  • Physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, muscle tension, stomach discomfort, racing heart
  • Thoughts such as fear of dying or losing control, excessive worries that you can’t seem to turn off, excessive fears in social situations or in situations where it is difficult to leave, worries that others might think badly of you. 
  • Behavioral symptoms such as avoiding situations out of fear or needing to escape situations that trigger fear. If you can relate to these symptoms, then anxiety might be a problem in your life.

Help is available:

Maple offers a 9 week anxiety treatment group which uses cognitive behaviour therapy to help participants learn practical strategies to deal with the physical symptoms, thoughts and behaviours associated with anxiety. Groups are run periodically during the year and are facilitated by two mental health professionals. What is expected from participants?

  • To commit to attending all sessions (weekly for 9 weeks)
  • To practice strategies learned in sessions and between sessions.  If you would like to participate in the group, or would like to get more information about it, please speak with your physician, nurse or mental health counsellor.

 

To Join:  You need a referral from your Maple family doctor.

 

Anxiety Management

Changeways
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group

Are you struggling with low mood, feelings of hopelessness or get little pleasure from things you use to enjoy?

 

Common signs of depression include:

  • Physical symptoms such as fatigue or loss of energy, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia, and a lack of interest in exercise.
  • Thoughts such as a strong tendency to focus on the negative, difficulty making decisions, becoming easily overwhelmed, difficulty with concentration or memory. 
  • Behavioral symptoms such as a tendency to do very little since nothing seems enjoyable, withdrawing from social activities, allowing chores to build up.
  • If you can relate to these symptoms, then depression might be a problem in your life.

Help is available:

Maple offers a 8 week anxiety treatment group which uses cognitive behaviour therapy to help participants learn practical strategies to deal with the physical symptoms, thoughts and behaviours associated with depression. Groups are run periodically during the year and are facilitated by two mental health professionals. What is expected from participants?

  • To commit to attending all sessions (weekly for 8 weeks)
  • To practice strategies learned in sessions and between sessions.  If you would like to participate in the group, or would like to get more information about it, please speak with your physician, nurse or mental health counsellor.

 

To Join:  You need a referral from your Maple family doctor.

 


Eating healthy, and within a budget, takes planning and smart shopping. In this class, participants will learn how to make healthy choices while spending less.  There is also a focus on problem-solving, addressing unique obstacles, and connecting with local resources. 

This one-hour virtual group is led by a Registered Dietitian and a Community Services Worker.

 

To Register:  Call Karen at 613-531-5888 x 1107

 


Healthy Habits for Healthy WeightsHealthy Weights, Healthy Habits is a two-part series. 

Part 1 provides evidence-based information about body weight, metabolism, calories and dieting (and all the misconceptions about these ideas).

Part 2 focuses on behaviour change, and how to create long-lasting healthy habits.

These classes work best when taken together, though anyone can choose to attend just one or the other separately. This virtual series runs monthly in two formats: Two 1-hour classes one week apart OR a single 2-hour class.  

This series is led by a Registered Dietitian.  

   

To Register:  Call Karen @ 613-531-5888 x 1107 

 


Heart Health Series

 

Heart Smart is a three-part series. 

Part 1 - Heart Disease & Mediterranean Eating - Provides information on heart disease and explores the Mediterranean diet and its many benefits.

Part 2 - Managing Cholesterol - focuses on understanding and managing cholesterol.

Part 3 - Managing High Blood Pressure  - focuses on understanding and managing high blood pressure.

 

All three classes discuss a variety of lifestyle interventions.  This group aims to provide everyone with practical tips and strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease and lead a healthier life. 

These classes work best when they are taken together, though anyone can choose to attend just one or two separately.

This virtual series runs regularly and is delivered by a Registered Dietitian.

 

To Register:   Call Karen at 613-531-5888 x 1107

 


Managing Prediabetes and Diabetes is a group program that is delivered by Diabetes Educators from the Maple Diabetes Prevention and Education Centre for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

This 2 hour group program reviews the following aspects of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:

•  How prediabetes and diabetes works, including the role of the pancreas, insulin and glucose
•  Targets for blood glucose control to reduce the risks associated with high blood glucose
•  The possible complications of diabetes & how managing diabetes can help prevent or delay these complications
•  How healthy eating, keeping active and medication can help manage diabetes
•  Identifying carbohydrate foods and non-carbohydrate foods and label reading for carbohydrates
•  Planning balanced and nourishing meals and snacks
•  Review recommendations for exercise from Diabetes Canada

This program encourages group participation. The facilitators will fill in any knowledge gaps, answer questions and clarify any misunderstandings about diabetes and related topics. Attendees may choose to have an individual appointment with the Maple Diabetes team after completion of this group.

Programs delivered by the Maple Diabetes Prevention and Education Centre are open to the community. You do not need to be a patient of Maple to attend this program.

 

To Register:  Contact Maple Diabetes at 613-531-6086

 


The Mediterranean Lifestyle is a long-term, sustainable eating approach that has proven health benefits, including heart disease prevention and blood sugar management.  The Mediterrean Eating class, led by a Registered Dietitian, teaches which foods to eat most often and how to start making changes to your eating habits.

This one-hour virtual group runs monthly.

 

To Register:  Call Karen @ 613-531-5888 x 1107 

 


Mindful Eating is a 6-week mindful eating program designed to help people better understand and manage their food cravings while healing their relationship with food.

In the Mindful Eating group, participants will learn about

  • How to listen and respond to your body's natural hunger and fullness cues
  • The benefits of mindfulness and how to practice mindful eating
  • Finding balance by enjoying foods that nourish the body as well as the soul
  • Where food cravings come from and how to identify them
  • A powerful approach to managing food cravings and dealing with emotional eating. This includes a variety of cognitive behavioural change strategies that you can use to help manage your food cravings and feel better about your food choices.
  • How to stay on track for lifelong better health!

This unique virtual group is run over six weeks with a two-hour class each week.  It is led by two Registered Dietitians and an Occupational Therapist in conjunction with the Loyalist Family Health Team and is adapted from the Hamilton FHT program. 

    

To Register:  Please contact Karen at 613-531-5888 x 1107 for more information about the registration process. 

 


Sleep Problems?  Insomnia is an inadequate quantity or quality of sleep that interferes with normal daytime functioning. For some people, insomnia means difficulty in falling asleep, for others it's difficulty in maintaining sleep, and for still others it's early awakening.

 

6 Weekly Classes

We will review the content of the classes, review what is and what causes insomnia, and the treatment of insomnia.  Everyone will complete a series of self-report questionnaires that will be reviewed by group leaders so we can learn about your particular sleep problems.

Stimulus Control Therapy:
Reconnecting your Bed with Sleep

Relaxing your Mind and Body:
Learning strategies for relaxing your body and mind at bedtime to help you drift off to sleep

Sleep Restriction Therapy:
Shifting the time you sleep until you get a satisfying, refreshing amount of sleep

Cognitive Therapy:
How negative thoughts impact your ability to fall asleep. Building new "thought habits" around sleep

 

Referral is required to participate in this program. 

Contact your Family Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Mental Health Counsellor to be referred.

 


At this session you will learn about the sources of stress and the link between chronic stress and disease. You are introduced to some ways to manage stress in your life.  The Introduction to Stress Management is a prerequisite for attending the six week Stress Management Program.  At this session you will learn more about the program and be invited to register into it.

 

Referral is required to participate in this program.

Contact your Family Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Mental Health Counsellor to be referred.

 


Many people feel the pressures of everyday life. Stress can impact health and well-being. Maple has developed a Stress Management group program. The program is designed to help participants understand the impacts of stress on their health and learn ways to manage the stress in their life. This program is led by a Mental Health Counsellor.

Introduction to Stress Management

Participation in this program begins with attending a 2-hour “Introduction to Stress Management” session. At that session, participants learn about sources of stress and the link between chronic stress and disease. They are introduced to some ways to manage stress in their lives. The “Introduction to Stress Management” is a prerequisite for attending future modules on specific Stress Management topics.

Space is limited in this group so registration is required. Patients interested in attending an Introduction to Stress Management session will need a referral from their doctor, nurse practitioner or mental health counsellor. Click on "Group Classes" or check the "Calendar of Programs" for dates.

Stress Management Modules

After attending an Introduction to Stress Management, participants are eligible to participate in one or all of the Stress Management Modules that will be offered after the program. Dates and times for the modules will be communicated at the Introduction session.

Topics covered in the Stress Management modules include such things as:

  • Time Management
  • Self-Care
  • Relaxation Training
  • Coping with Worry
  • Challenging Thoughts
  • Assertive Communication

 

To Register:  

You have attended an "Introduction to Stress Management".  This program is by referral only.

 


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