Community Health

The DPNCHC offers health promotion and disease prevention workshops throughout the year to support individuals to help take care of their health.

Are You Experiencing Chronic Pain?

DPNCHC will be offering a Chronic Pain Self-Management program in March 2019

Informed from the Wasser Pain Clinic/Bridgepoint model, a team including a physiotherapist, dietitian, counsellor-therapists and health promoter, will be offering a 10 week program offering new tools and approaches to help individuals better manage chronic pain.

The program provides:

  • Opportunities to develop, practice and strengthen “thinking strategies”, and mindfulness practices (based on cognitive behavioural and dialectical behavioural approaches) to help cope more effectively
  • Opportunities to practice physical exercises and activities to manage pain (includes a pre-assessment with Physiotherapist)
  • A better understanding of how nutrition can affect pain, and practical supports to help with healthy eating
  • Opportunities to share experiences with others experiencing chronic pain
  • A take-home manual with the program information and tips to support you after the program


  • Program runs twice a week, on Mon and Wed afternoons from 1:30-3:30
  • Runs Monday March 25 – Wed June 5, 2019


To register:

18+ years old

Living with chronic pain for more than 3 months

Must complete Intake process with a team member to ensure the program is a good fit

Commit to attending all 20 sessions (one absence ok)

Open to trying and practicing the new skills taught

Must be able to speak and read in English


Please contact Gabrielle Langlois at glanglois@dpnchc.ca or at 416-656-8025 x 204 to find out more.


Surfing Tsunamis

A free 20-week Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills group for individuals who want to learn to:

  • manage emotions better
  • improve distress tolerance
  • develop mindfulness
  • communicate more effectively

To be eligible, potential participants are required to have an individual therapist/counselor, struggle with significant emotional dysregulation, commit to attending regularly and identify behavioural goals.  Please contact Debbie at  (416) 656-8025  ext. 239 or Eugenia at ext. 231.

Tolerating Temptation – Tolerating Triggers

An 8 week mindfulness-based relapse prevention program for addictive behaviours.

Some of what to expect:

  • Better understanding of how our thoughts affects our feelings and actions
  • Develop greater awareness of triggers, habits and automatic reactions
  • Learn ways to respond rather than react
  • Intro to mindfulness meditation

Contact  Debbie at (416) 656-8025 ext 239 to register, or for more information.