MasterMinds focuses on teaching skills within Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and how they can be applied to help individuals with both mental health difficulties and substance use.


  • To learn and improve skills is the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance
  • To practice these skills in a group setting so that participants can use these skills in real-life situations to deal with substance use cravings, manage anxiety or depression, and improve interpersonal relationships

Structure: 15-week skills training, closed format. Weekly attendance is required and a certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the group.

Stage of Change: Preparation /Action

Referral Process: Requires an internal referral from a Counsellor.

Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at 135 Elgin St.

Eligibility Criteria

Age: 16+
Legal Status: Voluntary or Probation, Parole, CAS referral
Gender: Male and Female


Leanna Rienties

Addictions Counsellor
Phone: 519-754-0547 ext. 2126
Fax: 519-754-0264

Sonia Krizikova

Concurrent Disorders Counsellor
Phone: 519-754-0253 ext. 2119
Fax: 519-754-0264