- Dr Alia OffmanDirector NA Chapter | Trainer
Dr Alia Offman is a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She obtained her doctorate in research psychology at Carleton University, a Master’s in Education at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctorate training as a counselling psychologist. She is currently working through Self-Balance Psychological Services to provide MiCBT therapy and training.
She has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University for over ten years teaching in the psychology department. She has supervised their fourth year Honours Projects course, taught a fourth-year seminar course in The Psychology of Human Sexuality and undergraduate courses in The Psychology of Women, Statistics and Social Psychology. She has also taught in the education department at the University of Ottawa as a sessional lecturer. She is currently developing a fourth-year course in Mindfulness and Well-being.
Alia is a published researcher with the majority of her work focused on adult populations, studying such diverse areas as workplace productivity, the impact of discrimination on health, communication in relationships and the effects of relationship violence on self-esteem. She was an Associate Researcher at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Ottawa Health Research Institute.
Working within her individuals has always been important to Alia. She has completed 3 levels of training in the Mindful School Program and will be a volunteer teacher in her individual’s school, offering mindfulness training to grade school students. For many years she volunteered with Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and she was recognized for her work in the field of human sexuality. She was awarded the Norman Barwin Scholarship from the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada.
She continues to study and train in mindfulness approaches and is working under the supervision of Dr Bruno Cayoun in expanding MiCBT in Canada.
- Dr Andrea GrabovacDirector NA Chapter | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her psychiatric practice focuses on acute inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. Since 2005, she has been delivering mindfulness-based interventions in oncology, sexual medicine and psychiatric settings. Her academic interests include developing competencies for clinician training in mindfulness, as well as the integration of underpinning Buddhist psychological frameworks into mindfulness-based clinical interventions.
For the last 10 years, she has been co-teaching a monthly mindfulness consultation course focusing on integrating personal practice into clinical delivery of Mindfulness-Based Interventions. She is an MBCT mentor at the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute, and provides both individual mentorship as well as teaching 5-day professional training retreats. She is a teacher trainer at the MiCBT Institute.
MiCBT Best Practices 27 May 2021
Meditation Practice: Transverse scanning
Discussion Topic: Assertive communication