Craig Mackie has a BA (Hons.) in developmental psychology (U of Alberta), MA in philosophy (U of Ottawa) and a Masters of Social Work (U of Toronto). He has worked in therapeutic recreation, mental health, education, and social services for over 12 years. Craig holds several trainings in mindfulness based interventions, including Mindfulness for Symptom Management, Transformative Mindfulness, and is an international trainer for the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (UK) in the 16 Guidelines. Areas that Craig has taught mindfulness include schools, adolescent addictions facilities, social services, governmental agencies, charities, hospitals and other non-profit organizations.  As program director of Christie Lake Kids charity for four years in Ottawa he developed programs designed for high needs children and youth to develop self-regulation, emotional intelligence and resilience.  Currently he teaches the Embodying Mindful Values (Ethics) course in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Continuing Studies.  Craig also owns and operates a private psychotherapy and mental health consultancy in Ottawa called Essential Change (essentialchange.net), partnering with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, specializing in youth, adult and parenting mindfulness groups and individual programs.

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