Program Description

Emotional intelligence has been shown to play an important role in work and leadership. Effective leaders develop skills in how to work with emotions both within themselves and in those they lead and serve. Chief Residents are invited to apply to attend a full-day (July 27, 2019) OR morning (September 22, 2019) Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Workshop in order to enhance these vital skills.

Emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) integrates mindful experiencing with experiential and emotional processing in meditation and interpersonal encounters, in order to better access and make sense of emotions, address internal conflicts and unfinished business, and cultivate one’s own and others’ growth and flourishing.

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has trained mental health professionals in mindfulness for over fifteen years. He developed emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy. Bill is a mental health clinician in the Sinai Health System in Toronto where he provides EFMT groups for psychiatric outpatients and for gay men living with HIV, individual psychotherapy for people living with HIV, and emotion-focused mindfulness training for hospital employees. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Program Outline

The training integrates didactics, meditative practice and journaling, experientially-grounded inquiry, reflection, live modeling, supervised role-playing practice, and clinical- and theory-based discussions.This workshop teaches an experientially open meditation approach that emphasizes a receptive, responsive relationship with embodied mind states and emotions. This gentle, psychologically-oriented meditation is accessible to long-time meditators and beginners alike.

Learner Outcomes

  • Develop self-compassion, deeper more authentic experiencing, calm, and therapeutic presence
  • Integrate empirically-based experiential processes into meditation for finding appropriate distance from stressors and coming alive to and better navigating the present moment
  • Describe and experience the different dimensions of effective active listening
  • Recognize and empathically follow emotional processes in self and others (includes thoughts, feelings, and somatic experience)
  • Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice


Enrolment in each workshop is limited to 10 participants.

There is NO COST for either of these sessions.

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