4 Part Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Course For Residents

Dear Residents/Postgraduate Trainees,

The Postgraduate Wellness Office is pleased to support an Emotion-Focused Mindfulness course funded by Post-MD Education and sponsored by the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities. 


The course dates are: March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25 (4th Tuesday of each month)

Time: 6:15pm-8:45pm

Room: 3rd floor, 500 University Ave, Postgraduate Wellness Office

Maximum number of participants: Twelve.  We are able to accommodate the first 12 postgraduate trainees who RSVP. Commitment to attendance at ALL 4 sessions is required.

Cost: Free of cost. Course is funded by Post-MD Education

    A firm commitment is expected once you sign up and because there will be  a wait      list, please notify us well in advance of cancellation.

Please RSVP topgwellness@utoronto.ca

Course Description:

We tend to spend a lot of time in our heads detached from feelings or too immersed in and buffeted by stressful emotions and thoughts. Mindful experiencing brings us in touch with our implicit feelings about situations in a spacious way that heightens self-compassion and lowers reactivity. This creates optimal conditions that can be used in meditation and conversation to make sense of how we feel, sort out what matters to us, and how to better navigate situations.

The workshop will include sitting meditation, journaling and discussing the experience, talks and discussion, a brief gentle set of functional exercises particularly helpful for folks who do a lot of key boarding, and, if we have room, walking meditation.

 Learning goals:                        

•  Enhance calm, self-compassionate empathy, therapeutic presence, and equanimity

•  Describe how reflecting on implicit experience in meditation deepens authenticity and experiencing and enhances self-care and creativity

•  Develop own meditation practice at home

•  Integrate empirically-based experiential tasks into meditation for finding appropriate distance from stressors and coming alive to and better navigating the present moment

•  Describe how contemporary emotion theory relates to mindfulness practice and apply it in meditation practice

•  Learn techniques for calming overwhelming distress and calming and grounding dissociation

•  Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice

Facilitator: Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW


Please contact us if you have any questions or you want to RSVP for this great opportunity.


Julie Maggi, MD MSc FRCPC
Director, Postgraduate Wellness Office
Post MD Education, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto


Allan Peterkin MD, FCFP, FRCP
Director, Program In Health, Arts and Humanities,
University of Toronto


Dr. Glen Bandiera
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education