Self-Care and Therapeutic Presence through Emotion-Focused Mindfulness 🗓

Dear Residents and Clinical Fellows

– See below for a new virtual offering to support your emotional wellbeing, starting December 14th. Spots are limited. We welcome you to register by emailing

Self-Care and Therapeutic Presence through Emotion-Focused Mindfulness 

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW

Format: Monthly online sessions

Eligible: Post-MD, Residents and Clinical Fellows, U of T

Dates: Dec. 14, 2020, to May 3, 2021 (in 2021, first Monday of each month)

Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This monthly series will introduce participants to a gentle form of mindfulness meditation that emphasizes self-compassion in order to arrive at, make sense of, and transform emotional experience in ways not usually included in meditation. Participants will learn to support each other in deepening their practice through responsive, communicative empathy, cultivating both self-care as well as genuine presence with others. Sessions include talks, meditation, journaling, and sharing and exploring our meditation experience. Group size will be limited to 12 participants.

Learning goals: 

  • Develop a more genuine relationship with self and others, deepening therapeutic presence with patients
  • Cultivate compassion, empathy and responsiveness toward your own and others’ experience
  • Learn calming, grounding and compassionate self-soothing techniques
  • Develop own meditation practice at home
  • Compare and contrast Buddhist roots with this practice

To register,

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, is the Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator for the Health Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto. He developed Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT) and presents internationally on it. Bill is a pioneer in providing professional mindfulness training in Toronto—he has trained and mentored mental health professionals, psychiatry residents and social work students in mindfulness-based approaches for fifteen years. He has meditated for more than thirty years.

Bill is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, in private practice at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health where he provides individual and couple Emotion-Focused Therapy, EFMT groups, and EFMT professional training. He worked in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns, in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital for 22 years.

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health
1200 Bay Street, Suite 403
Toronto, ON M5R 2A5 | CANADA

Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator
Health Arts and Humanities Program
University of Toronto

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