Self-Compassion and Self-Empathy: Mindfulness Meditation in Life and Professional Practice 🗓

Learners from ALL clinical, humanities, social sciences  and arts-based disciplines are welcome to register.

Self-Compassion and Self-Empathy: Mindfulness Meditation in Life and Professional Practice

October 22, 2022

This two-part workshop explores different aspects of mindfulness and approaches to reflection, well-being and resilience. Each 1. 5 hour session will help learners develop an enhanced understanding of the link between mindfulness and resilience. Practical tools and resources will also be shared. The workshops will be taught by Bill Gayner and Sarah Kim, two experienced clinicians and mindfulness practitioners.

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For Residents and Fellows at the University of Toronto – SPOTS ARE LIMITED REGISTER NOW !


Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Wellness Training

Rodelyn Wisco, MSW, RSW

Format:                                              Biweekly online sessions

Target Audience:                               Post-MD, Residents and Fellows, U of T

Dates:                                                Mar 28, Apr 11, and Apr 25, 2022

Times:                                                Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Number of sessions:                          3

Length of sessions:                            2 hours

Maximum number of participants:     10 (Spots offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure you can commit to ALL 3 sessions before registering)


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Emotion-Focused Mindfulness (EFM) wellness training cultivates gentle curiosity and self-compassion to better navigate issues and core concerns and develop more genuine ways of relating to oneself, others, and the world. Sessions include talks, meditation, journaling, and sharing, reflecting on and exploring meditation experience. Participation involves a willingness to share one’s own difficult emotions and thoughts with colleagues in a safe group setting.

In EFM, the facilitator introduces and models for participants how to create a safe space for inner work by cultivating self-compassionate awareness. Emotional processing is facilitated by orienting people to attend to their bodies to become aware of, allow, experience, accept, and transform their emotional experience, both in meditation, and afterwards in further exploration with the facilitator. Emotional processing is a combination of attending inwardly to and reflecting on one’s bodily-felt experience and emotions, to address and resolve inner conflicts and core issues, and better navigate life situations. After meditation, participants journal what they recall happened in meditation to better acknowledge and deepen their emotional experience. In addition, participants take turns describing their meditation experience, with the facilitator listening to their whole meditation narrative and then responding to whatever seems most alive and poignant in the moment, and empathically exploring this with them.

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 self-soothing techniques
  • Develop own meditation practice at home
  • Integrate empirically-based Emotion-Focused Therapy experiential and emotional processing into meditation and life

Rodelyn Wisco, MSW, RSW, is a Mindfulness and Wellness Clinical Educator for the Health Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto.  She works closely with Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW, the developer of Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFMT), was the Principal Investigator for a study determining the feasibility of EFMT with people living with anxiety and depression, and has presented locally and internationally on EFMT.  Rodelyn supports health care professionals with the development of their mindfulness practices and has cultivated her meditation practice for close to thirty years.

Rodelyn is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, in private practice who provides individual Emotion-Focused Therapy and EFMT, Emotion-Focused Family therapy, and EFMT professional training. For 20 years, she worked in multiple health care settings, including family medicine, ambulatory psychiatry, and children’s mental health to support the mental health of children, families, and adults.  She also trained family medicine and psychiatric residents for 10 years first at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and then at Mount Sinai Hospital in communication skills, counselling skills, and behavioural strategies.

Rodelyn Wisco, MSW, RSW

Mindfest 2022 – March 5-8, 2022 🗓

Join us at Mindfest on March 5-8th !



March 5 to 8, 2022
Free mental health presentations and workshops delivered on Zoom

Join us and share Mindfest with your patients, colleagues, and communities!

All are welcome at this free event! Experts from the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry and beyond present on topics including the impact of the pandemic on child and youth mental health, strategies for self-care, leadership in the face of marginalization, and much more.

View the sessions and register now



About Empathy Podcast-University of Toronto

About Empathy is a healthCARE podcast that focuses on patient, caregiver and healthcare provider stories. The creators and hosts believe these stories of hope, struggle, love and grief can help inspire compassion and humanism. Podcast guests discuss their personal stories, while the hosts reflect and debrief on those stories to help enable and support empathic interactions in the healthcare community. About Empathy is most relevant to healthcare providers, patients and caregivers, but these engaging narratives appeal to a broad audience. About Empathy can be streamed or downloaded from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts or directly from the website ( There are 3 seasons of the podcast and a total of 22 episodes with topics including Medical Aid in Dying, Children’s Grief, Navigating Cancer Survivorship, Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic, among other areas of interest to healthcare providers.

For more info, please contact:
Dr. Giovanna Sirianni

Temerty Medicine Talks – June 18, 2021 🗓

The Age of Anxiety

After more than a year of adjusting to life during a pandemic, it can often feel like our individual and collective anxiety levels are spinning out of control. Yet, is worry always harmful?

Delve deeper into UofTMed magazine's upcoming "Possibilities" issue in the next offering in our popular Temerty Medicine Talks series. Join the Globe and Mail's André Picard and Temerty Medicine clinicians and scientists Kymm Feldman, Jodi Lofchy, Sanjeev Sockalingam, and Trisha Tulloch as they discuss healthy worry in the context of individual well-being, relationships, and medical practices, as well as techniques for living with anxiety in our daily lives.

Friday, June 18, 2021
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (EDT)

Kindly register by June 17th. You will be able to access the online event via your mobile or desktop device. Log-in details will be provided before the event to all registrants.

Can’t join live? [REGISTER] to receive the recorded webinar to watch at your convenience.

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Dr. Kymm Feldman

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Feldman is a family physician at Women's College Hospital and the Director of the Women's Health Enhanced Skills Program in U of T’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has won local and national awards for her work in medical education in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, faculty development and mentorship.

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Dr. Jodi Lofchy

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lofchy is an emergency psychiatrist at Unity Health Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre, where she serves as both the Department of Psychiatry’s Interim Chief and Medical Director, as well as Service Head of Adult Acute Care Psychiatry. She is also Chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Section of Emergency Psychiatry and has published widely in the area of best practices in emergency and medical education.

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Vice-Chair and Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Sockalingam is the U of T Department of Psychiatry’s Vice-Chair as well as Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In addition to working as a clinician-scientist focused on obesity and mental illness, he also serves as Co-Chair of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health.

Dr. Trisha Tulloch

Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Tulloch is an adolescent medicine specialist who provides consultation within the Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also an associate staff physician in the Hospital for Sick Children and Scarborough Health Network’s Centenary Hospital, as well as Vice-Chair for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Area of Focused Competency in Addiction Medicine.

On September 24, 2020, U of T announced an unprecedented $250-milllion gift from James and Louise Temerty and the Temerty Foundation in support of the Faculty of Medicine and our community’s collective vision. The Faculty is proud to bear the Temerty name in recognition of their generous support.

As the research and educational hub within Toronto's robust health sciences network, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine is uniquely positioned for impact – advancing health and health care in Canada and beyond.

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Cinema Medica – It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health 🗓

Cinema Medica (University of Toronto) presents… It’s Nothing: Spotlight on Eating Disorders and Mental Health

Join us for a virtual screening of the short film IT’S NOTHING, which screened at TIFF 2019. This film utilizes performance, sound, and metaphor to articulate the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of a young woman’s experience with an eating disorder. Following the screening, director Anna Maguire and writer Julia Lederer will participate in a Q&A about their creative process and their mutual interest in the expressive potential of both words and film.

Synopsis: A recent graduate is urged by an impossibly perfect woman to start digging a hole in a nearby park, setting in motion a chain of events that threaten her emotional balance and carefully maintained routines.


Date & Time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6pm to 7pm

How It Will Work: If you register, you will get a link to join us for the screening and discussion.

Cost: FREE!

Please RSVP Here:


Anna Maguire
Anna is a British/Canadian writer, director and actress. Her directorial work has screened at festivals including TIFF, Palm Springs, PÖFF Black Nights and the BFI London Film Festival where she was nominated for Best Short with Your Mother and I in 2016. She has won awards at The London Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Rhode Island, and Underwire among others, was long listed for a BAFTA, and nominated for Best Short at the 2018 London Critics’ Circle Awards. As an actress, Anna recently performed in Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project alongside Salma Hayek, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard and can be seen in the upcoming film Violation by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Anna is passionate about film education, especially in under-served communities.

Julia Lederer
I’m a writer. My plays have been acclaimed internationally and produced across North America in places including Los Angeles, Chicago, Alaska, New York, Boise, Toronto, and Paris. I’ve also written film and television. My films continue to screen at festivals worldwide, including The Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Cucalorus, Cinequest, Canadian Film Fest, and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. I worked on the 4th season of Kim’s Convenience as part of CBC’s Emerging Writers Room. I love what words can do. My favourite work to watch, read, and write is imaginative, poetic, and funny. It strives to see and understand our world, often from a sidestep outside it. I also write about feelings a lot, as they tend to drive everything, acknowledged or not.


TODAY AT NOON-: Please join us for our inaugural Physician Wellness Forum, a forum for exploration of topics that impact physician engagement, wellness and excellence. 


Principles to guide self-care and guide leadership in support of our colleagues and their provision of patient care during these challenging times


Dr. Molyn Leszcz., MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA

President, American Group Psychotherapy Association

Professor, University of Toronto, Sinai Health System

Date:         February 17, 2021 via WebEx

Time:         12:00 – 1:30 p.m.    Open Presentation and Discussion

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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

HeNReG 2020-21 Virtual meetings starting in October

Health Narratives Research Group 2020-21/ Virtual Meetings Starting in October

Invitation From Carol Nash PHD :

The HeNReG meets weekly on Wednesdays, between the first week in October and the last week in April. There is a natural break at the end of the calendar year and new members often join in January.

The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) allows researchers the opportunity to take the personally relevant stories that initiated their commitment to health care and develop them into narratives with a particular point of view. The process includes both personal reflection and the willingness to share one’s story and gain additional insights from the rest of the group.

The HeNReG is a voluntary, non-credit group, free of charge, open to any member of the university community interested in health care. Diversity of membership is both supported and encouraged.

Participants may develop their narrative into a piece for publication in either written (e.g. memoir, poem) or alternative format (e.g. graphic novelization).

As a result of COVID-19 limitations, meetings now take place entirely online over a hybrid-model, private Facebook group platform.  Created by Dr. Nash, the private Facebook group includes all members of the 2020/21 HeNReG.  To participate, potential members require:  a Facebook account, to “friend” Dr. Nash, and be willing to join this private Facebook group.

Participants can join anytime by contacting Dr. Nash at

The HeNReG is facilitated by philosopher of education Dr. Carol Nash, who as Scholar in Residence in the History of Medicine created this process for developing narrative in 2012 in collaboration with Professor Edward Shorter, the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. Since 2015, the group has been supported by the Health Arts and Humanities Program directed by Dr. Allan Peterkin.  From 2015-2020, the group’s meetings occurred in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

COVID & Ethics Series: links to videos of 4 webinars

From Dr Robert Klitzman,

Joseph Mailman School of Public Health

Four  online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US

Free Lecture Series: Intersections of Race, Class, and Health

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to share details about a virtual lecture series that I have organized over this new academic year.  All of the presentations are open and free, but there is a separate rsvp link for each.  I will send along that information as we move through time and space.

Please share with others, especially your students.


Dr. Tess Jones

SAVE THE DATES for this year-long lecture series on Mondays at noon.

RSVP for our first presentation by Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD on October 19th.

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Announcements for ARS MEDICA -Canada’s Leading Medical Humanities Journal

“ARS MEDICA-A JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES”  is an award winning , biannual literary journal that explores the interface between the arts and healing, and examines what makes medicine an art . The journal was founded by medical educators at the University of Toronto in 2004.

Here are 2 updates from Allison Crawford MD, Editor-In-Chief :

1. Announcement of our new issue: 

Our latest issue (15.1) of Ars Medica has been published and is available to read online

2. Call for an upcoming Special Covid-related issue – submissions due September 18 2020. The call is attached, and can also be accessed at: