Workshop Description

​​Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy (EFT-M) is a practice which encourages the exploration of difficult thoughts and emotions in meditation and in life, in contrast to other meditation practices where there is a tendency to interrupt emotional processes by putting thoughts aside to concentrate on bodily sensations. EFT-M can help us to better navigate difficult emotions, decrease suffering, increase happiness, and empower us to live in alignment with our deepest values. Rather than feeling better, the emphasis is on getting better at feeling, so that our feelings can guide us rather than overwhelm us.

In addition to helping clients process their emotions, EFT-M enhances practitioners’ therapeutic presence and their ability to follow and facilitate clients’ emotional processes when they are reporting their meditation practice.

​This interactive and experiential 2-day workshop will introduce participants to the method of EFT-M and provide several opportunities to experience this practice.  You will also learn how to introduce this method to clients and integrate it into clinical practice (counselling, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic and helping settings). 

​Topics Covered:

  • The fundamental concepts and background of Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy
  • Six key meditative processes and the differences between them
  • How to use emotion-focused mindfulness to deepen therapeutic presence and attunement with clients
  • How to use emotion-focused mindfulness to deal with difficult clinical situations
  • How to assess, introduce, and coach clients in emotion-focused mindfulness meditation
  • Key challenges that come up when teaching mindfulness and meditation, and strategies for navigating these challenges
  • The recommended guidelines for your own mindfulness practice in order to effectively teach mindfulness to others
  • Resources for further learning and practice

Who Should Attend?

Any helping professional who provides some form of counselling and would like to gain mindfulness tools and strategies to use with clients.  This includes social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, chaplains, and other social service and health care professionals. This workshop is also 

appropriate for anyone who wants to develop mindfulness practices in their personal life.

[Please be advised that there is substantial overlap between this workshop and the "Integrating Mindfulness and Meditation into Clinical Practice" workshops that Bill taught in 2015.]

Bill Gayner's presentation was the highlight of our week! ”
                       – OASW Niagara

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy

November 9-10, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Bill led a large randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for gay men living with HIV that was the first to show psychological improvements and increases in mindfulness in this population. He is now developing and researching an emotion-focused therapy approach to mindfulness. 

This workshop is sponsored in part By OASW (Ontario Association of Social Workers) Midwestern Branch.  Thank you OASW Midwestern!


​The BEST WESTERN Plus Arden Park Hotel is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $118.99 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until October 8, 2017. For reservations, call 1-877-788-8818 or 519-275-2936 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit

​​​​Instructor: Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $349 +HST (=$394.37) by October 8, 2017 **

Regular Cost: $379 +HST (=$428.37) after October 8, 2017
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.74 USD (as of June 5, 2017 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 5, 2017 at 4pm

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About the Presenter

Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW, is a registered Social Worker, an Adjunct Lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and a faculty member of the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute and the Health Arts and Humanities Program at the University of Toronto. He has worked as a Mental Health Clinician in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto since 1998, where he provides individual psychotherapy in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns and teaches emotion-focused mindfulness to people living with HIV, psychiatric outpatients, and hospital employees. He has trained and mentored mental health professionals, residents and students in mindfulness meditation for over a decade.   

Bill has studied and practiced mindfulness for over 30 years. For the first ten years, he studied both Tibetan and Theravada Buddhism, including living at a residential Buddhist retreat centre for a year and a half. In 2000, he focused on clinical mindfulness-based practices, attending courses with teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, supported by consultations with Zindel Segal and others, as well as annual Vipassana retreats at the Insight Meditation Society. In the last five years, Bill has made an intensive exploration of secular Buddhist perspectives and practices, which he has integrated into his current clinical practice and research.