Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy Workshop in Stratford, Ontario

Nov 9 & 10, 2017 -- Stratford, Ontario

Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Therapy Workshop

Presented by Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW

November 9 & 10, 2017

Stratford, Ontario


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).

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 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 were offered at Mission Empowerment in 2015.

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


Bill G Photo 2Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade, and has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years. An Adjunct Lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, U of T, and Mental Health Clinician at Mount Sinai Hospital, he teaches mindfulness to outpatients in psychiatry, people living with HIV, and hospital staff. He led a large RCT of mindfulness for gay men living with HIV, and is developing emotion-focused mindfulness therapy, for deepening empathy for self and others and cultivating our own and others’ flourishing.  Click here for more information.


Early-Bird Rate: $349 + HST
After Oct 8: $379 + HST
Fee includes lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.
*Discounted rates are available for groups of 5+ people registering together OR for individuals registering for more than one workshop*


Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 9:00 AM – Friday, 10 November 2017 at 4:00 PM (EST)


The Best Western PLUS The Arden Park Hotel

552 Ontario Street
Stratford, Ontario

To Register:

Register online at http://www.missionempowerment.ca