Upcoming events

    • 02/12/2021
    • (EST)
    • 03/12/2021
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual via Videoconferencing
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    For highly distressed clients with insecure attachment histories, Relational Mindfulness Practices (RMP) can serve as the foundation for a silent intra-personal mindfulness and compassion practice. Clinicians can also benefit from RMP to enhance compassionate responding with the support of peers. Mindfulness Out Loud (MOL) for emotional processing of extreme states is a formal RMP developed for people (CLINICIANS INCLUDED) with high levels of stress and the range of emotions that accompany it. The MOL RMP supports exposure therapy as well as development of intra- and interpersonal relational responding typical of securely attached individuals. MOL is a deliberate RM and exposure therapy practice that integrates CBT and Interpersonal Emotional Processing (IEP) practices to support health of mind, body, and behaviors.

    The MOL practice was developed as an adaptation to exposure therapy when treating highly stressed clients experiencing severe comorbid anxiety, trauma-related, and OCD diagnoses (see article entitled “META for GAD”). It is part of the brief mindfulness-based training program, Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (META), that integrates Mindfulness Based Program (MBP) and IEP elements. Participants learn to deconstruct intense emotion and use its elements to cue covert and overt adaptive responding. This transtherapeutic intervention enhances intra- and interpersonal relationship effectiveness and results in adaptive automaticity even and especially during times of severe stress. The META program elements, including MOL and RMP, support emotional processing of corrective information during exposure therapy and other high stress situations to strengthen intentional and adaptive responding.

    Both MOL and RM practices from the META program can also be implemented by mental health professionals to train compassionate relating in response to challenging clients. When practiced with professional peers using the guidelines of the structured consultation practice called Mindful Case Consultation (MCC) it serves as an efficient model of peer collaboration that reduces stress for ourselves and our clients.

    This two-part workshop begins with experiential practice. All participants first learn and practice elements of Modules 3 and 4 of the META program. Each module is a 2.5 hour curriculum that can implemented flexibly. Module 3 focuses on IEP and the challenge of cultivating internal and external resources to reduce stress, its sequelae, and the range of primary negative emotions people experience when highly distressed. Module 3 includes formal RMP in confidential break out rooms. This is followed by continued RMP in the larger group where inquiry that supports processing and application is experienced as a participant-practitioner. After practice and processing of Module 3 attendees will receive the formal curriculum for Module 3 that includes specific RMP contemplation topics that enhance learning of MBP elements. Participants will implement Module 3, with a practice partner or client, before attending part two of this training. At Part 2 attendees will experience the MCC and practice all elements of Module 4 that focuses on motivating behavior change compassionately and sustaining it with deliberate practice to enhance interpersonal connection. Attendees will contemplate a specific challenging case using MOL and RMP. After practice and processing of Module 4.

    Attendees will receive the formal curriculum for Module 4 that includes specific RM contemplation topics that enhance learning of MBP elements. All attendees will have option of joining guided peer consultation groups or forming their own. As well, participants who complete both parts of this CE training will be invited to participate in the full META training program that includes non-professionals in 2021 to directly experience how it is applied with people experiencing a range of conditions marked by extreme stress. More at https://www.meta4stress.com/mccbt.

    Continuing Education

    Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

    Part 1 (Friday 2/12/21 from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon)

    1. Describe and implement guidelines for formal Relational Mindfulness Practices (RMP) experientially.
    2. List the evidence-base in support of mental health benefits of RMP.
    3. List five important adaptations needed for RMP with high distress and stress levels transdiagnostically.
    4. Practice guided and formal RMP and describe three ways that it can support clients with insecure attachment histories and distressing emotions in developing silent intra-personal mindfulness and compassion practices.
    5. Observe and directly experience, as a participant-practitioner, the delivery and curriculum elements of Module 3 (The challenge of cultivating internal and external resources to reduce stress) of the META program focused on alleviating stress and the range of negative emotions that can accompany it.

    Part 2 (Friday 3/12/21 from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon)

    1. Observe and experience, as a participant-practitioner, the delivery and curriculum elements of Module 4 of the META program focused on motivating behavior change compassionately and sustaining it with deliberate practice to alleviate stress and enhance interpersonal connection.
    2. Describe the steps of Mindful Case Consultation (MCC) with peers for enhancing ethical responding.
    3. List three ways MCC can support ethical clinical decision making and associated adaptation of Mindfulness- and Compassion-based Programs with personally challenging cases.
    4. Practice of MCC with peers after seeing it demonstrated with a challenging case.
    5. Apply MCC to a specific and personally challenging case.

    About Dr. Molnar

    Chris Molnar, Ph.D., obtained her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology from The Pennsylvania State University. Her post-doctoral fellowship training was in traumatic stress and functional neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is President of the Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center, Inc. (META Center). At META Center, she integrates Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) with other forms of psychotherapy. Her work is guided by ongoing developments in functional neuroscience, emotion and motivation, and other areas of inquiry into how humans learn optimally to maintain and apply healthy habits during states of threat and challenge. Before founding META Center in 2007, Dr. Molnar worked as a clinical investigator supported by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies. For a full list of credentials, scientific contributions, popular press articles, and select professional presentations visit www.meta4stress.com Resources tab.

    Target Audience

    This presentation is intended for mental health professionals and advanced graduate students with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is intermediate.

    Note: This workshop does not require attendees to have a formal mindfulness practice but some experience with a personal mindfulness or related wisdom practice will be useful. Attendees will be guided in practicing formal Relational Mindfulness (RM), Mindfulness Out Loud (MOL), and Mindful Case Consultation (MCC) at this workshop. Those who want support adapting Mindfulness and Compassion Based Programs to challenging clients and willing to role play such clients with confidential video connection virtually are invited to attend.

    Continuing Education

    • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Part 1 of this program (2/12/21) provides three and a half (3.5) hours of CE credits.
    • Part 2 of this program (3/12/21) provides three and a half (3.5) hours of CE credits. Three (3) of the contact hours qualify for the ethics requirement as mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology.
    • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
    • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credits for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.

    Webinar Workshop Requirements

    In order to participate in all PBTA workshops virtually we require that you meet the following criteria. Your participation in PBTA workshops reflects your agreement to the following terms designed to protect everyone and create conditions for optimal learning.

    • You must have utilities, internet service, phone service, and an appropriately private location at your home or office in order to ensure HIPAA compliance.
      • The private location should be free of noise and distractions. (If you are the parent of young children, appropriate child care arrangements must be in place.). There will be scheduled self-care breaks. Please be sure you can actually care for yourself during these periods in a way that supports your presence in the workshop when it resumes.
    • You must agree to attend each hour of the video conference and agree to use video of yourself during the video conference in order to track attendance and support planned activities. Only the presenter’s video will be recorded and not your video which will not be recorded.
    • You must agree not to copy or distribute workshop materials provided to you in the course of the workshop.
    • Patient audio/video is utilized during the training so you must agree to abide by all applicable rules of confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, including but not limited to no audio or video-recording of the workshop in any form at any time.

    You will be asked to affirm the previous conditions and your agreement to them prior to the commencement of the workshop

Past events

03/13/2020 Chris Molnar, PhD The Interpersonal Mindfulness Practice of Compassionate Case Consultation in the Ethical Implementation of Mindfulness- and Compassion-Based Programs with Highly Distressed Clients
05/13/2019 PBTA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to: Philip Kendall, PhD, ABPP
03/15/2019 Allan Tepper - Ethical Considerations Related to the Practice of Teletherapy in Pennsylvania
04/27/2018 Stephanie Mattei, PsyD - Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Beyond the Basics
01/26/2018 Brigette A Erwin, PhD and Erin Roemer, PsyD - Evidence-Based Treatment of Pediatric Treatment-Resistant OCD: Maximizing Outcomes with Intensive, Multisystemic Outpatient Treatment
11/17/2017 Clinical Networking Luncheon & Autism Update: Research, Intervention, and Transition to Adult Life
10/06/2017 Scott Glassman, PsyD - Integrating Motivational Interviewing and CBT
10/06/2017 Randy Fingerhut, PhD - Ethics & Suicide Prevention
09/15/2017 Donna Sudak, MD - Challenges in CBT Supervision
05/26/2017 Chris Molnar, PhD - Mindfulness Training for the Extreme States of Mind and Body that Drive Reactive Behaviors
10/14/2016 Melissa Hunt, PhD - CBT for Chronic GI Disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
06/09/2016 PBTA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to: Richard G Heimberg, PhD
12/04/2015 Doug Tynan, PhD and Scott Glassman, PsyD - Integrating Mental Health with Physical Healthcare/Making the Case for Behavioral Health in the New Health Care System
11/20/2015 Randy Fingerhut, PhD - Advanced Ethical Decision Making
06/22/2015 William Young, MD & Ronald Kaiser, PhD, ABPP - Migraine from the physician's and psychologist's perspective: What do mental health professionals need to know?
04/14/2015 Jeffrey Greeson, PhD - Why is mindfulness training helpful across many psychological disorders? A transdiagnostic view, and mindfulness as a transtherapeutic process
03/02/2015 Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD - Introducing the New Anxiety Disorder: Selective Mutism
02/21/2015 Cory Newman, PhD - Back from the Brink: Using CBT to Help Suicidal Patients to Choose to Live
01/24/2015 Douglas Woods, PhD - Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
11/19/2014 Zindel Segal, PhD - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for the treatment of Mood Disorders
09/19/2014 PBTA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to: Michael J Kozak, PhD
04/30/2014 Family involvement in the treatment of chrildren with anxiety disorders
02/15/2014 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Supervision: Evidence-Informed Practices and Ethical Considerations
12/02/2013 An Introduction to Parent-Child Interaction therapy (PCIT) in community settings
11/04/2013 Stress: Mindfulness, Stress Reduction Pathways, and Health
09/27/2013 Technology, Electronic Communication, and Clinical Practice: Ethical Considerations and Best Practices for Emerging Trends and Challenges
09/14/2013 Mastering the Language of Therapy: How to Use Relational Frame Theory in Your Clinical Practice
04/20/2013 Building Clinical Competencies in Working with Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
02/16/2013 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Conditions
04/28/2012 Mike Femenella, PhD - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Experiential Introduction
03/01/2012 Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
02/25/2012 Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
02/24/2012 Manufacturing Memories
10/24/2011 Emotion Regulation Therapy for Complex and Refractory Presentations of Anxiety and Depression
10/15/2011 The Practice of Psychology over the Internet & e-Tele Health
05/23/2011 Buried in Treasures: The Nature and Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding
05/02/2011 From the Cutting Edge Science of Fear to Psychotherapy: Exposure Therapy for Phobia and Anxiety Disorders
04/28/2011 Core Beliefs on Trial
03/02/2011 Helping Students, Teachers, and Parents Recognize and Respond Positively to Peer Bullying
11/21/2010 CBT for Pediatric OCD and Related Conditions
05/25/2010 Positive Psychology
05/17/2010 Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy for Anxiety-Related Disorders
04/26/2010 Grady Nia Project: Assessing and Treating Abused, Suicidal, Low-Income, African American Women
02/18/2010 The Practice of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
11/16/2009 Understanding and Working Better with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
11/06/2009 Therapy with Latino Clients and Families
10/17/2009 Ethics for Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
06/03/2009 Some Common Principles of Change in Treating Depression and Anxiety Disorders ; The Roles of Avoidance, Affective Arousal, and Cognitive/Emotional Processing
03/20/2009 The Mental Health Professional In Coerced Interrogations: Ethical And Legal Issues
02/04/2009 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Best Practices in Assessment and Intervention
11/03/2008 Sleepy, Dopey, and Grumpy: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances in Children and Adolescents
10/06/2008 Distinguishing Scientific from Pseudoscientific Mental Health Practices
09/17/2008 Becoming a Calm Mom: Using CBT Techniques to Help Moms Adjust to the First Year of Motherhood
06/04/2008 PBTA Lifetime Achievement Award & A Clinical Conversation Between Drs. Aaron T. Beck & Judith S. Beck
05/12/2008 The Role of Religion in Coping with Stress and Trauma
04/21/2008 Flexible Applications of Treatment Strategies for Anxious Youth
03/19/2008 Understanding and Treating Social Anxiety Disorder from a Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective
01/14/2008 Mindfulness and Meditation: Tools for Healing and Growth
11/05/2007 Addressing the Crisis With Nutrition and Obesity: How to Create Real Change
10/13/2007 Ethics for Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
07/23/2007 Communicating Your Expertise Through the Media: Becoming a Media Expert / Marketing Your Practice
06/18/2007 Managing "Resistance": A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective
05/09/2007 Hardiness, the Exception or the Rule?
03/12/2007 Obesity and the Power of the Food Environment: Rethinking the CBT Approach to Treatment
10/11/2006 Prolonged Exposure for the Treatment of PTSD
05/07/2006 Cognitive Therapy for Adult ADHD
10/15/2005 Ethics for Psychologists
04/13/2005 BT for Pediatric OCD & Related Disorders
04/07/2005 Prolonged Exposure for Chronic PTSD
11/03/2004 The "3rd Wave" of Behavior Therapy: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
10/13/2004 Application of Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing Strategies in Treating Substance Abuse
04/27/2004 Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders

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