Upcoming events

    • 10/22/2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02/18/2022
    • 10:30 AM
    • Virtual
    • 1

    Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). MBCT was originally developed to address the needs and challenges of recurrently depressed participants. Through effective integration of scientific findings and theory about emotion and its cognitive, physical, and (overt and covert) behavioral elements, MBCT has been shown to be a trans-therapeutic intervention of benefit to those with a range of transdiagnostic emotional disorders.

    The path for competently and ethically teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to those with emotional disorders includes, but is not limited to, participation in the traditional 8-session MBCT program in the role of student participant. Development of a habit of personal practice (see www.philabta.org/EBP) and ongoing peer support are other elements that are essential for ongoing teacher development.

    This virtual and live workshop offers the opportunity to be a student participant of MBCT experientially, along with non-professionals, in the 8-session MBCT program. Enrollment will be open to both mental-health professionals and non-professionals. Meeting frequency is every-other-week. The traditional 8-session MBCT curriculum described in Segal, Williams, & Teasdale (2013) will be covered on a bi-weekly (every other week) schedule. See specific dates below.  Concurrent with this training in MBCT there will be optional and additional CE trainings to support teacher development for those who want to teach a variety of Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs). Optional CE events will take place as part of Wise Intervention Wednesdays and Friday morning mindfulness offerings from varied instructors.

    MBCT Meeting Schedule

    All MBCT meetings, including orientation options, occur from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.

    Orientation: Friday 10/01/21

    *Attendance at orientation is required to enroll in the this virtual MBCT training program . Separate CE is freely offered for orientation attendance to current PBTA members.

    MBCT Sessions 1 to 4 starting 10/8 and then meeting 10/22; 11/5, & 12/3

    MBCT Sessions 5 to 8 starting 1/7/22 and then meeting 1/21; 2/4 & 2/18

    Required reading throughout MBCT training

    The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress.

    CE Learning Objectives

    Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the curriculum intentions, elements, and associated experiential practices of each of the eight sessions of the MBCT protocol.

    2. Describe, from the direct experience of participatory practice, both barriers to and supports for the development of a daily habit of personal informal mindfulness application in everyday life.
    3. Describe the elements of doing and being modes of mind and how they, respectively, contribute to and reduce risk of recurrence of transdiagnostic emotional disorders.
    4. Describe and directly experience the difference between conceptual and non-conceptual information processing and how it each mode of processing can reduce or increase risk of distress and dysphoria.
    5. Describe and directly experience the difference between avoidance and approach mode of relating with experience and how each can influence level of distress and dysphoria. 
    6. Describe specific ways aversion arises and maintains distress and dysphoria.
    7. Describe the role of ruminative brooding in worsening mood and its role in predicting onset, maintenance, and relapse of transdiagnostic emotional disorders.
    8. Describe and directly experience the elements of the three-step breathing space practice - regular and how it supports awareness of thoughts, sensations, and their relationship to overall feeling states.
    9. Describe and directly experience the elements of the three-step breathing space practice - responsive and how it supports awareness of thoughts, sensations, and their relationship to overall feeling states as well as application of skills in stressful situations.
    10. Describe and directly experience the body scan practice and how it supports awareness of thoughts, sensations, and their relationship to overall feeling states.
    11. Describe and directly experience mindful movement practices of MBCT and how they support awareness of thoughts, sensations, and their relationship to overall feeling states.
    12. Describe and directly experience formal sitting meditation practices of MBCT and how they support awareness of thoughts, sensations, and their relationship to overall feeling states.
    13. Describe the nine (9) Foundational Attitudes that support both formal and informal mindfulness practice implementation.
    14. Describe and directly experience implementation of the pleasant and unpleasant event logs and how they can be used to reduce stress and associated distress.
    15. Describe and directly experience implementation of the nourishing and depleting event logs and how they can be used to cultivate resources and reduce stress and associated distress.
    16. Describe and directly experience how specific CBT interventions are integrated into MBCT to reduce risk of recurrence of transdiagnostic emotional disorders through modification of mental and behavioral habits.
    17. Describe the resource theory of stress and how cultivation of resources reduces risk of recurrence of transdiagnostic emotional disorders.
    18. Describe supports to the practice of formal MBCT practices in supporting overt and covert behavioral habit modification in everyday life.
    19. Describe assessments used to assess mindfulness and compassion and their use in the MBCT curriculum.

    20. Describe three specific mechanisms through which compassion is strengthened through participation in an MBCT program.

    About Presenter

    Chris Molnar, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and clinical investigator, founded Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center (META Center) in 2007. She completed post-doctoral fellowship training in traumatic stress, neuroscience, and psycho-physiology and is an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, PTSD, emotional, and stress-related conditions using evidence-based practices. She has completed training to teach both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has adapted Relational Mindfulness Practices (MBPs) to the needs of highly distressed and stressed people in both individual and group therapy settings. At META Center, she offers integrative interventions grounded in findings about the brain, emotion, and learning to facilitate mental and behavioral habit change, even in the face of severe distress. Before founding META Center, she served as a clinical investigator and therapist supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and other agencies. She is also on the editorial board of Behavior Therapy and serves the public in many ways, through professional presentations, workshops, publications, and affiliations.

    Target Audience

    This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure. The instructional level of this presentation is beginner.

    Note: This workshop does not require attendees to have a formal mindfulness practice. 

    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.
    • This program provides two and a half (2.5) hours of CE credits for each session. Those who attend all sessions in their entirety receive twenty (20) CE credits for the 8 sessions in addition to two and a half (2.5) hours of CE credits for the orientation
    • 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 at each separate session to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.
    • * PBTA does not currently offer CE to practitioners licensed in the state of New York.

Past events

09/24/2021 Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy, an approach to changing core beliefs in CBT
08/18/2021 Mindfulness Out Loud and From the Bottom-Up
07/07/2021 Worry Loves to Lie: Treating Faulty Forecasting in Clients with Excessive Worry
06/04/2021 Discomfort Is My Comfort Zone: The Seductive Trap of Chronic Worry
05/19/2021 Wise Intervention Wednesday for Enhancing Wellbeing: Mindful CE Journal Club
04/02/2021 Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) for cueing adaptive automaticity: First Friday Mindful CE Journal Club
03/05/2021 First Friday Mindful CE Journal Club Deliberate Practice of Clinical Skills: The Behavior of Ending Sessions on Time
02/12/2021 Chris Molnar, PhD - Mindfulness Out Loud to Enhance Ethical Responding: A Trans-therapeutic Relational Practice for Cueing Compassionate Behavior During Extreme Emotion States
02/05/2021 First Friday Mindful CE Journal Club: Differential Effects of Mental Training
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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