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First Friday Mindful CE Journal Club: Differential Effects of Mental Training

  • 02/05/2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1 CE Credit
  • Includes 1 CE Credit

Research findings are revealing that deliberate practice of different mindfulness and compassion practices can impact mental and relational health outcomes differentially while meeting the needs of highly distressed clients.  At the first of this journal club series we will inquire into how scientific findings described within the peer-reviewed journal article entitled "Differential Effects of Attention-, Compassion-, and Socio-Cognitively Based Mental Practices on Self-Reports of Mindfulness and Compassion" that appeared in the journal Mindfulness volume 8, pages 1488–1512 in 2017 can be implemented with a specific client in individual or group psychotherapy. Future journal club articles this spring of 2021 will cover more of the evidence-base that guided the decision to integrate Relational Contemplative Practice into Mindfulness- & Compassion-Based Programs (MCBPs) such as the 4-module META program (more at Those working with clients encountering challenges integrating MCBPs into interventions can also learn to implement two of the four modules of the META program focused on deliberate intra- and inter-personal mindfulness and compassion practices to cue adaptive responding for states of high distress, while cultivating resources to reduce stress, at PBTA’s  upcoming 2-part CE event

March article TBA – it will focus on either deliberate practice or attachment security priming depending on vote of attendees at 2/5/21 event. 

Be sure to obtain and read Hildebrandt et al (2017) before this 1 credit CE event.

What makes this a mindful journal club? We will practice guided relational mindfulness as we contemplate the below CE objective.

Schedule for First Friday Mindful Journal Club meetings

  • 8:00 to 8:10 a.m. - Chris Molnar will guide all in an opening 10 min practice to support dyadic mindfulness practice
  • 8:10 to 8:15 a.m. - Instructions & demonstration about how to contemplate clinical applications of this article in a way grounded in mindfulness and compassion
  • 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. - Attendees will enter dyads to contemplate clinical applications while supported by relational mindfulness guidelines
  • 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. - Contemplation continued in larger group that is guided in relational mindfulness
  • 8:55 to 9:00 a.m. - Closing practice

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe one specific way the scientific findings described within Hildebrandt et al. (2017) can be implemented with a specific client in individual or group psychotherapy.

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 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 or contemplative practice will be useful. Attendees will be guided in practicing formal Relational Mindfulness (RM), Mindfulness Out Loud (MOL), and Mindful Case Consultation (MCC) at different meetings of this series. 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 the two-part training event.

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 one (1) hour of CE credits.
  • 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 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.

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