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Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) for cueing adaptive automaticity: First Friday Mindful CE Journal Club

  • 04/02/2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1 CE Credit
  • Includes 1 CE Credit

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The Wise Intervention called Mental contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) can be used to imaginally rehearse cueing desired overt and covert behaviors in response to maladaptive emotion states that otherwise can drive reactive and often regretted behaviors. The MCII practice relies on both primitive and evolutionarily more recent neurocircuitry to support the development of automatic responding even and especially in conditions of high stress.

At the next Mindful Journal Club meeting we will contemplate how the scientific findings described in the Houssais, Oettingen, & Mayer (2013) article entitled, “Using MCII to self-regulate insecurity-based behaviors in relationships" that appeared in the journal Motivation and Emotion, 37, 224-233 can be implemented with clients to cue adaptive behavior in response to early elements of maladaptive emotion spirals. We will use the Relational Mindfulness Practice (RMP) called Mindful Case Contemplation (MCC) (see 2-page article in advance at ) to guide inquiry into a specific case and arrive at a proposed MCII plan to be suggested to a client.

This and future journal club articles this spring of 2021 will cover more of the evidence-base that guided the decision to integrate Relational Contemplative Practice with CBT into META’s brief Mindfulness- and Compassion-Based CBT (MC-CBT) Program (more at to cue adaptive responding in states of high distress, while cultivating resources to reduce stress. Our next meeting will focus on a different Wise Intervention.

Please be on time for opening guided practice and obtain and read both the Mindful Case Contemplation 2-page article as well as Houssais & Oettingen (2013) 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. - Opening 10 min guided mindfulness practice to support Relational Mindfulness Practice (RMP) during meeting

·         8:10 to 8:25 a.m. – Demonstration of Mindful Case Contemplation (MCC) for a specific case to arrive at a specific MCII plan

·         8:25 to 8:45 a.m. – Mindful Case Consultation (MCC) in dyads in confidential break out rooms to arrive at implementation plans for client engaging in reactive behaviors driven by insecurity of attachment in adulthood.

·         8:45 to 8:50 a.m. – Relational Mindfulness Practice (RMP) & reporting of implementation plans

·         8:52 to 8:55 a.m. - Closing three-minute breathing space practice

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Generate an implementation plan, using the Mindful Case Contemplation (MCC) practice, for a specific client.

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 licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and 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. At different meetings of this series attendees will be guided in practicing formal Relational Mindfulness Practice (RMP), Mindfulness Out Loud (MOL), Deliberate Practice (DP); Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions (MCII): and ultimately Mindful Case Consultation (MCC).

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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