workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Mindful Emotional Processing for Anxiety & Extreme Fear

Professional Continuing Education Training

With Chris Molnar.

Aug 27 – Sep 1, 2023


Member: $535.00

Standard: $595.00

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Learn how to integrate wisdom practices to support emotional processing with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in this professional training.

Are you a mental health-care professional serving clients with extreme levels of negative emotions? The Mindfulness- and Compassion-Based CBT (MC-CBT) program, designed for mental health and other health-care professionals, teaches you how to integrate brief relational wisdom-based practices with CBT and other intervention approaches to facilitate emotional processing of corrective information in clients.

Practice integrating and implementing the "sublime states" of equanimity, compassion, kindness, and appreciative joy with mindfulness-based CBT to address the needs of clients and reduce burnout. With contemplative and relational wisdom practices and behavioral rehearsal, you strengthen skills for supporting emotional processing in people hijacked by symptoms of anxiety, trauma, OCD, depression, and other stress-exacerbated conditions.

Traditional mindfulness training focuses on "top-down" processes that focus on inhibiting automatic pilot responding. When fear is extreme, however, adaptive automaticity must instead be befriended and intentionally cued with behavioral strategies that are grounded in learning principles. Mindful Case Consultation, a peer relational mindfulness practice, is used to strengthen adaptive and automatic therapeutic responses in challenging client symptoms. With MCC, you engage in role plays and contemplations to enhance intervention skills and clarify treatment plans.

Using a participant-practitioner model of skill development, you first experientially complete a four-module MC-CBT training program adapted to the needs of highly distressed clients. Experiential learning includes brief mindfulness-based program elements integrated with interoceptive, in-vivo, and imaginal exposure therapy tools to strengthen competence. You experience the same compassionate relationship with unpleasant experiences and challenges that you learn to teach to clients. Opportunities to practice teaching skills with other attendees are followed by reflection, processing, and feedback grounded in the MCC model that also can be used with clients.

This professional training also provides:

  • Strategies for enhancing motivation for practice to support the cueing of adaptive responding and transformation of states of extreme stress
  • Everyday language for teaching the science behind the strategies in each MC-CBT module
  • Brief assessments that can be used to enhance motivation for practice and to monitor mindfulness, compassion, and relationship with experience
  • A review of important mental habits to address in therapy

Please Note: This training also includes case consultation of a clinical nature. It is open only to licensed professionals and those in training who agree to abide by the American Psychological Association ethics code. All attendees are invited to complete pre-training assessments that will be emailed after registration with suggested readings.

More Information

This course begins Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Recommended Reading:

The following articles, all authored by Chris Molnar, PhD, are recommended in preparation for the course. They can be freely accessed at

  • Mindful Case Consultation
  • Playing in the Ocean of Awareness
  • META for GAD
  • Ethical Practice
  • Mindfulness for Self-Care
  • Mindfulness for Distress
  • Mindfulness and the Brain
  • Mindfulness and OCD

Additional authored articles:

  • Goldfried, M. R. (2019). Obtaining consensus in psychotherapy: What holds us back? American Psychologist, 74(4), 484.

Continuing Education

Dr. Molnar is independently offering continuing education credits. This program provides twenty-five (25) hours of CE credits that include four (4) in ethics. The Faculty is partnering with the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) to make this option available to interested attendees. Please email with questions about CE credits or to obtain a copy of the CE objectives.

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Aug 27 – Sep 1, 2023

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  • Chris Molnar

    Chris Molnar, PhD, a licensed psychologist and clinical investigator, founded Mindful Exposure...