workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety

A Professional Training


Oct 16–21, 2022


Member: $535.00

Standard: $595.00

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Integrate brief mindfulness-based interventions with exposure therapy in this professional training with Drs. Chris Molnar and Elizabeth Hembree.

Are you a mental or health-care professional serving clients with intense states of negative emotion?

Designed for mental and other health-care professionals, the Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (META) program teaches you how to integrate brief relational mindfulness practices with exposure therapy to support emotional processing in people hijacked by the symptoms of anxiety, trauma, depression, OCD, and other stress-exacerbated conditions.

Attendees will learn to implement exposure therapy with the contemplative and relational wisdom practices of mindfulness and the “sublime states” of equanimity, compassion, loving friendliness, and appreciative joy.

Traditional mindfulness-based programs can rely on “top-down” approaches that focus on inhibiting automatic pilot responding. When fear is extreme, however, adaptive automaticity must actually be befriended and intentionally cued with exposure therapy principles and deliberate practice. Mindful Case Consultation (MCC: Molnar, 2014) is used to enhance intervention skills, clarify treatment plans, and reduce burnout that can occur in work with highly distressed clients.

Using a participant-practitioner model of skill development, you first complete the orientation for the four-module Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (META) training program. On each of the next four consecutive mornings, you are guided as participants in each of the four modules. Afternoon and evening sessions are devoted to practitioner training with brief didactics that are integrated with experiential learning and reflection. As you directly experience interoceptive, imaginal, and in-vivo exposure therapy, then you are able to reflect upon experience using the focused MCC model.

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 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

This training will include 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 to registrants with suggested readings.

More Information

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

Additionally, below you will find Dr. Hembree’s recommended reading:

  • Feeny, N. C., Hembree, E. A., & Zoellner, L. A. (2003). Myths regarding exposure therapy for PTSD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice10(1), 85-90.
  • Hembree, E. A., & Cahill, S. P. (2007). Obstacles to successful implementation of exposure therapy. In Handbook of Exposure Therapies (pp. 389-408). Academic Press.
  • Hembree, E. A., Rauch, S. A., & Foa, E. B. (2003). Beyond the manual: The insider's guide to prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice10(1), 22-30.
  • Langkaas, T. F., Hoffart, A., Øktedalen, T., Ulvenes, P. G., Hembree, E. A., & Smucker, M. (2017). Exposure and non-fear emotions: A randomized controlled study of exposure-based and rescripting-based imagery in PTSD treatment. Behaviour Research and Therapy97, 33-42.

Continuing Education

Chris Molnar is independently offering thirty-four (34) hours of continuing education credits that include four (4) in ethics. The faculty is partnering with PBTA to make this option available to interested attendees. Please contact or go to the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association for more information, if you would like to receive CEs.

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Oct 16–21, 2022

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