The Center for Professional Development

Brief Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (bMBSR): The Participant-Practitioner Perspective

Fridays, Jan.10; Jan.24; Feb.21; Feb.28, 2014
$280 -
full payment must be received no later than Friday, Jan.3, 2014
12 CEUs
(included in training fee)
12 Psychologist CEs  (through Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Assn.) - additional $60 fee

Prerequisite:  Commitment to attend all four sessions of the program

Mindfulness practice supports practitioners in appreciating the unique conditioning history of their clients and themselves and how personal learning history may create biases through which clients’ experiences are processed.  The series offers the opportunity for practitioners to experience mindfulness first in the role of participant in order to strengthen personal mindfulness practice. Such personal practice is the foundation for offering mindfulness-based interventions and for reducing the risk of burnout. The brief MBSR (bMBSR) program was designed to produce the same increase in mindfulness as the full MBSR program through integration of research and theory. It addresses the challenge of limited time resources in strengthening mindfulness in highly stressed and anxious populations. Participants receive audio recordings of brief guided meditations to practice at home. Practices range from 3 to 30 minutes and include all of the formal meditations taught as part of the traditional MBSR curriculum along with several brief meditations with a focus on applying mindfulness in everyday life. Participants also receive a work book designed to support mindfulness in everyday life. Those who complete the four-session program can strengthen practice at no additional cost through ongoing seasonal “tune up” retreats offered at META Center. This training is appropriate for all levels of post-master’s degreed practitioners in mental and physical health settings.  Social work continuing education credits are included; APA credits are available at an additional charge.

Christine Molnar, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and President of Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center, Inc. (META Center). Since 1995 her work has focused on the understanding and treatment of severe anxiety disorders. She integrates findings about the brain, emotion, and learning in order to facilitate mental and behavioral habit change, even in the face of severe distress. Mindfulness training is one of the tools she uses to support new learning in therapy.