CANADA - MiCBT Workshops commencing soon!

Saturday, May 04, 2013
Dr Cayoun will be presenting MiCBT Workshops for Mental Health Professionals in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, commencing this month. 

Through a combination of lecture, videos of real-life MiCBT therapy sessions, role plays and guided meditation, you will learn specific mindfulness-based interventions to help your clients develop interpersonal skills, new exposure methods and relapse prevention techniques. This workshop will expand your understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT. No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are recommended.

These workshops are planned in collaboration with Leading Edge Seminars, Excellence in Practice and Jack Hirose and Associates.

May 27 & 28, 2013 - Vancouver, BC Jack Hirose and Associates

May 30 & 31, 2013 - Ottawa, ON Excellence in Practice

June 6 & 7, 2013 - Toronto, ON Leading Edge Seminars

Attendance of the Mindfulness-integrated CBT workshops leads to the opportunity to continue training with the online Foundation course
Contact Excellence in Practice to register.

CYGNET: 3-day Advanced Retreat Update

Friday, May 03, 2013
Mindfulness CBT RetreatDr Bruno Cayoun recently led a 3-day semi-silent retreat in beautiful Cygnet, Southern Tasmania for mental health professionals using MiCBT in their work.

All participants had previously attended a 5-day Residential Retreat with the MiCBT Institute. This retreat focussed on personal meditation skills, mindfulness and equanimity, rather than on interpersonal skill with clients.

The next 5-day Residential Retreat for Mental Health Professionals will be held 22-27 November, 2013 and the 3-day Advanced Retreat from April 24, 2014.

DUBLN: MiCBT Workshop Update

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Mindfulness-integrated CBT Workshop – Dublin 2013 Update

by Eoin O'Shea

March 23rd and 24th saw the first ever Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) workshop to be held in Ireland. This took place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel and was delivered by Dr. Bruno Cayoun, based in Hobart, Tasmania. With the workshop lasting the entire weekend, participants included mental health professionals such as psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, and those from other relevant backgrounds.

An overview was provided of MiCBT as an approach. The presented model encompasses both ‘second’ and ‘third wave’ strategies in a trans-diagnostic programme for working with a broad range of presenting problems. Used with both individuals and groups, the material presented included video-taped sessions of the use of MiCBT with clients diagnosed with chronic pain, borderline personality disorder, and also a gentleman coping with Parkinson’s.

Key features of the MiCBT approach include the centrality afforded to reinforcement of bodily responses in the maintenance of difficulties, the use of between-session formal mindfulness practice, and the additional use of interoceptive exposure techniques in dealing with problematic experiences of clients. As distinct from Beckian CBT, more focus is placed in MiCBT on the introduction to, and further development of, ‘second order’ change strategies; that is, clients work more on changing how they relate to the bodily basis of conditioned responses as opposed to the same focus being placed on changes in thought/appraisal content.

Compared to MBSR and similar mindfulness-based approaches, the applicability of MiCBT to individual client work (as well as groups) seems a useful feature for psychologists working through the 1-to-1 format. The rationale and development of the intervention across a full, standard 8-week delivery seems more progressive in that therapeutic focus explicitly shifts from the development of personally-applied mindfulness skills (earlier in the programme) to interpersonally-applied ones (later on). In this manner, mindfulness skills utilised in the approach are progressively generalised from oneself to responding to others with both empathy but also equanimity, i.e. a calm, less reactive manner of responding to events and circumstances.

The event was hosted by City Colleges and was recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland for the purposes of CPD credits. It is the intention of Dr. Cayoun to provide further training in the MiCBT approach in due course, with certain sections of the full professional training in MiCBT being delivered face-to-face whilst others can be completed through video-based online training. (This training format has often been utilised in Australia generally, perhaps due to the spread of that country’s population over relatively large areas).  

Dr. Cayoun also enjoyed the sights and sounds of Dublin’s city centre during his trip. He looks forward to returning in due course – although Eoin O’Shea (a Corkman), has advised a trip to the ‘true capital’ during any future visit!

MiCBT Dublin Group

Pictured are some members of the training workshop in March with Dr. Bruno Cayoun, MiCBT Institute (far left) and Eoin O’Shea, Director of Psychology, City Colleges (third from left, back row).

How does the state of mind affect drinking and smoking?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It would be very helpful if you could participate and/or pass this on to interested clients, as appropriate. The study of equanimity is very scarce and yet so important in mindfulness research. 

Thank you!

Are you a social drinker?  

Or do you smoke?  

Come and take part in our study!

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey, which will take about 30 minutes. The survey will include questions about your alcohol or cigarette use, and your state of mind and response to craving.  Your responses will be entirely confidential. 

Once you complete the survey you can register for a chance to win a $50 book voucher every month up to the end of this study (October 2013).

Go to to register or get more information.  Your participation will be very useful and greatly appreciated.
This study is being conducted by Sarah Masters ( Ph: 0404 323 470) of the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University Department of Psychology under the supervision of A/Prof Andrew Baillie (Ph: 02 9850 9436) of the Macquarie University Department of Psychology, and Dr Bruno Cayoun of the University of Tasmania Department of Psychology.

MiCBT Institute April Newsletter

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Welcome to the first MiCBT Institute Newsletter of 2013 and a big welcome to you if you recently had training in MiCBT and receive this newsletter for the first time. We hope you find this issue informative and useful. 

An exciting and major development was the first Mindfulness Conference in Australia on March 1-2  this year: The Australian Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference. Some of the main mindfulness teachers and researchers in Australia were present and presenters and attendees felt it was a real success. I thank the organisers for this wonderful initiative, including Maura Kenny, Graham Meadows, Tim Goddard, Paul Atkins, John Julian and Aileen Pigeon, and I am keen to attend again next year.

From a teaching perspective, 2013 is already very busy for us at the Institute, with the piloting of novel teaching formats and expansion overseas. So far, Alice Shires facilitated a successful 8-week Foundation Course, including a 2-day workshop in Sydney, and I facilitated the very first MiCBT workshop in Europe (Ireland) in March. What a wonderful group of friendly people! I am currently running the Foundation Course online for this Dublin group, which is also the first Foundation Course in Europe. Another teaching expansion is a Canadian teaching tour in May/June (see details below). This will be the first teaching of MiCBT on the American continent. 

Other dates and locations for workshops and courses in Australia and overseas are listed in the body of the newsletter. 

I encourage you to browse through this short newsletter and be curious enough to visit the pages online.   
Best wishes,

Best wishes
Dr Bruno Cayoun


  • Training Calendar 2013
  • MiCBT in Dublin
  • MiCBT training for Canada
  • First International Conference on Mindfulness in Rome
  • Special Interest Workshops
  • Voc. Graduate Diploma support sessions
  • Post-MiCBT interviews on video
  • MiCBT Interest Groups and Client Groups
  • Mindful in May - Pause for a Cause
  • Classifieds: Room to Rent

Training Calendar 2013

May Melbourne
MiCBT Foundation (8 weeks) Melbourne and Online Full 
MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention (2 days) 

27-28 May
Vancouver: MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention 

30-31 May 
Ottawa: MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention 

6-7 June 
Toronto: MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention 

20 July
MiCBT Applied (12 weeks) Online Almost Full

14 September Sydney *NEW*
MiCBT for Children- details available on website very soon!

October Perth
MiCBT Foundation (8 weeks) Perth and Online  
MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention Relapse Prevention (2 days)  

October Brisbane
MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention (2 days)   
MiCBT Foundation (8 weeks) Brisbane & Online   

22 November  
MiCBT Residential (5 days) Cygnet Tasmania 

Visit  for information

MiCBT in Dublin

The first teaching of MiCBT in Ireland was initiated and organised by Eoin O’Shea, Registered Psychologist, Director,School of Psychology, City Colleges Dublin, and General Manager of Turn2me (an online mental health provider). Eoin is interested in organising ongoing training in MiCBT in Dublin. 

The 2-day workshop took place in March and the online Foundation classes have started. This is the first foundation Course in Europe and we believe that there will be many more. Some attendees came from the UK and Dr Richard Hulme, Clinical Psychologist from Brisbane, came from Australia to attend as well. Richard is interested in extending the MiCBT Institute in Florida and to train clinicians in the US.

Pictured are some of the participants from the 2-day MiCBT Workshop.

MiCBT Training in Canada

Three 2-Day MiCBT workshops are scheduled for Canada over May/June this year. These workshops will be held in:
VANCOUVER (27-28 May), in association with Jack Hirose & Associates 
OTTAWA (30-31 May), in association with Excellence in Practice 
TORONTO (6-7 June) in association with Leading Edge Seminars

Though this is not yet confirmed, it is likely that a Foundation Course for the Canadian and US attendees will be offered. This is also an exciting development, first initiated by Dr Lynette Monteiro, Clinical Psychologist from the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, and organised by Dr François Rousseau, Clinical Psychologist from Excellence in Practice, Ottawa.   

First International Conference on Mindfulness in Rome

The First International Conference on Mindfulness is a 4-day conference starting on 8th May with a wide program and Sarah Francis will be presenting the results from 8 MiCBT groups.

Sarah is the convenor of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group and works closely with Dr. Bruno Cayoun as the head of the Learning and Development Group at the MiCBT Institute. 

Here's the link if you would like more information on the conference and are lucky enough to be able to go-

MiCBT Workshops for Specific Conditions or Age Groups 

Based on repeated suggestions from colleagues, we are planning to offer 1-day workshops for specific interests. As you are aware, MiCBT is a transdiagnostic approach that addresses the reinforcing components of most disorders. Accordingly, it is generally applicable to most conditions provided the current symptoms are not overwhelmingly debilitating (e.g., mania and psychosis). 

However, there have been repeated requests for training that allows more depth into specialised client groups (e.g., children, elderly, couples), presentations (e.g., grief, anger) and symptoms (panic, apathy, etc.). The Institute will start to offer such short and specialised workshops to professionals who have attended at least the Foundation Course. You are welcome to let us know about what topic could interest you in future workshops. The workshop this year will focusing on MiCBT for children (September 14, Hyde Park Forum, Sydney) - details on website very soon.

Graduate Diploma Support Sessions

Bruno Cayoun will be conducting 1-hour WebEx support sessions on the last Wednesday of the month for professionals enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of MiCBT. There is no extra cost for this and it is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss coursework.

Please contact the MiCBT Institute if you have not yet received the login/password for WebEx.

Upcoming sessions: 6.30pm to 7.30 pm (AEST)
April 24 2013
June 26 2013 
July 31 2013
August 28 2013
September 25 2013
October 30 2013

Training Videos

Training Videos

Post-MiCBT interviews in the Guest Portfolio  are updated regularly and available to everyone. These videos show the results of undertaking MiCBT treatment, as reported by clients with severe conditions, often complicated by comorbidity.

Twenty three training videos are also available to those who have completed the Foundation Course (minimum). These show the various skills used in MiCBT and their wide applications across disorders with actual clients and their immediate results. Access to these specialised video portfolios requires a password and are not accessible if you have not yet completed the Foundation and/or Applied courses.

If you have completed one of these courses and don’t know how to access them, please contact us at: . New videos are regularly added so visit the portfolios again soon.

MiCBT Interest Groups

The MiCBT Interest Group in MELBOURNE is thriving with monthly meetings and discussions on case studies, research papers and of course some time in mindfulness practice.

Regular contributors are Boyd Cowley with interesting case studies of MiCBT with children, and Glenn Kelly and Suzanne Brown with cases of using MiCBT with acquired brain injury. There are free mindfulness meditation group sessions monthly and this is regularly attended by past course participants or clients and sometimes professionals.

MiCBT Client Groups

Two client groups commenced this week: the first GEELONG MiCBT client group with Glenn Kelly and Suzanne Brown and a client group started in BRISBANE with Patrea O'Donoghue.

If you are planning on running an MiCBT client group or Interest group, email us the details and we will be happy to post it on the News page of the Website. Send details to

Mindful in May - Pause for a Cause

This is a wonderful way to re-affirm your commitment to sit each day and raise money to provide clean water in developing countries! This short video will tell you all about it: 

 If you feel inspired, join with the MiCBT Institute team here:


Therapy rooms for rent in Northern Beaches: Warriewood  
Barrenjoey Psychology is a practice in Warriewood on the Northern Beaches. We have two furnished rooms to rent in a brand new modern office suite. The offices are sound proof and air conditioned and have comfy couches and chairs and new desks, access to wireless internet and reception services. They open to a quiet and peaceful waiting room and new kitchen. There is access to modern bathroom facilities and a lovely café and childcare on the premises, good parking and after hours security. 
All Psychologists working here have MiCBT training and use mindfulness based therapies with clients. The local GP community refer some patients specifically for this treatment and we welcome including other MiCBT practitioners to the practice. We have four psychologists and we all have different areas of specialty and cross refer some clients. We have regular peer consultation meetings and there is access to marketing for practitioners on the website.
Rates: $25 session, also available for daily or weekly use
Contact: Annemarie Lambe on either 0417698406 or 99793317

Website Resources

Again, we welcome all professionals who recently undertook training in MiCBT and remind you all that you are by default a new Institute website member, which gives you access to most professional resources, including training videos showing real demos with clients (Foundation course minimum). Just remember to login with your username and password—ask us if you are not sure where to start.

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