A super interesting conversation!

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

From Liam O'Donnell

"Welcome to another episode of BrainTainment, today I’m fortunate to be chatting with Dr Bruno Cayoun, a Clinical Psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT).

This is a super interesting conversation! We explore some ideas around mindfulness & unpack the value of MiCBT - and perhaps most importantly; how this approach can be applied to every day life.

Among much more, we cover:

- Snapshot of what MiCBT is all about, and why it might be beneficial
- 4-stage therapeutic approach of MiCBT
- ‘Equanimity’ - what is this about and why important?
- What is Mindfulness at its essence, and why is it beneficial?
- is DESIRE a bad thing? Or is there a place for it?

Please enjoy!"


Published! Co-emergence Reinforcement and Its Relevance to Interoceptive Desensitization in Mindfulness and Therapies Aiming at Transdiagnostic Efficacy

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Congrats to Bruno Cayoun and Alice Shires on their latest publication - "Co-emergence Reinforcement and Its Relevance to Interoceptive Desensitization in Mindfulness and Therapies Aiming at Transdiagnostic Efficacy"!

Interoception, the ability to feel the body’s internal sensations, is an essential aspect of emotional experience. There is mounting evidence that interoception is impaired in common mental health disorders and that poor interoceptive awareness is a major contributor to emotional reactivity, calling for clinical interventions to address this deficit. The manuscript presents a comprehensive theoretical review, drawing on multidisciplinary findings to propose a metatheory of reinforcement mechanisms applicable across a wide range of disorders. We present a reconsideration of operant conditioning through the co-emergence model of reinforcement, which is a neurophenomenological account of the interaction between cognition and interoception, and its consequences on behavior. The model suggests that during memory processing, the retrieval of autobiographical memory (including maladaptive cognition) is dependent upon its co-emerging interoceptive cues occurring at the encoding, consolidation and reconsolidation stages. Accordingly, “interoceptive reinforcement” during emotional distress is a common factor to all emotional disorders and a major cause for relapse. We propose that interoceptive desensitization has transdiagnostic benefits, readily achievable through the cultivation of equanimity during mindfulness training and can be integrated in cognitive and behavioral interventions to permit a transdiagnostic applicability. We summarize the contributions of this approach into 10 specific and testable propositions.

Frontiers in Psychology, 22 December 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.545945

Mindfulness As An Exposure-Based Intervention: Dr Alia Offman

Monday, September 21, 2020

It's hard these days to pick up a magazine, browse the internet or peruse the self-help section without coming across "mindfulness"; however, there are frequently deep misunderstandings with respect to the correct definition, framing, application and utility of mindfulness in addressing mental health concerns as well as overall wellness. 

Co-director of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness-Integrated CBT (MiCBT) Institute, Dr. Alia Offman, C. Psych, discusses 

  • the clinical path that led her to become interested in MiCBT
  • the operational definition of mindfulness
  • core-skills of mindfulness
  • the structured four-stage therapeutic approach employed by MiCBT
  • specific interventions where mindfulness and CBT skills are combined, reconceptualizing mindfulness as an exposure-based intervention
  • the evidence for MiCBT
  • the neurobiology of MiCBT. 

Dr. Alia Offman is a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She obtained her doctorate in research psychology at Carleton University, a Master's in Education at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctorate training as a counselling psychologist. Alia is the Co-director of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute. She has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University for over ten years teaching in the psychology department. She has supervised their fourth year Honours Projects course, taught a fourth year seminar course in The Psychology of Human Sexuality and undergraduate courses in The Psychology of Women, Statistics and Social Psychology. She has also taught in the education department at the University of Ottawa as a sessional lecturer. She is currently teaching a fourth-year course in Mindfulness and Well-being. 

Alia is a published researcher with the majority of her work focused on adult populations, studying such diverse areas as workplace productivity, the impact of discrimination on health, communication in relationships and the effects of relationship violence on self-esteem. She was an Associate Researcher at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Ottawa Health Research Institute. 

For many years she volunteered with Planned Parenthood Ottawa and she was recognized for her work in the field of human sexuality and was awarded the Norman Barwin Scholarship from the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada. https://self-balance.ca

NEW! Mindfulness Meditation Retreat (for non-therapists)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
...cultivating insight and wellbeing through guided mindfulness meditation...

A residential retreat for health professionals, business and community leaders.

Are you interested in developing inner resources to address stressful challenges and improving your sense of calmness and well-being? Would you like to cultivate insight and discover powerful life strategies? If so, join us in learning an evidence-based meditative practice with Dr. Cayoun in a three-day immersion into mindfulness. 
The retreat is suited for all levels of experience. You will: 

  • learn how to practise (or improve your practice of) mindfulness meditation 
  • learn the key principles of mindful living 
  • discover practical tools to incorporate into relationships, parenting and work 
  • understand how to break habitual patterns of reacting and learn how to respond rather than react 
  • learn how to work peacefully with challenging emotions and thoughts 
  • learn to live with greater purpose, wisdom and fulfilment

See here for more information and registration

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Better Thinking Podcast with Nesh Nikolic and Bruno Cayoun

Friday, June 28, 2019

In this episode of the Better Thinking podcast, Nesh Nikolic speaks with Dr Bruno Cayoun about research of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) and its application in clinical and private settings.

Mindfulness and Meditation Course - Sydney

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2019 ACPA & NZCCP Conference 5-6 April 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


The Australian Clinical Psychology Association and
New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
in partnership present:

“The Contemporary Clinician:

combining ancient wisdoms, cultural
traditions, and modern advances”

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April 2019
Rydges World Square
389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW

Keynote Presenters:
Prof. Richard Bryant, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Dr Bruno Cayoun, MiBT Institute
Day one of the annual conference will offer a full programme of thought-provoking
presentations reflecting the conference theme of being a contemporary clinician,
combining ancient wisdoms, cultural traditions, and modern advances. We are also
honoured to offer two culturally-rich presentations on maintaining the relevance of
indigenous wisdom in modern clinical practice.
Day two will offer an advanced workshop on Mindfulness Based CBT (MiCBT)
presented by Dr Bruno Cayoun and Ms Alice Shires. This workshop will offer
delegates a masterclass opportunity to extend their knowledge of integrating
mindfulness and CBT when working with trauma.



Day 1 Friday 5th April 2019

7.30am – 8.30am Registration
8.30am – 9.00am Conference Welcome by ACPA President (5mins)

Welcome to Country and Cultural Opening Ceremony

9.00am – 10.30am Keynote “Technological and research innovations advancing the clinical treatment of trauma”

Prof Richard Bryant, University of New South Wales

10.30am – 11.00 am Morning Tea
11.00am – 12.00pm “MiCBT: The growing evidence for an ancient wisdom central to contemporary mental health treatment”

Dr Bruno Cayoun, MiCBT Institute

12.00pm – 1.00pm “A forecast for clinical psychology and future-proofing the profession”

Co-presented by Brin Grenyer, Senior Professor of Psychology, UOW, and Malcolm Stewart, President, NZCCP

1.00pm – 2.00pm LUNCH
2.00pm – 3.00pm “Hippocrates was right: what clinical psychologists should know about innovations in nutritional therapies”

Prof Julia Rucklidge, University of Canterbury

3.00pm – 4.00pm “E-Mental Health: applied technology increases access to mental health treatments and resources”

Ms Julia Reynolds, Australia National University

“Surviving to thriving: cultural wisdoms on thriving in the modern world” Combined presentation by Australian and New Zealand indigenous representative panel”
4.00pm – 4.10pm Comfort Break (10min stretch break)
4.10pm – 5.00pm “Sharing wisdoms across the Tasman: reflections on maintaining the cultural relevance of clinical psychology”

Tanja Hirvonen (AUS), Luke Rowe (NZCCP)

5.00pm – 5.30pm Conference Close and Closing Ceremony AU / NZ

Day 2 Saturday 6th April 2019

One-day advanced workshop by Dr Bruno Cayoun and co-presented by Ms Alice Shires: “Addressing Trauma with Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice”

8.00am Registration

9.00 – 5.00pm Workshop

Morning Tea, lunch, and Afternoon Tea provided




Mindfulness Meditation Retreat February 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Great news for therapists who have not yet attended an MiCBT Foundation Course!!


The content of the standard mindfulness retreat has been modified slightly to enable everyone who has participated in the 2-day MiCBT workshop to attend the 5-day Mindfulness Meditation Retreat. 

Discover or deepen your meditation skills by attending this 5-day near-silent mindfulness meditation retreat with Dr Bruno Cayoun and maintain yearly MiCBT professional development. 

 Learn More / Register here

MiCBT Interest Group - 15 November - MIET and Pain

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thursday 15 November 
7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom)

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com
Practice session
Peer supervision and support
Presentation/Discussion: "Research using the MIET with pain" - Alice Shires

Note: The security system activates out of office hours (after 6.30pm) so you will need to wait in the lobby and we will come down and greet you at 6.55 and go up in the lift together. Call 0409 669 688 if you are running late and we will come down to greet you. 

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

Introduction to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)

Monday, November 12, 2018
About the 2018 seminars: The Anxiety Practitioners Network is pleased to bring you the 2018 series of Clinical Focus Seminars aimed at providing clinicians and clinical students with up to date information relating to different fields of anxiety treatment. These seminars will be run by clinicians and clinical researchers who are experts in their respective fields. All presenters will include an overview of their area, issues in assessment and measurement, current approaches to treatment, future directions in research and treatment, and some illustrative case studies.

About this seminar: Evidence suggests that mindfulness meditation is beneficial in reducing the severity of a range of psychopathologies. The benefits have been mostly attributed to improved attention and emotion regulation. However, recent studies suggest that the active mechanisms underlying mindfulness remain unclear, despite a number of useful accounts. MiCBT is based on a clear and comprehensive model that has strong explanatory power. The co-emergence model of reinforcement (CMR) central to MiCBT has been proposed to explain the mechanisms of change observed in Mindfulness based interventions

About the presenter: 

Alice Shires is a clinical and research psychologist, Director of the UTS Psychology Clinic, and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She is Chair of the Australian Clinic Directors association (AAPTC) and is involved in research and development of teaching and training in clinical psychology. She has established the Mindfulness-integrated research clinic at UTS and research includes the efficacy of MiCBT in chronic pain, the process of supervision and assessment of competencies in clinical psychology, and the inclusion of mindfulness training in the clinical psychology training process. Alice is a senior trainer of MiCBT, implements MiCBT with clients, teaches MiCBT to mental health professionals and supervises clinicians during the course of their MiCBT training. She has recently co-authored The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulnessintegrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018)


Friday 16th Nov, 2018


10am to 1pm


CRUfAD Lecture Theatre, St Vincents Hospital
Level 4, O’Brien Building, cnr Victoria St & Burton St, Darlinghurst


$55 ($33 for full-time students) plus $0.30 booking fee, includes morning tea



Registration closes: Tuesday 13th November 

Cancellation policy: 

Further Info:

No refunds, but attendee substitutions are allowed.

Brian O’Grady
Tel: 0412 220 145
Email: brian.ogrady@mq.edu.au

Mental Health First Aid for Meditation Teachers

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mindfulness and Dreams with Dr Cayoun Sunday 7th October, 3-4pm

Monday, October 01, 2018
Mindfulness and Dreams: A New Approach and Interpretational Benefits

Dreams are integral parts of daily life that have long fascinated humanity, but they can also be a source of great suffering when associated with emotional disorders. Despite existing theories of dreams, therapists who attempt to offer interpretations tend to over-rely on theoretical assumptions, which seldom translate into tangible benefits during clinical interventions. Based on observations made during mindfulness practice and the co-emergence model of reinforcement, Dr Bruno Cayoun will discuss the advantages of adopting a new way of conceptualising, understanding and interpreting common dreams during clinical practice.

Participants will learn about:

  • Current dream theories
  • The co-emergence model of reinforcement and its relevance to dream experiences
  • Co-emergence interpretation of dreams in clinical practice
  • Information on the opportunities for training

Session time: 3pm – 4pm (AEDT)
Session date: Sunday 7th October 2018

Part of the Mental Health Super Summit: 5-21 October

Summit registrations closing!
This is your opportunity to interact with internationally-renowned experts from the Beck Institute for CBT, UCLA, University of Miami, UNSW, University of Melbourne, UQ, and many other world-leading institutions – all from the comfort of your couch. Don't miss out - learn more & register here now

North American Chapter

Saturday, September 29, 2018
MiCBT Institute North American Chapter

North American Chapter Announcement

The MiCBT Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute, directed by Dr. Alia Offman and Dr. Andrea Grabovac. The North American Chapter will be delivering two workshops in Eastern Canada in January 2019. Please see registration details below.

Dr. Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCP(C), is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. 

Dr. Alia Offman, C. Psych, is a registered psychologist in private practice in Ontario and a Contract Instructor at Carleton University. 
The North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute acts as a service provider under the guidance of the MiCBT Institute in Australia. The Chapter works closely with the Institute to provide consistency and continuity in its professional activities. The Chapter operates from Canada and provides a North American context for training and certification. 

The MiCBT Institute now offers Certification for clinicians wishing to further their skillful application of MiCBT.  Your international certification through the MiCBT Institute provides patients, referral sources, and employers with evidence of your demonstrated competency. The certification process includes individual mentoring sessions and strengths assessment and is flexible and self-paced.
Join The NA Chapter Mailing List
Please join the mailing list to keep up to date with all the MiCBT courses, workshops and certification updates provided by the North American Chapter.

Coming This January

Toronto - January 18-19, 2019
Ottawa - January 25-26, 2019
Toronto - January 18-19, 2019
Ottawa - January 25-26, 2019

MiCBT Interest Group - Decentering and Related Constructs:A Critical Review and Metacognitive Processes Model

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Thursday 20 September 
7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom)

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com
Practice session
Peer supervision and support
Presentation/Discussion: "Decentering and Related Constructs: A Critical Review and Metacognitive Processes Model" Bernstein et al., 2015 - Sally

Note: The security system activates out of office hours (after 6.30pm) so you will need to wait in the lobby and we will come down and greet you at 6.55 and go up in the lift together. Call 0409 669 688 if you are running late and we will come down to greet you. 

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

1-day Mindfulness Meditation for Tas Wing Chun Training Centre

Thursday, September 06, 2018
Dr Cayoun had the honour to instruct and lead a 1-day Mindfulness Meditation workshop for the Tasmanian Branch of the Global Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association last Sunday, 2 September in Hobart. Thanks Leigh!

MiCBT Workshop - Sydney

Tuesday, September 04, 2018
A great turn out for last week's 2-day MiCBT Workshop, which was held in Sydney AU. The Online MiCBT Foundation Course starts today - we look forward to seeing you again!

From our colleagues in Melbourne.....

Monday, September 03, 2018

Retreat Weekend-Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group 2018 

Location: Campion Retreat Centre, Kew, Victoria

Date: Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November

The Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group peer support retreat is not far away now. We invite clinicians trained in MiCBT to join this retreat at the Campion Centre, Kew, Melbourne.

The Campion Centre is an urban retreat centre that provides comfortable accommodation (single rooms and shared bathrooms) spacious rooms and pleasant gardens as well as delicious vegetarian meals. There is a large informal room for our group’s use over the weekend. Here is the proposed program:
Date: Friday 2nd November, 9am start to Sunday 5th November, 2.30pm completion.

Program: The retreat includes three components:
a) Mindful Meditation
b) MiCBT applications with clients
c) support in managing our personal practice

The majority of the time is spent in meditation practice.

Cost: $440-00 (includes all meals and morning/afternoon tea and accommodation)

The Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group is a self-funded group formed simply for the purposes of facilitating peer support for MiCBT practitioners. The retreat costs are determined by the Campion Centre charges plus the cost of a deposit.

Please let Boyd or Sally know if you would like to attend.

Sally Francis and Boyd Cowley

MiCBT Interest Group: Working with Children and Adolescents with MiCBT

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thursday 16 August 
7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom)

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com
Practice session
Peer supervision and support
Presentation/Discussion: Working with Children and Adolescents with MiCBT

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

MiCBT at the IMC 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018
The International Mindfulness Conference was yet again another inspiring conference for all researchers and teachers of Mindfulness. It was a great opportunity for us to catch up. It was also an enormous honour and pleasure to have Lynette Monteiro from the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic chair our session (click image to enlarge),

Lynette MonteiroBruno CayounSarah FrancisAlice ShiresAndrea Grabovac

Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meeting Thursday 17 May

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday 17 May 
 7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
  Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom) 

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com


  • - Practice session
  • - Peer supervision and support
  • - Presentation or research topic: Practice Matters - Helping Clients to Practice Skills: Specific differences in approach between Chronic and Acute Clients - discussion led by Richard Hulme. Richard will build on the material he presented in March

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

Mindfulness-Integrated CBT (MiCBT) for Reducing Distress in Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability (ID): a Case Series

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Osborn, R., Girgis, M., Morse, S. et al. J Dev Phys Disabil (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-018-9602-4


Caring for a child with an intellectual disability (ID) is associated with significant psychological distress. Interventions include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT) may offer a balance between CBT’s change focus and MBSR’s acceptance focus for these parents. Five participants were recruited and provided one to one MiCBT tailored to parental carers of children with ID. Four participants completed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21 (DASS-21) pre-treatment and post-treatment. Reliable change analysis was used to identify clinically reliable change. One participant dropped out after four sessions, four completed eight of the available eight sessions. Two participants reported reductions in depressive and stress symptoms, and one of these, additionally reported a reduction in anxiety symptoms. All four participants who completed treatment rated the treatment as acceptable. MiCBT shows promise as an intervention to assist parental carers of children with ID.

Equanimity: Scale Development and Validation

Monday, May 14, 2018

Intensive Mindfulness retreat

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for MiCBT Therapists was recently held in the beautiful surrounds of Rocklyn Ashram, VIC. 

The next retreat is scheduled for February 15th-20th - mark it in your diaries! Registration open soon.

Using MiCBT with Chronic vs Acute Conditions

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thursday 15 March
7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom)

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com
Practice session
Peer supervision and support
Presentation or research topic

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Science from Within - Amsterdam July 10 - 13 2018

International Conference of Mindfulness (ICM) 2018 will be held July 10-13 in the historic city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, under the scientific lead of professors Susan Bögels and Anne Speckens of the University of Amsterdam and the Radboud University Nijmegen. In less than 30 years, mindfulness has developed into a booming area of scientific research, starting with a handful of scientific publications in the early 90’s followed by an exponential increase up to 1450 publications in 2016. The field has been enriched by an international scientific journal called Mindfulness which first impact factor (2014) was as high as 3.7. Research on mindfulness as a way of life, as an intervention, as prevention, as experimental manipulation, and from a psychometric, conceptual, philosophical and dharma perspective will further our understanding on how mindfulness can contribute to wellbeing and relieve suffering.

Symposium - Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Approach 

Wednesday 11th July 2018 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Presenter 1 Bruno Cayoun - Understanding and Integrating Mindfulness with CBT through the Co-emergence Model of Reinforcement. A Rationale for Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Presenter 2 Alice Shires - A comparison of the efficacy of mindfulness-based interoceptive exposure and distraction in the management of chronic pain.

Presenter 3 Sarah Francis - Effectiveness of Mindfulness-integrated cognitive behaviour therapy for reducing symptoms of common mental health conditions: a randomized controlled trial; preliminary findings. 

Presenter 4 Andrea Grabovac - Therapeutic rationale for teaching explicit ethics in Mindfulness- integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Chair: Lynette Monteiro 

Effort - what does this mean in MiCBT?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thursday 15 February
7pm- 9pm (following the open 6pm practice session)
Level 3, Suite 314, 530 Little Collins Street Melbourne AND Online (Zoom)                     

To attend remotely on ZOOM - contact Sarah (Sally) for details: contact@melbournemindfulness.com
Practice session
Peer supervision and support
Presentation or research topic

Part of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group Meetings held monthly on the third Thursday of the month - remote access by ZOOM available

MiCBT Workshop - Japan

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Photos from a recent MiCBT Workshop with Naito Mikako which took place in Suidobashi, Tokyo on 27 and 28 January.

See here for more information on the Japanese Chapter of the MiCBT Institute

Seasons Greetings

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in 2017.

We look forward to providing you with a range of productive and satisfying training in 2018.

Please note our office will close from 12pm Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen 9am, 8th January 2018.

Practitioner's Guide to Ethics and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Monday, October 30, 2017

Newly Published - We can't recommend this highly enough!

Practitioner’s Guide to Mindfulness and Ethics is a must-have resource for clinical psychologists and affiliated medical, and mental health professionals, including specialists in complementary and alternative medicine and psychiatry. Social workers considering or already using mindfulness in practice will also find it highly useful.

This book focuses on the role of ethics in the application of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) and mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) in clinical practice. The book offers an overview of the role of ethics in the cultivation of mindfulness and explores the way in which ethics have been embedded in the curriculum of MBIs and MBPs. Chapters review current training processes and examines the issues around incorporating ethics into MBIs and MBPs detailed for non-secular audiences, including training clinicians, developing program curriculum, and dealing with specific client populations. Chapters also examine new, second-generation MBIs and MBPs, the result of the call for more advanced mindfulness-based practices . The book addresses the increasing popularity of mindfulness in therapeutic interventions, but stresses that it remains a new treatment methodology and in order to achieve best practice status, mindfulness interventions must offer a clear understanding of their potential and limits.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Transparency in mindfulness program  
  • Teaching ethics and mindfulness to physicians and healthcare professionals.
  • The Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management (MBSM) program and its use in treating mental health issues.
  • The efficacy and ethical considerations of teaching mindfulness in businesses.
  • The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Program.
  • The application of mindfulness in the military context. 

Of special interest to MiCBT therapists will be the chapter by Dr Cayoun: The Purpose, Mechanisms, and Benefits of Cultivating Ethics in Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Super Summit 2017

Monday, October 02, 2017

Join over 3,000 mental health professionals and 20 industry experts from around the world… in the most innovative CPD event of the year!

Over 18 days from Thursday 5th October until Sunday 22nd October 2017, Australia’s leading mental health professional development provider in collaboration with the Act for Kids charity is hosting the 2017 Mental Health Super Summit.

The Summit will be delivered via 20 live webinar sessions from Thursday 5th October to Sunday 8th October, and will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday 22nd October.

It’s a truly unique event that you don’t want to miss.

Dr Cayoun presents Day 3 - October 7 

Register Now!

MiCBT Workshop - Vancouver January 19-20, 2018

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Early Bird Registration now open!!

MiCBT Interest Group - Melbourne and Online

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group has been meeting monthly since 2009. We usually do some meditation practice, have a peer support session and discuss a topic or research of interest to the group. 

We have recently started to use Zoom to enable members to attend who are unable to attend in person. This means that we can open the meeting to people from further afield. 

If you are interested in attending any of the meetings (3rd Thursday of each month from 7-9pm), please get in touch

Sarah Francis (Sally) and Boyd Cowley

MiCBT in Japan

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MiCBT Trainer Mikako Naito with a group of registrants from last weekend's MiCBT Workshop which was held in Tokyo, Japan. Mikako is the cofounder of the Japanese Chapter of the MiCBT Institute - see their new website here: http://mindfulness-micbt.com

2017 Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group - Peer Support Day and Weekend Retreat

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Campion Retreat Centre Kew

Date: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November

The Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group has organized peer support retreats for the last two years and we are organizing one again this year. We invite clinicians trained in MiCBT to join.

The Campion Centre is an urban retreat centre that provides comfortable accommodation (single rooms and shared bathrooms) and delicious vegetarian meals. Here is the proposed program:

Day 1 - Friday 3rd November- Peer Supervision and Practice Day

Times:               9am to 4pm

Program:            The day will include Peer Supervision Groups and Group Mindfulness Practice

Cost:                  $125-00 (includes a simple lunch)

Days 2 and 3 - MiCBT Weekend Retreat

Date:                 Friday 3rd November, 6pm start to Sunday 5th November, 3.30 completion

Program:            The retreat includes three main components - Mindful Meditation, MiCBT applications with clients, support in managing our personal practice. The majority of the time is spent in meditation practice.

Cost:                 $370-00 (includes food and accommodation)

Combining the Workshop and Retreat:

We would like to encourage you to participate in both the workshop and the retreat.  The cost for attending both is $450.

The Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group is a self-funded group formed simply for the purposes of facilitating peer support for MiCBT practitioners. The retreat costs are determined by the Campion Centre charges plus the cost of a deposit.

Sally and Boyd

Stress Reduction and Mindfulness - UTAS

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Starting Monday! A great opportunity to learn about different methods to reduce stress.
The mindfulness modules are taught by Dr Cayoun, with other modules taught by experts in their field.

Learn to stress less.

Stress Reduction and Mindfulness is a unit offered within the Associate Degree in Health and Community care. It will introduce students to the principles of stress reducing practices including mindfulness, gratitude, positive psychology, goal setting, creativity, physical exercise and conflict resolution through a series of learning tasks and practical exercises. Activities based on these principles have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, increase resilience, enhance cognitive performance (e.g., concentration and memory), improve study and work performance and overall wellbeing. Students will learn key skills to better understand stress triggers and learn to manage stress more effectively.

icon-PCOnline: Stress Reduction and Mindfulness is a fully online unit to enable flexible study.

icon-PCHECS scholarships may be available: This means for eligible domestic students you will not be charged tuition fees for undertaking this unit. Students may also be eligible for a SSAF exemption. *For full terms and conditions please view the Fees and Scholarships page.

Unit Objectives

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the role and value of stress reduction research and practices in promoting the health and welfare of individuals and communities.
  • Retrieve and apply evidence from a range of sources to critically evaluate the impact of stress reduction practices on health.
  • Document, evaluate and reflect on your experience applying stress reduction techniques in a personal healthcare context.

To take advantage of this opportunity students will need to be enrolled in the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care. After completing Stress Reduction and Mindfulness, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care. Students undertaking units within the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care are eligible for a HECS Scholarship and SSAF exemption on a maximum of two eligible units. Eligible units can be viewed here.

MiCBT for Trauma Half Day Workshop CCLP Handout

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Here is the pdf of Dr Bruno Cayoun’s presentation slides for psychologists who attended his specialised workshop (MiCBT for Trauma) at the Annual Conference of the APS’ College of Clinical Psychologists, on Sunday 2 July.

Corporate Mindfulness: A Synopsis of Critical and Constructive Approaches

Sunday, June 04, 2017
A must watch for all mindfulness therapists and teachers!

主催 MiCBTインスティチュート日本支部

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

主催 MiCBTインスティチュート日本支部

マインドフルネス統合認知行動療法 MiCBT

2日間入門ワークショップ & 臨床実践基本コース



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申込み期日:20177月2日() 【定員になり次第〆切らせていただきます】

MiCBT (マインドフルネス統合認知行動療法)とは?

詳細はMiCBT  Institute公式HPで!http://www.mindfulness.net.au/



·      「思考が体に感覚を生み、そしてその感覚に対する反応が心理的苦痛を生み維持する」という思考・感覚の共発生モデルを基盤とし、マインドフルネス瞑想の練習を使ってその反応をなくしていくというのが原則。従って、うつからパーソナリティ障害にいたるまでの多種多様とされているさまざまな心理的疾患も、全て「感覚に対する反応である」という共通点を通して治療してゆけます。うつ、不安、PTSD,慢性疼痛等への治療効果が実証されてきています。


MiCBT (マインドフルネス統合認知行動療法)主要開発者

インドやネパールなどのマインドフルネスセンターで、1989年よりマインドフルネス瞑想の集中的修行をする。オーストラリアのタスマニア大学で臨床心理学を学ぶ傍ら、マインドフルネスと認知行動療法を統合させてMiCBTを開発。2003年より心理士などの援助職従事者を対象にMiCBT の指導にあたる。現在ではニュージーランド、香港、シンガポール、カナダやアイルランドなどでもMiCBT の教習に携わる。また、オーストラリア内外の大学と連携してマインドフルネスの研究も常時進めている。


MiCBT-Principles and PracticeWiley-Blackwell,2011
MiCBT for Well-being and Personal growth

内藤 美加子先生(臨床心理士)

MiCBT  インスティチュート認定心理士






ユン博士にMiCBT を学び、2013年に準修士を獲得。MiCBTを主な療法として幅広い患者層に心理治療を施す傍ら、心理士などを対象にMiCBT の指導にも携わる。


MiCBT  InstituteHP を内藤先生が日本語に翻訳されています。


Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity explained simply

Friday, April 07, 2017

Study on mindfulness for chronic pain needs participants

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A clinical psychologist consults with a patient in a clinical setting

UTS Clinical Psychology is conducting a study on the effects of mindfulness on chronic pain. 

One in five Australians now live with chronic pain, a figure that increases to one in three people over the age of 65. Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts beyond the expected healing period. 

The study, led by Alice Shires, is calling for individuals who have been living with chronic pain for more than three months to participate in the study. 

It will find how a short mindfulness-based exposure technique alleviates the discomfort experienced by people with chronic pain in comparison to distraction, a commonly used tool in coping with pain. 

Shires is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapies, particularly in mindfulness and its possible effects on anger, grief and chronic pain. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Director of the UTS Psychology Clinic and Head of the UTS Mindfulness Integrated Therapies Research Clinic. 

Please email alice.shires@uts.edu.au for more information

The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger | Shauna Shapiro

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc.,Nelson.

Friday, March 03, 2017
NZ Pain Conference

From L-R: Stephanie Windsor, Nikola Huntingford, Dr Bruno Cayoun, Dr Elena Moran and Mark Ottley enjoying themselves at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc.,Nelson.

Research Project: Randomised Controlled Trial of MiCBT - Volunteers needed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mindfulness Research

Volunteers receive the 8-week program at no cost and will be making a significant contribution to the research into this fast growing and fascinating development in modern psychology.
If you have struggled with anxiety, stress, depression, anger issues, attentional problems you may benefit from the program.
Volunteers will be randomly allocated either to an experimental group or a control group. The experimental group will complete the program first.

You will need to ask your GP to complete this referral form and forward to contact@melbournemindfulness.com

For additional information, download flyer here or contact us – 9629 3869 or sarah@melbournemindfulness.com.

Meditation - posture, types and hindrances

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Learn some extraordinary qualities for mind developed

MiCBT Child Interest Group

Saturday, February 04, 2017
MiCBT child interest group

The MiCBT Child Interest Group started last year and the clinicians at the group had great discussion sharing experiences and knowledge; and supporting each other at the group.

If you use MiCBT to work with children and adolescents at your clinical practice, you can join the group. The meeting is held over SKYPE. The group will resume on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm (Melbourne, Australia time) beginning on the 14th February 2017. The sessions will be 90 minutes including supervision and discussion. For more details, please email Boyd.

Looking forward to hearing from you
Boyd and Lily

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Core Mechanisms of Buddhist Spirituality

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dr Bruno Cayoun will be giving a talk on "The Core Mechanisms of Buddhist Spirituality" at The Theosophical Society 2017 National Convention. If you are in Hobart, we hope to see you there.

  This talk is open to members of the public.  Organised by The Theosophical Society as part of the 2017 National Convention

  Sunday 22 January 2017

  4:00pm - 5:30pm

  University of Tasmania, 20 College Rd, Sandy Bay Campus

  Speaker: Bruno Cayoun

Why Meditate? The differential roles of attention, awareness and mindfulness

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Over the past two decades, much has been said about the nature, mechanisms and roles of mindfulness. Yet, some conceptualisations and their derived clinical packages display an obvious lack of differentiation between mindfulness, awareness and attention. Here, Dr Bruno Cayoun, director of MiCBT Institute in Hobart, shows clinicians how to develop, study and teach mindfulness.

Most of us have read or heard that mindfulness involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Although elegant in its economy, this definition has led to erroneous interpretations and methods far enough removed from the original meaning to make the Buddha weep if he were alive today. Anything goes, from paying attention to the flowers in your backyard to paddling on your surfboard…and why not learn mindfulness from your dog? Indeed, there is so much confusion and unintentional abuse of the word that many well-intended newcomers to mindfulness are often limited to engage in a process of relaxation, where group sessions often turn into a snoring camp....read full article here

Breathe in, breathe out

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wonderful feedback on the work our trainer, Alia Offman, is doing for her local school. Attached is a copy of an article written up in the local paper about the mindful schools program. See also the email below from the classroom teacher. 

"Hi Alia, 

I just read the article that was in the Perth Courier. What an awesome article and wonderful pictures! 

It was really interesting to read what you had to say and I think the importance of the sessions really shine through. 

Like I mentioned today, the class is taking the things you are teaching us in the lessons and applying it to their own lives. Just this afternoon we were rehearsing for the Remembrance Day assembly and all of the students made a point to walk mindfully to the front of the gym as they prepared to sing their song. 

We use the bell that you gave us often. After we've finished one activity we collect our thoughts with mindful breathing and prepare ourselves to move onto another activity. I know I can speak for the class when I say that we all really enjoy these times and everyone takes part. We are all so focused on breathing and our bodies that the environment becomes very calm (almost instantly) and we are all ready for our next activity. The students are so focused that I am sometimes reluctant to begin the next activity because they are just so peaceful!

Thank you! 

Kate " 

Alia adds "The other day she told me a wonderful story about the children and their mindfulness. They had had a very noisy and lively rehearsal of a song and after they had lined up and returned to the classroom she had followed a few seconds afterward. She found them sitting on the mat in a circle practicing their breathing - completely unprompted (these are 4 & 5 year olds!)"

Annual MiCBT Teachers' Meeting

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Institute's annual MiCBT Teachers' meeting was held yesterday in Melbourne. Jon flew in from New Zealand, and Andrea joined us online from Canada. Stay tuned for some important announcements regarding MiCBT training and certification! 

 From l-r: Jon, Alice, Mikako, Sally, Bruno.

Centro Guerrerense de TCC "TCC con Mindfulness Integrado"

Thursday, November 10, 2016

El Psic. Erick Acevedo brindando una breve explicación acerca del Mindfulness y su aplicación dentro de la Terapia Cognitiva Conductual con Mindfulness Integrado del Dr. Bruno Cayoun, así como realizando la invitación a los profesionales interesados a participar en el taller "TCC con Mindfulness integrado" que se llevará a cabo en Acapulco los días 18 y 19 de Febrero de 2017. 

Para más información pueden acceder a www.cgtcconductual.com

Erick Acevedo, psychologist, gives a brief explanation of Mindfulness and its application within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dr Cayoun's Mindfulness-integrated CBT , and invites interested professionals to participate in the workshop "Mindfulness-integrated CBT" that will take place in Acapulco on 18 and 19 February 2017. 

For more information, see www.cgtcconductual.com

MiCBT Applied Course - Osaka, Japan

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Our colleague Mikako Naito will soon be running an MiCBT Applied Course in Osaka, Japan. 

It is scheduled to start on 4 December, following the 2-day workshop on 19 and 20 November. For further information, download this flyer.

Join us in Acapulco Mexico February 2017

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Happiness Project Public Forum

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


What can we do as individuals and as a community to bring about positive change in mental health? The forum brings together speakers from the education, sociology, public policy, psychology, philosophy, the arts and community development sectors to investigate what could lead to positive change.

CHAIRPERSON: Dave Noonan Radio presenter on Heart 1073
SPEAKERS: Dr Sonam Thakchoe Senior Philosophy Lecturer UTAS
Dr Bruno Cayoun Clinical Psychologist & principal developer of MiCBT
Deborah Mills Arts & Cultural Policy Advocate
Dr Nicholas Hookway Lecturer in sociology, School of Social Sciences, UTAS
Jami Bladel Artistic Director & CEO of Kickstart Arts
Justin Robinson Director, Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School

For more info: Phone Kickstart Arts 03 62280611

24 July at 14:00–15:45
Peacock Theatre Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, Tasmania 7000

MiCBT for Therapists - 2 Hr Workshop

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Short workshop on MiCBT for Therapists this Friday, 8th July, by Dr Bruno Cayoun 

The Australian Psychological Association’s Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group has invited Dr Bruno Cayoun to present a 2-hour workshop this Friday (details below) on the Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) approach for therapists. MiCBT is an evidence-based integration of mindfulness core principles (in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of the S. N. Goenka Lineage) with useful and well-established methods of cognitive and behavioural therapies in the West.

The aim of this short workshop is to introduce the main principles of MiCBT and demonstrate some of its effects in clients with severe conditions. It will also describe the important theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and expand our common understanding of operant conditioning, providing a strong neurobehavioural basis for this approach.

This is a great opportunity to learn from Dr Bruno Cayoun, the principal developer and senior teacher of MiCBT.

This workshop is best suited for trained clinicians and includes didactic teaching and video demonstrations, however students are also welcome.

Learning outcomes

Participants will gain:

  • Skills in case-conceptualising distress as a rationale for using mindfulness practice in therapy

  • An understanding of a mindfulness-based immediate distress-reduction technique

  • An ability to extend current understanding of learning theory, especially operant conditioning

  • Means of self-implementing the four stages of MiCBT and suggestions for future training


Wellspring Centre, Resource Room

10-12 Y Street

Ashburton, VIC 3147


Venue is wheelchair accessible 

8/7/2016   Time: 6-8PM 


BPIG Members: $35
BPIG student members: $25
APS Members (not BPIG): $50
APS students (not BPIG): $40
Non APS members: $60


APS - Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group - National Committee 
The APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group was formed to foster an exploration of the therapeutic possibilities that Buddhism offers. Therapists and students working in the counselling field are invited to participate in regular workshops to learn, share and enhance their therapeutic work.

Contact Penny Fenner 
(m) 0411 554 00

2nd International Conference on Mindfulness, Rome.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bruno Cayoun, Alice Shires and Sally Francis travelled to Rome for the 2nd International Conference on Mindfulness (May 11-15, 2016). Bruno and Alice both presented papers on MiCBT and pain. 

Is happiness a state of mind?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SOURCE: http://www.utas.edu.au/news/2016/3/18/57-is-happiness-a-state-of-mind/

It’s the International Day of Happiness and the Action for Happiness pledge asks us to “try to create more happiness in the world around us." But how do we do that?

The Action for Happiness movement has created a guidebook that details 10 keys to happier living, noting that happiness is generally to do with our attitudes and relationships with other people. The 10 recommendations include:

·      Doing things for others

·      Connecting with people

·      Taking care of your body

·      Living life mindfully

·      Learning new things

·      Having goals to look forward to

·      Finding ways to bounce back

·      Looking for what’s good

·      Being comfortable with who you are, and

·      Being part of something bigger.  

Some of those things sound pretty self explanatory, but what does it mean to live life mindfully? Luckily, we have an expert in mindfulness right on our doorstep.

Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a Research Associate in the School of Nursing at the University of Tasmania, a Research Associate at the School of Psychology at the University of Technology Sydney, Monash University, and Massey University (NZ). He is also the Director of the MiCBT Institute. MiCBT stands for Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The institute specialises in treatment, training and research.

Dr Cayoun says that mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention, as objectively as possible and free from personal judgements.

“We always make personal judgements,” he said, “our mind is trained to assess phenomena automatically according to our sense of self."

"When we experience a situation inside or outside ourselves, our mind misses most of the sensory aspects of it (seeing, hearing, touching, etc.) because it very quickly makes an evaluation that is mostly about likes and dislikes, according to who we think we are. This includes our needs, personality, culture, social identity and values. If the situation is found to be agreeable, it is neurologically wired (from the medial-prefrontal cortex to the insular cortex) to produce a pleasant sensation somewhere in the body. If the situation is judged as being disagreeable, it produces an unpleasant body sensation. The intensity of the body-sensation varies according to how we take things personally."

“Then we react based on our past learning. The stronger the body sensation (i.e., the consequence of having taken something personally), the stronger the reaction will be.”

Dr Cayoun said that these body sensations are mostly subconscious and pro-survival. Our nervous system is wired that way because our mind is conditioned to react with craving when we need to feed, procreate, or need the support of our social environment, and with aversion when we evaluate the situation as a threat to our survival, including social survival. 

"Unless we learn to observe these mechanisms for what they are, mindfully, this very predictable habit pattern of the mind is maintained. There may be a kind of survival there, but not much happiness."

“Mindfulness is about training the brain to remove those judgements and examine the stimuli without reacting… to be less driven by the need to protect our sense of self (our ego), less biased, more objective, to approach things like we try to do in science.”

Dr Cayoun has combined the practice of mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy to help patients with chronic pain, most types of anxiety and depressive disorders, and even some aspects of Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. 

 “I teach my patients to observe their experiences without personal bias and without reaction. To feel the sensations but not react to it or to the stimulus.

“For example, most people don’t realise that the body does not have pain receptors. We have stimuli that send messages to the brain through nociceptive fibres to be classified as safe or unsafe. In chronic pain, this is a decision made according to past judgements and reactions. It is learned. I help my patients with chronic pain to train their brain to process the pain sensations as safe and prevent a pain response.”

In this instance, the patient is taught to ‘observe’ the painful sensation and describe it by detailing its mass, motion, temperature and fluidity/constriction. Essentially to study it like a scientist. By attending to the sensations objectively, rather than taking them personally and assuming they are a threat to who we are, the brain can be taught to interpret the stimuli more neutrally and decrease the need for reactivity. 

“The combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy is very powerful. I have seen great success. In two 30-second increments patients reduce their chronic pain by about 50 per cent. After approximately two weeks of practice, they have learned to do it for themselves. After 2.5 months, their pain has further decreased significantly, independent of gender, source of referral, and type of pain, and without increase in their medication”.

Mindfulness is a tool for life that can be applied to all situations to improve your own happiness and that of those around you, according to Dr Cayoun. There are four stages in his mindfulness-integrated CBT training. 

1.     The Personal Stage, where you learn mindfulness skills, to notice and let go of unhelpful thoughts and emotions in order to address life’s challenges successfully.

2.     The Exposure Stage, where you apply your mindfulness skills to daily situations that you might be avoiding to prevent discomfort.

3.     The Interpersonal Stage, where you learn to develop better interpersonal understanding and communication skills in the face of tense situations, and learn not to react to others’ reactivity.

4.     The Empathic Stage, where you learn to increase your capacity to be kind to yourself and compassionate to others in your daily actions, leading to a deep sense of care and connectedness with people. 

While Dr Cayoun treats patients in his practice in Hobart, he has also made his research and approach more widely available in a new book: Mindfulness-Integrated CBT for Well-being and personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships.

"No matter what we do, we usually do it with the belief that it will either relieve us of unhappiness or increase our happiness. The problem is that even happiness leads to suffering when it is based on particular conditions. Simply because the conditions that allow us to be happy at any given time, sooner or later, will change. They are impermanent."

Dr Cayoun says that being mindful is a way to evolve our consciousness and experience things without anxiety, fear or emotion. 

" You can become aware of the things that make you unhappy and let go of them. You can learn to face potential conflicts smilingly. You can gain the ability to say yes or no without guilt and you can learn to avoid producing emotions that are destructive. Importantly, you can also learn compassion which allows you to feel and see how everything is connected, so that you can be less harmful to yourself and others. That’s how we move towards happiness."

MiCBT Children's Interest Group

Thursday, February 25, 2016

We are in the process of starting an international MiCBT Children’s Interest Group and would like to invite all registered Psychologists using MiCBT with children and young people (6-18) to join. 

The group, which will meet using Skype Group Video Call, aims to support practitioners in using MiCBT with children and young people and will include case discussions, research papers and opportunities to practice. If you are interested please reply to boydcowley@tpg.com.au including your name and country you are based in. 

Sally, Boyd and Lily.

The project has been initiated by psychologists Lily Lee (Sydney), Sally Francis and Boyd Cowley (Melbourne Mindfulness Institute) and is supported by the MiCBT Institute (Tasmania, Australia).

Upcoming MiCBT courses - Brisbane - commencing next week

Thursday, February 04, 2016

These 8-week courses offer a structured method that effectively re-trains your brain and starts extinguishing unhelpful automatic thinking and reactive patterns. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, the ability to settle yourself and stay calm, and be more assertive.   

The next 8-week MiCBT group course to take place in Capalaba is starting:

Tuesday 9th February 2016 (6-9pm) – Register by 4th Feb

The next 8-week MiCBT course to take place in Paddington (Brisbane) is starting:

Wednesday 10th February 2016 (6-9pm) – Register by 4th Feb

For more information about this MiCBT group, please contact us.

Please note that a fee is involved and that rebates (with Medicare or your health funds with extras cover for psychology) may be possible.

Call Patrea personally on 0410 264 224 for more details or to confidentially discuss your situation – or use the handy online contact form.

Bruno Cayoun’s MiCBT for Wellbeing and Personal Growth works underwater

Monday, December 07, 2015

SOURCE: Ruth Ostrow, The Australian, December 5 2015 



I’d just been to a lecture on pain management by Bruno Cayoun, one of the principal developers of mindfulness-integrated cognitive behaviour therapy.

Cayoun uses a simple technique that helps people diminish physical and psychological pain in less than four minutes. The process, discussed in his book MiCBT for Wellbeing and Personal Growth, has gained international recognition.

The day after the lecture, I was driving across Sydney Harbour. I always take the Harbour Bridge, which is a hassle, because I’m too scared to go into the tunnel under the ocean. When trapped in confined places without windows I sometimes have panic attacks that can cause hyperventilation and physical pain as blood vessels constrict.

As a passenger in the tunnel I can shut my eyes. But I won’t drive myself with eyes open. Coming up to the turn-off, I pondered: “Can I use the process to get me through my phobia?”

Before I knew it, I had taken the challenge and was driving into the tunnel.

“OMG. Wow. I’m OK, I’m doing it.” (Heart pounding.) “Only another minute or two to go … gonna be out soon …”

Nope. Suddenly a sign: “Breakdown ahead”. Which should have read “Nervous Breakdown ahead”. The traffic had ground to a halt. Unfortunately, my thoughts hadn’t.

“I’m under miles of water. What if this is a terrorist attack? What if it’s a crack and the water is going to pour in? Where is my asthma puffer? Oh no … no. I left it at home … I will suffocate here alone in the dark.” Then as if by miracle I heard my voice say: “Now! If you don’t do it NOW you never will.”

I shut my eyes and started to do Cayoun’s first step of deep breathing, initially struggling to get air into my tight chest. Followed by gently observing my physiology and the degree to which my thoughts were fuelling the adrenalin surges and pounding heart.

I saw the panic as if I were above it; I could name it, watch it, hear the catastrophising thoughts as they were screaming at me, but I was becoming more detached.

I kept going with other of his techniques and felt my breathing ease. I even felt myself smile: “I’m trapped in a tunnel under the sea during a time of high terrorism alert with claustrophobia. Could life get any better than this!”

I felt the adrenalin subside. I felt sleepy. The comedown that was like a sedative. I yawned. Twenty minutes later the lanes converged and we started moving towards the light. I’d done it.

It’s good to learn self-soothing techniques for the scary days ahead. If I can do it, anyone can.

The power of equanimity for pain reduction

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Written by  Bastian Fox Phelan in Wellness

“Pain is a serious health issue,” Dr Bruno Cayoun says.

Pain is complex and subjective, however it is required for survival. “Interestingly, there are no pain receptors and no pain fibres in your body,” Bruno says. “Pain is a response to the perception of threat.”

The medial prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain responsible for self-referential processing. It’s the part that ruminates, remembers past experiences and projects future experiences. When we’re engaged in a task, this part of the brain goes to sleep. However, when scientists studied people with chronic pain, they found that while engaging in concentration tasks, this part of the brain remained active. People who transition from acute to chronic pain have created links within the brain between the experience of pain and learning.

“So, can we unlearn pain?” Bruno asks. “Mindful studies have shown that chronic pain can be unlearned.” Mindfulness is heightened sensory awareness without identifying with or judging what you are experiencing.

However, not all clinicians are skilled enough in mindfulness to teach their patients who suffer chronic pain, and not all people with chronic pain want to sit down and contemplate their pain – “it really is hell sometimes,” Bruno says.

Bruno tells us about a study that aimed to extract the most active component of mindfulness – equanimity – and see whether this was something they could teach pain specialists, so they could teach their patients.

Scientists asked people in the study to observe their pain objectively. A mindful exercise involved observing and measuring the pain using very different characteristics: “Is it very heavy, very hot, very still, very dense, very loose, very tight? Does it move? What shape is it?”

Bruno shares with us the experience of a woman with chronic pain after a car accident. After doing the mindful exercise, she had a significantly lower estimation of the amount of pain she was in: 3 out of 10 on the pain scale rather than 6 to 9 out of 10. The next part of the exercise was to introduce an element of unconditional acceptance. Much of the ‘negative’ qualities (heavy, dense, hot) were diffused after this, and her pain was rated only 1 out of 10. Even after the exercise had finished, she said that the pain was gone. “For years, we have been teaching this approach for emotional regulation,” Bruno says. Because there are no pain receptors and no pain fibres, this also works for physical pain.

Looking at pain, for just 30 seconds each time, and continuing to practice this mindful exercise with pain was highly successful. “It may change habits that lead to chronification, especially if we start early, before chronification begins,” Bruno says, “It is also a cost-free practice.”

MiCBT Teaching - Japan

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
主催 MiCBT 日本研究会

昨年度に引き続き、今年度もオーストラリアの MiCBTInstitute ブルーノ・カイユン博士の 許可の元、内藤美加子先生による「マインドフルネス統合認知行動療法(MiCBT)」トレー ニングコースを2つ実施するご案内をすることとなりました。
「2日間体験入門ワーク・ショップ」と、そこで学んだことを実際に臨床現場で活用した い方のための「臨床実践基本コース」です。ご関心のあるみなさん、ぜひ MiCBT を一緒に 学びましょう。 MiCBT 日本研究会事務局長 馬見塚珠生
① 日間体験入門ワーク・ショップ MiCBT を基礎からじっくり学ぶコースです。
時 :2015 年 11 月 21 日(土)&22 日(日) 10 時~17 時 ところ :ドーンセンター(大阪府男女共同参画・青少年センター)
最寄駅:京阪「天満橋」駅、地下鉄谷町線「天満橋」駅から徒歩 5 分
受講料 :26,000 円(基礎編+上級編の CD 付※1) 定 員: 40 名 参加資格:医師、臨床心理士、精神保健福祉士
② 臨床実践基本コース※2

MiCBT を実際に臨床現場で活用したい方のためのコースです。①の 日間体験

入門 で学んだ知識をもとに、7 回分のスカイプによるグループ・セッション※3 を行 います。
時 : 2015 年 11 月29 日(日),12 月 13 日(日),20 日(日),27 日(日)、
2016 年 1 月 10 日(日),17 日(日),24 日(日) いずれも 10 時~12 時 受講料 :21,000 円 定員: 10 名(先着順とさせていただきます※4) 参加資格:医師、臨床心理士、精神保健福祉士

※1: 2014 年 7 月 6 日に京都で開催された WS を受講された方はすでに基礎編をお持ちですので、上級編のみの配
布になります。受講料は 2,000 円の割引となります。
※2:①の MiCBT2 日間体験入門 WS を履修された方のみお申込みいただけます。
※3:MiCBTInstitute の規約により、2 日間体験入門 WS の履修だけでは MiCBT を患者さんに適用することはできませ ん。必ず、7 回分のスカイプによるグループ・セッションを修了される必要があります。なお、スカイプによるグル ープ・セッションは、全日程への参加が必要です。


●申し込み方法:MiCBT 日本研究会事務局までメールにて
理士の方は臨床心理士番号(研修ポイント申請予定) を明記の上、お申込みください。

* 日間体験入門 と臨床実践基本コースの同時申込みも可能です。
●申し込みメールアドレス:MiCBT 日本研究会事務局 micbt.nihon@gmail.com
●申込み期日:2015 年 11 月8日(日) 【定員になり次第〆切らせていただきます】

BRISBANE: Upcoming 8-week MiCBT courses with Patrea O'Donoghue.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

These 8-week courses offer a structured method that effectively re-trains your brain and starts extinguishing unhelpful automatic thinking and reactive patterns. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, the ability to settle yourself and stay calm, and be more assertive.   

CAPALABA starting: Wed 14th Oct 2015 (evenings). Address: Redland Community Centre, 29 Loraine St, Capalaba. 

PADDINGTON (Brisbane) starting: please express your interest for 2016 programs. Address: The Old Church Hall, 78 Enoggera Tce (cnr Surrey St), Paddington

Contact: 0410 264 224 or patrea@ozemail.com.au

Early Bird Registration ends next week ~ October 7 ~ Don't miss out!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Specialised MiCBT Workshops


These workshops are specifically designed to assist MiCBT therapists who have completed the Foundation Course as well as those with more advanced MiCBT training.

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MiCBT for Chronic Pain

This is a specialised workshop on the specific use of MiCBT for chronic pain and its common co-morbid disorders. This hands-on workshop will describe the important theoretical framework underlying the use of MiCBT for pain, both chronic and acute. It will also involve real case video demonstrations of distress reduction in clients with different types of chronic pain. 

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MiCBT for Children

The aim of this specialised workshop is to introduce the use of MiCBT for children with behaviour difficulties, especially those associated with anxiety, ADHD and oppositional behaviour. It will describe the important theoretical framework underlying the use of MiCBT for impaired executive functions and demonstrate the application of the four therapeutic stages. This practical workshop will include video demonstrations of behaviour change in a 12-year old boy with anxiety, ADHD and mild Autism following MiCBT. 

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MiCBT for Chronic Pain 
MiCBT for Children

Interested in both workshops? 

Further discounts apply!

CPD Hours: 7 CPD hours / workshop may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g. active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 7 Active CPD hours.)

Come and share your experience with other skillful MiCBT practitioners and colleagues!


Hotel Mercure Melbourne
Treasury Gardens


Dr Bruno Cayoun is Director of the MiCBT Institute and a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Hobart, Tasmania. He is the principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) and has been teaching this approach to mental health professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Ireland since 2003.  He has practised mindfulness meditation and undergone intensive training in mindfulness centres in France, Nepal, India, and Australia for since 1989.

In their words: Dr Bruno Cayoun & The power of equanimity for pain reduction

Thursday, August 27, 2015

It was 10 years ago, but I clearly remember walking in the corridor of the School of Psychology with Sara Lazar’s article in my hand and a strange sense of elation. I had seen the first biological evidence that mindfulness meditation can increase volume in parts of the brain used for sustaining attention and regulating our emotions.

The repeated observation of brain reorganization, also called ‘neuroplasticity’, was no longer limited to stroke rehabilitation and phantom limb phenomena. Since then, numerous studies have further revealed the brain mechanisms and beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation in a wide range of conditions. Among those, many have investigated the effects of mindfulness on the brain and behavior of pain sufferers.

When we are in pain, we perceive pain as a threat. We resent it and avoid it as much as possible, often forgetting that it is just a messenger of something unusual to attend to in the body. In other words, we take our pain personally. Three years ago, American neuroscientists Marwan Baliki and Vania Apkarian published compelling neurological evidence that 80 percent of people who transit from acute to chronic pain produce neuroplasticity linking pain pathways to learning areas of the brain, showing that chronic pain is largely learned. They concluded that future research should focus on finding ways of preventing the learning of pain.

Incidentally, for the past 14 years, my colleagues and I have not only done this, we have also trained chronic pain sufferers to unlearn their pain. We have done so by implementing a mindfulness-based exposure technique to increase distress tolerance during both physical and emotional pain. This method is derived from the Burmese vipassana tradition in the lineage of Ledi Sayadaw, Thetgyi, U Ba Khin and Goenka, and is an important skill learned by all mental health professionals training in Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) at the MiCBT Institute.

Though the entire interaction with a client/patient lasts about four minutes, the actual exposure lasts only twice 30 seconds. No tricks, no distraction, no hypnosis, just a particular way of paying attention; with objectivity and equanimity. The results are more than amazing. They defy our common understanding of both physical and emotional pain. Following exposure, the usual average of pain reduction is about 50 percent, and our recent pilot trial shows that the benefits are maintained at 10-week follow-up.

It is understandable that not all chronic pain sufferers are able or amenable to undergo a full mindfulness-based program and maintain daily meditation practice. Accordingly, using such a short method that they could use on their own, following a brief demonstration with their GP or pain specialist, could be a wonderful way of assisting conventional treatments. I look forward to presenting our results in October at the forthcoming Mind and Its Potential conference in Sydney.

Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He will be presenting at Mind & Its Potential 2015. For more information and to register, please click here.

Mind & Its Potential 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

27 & 28 October 2015 | The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney

Not long ago, science had the notion that the capacity of the brain was fixed. We had what we were born with and past early adulthood, it was all downhill. However, the science of neuroplasticity has completely changed that. We now know that our brain is like a muscle and our mind can be trained to improve intelligence, learn new skills, be kinder, be happier and be more content. 

For the past 10 years, the Mind & Its Potential conference has been at the forefront of this exciting new frontier of science. It is a conference like no other, bringing together world-leading scientists, psychologists and educators, as well as ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

As Dr Cayoun is a conference speaker, our MiCBT contacts are entitled to a 20% discount on fees. 

·      Book before 31 July and save $380 off the full 2 day conference fee and $480 off the full 3 day gold pass fee.

·      Book before 18 September and save $300 off the full 2 day conference fee and  $380 off the full 3 day gold pass fee.

Book online using VIP code SPEAKER or call (02) 8719 5118 to register    


  • Tony Buzan, UK, inventor of the Mind Map and world-renowned expert in the fields of creativity, leadership and thinking
  • Jeffrey M Schwartz MD, USA, leading neuroplasticity researcher and co-author of You Are Not Your Brain
  • Professor Toni Noble, leading teacher, educator and psychologist
  • Joe Williams, proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal man, world champion boxer and former NRL player
  • Dr Helena Popovic, medical doctor and leading authority on brain plasticity in relation to obesity
  • Dr Amantha Imber, creativity and innovation psychologist and best-selling author
  • Jared Cooney Horvath, co-founder of The Education Neuroscience Initiative
  • Patrick Hollingworth, leadership expert and high-altitude mountaineer
  • Dr Tim Sharp, leading positive psychologist and founder of The Happiness Institute 
  • ... plus many more incredible minds!  

MiCBT Applied Course - new dates!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New MiCBT Applied Course dates just added. Commencing early September, these courses are specifically designed for mental health therapists who have already completed an MiCBT Foundation Course.

04-Sep-2015 AC040915: MiCBT Applied (12 weeks) Online CANADA Fridays Places: Available

05-Sep-2015 AC050915: MiCBT Applied (12 weeks) Online CANADA Saturdays Places: Available

I did a little experiment...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

We received this recently from an MiCBT therapist and thank her and her client for allowing us to share this poem.....

TasWeekend Mindfulness is helping Tasmanians stress less

Monday, June 01, 2015

IN the 1980s, Bruno Cayoun was a self-confessed Bondi Beach hippie practising alternative therapies.

Now based in Hobart, the affable Frenchman is a doctor of clinical psychology whose method of combining ancient meditation techniques with Western psychotherapy to treat mental illness is used by thousands of health professionals around the world.

Cayoun has developed a program of mindfulness-integrated cognitive behaviour therapy, written two books on the subject and runs a busy private psychology practice.

TasWeekend meets Cayoun at his Macquarie St clinic on his return from Canada, where he hosted four workshops in four cities for more than 400 participants....   Click here for full article:

MiCBT Winter Retreat

Saturday, May 09, 2015
MiCBT Institute
Deepen your personal practice and understanding of Mindfulness Meditation and clinical implementation of MiCBT with most complex cases via a 5-day residential retreat.

  limited places available... 


MiCBT Residential Retreat 5 - 10 June 2015  

This retreat is an opportunity to learn variations of mindfulness and CBT integration to address complex cases, with an emphasis on addiction and trauma.  This residential 5-day retreat will involve learning material through various modalities, including group discussion of complex cases, with a focus on trauma and addiction, guided practice of mindfulness meditation using advanced body-scanning skills, role-play and direct demonstration of immediate distress-reduction during real-life therapy sessions with Dr Cayoun (on video) and with present group members.                                                

Pre-requisites: Participants must have completed an 8-week Foundation Course.  

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn 

  • Advanced skills in mindfulness practice    
  • The deepening of self-awareness and experiential acceptance      
  • The application of the neurobehavioural theoretical foundation of mindfulness practice   
  • The various roles of neuroplasticity in preventing relapse    
  • Latest research findings regarding client adherence  
  • Methods to engage the client in the treatment plan efficiently 
  • Methods for immediate distress reduction 
  • The four stages of MiCBT with patients diagnosed with most DSM-V Axis I and Axis II mental health disorders and some health conditions, such as addictions, chronic pain and trauma Mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.   

Venue: This peaceful, private, waterfront retreat is surrounded by native garden and natural bushland with breathtaking views of Cygnet Bay, Tasmania. Delicious vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements are fully catered for. Fruit and vegetables in season are picked fresh from the organic garden.


     ...enrol now!            

Registered Psychologists needed for Research

Monday, March 23, 2015

Do you have a new client?

Therapist Mindfulness, the Therapeutics Relationship and Treatment Outcomes (Ethics: CF14/1495 - 2014000707)

Psychologists are invited to take part in a study on mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship which is currently being conducting at Monash University. 

If you have starting seeing a new client recently (that is a client who has completed at least 3 sessions but no more than 8 sessions), we would really like you to participate in this study. 

You do not have to be involved in mindfulness practices to participate. You will be asked to reflect on the developing therapeutic relationship and answer questions regarding the therapist-client relationship, plus mindfulness in these sessions. 

If you are interested in participating, please follow this link https://monashmnhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7WFQZqxaRvNB189 to read the explanatory statement and complete the questionnaire. The survey will only take 20 mins. 

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Student Researcher: Patrick McLaren 

Email: pmcl4@student.monash.edu

Research Supervisor: Dr Janette Simmonds

(Ethics: CF14/1495 - 2014000707)

MiCBT Residential Retreat March 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015
A wonderful bunch of people travelled from NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand to attend the last 5-day MiCBT residential retreat. We look forward to welcoming more therapists at the next retreat, in June 2015.
L-R Back: Suresh, Marc, Gary, Annie, Elsa, Theresa, Chih Huei,
Front: Bruno, Sally, Nicola, Claudia

Kathy (owner of Niche) and Bruno

How do you silence mind chatter?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr Bruno Cayoun discusses Mind chatter and ways to clear your mind and focus with ABC's Nick Bosly-Pask


MiCBT for Wellbeing and Personal Growth - out now!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 “This is a beautiful book. Bruno Cayoun has distilled the deepest wisdom of an ancient Buddhist meditation tradition and combined it with the best modern clinical science to offer this program. As he says, with mindfulness training you can tune your attention so that you can perceive your experiences, understand them and respond to them without needing to react in order to change them. He explains clearly, guides gently, and answers questions skilfully. Using problems as tools through which to learn, he shows you a way to respond wisely to difficulties that can destroy the quality of your personal, family and working life. With this book as a trusted guide, he invites you to discover how you can let go of suffering, restore equilibrium, and rediscover peace. Teachers, students and practitioners everywhere, whether new to or experienced in the practice of mindfulness, will greatly value this book.”

Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and co-author of The Mindful Way Workbook

“This book marries powerful tools from Buddhist meditative practice with contemporary behavioral science for a comprehensive look at transforming suffering. The result is an important contribution to a growing interdisciplinary field.”

Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Real Happiness at Work

“What an amazing book! I could feel the years of wisdom and practice flowing out of each chapter. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a jewel that honours both the Buddhist and Western psychological traditions of turning suffering into well-being. You will treasure what Bruno Cayoun offers whether you are looking for a way through personal distress or wish to learn how to bring the elements of Buddhist Psychology into your professional work. Each chapter clearly describes how to cultivate the ancient practice of meditation and supports the practice with solid science. The “question and answer” sections are informative, gentle and direct their guidance making them indispensable to novice and ongoing practitioners alike. You will find this book opens the gate to a sustainable way of living with challenges and a quiet, composed approach to life as it presents itself to you, moment by moment. All you have to do is walk in.”

Lynette Monteiro, PhD, Co-Director of Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Clinical Professor, University of Ottawa, co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here: An eight-week guide to skillful living.

“Bruno Cayoun is a master of mindful living. Here he skillfully blends age-old wisdom, recent research, and practical methods into four essentially helpful steps for all who wish to live a fulfilling life. I have learnt heaps from it – and am sure you will, too.”

George W Burns, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Australia, author of 101 Healing Stories and Happiness, Healing, Enhancement

“At last! A self-help book incorporating mindfulness that does not treat the reader as a simpleton. Dr Cayoun carefully explains the science behind practicing mindfulness combined with right thinking to live a happier and more satisfying life. It is highly practical with easy exercises and lots of guidance from a perspective informed by Buddhist spirituality and Clinical Psychology.”

Dr Bruce A Stevens, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, University of Canberra, co-author of Happy Ever After? A Practical Guide to Relationship Counselling for Clinical Psychologists.

 For more information go to www.micbtforwellbeing.com

Early Bird Registration closes this Friday - 16 January

Monday, January 12, 2015

14-Feb-2015: Sydney -  WORKSHOP
MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention (2 days), with Alice Shires

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the integration of mindfulness training with core principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve ways of addressing chronic conditions, crisis and prevent relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders.  It will describe the important theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and introduce participants to the use of these skills across a wide range of chronic and acute conditions.  
This workshop will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.  
Workshop content will involve practical and experiential components. 

Participants will learn: 

  •  Principles and skills in mindfulness practice 
  •  Theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness training 
  •  The use of mindfulness meditation to neutralise operant conditioning and improve therapeutic efficacy 
  •  How to engage the client in the treatment plan 
  •  The four stages of MiCBT  
  •  The use of mindfulness-based exposure skills  
  •  The use of mindfulness-based interpersonal skills 
  •  The use of mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies 
 CPD Hours
 14 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 14 Active CPD hours.)

 NB This workshop is also the Week 1 face-to-face workshop for the MiCBT Foundation Course, below.


14-Feb-2015:  MiCBT FOUNDATION COURSE (8 weeks) Sydney and Online, with Alice Shires

In order for mental health professionals to implement mindfulness-based therapies, such as Mindfulness-integrated CBT, it is essential that they first develop their own skills in mindfulness practice experientially. The main aim of this 8-week Foundation course is to provide clinicians with the opportunity to personally practise and integrate the mindfulness and CBT skills used in MiCBT while learning the theoretical framework for these practices.

Course content will involve: 
  • practical and experiential work, and include: core and advanced skills in mindfulness practice   
  •  theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness approaches incorporating the complex foundations (locus and dynamics) of behaviour maintenance and extinction to improve ecological validity and therapeutic efficacy 
  •  methods to engage the client in the MiCBT treatment plan implementing the four stages of MiCBT 
  •  mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies 
  •  real case demonstrations on video and in a master class format will be included. 
 28 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 28 Active CPD hours). 



No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, however, a working knowledge of CBT or REBT is required. 

Who should attend? 

Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, professionally qualified counsellors, professionally qualified psychotherapists.

Earlybird Payments to be received before 16 January 2015.

Seasons Greetings

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits. I would like to welcome all new colleagues who have recently started their training in MiCBT. I hope you find the training itself and its consequences in your life to be beneficial. I also congratulate all finishing Graduate Diploma candidates for their dedication to learning, as deep inside us, it is mostly compassion that drives our need to learn to serve others better. 2014 has been a productive year, making way to an expansion of the use of MiCBT and of its training in the next year.


Mikako Naito (Clinical Psychologist from the Goal Coast) has started teaching MiCBT in Japan, where she and her colleagues have formed the MiCBT Study Group. Mikako has done a phenomenal job translating all the client forms, presentation slides, the MSES-R, the relevant web pages, and the audio instructions on CD in Japanese. Others will benefit a great deal from her work.


My new (self-help) book is now published. Writing it has been a worthwhile journey in itself, gathering the support of wonderful people who generously gave their time to assist in the process. The foreword by Dr Shauna Shapiro (Santa Clara University) and the reviews from Drs Mark Williams (University of Oxford), Bruce Stevens (ANU), George Burns (Cairnmillar Institute), Lynette Monteiro (University of Ottawa) and Sharon Salzberg (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies) are wonderful. I am confident that you and your clients will find this self-help book to be of great assistance in the understanding and the practice of MiCBT, as well as mindfulness in general—a short summary is provided below. I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks for letting others know about the book.


I wish you all a joyful and fulfilling end-of year celebration, a restful break from work, and a peaceful and productive new year.

Bruno Cayoun

Click here to read the full December Newsletter

Practica de Mindfulness Fase 1 MP3 ya está disponible......

Monday, August 11, 2014
Este MP3 de práctica de mindfulness está indicado para principiantes y personal cualificado en terapia con Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Y Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT).  Se puede también utilizarlo fuera del ámbito clínico, y para propósitos no relacionados con la terapia. Se recomienda que toda persona interesada en realizar esta práctica consulte con un profesional, clínico o no, debidamente cualificado y en activo. 
El MP3 contiene los conocimientos básicos para adquirir una buena práctica y entendimiento de la meditación con mindfulness.

Learn Mindfulness, quit smoking and get your life back!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mindfulness for Smokers

Smoking is notoriously difficult to stop! Yet many smokers would love to quit, if only they knew how! If this sounds like you, Mindfulness for Smokers is for you. Mindfulness for Smokers is a course to help you stop smoking. We give you important information about smoking. You learn valuable Mindfulness skills to manage reactivity and withdrawal. You’ll have more control over what you do. You’ll learn other important skills, like assertiveness and dealing with difficult situations. It’s often when we are not managing things well that we turn to smoking. At first it ‘relieves’ the stress. But then it becomes the cause of stress and lots of other types of ill health.

You will also learn about relapse prevention so you can keep on target after the course has finished. The valuable resources from the course will help you maintain your gains.

Program Details
Venue: Catholic Centre, 271 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
Dates: August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Sept 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Times: 5.30pm – 8.00pm.
Fee: $540/$490 concession card. Covers 8 sessions, assessments, notes, CDs, refreshments, 3 individual sessions including pre-course interview and GST. 

To apply: Enrol online, phone or email and we will send you an information sheet and application form.  Dr Pauline M Enright 
Phone: 0409 191 342 
PO Box 907, Sandy Bay, TAS 7006.  

Download information sheet: Mindfulness for Smokers

MiCBT Introductory Workshop - 6 July, 2014 Kyoto Sangyo Mental Health Center, Japan.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Training Update - 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bruno Cayoun

Alice Shires

Due to increasing demand, we are happy to announce further training opportunities with the MiCBT Institute for 2014.

13-Sep-2014: Melbourne -  MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention (2 days), with Bruno Cayoun

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the integration of mindfulness training with core principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve ways of addressing chronic conditions, crisis and prevent relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders. It will describe the important theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and introduce participants to the use of these skills across a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. This workshop will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT. 


13-Sep-2014: FC130914: MiCBT Foundation (8 weeks) Melbourne and Online, with Bruno Cayoun and Alice Shires

In order for mental health professionals to implement mindfulness-based therapies, such as Mindfulness-integrated CBT, it is essential that they first develop their own skills in mindfulness practice experientially. The main aim of this 8-week Foundation course is to provide clinicians with the opportunity to personally practise and integrate the mindfulness and CBT skills used in MiCBT while learning the theoretical framework for these practices.

Earlybird rates available now.
Early booking is recommended to secure registration as places are limited.

MiCBT Foundation Course commencing 15 February

Monday, January 20, 2014

MELBOURNE: Mindfulness-integrated CBT Program 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Struggling with depression,
anxiety or stress? 

Consider joining this program

February program starting soon!

Participants can expect the following outcomes: 

  • Enhanced ability to understand and manage depression, stress, anxiety and anger 

  • Improved ability to manage habitual negative behaviors 

  • Improved ability to understand the relationship between mental and physical experiences and mood 

  • Ability to engage in regular mindfulness skills practice 

  • Improved ability to relax 

  • Understanding how to sustain improved functioning and sense of wellbeing 

In order to benefit from this program regular practice of mindfulness exercises will be required. 



Program 1 - Wednesday 19th February

Program 2 - Monday 28th April 

Program 3 - Wednesday 9th July

Program 4 - Wednesday 8th October


Program 1 - Tuesday 11th February

Program 2 - Wednesday 8th October 

North Melbourne

Program 1 - Thursday 15th May

Fee includes: 

  • Practice CD and course workbook

  • Invitation to attend free on going mindfulness sessions at the end of the course

  • Refreshments 

To discuss eligibility to join the programs or for more information, please contact: 

Sarah - 0409 669 688 

Glenn - 0488 992 728 

Suzanne - 0488 992 721

Individual support sessions available by appointment

Heat maps reveal where you feel emotions in your body

Thursday, January 02, 2014

MiCBT Institute Christmas Office Hours

Thursday, December 19, 2013

TCC con Mindfulness integrado

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

MiCBT Institute Retreat 2013

Monday, December 02, 2013

MiCBT Applied Course - Registration open!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We are pleased to announce that a 2nd Applied Course is scheduled for Canadian practitioners from January 2014.

Given that this is an applied course during which you will be assisted in delivering the MiCBT programme to one or more persons, you will need a client base with which to practice. 

This course will run on Sundays as follows:

10 sessions spread over 12 weeks: (Sundays, 1pm-3pm PST | 4pm-6pm (EST)
19, 26, January, 2014
2, 9, 16 February, 2014
2, 9, 23, 30 March 2014
6 April 2014

Registration is now open. Please click here for more details and to register

Are you looking for greater happiness and peace in your life?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
With this 8 week Mindfulness program, learn to D.A.N.C.E 
  • Decrease and manage pain, anger, frustration, stress, worry, anxiety and depression
  • Accept and manage your unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours 
  • Neutralize your reaction to negative life events and feel less overwhelmed 
  • Connect better with the people around you 
  • Empower yourself to live well and have greater control in your life 
Daily mindfulness practice is required for maximum benefits. 

Where: Sydney 

Program 1: February 15, 2014, 8 x Saturdays, 10-12pm 

Program 2: August 5, 2014, 8 x Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm 

Program 3: late October TBA 

Cost: $35 per hour 

Participants: maximum 10 (over 6 allows for a $21.50 medicare rebate per session subject to a GP referral) 

Includes: Free introductory session prior to group, practice CD 1&2, program workbook and refreshments. 

Contact: Lisa on 04 4848 1001 or email: info@sydneymicbt.com.au

Facilitator: Linda Hayes-Cameron, Clinical Psychologist 
Individual support sessions available by appointment

Fathers of Meditation

Sunday, November 03, 2013

MiCBT Institute Newsletter

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What Mindfulness Really Is

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In this article, Marguerite Manteau-Rao, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CEO of Presence Care Project, highlights some common misconceptions on Mindfulness that her clients encounter and ways that she deals with them.

The passing away of SN Goenka

Saturday, October 05, 2013

How meditation is changing my brain

Friday, October 04, 2013

How Meditation is Changing My Brain


Twenty-two years ago I began experiencing suicidal thoughts. I was a young person with little insight into the workings of the mind. I’d recently emigrated to Australia from a politically torn and violent South Africa. I’d never heard of post-traumatic stress disorder and blamed the problem on myself.

As the thought patterns became stronger and more entrenched, I entered a struggle that would take two decades to overcome.

I’ve now experienced almost a year without suicidal thoughts. My brain has changed.

Don’t believe everything you think

Mindfulness meditation has given me the skills to stand back more easily from my thoughts and observe.

This detachment allows a remarkable freedom.

I’ve learned that thoughts are simply thoughts. They are manifestations of the brain. They are like digestive gurgles in the stomach. They happen. And most of them are meaningless – a babble of neuronal firing that’s like static on a tv.

Mindfulness meditation involves observing this static with equanimity – and letting go.

Understanding the brain

As the saying goes, ‘what fires together wires together’. This means that each time a thought occurs, the pattern of neurons firing in the brain becomes more established. In the end the thought pattern becomes entrenched and easily triggered. This is a vicious cycle: easy triggering means the thoughts get more entrenched, are more easily triggered, and so on.

But there’s a way out.

The opposite also holds. When neurons don’t fire together, they begin to lose their connectivity. The brain is plastic, and you can replace patterns of firing with different patterns.

Extinguishing neural networks with mindfulness

Observing thoughts with detachment and letting them go allows new neural networks to form and old ones to die off.

Here’s a thought pattern with which I was only too familiar: ‘I’m a failure, I make the people I love unhappy, it would be better if I was dead.’

Now, when such a thought arises (hardly ever) I recognise it for what it is (a thought, rather than the truth) and let it go. Instead of following the thought and stressing about it, trying to fix it, or blaming myself for having the thought (all of which reinforce the neural pathways), I move on. This has weakened the neural pathway. It’s become less easily triggered. The thoughts arise less often and one day this neural pathway will be extinct.

The key is practise

But it takes practise.

Eighteen months ago I enrolled in a program at the MiCBT Institute in Hobart, Tasmania. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves learning a range of mindfulness techniques including meditation skills.

I’ve been meditating most days for an average of 20 to 30 minutes for over a year. This has been the mainstay of the changes to my brain. Insight is a boon, but it’s only by practising mindfulness meditation over and over again, that my old patterns of thinking are being replaced with new ones.

My goal at the start of the program was to find a way to manage the destructive thoughts, which I struggled to control because they were so easily triggered and overwhelming. I believed I’d be subject to this thought pattern for the rest of my life, and that I’d better stop trying to cure it and just learn to manage it.

I remember my scepticism when Dr Bruno Cayoun, head of the Institute, suggested that one day I would be free of these thoughts altogether.

Change your brain, change your fate

The exciting thing is that I now know almost any thought pattern can be changed – that I can change my habits, my behaviours, and even my feelings. This sense of empowerment is liberating.

My fate and my well-being are no longer defined by psychiatric labels or determined by my past. I may have a history of post-traumatic stress disorder but the future need not be governed by yesteryear’s brain.

You too can change your brain. You too can change your fate. Don’t for one second buy into the thought that ‘that’s just the way I am’ – perhaps it isn’t!

BRISBANE: MiCBT Groups Commencing October

Monday, September 30, 2013
These 8-week courses offer a structured method that effectively re-trains your brain and starts extinguishing unhelpful automatic thinking and reactive patterns. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, the ability to settle yourself and stay calm, and be more assertive.
Contact: 07 3472 1361 or patrea@ozemail.com.au 

Meditation: not what you think

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mindfulness Meditation CD and MP3 Savings!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

We are extremely happy to announce to you all that we have found a new - and cheaper - CD supplier. As a result, we are passing on the savings to you. Prices have dropped approximately 25%. 

MiCBT members - don't forget to login and take further advantage of discounts on orders of 11+ CDs.

MiCBT Residential Retreat 22-27 November: 3 places remaining

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Deepen your personal practice and understanding of mindfulness meditation and clinical implementation of MiCBT with most complex cases via a residential 5-day retreat. 

Pre-requisites: participants must have completed an 8-week Foundation Course.

Venue: This peaceful, private, waterfront retreat is surrounded by native garden and natural bushland with breathtaking views of Cygnet Bay, Tasmania. Delicious vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements are fully catered for. Fruit and vegetables in season are picked fresh from the organic garden.

3 Places remaining....enrol now!

MiCBT Training in Singapore

Friday, August 30, 2013

MiCBT Training CDs now available in Canada

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

If you are in North America, you and/or your clients can now order MiCBT CDs direct from Caversham Booksellers, online, or if you are in Toronto, at their store, 98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada. 

When It Comes to Workshops, it is All Too Easy to Get Complacent

Sunday, July 21, 2013

By Daniel Jordan, published in Jack Hirose & Associates Summer Newsletter.

If you're reading this article chances are you've been to one or two Jack Hirose workshops. Over the years, Jack has brought in some of the big names in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (e.g. David Burns and Donald Meichenbaum) and mindfulness (e.g. Zindel Segal and Ronald D. Siegel). So I have to admit I thought the Bruno Cayoun workshop was going to be more of a review than new information. After all, I had heard many presenters on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness before.

But the Bruno Cayoun presentation was anything but a review and proved, once again, that when it comes to workshops it’s all too easy to fall victim to, as the old saying goes, "judging a book by its cover."

The Overlap between Mindfulness and CBT

Psychotherapists who consider learning theory “old school” may be surprised that it dovetails quite nicely with mindfulness:

a)   Extinction and Reinforcement

An important contributing factor to Dr. Cayoun’s integrated model is his recognition of the complementary nature of mindfulness and CBT. For example, by being able to sit still and allowing thoughts and body sensations to pass, developing mindfulness allows us to “witness the law of impermanence within.” 1 This law of impermanence is also reflected in the phenomenon of “extinction” where the practice of CBT helps clients reduce the frequency of a learned behaviour. Furthermore, mindfulness includes an awareness of the human tendency to grasp and “cling” to thoughts. CBT recognizes the power of attachments as demonstrated by the principle of “reinforcement.” These twin CBT principles of extinction and reinforcement have been part of Eastern conceptualizations of behaviour for over 2,500 years.

(1) Source: Cayoun, Bruno (2011-07-15). Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (p. 14). John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.

b)   Equanimity

Equanimity is a goal of both mindfulness meditation and CBT and is defined loosely as balance and self-control. Dr. Cayoun defines equanimity as “a state of experiential acceptance that relies on awareness of thoughts and somatic sensations.” 2 Dr. Cayoun also suggests that developing equanimity also requires a greater objectivity about the event being experienced. This state of objectivity is endorsed by both CBT researchers and mindfulness teachers.

c)   Interoceptive Awareness and Acceptance

One important application of equanimity is through interoception, or the ability to perceive body sensations, which was also reported by Russian behaviour scientists some 50 years ago and described in terms of “interoceptive conditioning”. 2 This interoceptive awareness and acceptance is also a core feature of mindfulness meditation as taught in the Burmese Vipassana tradition for over 2200 years. Feeling body sensations while preventing a learned response constitutes an exposure procedure.

(2) Source: Cayoun, Bruno (2011-07-15). Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (p. 17). John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.

How Bruno Cayoun’s MiCBT Treatment is Different

a)   The Ability to Treat Multiple Disorders

While there are many mindfulness-based therapies out there, Dr. Cayoun’s Mindfulness-integrated CBT model (MiCBT) is different in that it integrates mindfulness meditation and traditional CBT to address multiple disorders, not just anxiety or depression. How is this accomplished? The answer, according to Dr. Cayoun, is detachment. As described in the equanimity section above, MiCBT trains clients to remain objective and nonjudgmental about transient thoughts and body sensations. Developing detachment can help clients “let go” of unhelpful reactions that contribute to maintaining a whole host of disorders including generalised anxiety, depression, panic, PTSD, impulse control disorder, chronic pain, etc.  

b)   A Focus on the Breath and Body

Bruno Cayoun’s teaching of mindfulness is different than others that focus principally on the breath.  According to Dr. Cayoun, while mindful breathing is effective in redirecting attention away from distressing thoughts, it does not work as well for distressing emotions. According to Dr Cayoun, thoughts that are important to us “co-emerge” with body sensations, such as chest constriction or butterflies in the stomach, to which we then react to feel relieved. We do not react to thoughts directly. For instance, people who dissociate when they are very anxious tend to be less emotionally reactive because they are less able to feel body sensations, even though they can ve well aware of their unhelpful thoughts.

Moreover, the early onset of emotions, when things are still manageable, is, according to Dr. Cayoun, not accessible by conscious awareness (emotion are “automatic” and co-emerge with thoughts). Instead, Dr. Cayoun recommends that mindfulness also focuses on body sensations in a process known as “body scanning”, which helps minimize emotional reactivity during crises. Although there are other mindfulness-based methods that include body scanning (e.g., MBSR), the Burmese Vipassana tradition used in MiCBT specifically acts as exposure and response prevention method—rather than deep relaxation. According to Dr. Cayoun, focusing on the body is a natural place to focus because body sensations are the building block of emotions. Indeed, how do we know that we feel anger, fear or sadness? Through body sensations that co-emerge with thoughts.

In other words, MiCBT helps clients sustain attention on important daily events and activities and prevent the reinforcement of unhelpful thoughts by neutralising their co-emerging body sensations. MiCBT also helps clients notice and prevent reactive emotions by perceiving body sensations and preventing unhelpful learned responses. By perceiving thoughts and body sensations as impermanent and impersonal phenomena, MiCBT helps clients learn to distinguish their internal experiences from their sense of self.


After grappling with the content of the MiCBT approach during the 2-day workshop and reading the training manual, I have come to appreciate that mindfulness-integrated CBT is a therapy quite different from either mindfulness or CBT considered separately. As it is said, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Now that I have gotten past my assumptions about MiCBT, I can see the benefit for therapists and treatment centres that are looking to maximize their time spent with clients.

Recommended Reading & Viewing

Bruno Cayoun’s website … MiCBT Institute

Bruno Cayoun’s book … Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Here are post-therapy video interviews of real clients in therapy with Dr Cayoun.

Here’s a 20 minute YouTube video featuring Dr. Cayoun

About Bruno Cayoun

Bruno Cayoun is Director of the Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) Institute, which trains, accredits, and supports MiCBT practitioners. He is also a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and Research Associate at the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania.  He is the principal developer of the MiCBT model, which integrates mindfulness skills training with well-established principles of traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

About the Author

Daniel Jordan is a frequent exhibitor at Jack Hirose & Associates workshops and Director of Strategic Development at Sunshine Coast Health Center, a private residential addiction treatment facility located in Powell River, BC.


Quit for Good - Hobart Counselling

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A Hobart Counselling Wellbeing Course to help you stop smoking

Do you want to quit smoking? 
Then this is for you!

We are running a smoking cessation group – 2-hours per week for 8-weeks that could change your life! Why don’t you come along and learn about quitting in a supportive and friendly group environment? Smoking can be very difficult to stop by yourself, so we have a whole lot of valuable information and practices to share with you to help. 

Learn Mindfulness and other self-management skills with MiCBT and get your life back! Contact us now and we will send you an information sheet and application form. 

Program Details 
Venue:          MiCBT Institute, 277 Macquarie Street, Hobart.
Dates:          August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Times:          6.00pm – 8.00pm.
Investment:  $300 Covers 8 sessions, notes, CDs, refreshments and GST. 

To apply: Phone or email us and we will send you an information sheet and application form. 
Dr Pauline M Enright 
Phone: O409 191 342 
PO Box 907, Sandy Bay, TAS 7006.  

Please submit your form by 26th July 2013
Numbers limited – do it now and be sure of a place!

New MiCBT Courses for 2013: Ireland and Canada

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Registration is now open for people wishing to further their Mindfulness-integrated CBT training in Canada and Ireland: 

MiCBT Foundation Course, Canada, commencing 7 September 

MiCBT Applied Course, Ireland. commencing 14 September 

Both courses will be taught by Dr Cayoun, and pre-requisites apply. 

CANADA: Online Foundation Course - UPDATE

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Due to demand, we are please to announce there will be a second MiCBT Foundation Course in Canada. This online course will commence SUNDAY 16 June, and run for 7 Sundays, until July 28. For detailed schedule and registration, see Excellence in Practice.

Please note that in order to take part in the Online Foundation Course you must attend one of the 2-day workshops offered by Dr. Bruno Cayoun in Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa, or Toronto).

CANADA: Online Foundation Course

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Attendance at one of the MiCBT Workshops (Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto) leads to the possibility to continue online training from June 15 with the Foundation Course.

Registration for the 8-Week Online Foundation Course will be available shortly. For more information or to pre-register, please contact info@excellenceinpractice.ca

MELBOURNE: May MiCBT Foundation Course - Places now available

Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The May MiCBT Foundation Course was fully booked over 4 weeks ago, and due to increasing demand, we are pleased to announce that we are running a second MiCBT Foundation Course.  The online classes for this course will be taught by Alice Shires. The teaching dates and times are identical to the advertised MiCBT Foundation Course classes, beginning 18 May, with Sally Francis.

If you are interested in registering, there are now a small number of places available. 

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 https://macquariehs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QcqsKYzeNryBFj 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 www.mindfulness.net.au/mindfulness-training.html  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-  http://ahwinstitute.com/first-international-conference-on-mindfulness

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: admin@mindfulness.net.au . 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 admin@mindfulness.net.au

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Ubp-jBFOo 

 If you feel inspired, join with the MiCBT Institute team here: http://www.mycause.com.au/page/micbtinstitute


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
Email: atlambe@bigpond.com
Website: barrenjoeypsychology.com

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.

 Join us on Facebook!   

The MiCBT Institute Facebook page shares updates related to the MiCBT Institute as well as news and information on Mindfulness. We encourage our colleagues to "Like" the MiCBT Institute page and share the link with peers and others in our professional community -  facebook.com/MiCBTInstitute

Mindful in May - Pause for a Cause

Monday, April 22, 2013

No More Excuses!

"Taking a pause is a radical act in this fast paced world. If you’ve had meditation on your list of things to do and would like to make a difference in the world at the same time, Mindful in May makes meditation easy and meaningful." 

A great way to re-affirm your commitment to sit each day. Join our team at the Institute and raise money to provide clean water in developing countries!  http://www.mycause.com.au/page/micbtinstitute

BRISBANE: Managing Stress and Your Emotions

Thursday, April 04, 2013
Patrea O'DonoghueThis 8-week course offers a structured method that effectively re-trains your brain and starts extinguishing unhelpful automatic thinking and reactive patterns. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, the ability to settle yourself and stay calm, and be more assertive.
Venue: Redland Community Centre
29 Loraine Street, Capalaba, Qld 4157

Times/Dates: 9am-noon (incl a tea break)
Wednesday mornings
Wk 1: Wed 24 April to Wk 8: Wed 12 June
Optional practice: 11.30am-noon

Free Introductory Session: 
Wednesday 17 April 9.00am-10.30am

Costs: Total course costs are $455. 
Medicare rebates may apply ($21.65 per session per attendee, subject to minimum numbers and GP referral). 
Concession card holders may arrange a payment plan. 
Cost covers 
  • 8x 2.5 hr group sessions
  • optional ½ hr practice
  • two guided instructions CDs
  • session notes
  • reading materials
  • light snacks
Facilitator:  Patrea O'Donoghue (M.Psych)
Contact:     07 3472 1361 or patrea@ozemail.com.au 

Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Registration is now well under way for the Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference and workshops to be held in Melbourne, 1 – 2 March 2013.

The conference website gives details of the optional workshops and conference, and instructions for registering and, if needed, booking accommodation.  

Please note that a late fee will be added to registrations that are paid after 25 January 2013.

Please also note that submissions for poster presentations will be considered until 25 January. The abstract template is available from the website.

HOBART: Stress Relief with Mindfulness

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stress Relief with Mindfulness

8-week course starting 22nd January 2013
Tuesdays 6.00pm – 8.00pm
MiCBT Institute 277 Macquarie Street Hobart

Facilitated by Dr Pauline Enright
qualified MiCBT therapist and workshop facilitator

Make the best New Year resolution! Learn to manage stress and reactivity. Stress is part of life for most of us. But if we manage it well, we can prevent it from eroding our health and wellbeing. We can get on top of it before it takes hold!

If you take care of yourself, you are better able to do the best for those you love and care for. You have more energy for the things you really want to do. Even if stress has already got the better of you, you can still learn how to take control of it and get your life back.

In this course, you will learn Mindfulness and other valuable skills in accordance with the MiCBT model. You will be better able manage your life and problems. You will enjoy a better quality of life!

For inquiries, phone Pauline on 0409 191 342

Don’t delay. Follow the link below for more details and enrolment options:

Do it now and check out the Early Bird options!

Download Brochure: Stress Relief with Mindfulness

CANADA: Mindfulness-integrated CBT Training

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training for Crisis Intervention and Relapse Prevention, May-June 2013

Presented by Bruno Cayoun, D.Psych,

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

DUBLIN: Mindfulness-integrated CBT Training March 2013

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The MiCBT Institute and City Colleges School of Psychology (Dublin) are pleased to announce MiCBT Workshop and Course for Dublin 2013:

is a comprehensive introduction to Mindfulness-integrated CBT and can be taken independently without proceeding further with the online 7-week Foundation course.

The Foundation Course MARCH to JUNE consists of a 2-day face-to-face teaching (23 & 24 March), followed by 7 weekly online sessions - Saturdays, dates and time to be finalised.

Where: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin IRELAND

Fee: 220 euros

TrainerBruno Cayoun

Places: Filling Up

Registration: please contact City Colleges: info@citycolleges.ie  

Phone: 1850-252740  or 00353(0)4160034

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City Colleges Dublin

Mindfulness Meditation: A Way In

Monday, October 01, 2012

By  on Aug 27, 2012 

This article was published on midlifexpress.com, a website celebrating midlife women, 2012.

I sit cross-legged and straight-backed on a firm sequined cushion. My eyes are closed and if I smile a little, it brings to mind images of serene buddhas, gold and silver shiny with lotuses in their hands.

I'm practising mindfulness meditation in the Vipassana tradition. Twice daily for thirty minutes I take time out to sit and quiet myself. This is my ninth week and I've not missed a session yet. I intend to do this for the rest of my life.

But why? I'm no shiny buddha holding a lotus, nor likely to become one. It's arduous sitting on a numb leg focusing on my breathing or body sensations. It's tricky fitting in meditation morning and night when the day's tasks demand attention, when I'm tired, when other things are more fun.

My mind scatters here and there, planning tomorrow, remembering this morning, writing the shopping list, rerunning conversations. Back to the breath, back to the body.

The short answer is: peace. I want peace.

A longer answer is that I want to change my brain into one less cued to stress, anxiety and the aftereffects of trauma. I'm curious. I want to experiment.

For years I've read about mindfulness and contemplated a Vipassana-style ten-day retreat. I liked the notions of being able to self-calm, to enter altered states of consciousness, to feel at one with the universe. On a more mundane level, the health benefits attracted me. Listening to the Health Report recently it seems mindfulness meditation is gaining increasing credence. There's even evidence it helps repair DNA damage.

But the way into the practice remained elusive. I tried meditating by counting the breath. I started yoga, listened to relaxation tapes, learned to visualise my 'safe place'. These were all beneficial, but they were not a daily mindfulness practice.

Nor did a bookshelf stashed with the likes of Jack Kornfield and Thich Naht Hanh give me the tools I needed.

These came from an unexpected direction.

My thanks to the MiCBT Institute in Hobart. Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been pioneered by Dr Bruno Cayoun, a clinical psychologist who's melded the 2500-year-old Vipassana tradition with psychology practice to form a workable program for clients suffering a range of difficulties.

In my case, I wanted a solution to long-standing anxiety. Having found conventional treatments unsatisfactory, I was searching for something more in line with my personal philosophy, life-goals and felt experience. Antidepressants and talk therapy were not the answer for me. I disliked relying on a drug with dubious side effects, or on a therapist, however pleasant their company. I was unimpressed with offers of new pills to try without consideration of the root cause of my problem.

I knew that Western psychology had begun converging with Eastern wisdom about the mind. And here it was: a psychology practice in my hometown offering mindfulness as a method for tackling stress, trauma, and anxiety.

MiCBT has offered me a way in.

The program is graded, structured and evidence-based. I needn’t flounder alone trying to meditate from a book. I have a mentor of whom I can ask questions, and who explains to me, stage by stage, what I am doing and why. Elements of Western psychological treatments are incorporated alongside the meditation. Audio CDs initiate me into the techniques bit by bit.

The discipline to sit twice daily comes from me. I practise alone, and soon won’t need CDs to guide me. The knowledge that I follow a pretrodden path and have support offers the structure and direction I sought.

And the benefits are measurable. I hear my friends saying 'you seem so calm', and can see from the weekly scales and questionnaires how I'm changing – how my brain is changing.

One day I’ll embark on a ten-day silent retreat, but for now, the twice daily smaller silences are a good beginning.

Mindfulness Meditation: Loving Kindness

By  on Sept 17, 2012 

spiritual energy

I’ve added a new element to my daily mindfulness meditation: the practise of loving kindness.

This ancient practise is one I’ve tried occasionally, sometimes looking at a photograph of someone I cherish. It lifted my mood, made me smile, and left me feeling warm and glad.

Now I’ve begun a more consistent practise as part of mindfulness training under the guidance of Dr Bruno Cayoun.

I’ve been following the Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program for 12 weeks (see mindfulness.net.au). At this stage I practise a bodyscanning meditation for 30 minutes twice daily, focusing on body sensations, followed by 5 to 15 minutes of loving kindness meditation.

To begin the loving kindness practice I focus on sensations of ‘free flow’ in my body, felt as tingling or vibration, often strongest in my hands. The instructions suggest focusing on the heart area in particular. I found this interesting as at times in my life of high emotion, such as grief, elation, or intense empathy for another’s suffering, I’ve felt a sensation of energy welling up from deep within my torso and flowing out through my heart area and my hands. I’ve never been sure what to make of this, but it’s been distinct and powerful and accompanied by overwhelming feelings of compassion. I imagine this is what I will feel during the practice once I am more experienced.

The next step is to think positive thoughts directed sequentially toward myself, my loved ones, those I know less intimately, those with whom I may be in conflict, and finally, all beings. I can use my own phrasing for these thoughts. An example: may I feel peace; may all beings feel peace. The thoughts are to be accompanied by an outward flow of positive feeling toward the person or beings I am contemplating.

The instructions also suggest using visualisation, and I find this easier than repeating positive statements. I visualise myself and my loved ones by imagining our faces, imagining sharing a loving look, touch or hug. The images that emerge often depict the loved one in a posture of openness and vulnerability, eyes closed as if sleeping. I touch their hair with gentleness, stroke their face, or rest a palm on their forehead. I see their beauty and their pain. I feel a deep empathy and compassion.

Interestingly, the flow of compassion comes most easily when I visualise my beloved guinea pigs, perhaps because my love for them is uncomplicated and they depend completely on my care.

I visualise also those loved family members, human and animal, who have died.

I am able to direct loving feelings toward friends and neighbours, but struggle to direct these toward people who have harmed me. In conclusion I direct loving feelings toward the blue planet with all her beings.

Coinciding with the start of this practice has been the onset of extremely pleasant, at times euphoric dreams. The dreams feature people from my present and past and a mutual sharing of goodwill and delight. I wake suffused with incredible wellbeing. They are very happy dreams. In the first of these dreams two former friends – people whom I avoid in daily life because of a hurtful falling out – were present and we hugged lovingly.

Is this an effect of my new practise? Can it be connected? I’m a novice at this form of meditation and look forward with curiosity to where it takes me.

Mindfulness Meditation: Meeting Difficulties Calmly

By Merridy Pugh on Oct 08, 2012

I’m exhausted from travelling all day. I skipped my morning meditation due to getting up very early to catch a ferry. I tried meditating on the plane but the roar of engines drowned out attempts to focus on my breath or body sensations. And now meditating is the last thing I feel like doing. Instead, I collapse in a hot bath to wash the travel grime away, and stagger from bath to bed.Such obstacles arise inevitably in the course of mindfulness practice. The challenge is to view these calmly and with acceptance.


Because I’m perfectionistic and diligent, skipping a meditation gives rise to anxious thoughts. Does it mean I lack commitment? Is it better to care for my body’s physical need for rest right now, or meditate regardless? Am I sabotaging my practice?

I watch the anxious thoughts, and try to accept these: they are simply thoughts, they will pass. And it is okay – yes, I missed a day’s practice, yes I have anxious thoughts, but it’s okay.

Intrusive thoughts

It’s a myth that meditating means emptying the mind of all thoughts. Believing so leads to unrealistic expectations and a sense of failure, as anyone trying to meditate and failing (inevitably) to clear their mind of thoughts, will think that they can’t meditate. But the brain always throws up thoughts – this is what it does.

When I suddenly find myself rerunning an argument from yesterday or planning the next meal, I bring myself gently back to the meditation. The trick is not to engage with the thoughts, but to observe and let them pass. I’m learning not to get frustrated or despondent when thoughts intrude. There’s no need. I accept that my brain is an active organ, that recent or intense thoughts will arise over and over again during meditation. And I continue to focus again on the breath, on the body.

Pain and discomfort

I thought I’d become skilled at meditating with a dying leg. At first I’d barely managed 30 minutes without desperate urges to move said leg. But I learned to observe the body sensations – tingling, pressure, throbbing, heat, cold – with detachment and without reacting. Sitting for half an hour became easy, the discomfort tolerable.

Then my sessions increased to 45 minutes and I encountered the same obstacle with a vengeance. The added 15 minutes were excruciating. Here I was trying to generate feelings of compassion during the loving kindness component of my meditation, with my leg screaming abuse at me for sitting on it so long.

The 45-minute session is a work in progress. But I know my leg won’t be damaged by a short spell of numbness. I try to watch the sensations and mental gymnastics with detachment. It’s intriguing to see the lengths one part of my brain will go to, to make me move that leg!

Confusion and doubt

The same principle applies to feelings of confusion about the purpose of all this sitting-on-a-dead-leg, and doubts about the purported benefits of it all. What if it’s not working? Will I ever have better control over difficult emotions? Will I be the first person in history whose brain is a complete dud? How can sitting on a dead leg make me calmer?

Back to equanimity – these too are merely thoughts. Doubts will pass. Equanimity helps me avoid spiralling downward: a doubting thought leading to annoyance leading to further doubts and annoyance, despair, despondency and giving up!

To my horror I recently missed three entire days’ meditations. My motivation plunged as I considered what a useless specimen I was. I struggled half-heartedly through several days of meditation before meeting with my mentor and trainer.

What a relief. He smiled gently at me, a twinkle in his eye, and said, the world won’t fall apart because you missed some meditations. He voiced the equanimity and acceptance I’d been unable to myself.

You can read a helpful account of common difficulties with mindfulness meditation in Dr Bruno Cayoun’s handbook Mindfulness-Integrated CBT: Principles and Practice.

HOBART: Taking charge - A mindfulness course for you

Sunday, September 16, 2012

TAKING CHARGE - A Mindfulness course for You

A highly effective evidence-based therapy

 Courses running during October and November

8-weeks that could change your life for the better


Mondays: 10.00am-12 noon 15/10 – 03/12/12

Tuesdays: 2.00pm – 4.00pm 9/10 – 27/11/12

Wednesdays: 6.00pm – 8.00pm 10/10 – 28/11/12

 Courses will be condensed if insufficient numbers

  • Learn the calming techniques of Mindfulness meditation
  • Change damaging beliefs about yourself 
  • Banish stress and reactivity 
  • Take charge of your life

Most of us deal with stress on a daily basis. Unchecked it can lead to ill health, relationship breakdowns, job losses and financial hardship. Mindfulness is the drug-free way to manage stress and reactivity. Whether it is an addiction anxiety, depression, phobia or just the stress of everyday life, Mindfulness could be the solution for you.

This course teaches MiCBT (Mindfulness-integrated-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) based on the work of Dr Bruno Cayoun. It is suitable for those who want to learn the principles of Mindfulness to maintain their good emotional health, for those who want to deal with average daily stressors, and for those who want skills to manage more serious condition such as those listed above. As you can see, it is for everybody!

Course fee: $495 complete, including CDs, notes and assessments.

Intake interviews (essential) and course confirmation 17th-25th September. 

Phone now and book your time slot. 

Take charge of your life and be happier! 


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Dr Pauline Enright: 0409 191 342

GOLD COAST: An 8-week group therapy course to help you deal with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Friday, August 31, 2012

What is Mindfulness?  

Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal, detached and acceptable way.  

There is a growing number of therapy approaches that incorporate mindfulness training. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is one of these approaches. It offers a practical set of evidence-based techniques derived from mindfulness training together with principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to address a broad range of psychological disorders and general stress conditions.  

This 8-week group therapy, offered with 8 individual supplemental sessions, will follow the principles of MiCBT and involve active mindfulness training as well as psychological interventions. It will be offered to adults experiencing stress, anxiety or depression by a clinical psychologist, Mikako Naito, at her Tugun clinic on the Gold Coast. The number of participants will be limited to 8. Child minding service can be arranged on site for a fee. 

Pre-Group Individual Assessment (Required):
By appointment 15 Oct -19 Oct 2012  

Group Therapy: 
8 Thursdays 25 Oct – 20 Dec 2012 (no session on 22Nov)  
10.15 am - 12.15 pm 
Weekly supplemental individual sessions by appointment  

Bulk billing for pre-group, group and individual sessions  
($20 per session if without a GP Mental Health Care Plan)  
Plus a one-off payment of $40 to cover the cost of the two mindfulness training CDs used for this program  

Enquiry / Appointment:  (07) 5559 5391 mikako.naito@bigpond.com 


MiCBT Group - Gold Coast MiCBT Group - Gold Coast123kb

SYDNEY: MICBT Client Group for women with Linda Hayes-Cameron

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mindfulness-integrated CBT Group Chatswood NSW

September 15 - November 3

MiCBT integrates mindfulness meditation with traditional CBT techniques. These strategies are proving to be an invaluable therapeutic approach for many psychological issues such as anxiety and depression along with other health concerns such as stress, worry, pain and aggression.

About the Course

This course is for women who are planning a pregnancy or who are currently pregnant. Not only will you learn how to relax, improve your attention, think more clearly, control thoughts and regulate your emotions and reactivity to life events, your baby will benefit from a calmer environment in which to grow.
  •  A maximum of 8 participants
  •  Pre-course interview and measures
  •  8 two-hour group sessions along side a weekly individual therapy session.
  •  Professional feedback and support
  •  Course workbook and 2 practice CDs
  •  Participants are required to practice between sessions.
  •  Refreshments provided

For more information and registration details contact:

Linda Hayes-Cameron
Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 0402 331 731 

HOBART: Improving Understanding and Implementation of Mindfulness-based Interventions

Monday, August 06, 2012
Mindfulness skills are being increasingly included in Western psychological therapies, especially with cognitive and behavioural techniques. However, integrating mindfulness training with core components of CBT skilfully is a complex and demanding process, primarily because the theoretical framework from which clinicians using mindfulness operate is either unclear or absent, and practitioners are often provided with ill-defined rationales for each skill to be developed. The most common confusion arises from the lack of differentiation between “mindfulness” and “being present”.

This seminar will expand our common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT and other approaches. It is also an opportunity to learn from the principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT).

Presenter: Bruno Cayoun, DPsych, CCLIN
When: Thursday 30 August
Where: Room 209 soc sci  University of Tas.
Time: 6 - 8 PM 

 Pizza and drinks provided.
Please RSVP to peternelson@netspace.net.au by COB Wednesday 29 August
APS - Hobart Branch

MORNINGTON VIC: MiCBT Group Therapy with Karen Tepper

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


An 8-Week Program in MiCBT for

Depression • Anxiety • Stress • Pain 


with Karen Tepper, Psychologist

2 separate programs commencing:
Tuesday July 10th at 6:00pm and Friday July 20th at 11:00am.


This program is designed to enhance mental wellbeing and resilience.
It is a practical and powerful way to address issues of depression, anxiety, stress and pain

  • Improve your motivation and ability to relax
  • Improve your ability to understand the relationship between mental and physical experiences and mood
  • Enhance your ability to understand and manage stress, anxiety and depression
  • Increase your ability to think more clearly
  • Increase your daily effectiveness and productivity
  • Improve your sense of well-being

The program provides:

  • 1 one-hour pre-group assessment 
  • 8 two-hour group sessions 
  • Feedback and support 
  • 8 one-hour individual sessions 
  • Mindfulness CDs
  • Morning Tea

The program is delivered in a relaxed group setting over eight weeks, during which participants will learn new skills while being supported by an experienced psychologist. Participants are required to make a commitment to the daily mindfulness exercises taught during the program.

Cost: $265 gap with Mental Health Care Plan. Bulk billing may be applicable for concession card holders with Mental Health Care Plan

For more details, please contact: 

Karen Tepper 

350 Main St, Mornington VIC 3931 

Tel: 04 3907 0362 or 03 9783 7770

Download Brochure: MiCBT Mornington 2012

MELBOURNE: MiCBT Client Program

Thursday, March 01, 2012

8 Week: Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) Course, Melbourne

Program commencement: 21 March 2012

All sessions: Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 17 Grattan Street, Carlton

Bookings are essential

To book a place, or to get more information, please contact Sarah on 0409 669 688.

In order to benefit from this program, regular practice of mindfulness exercises will be required. Free ongoing mindfulness practice sessions available for course participants. Practice CD, course notes and refreshments provided.


Monday, February 20, 2012

The MiCBT Insitute and The Centre for Psychotherapy (Singapore), are pleased to announce Workshop and Course dates for Singapore 2012:

MiCBT for Crisis-Intervention and Relapse Prevention: 
4-5-6 May 2012  
28-29-30 September 2012

MiCBT 8 Week Foundation Course for Mental Health Professionals: 
4 May - 23 June 2012  
28 September - 25 November 2012

The 3-day workshop is a comprehensive introduction to MiCBT and can be taken independently without proceeding further with the 8-week Foundation Course.

The Foundation Course consists of 3-day face-to-face teaching, followed by 7 weekly online sessions.

Registration: please contact the Centre for Psychotherapy


Download Singapore 2012 training brochure Download Singapore 2012 training brochure314kb

BRISBANE: Managing Your Emotions - re-train your brain

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Where: Redland Community Centre Inc., 29 Loraine St, Capalaba, Qld 4157. 

Format: 8 group sessions, each 3 hours incl. a tea break

Facilitator: Patrea O'Donoghue, MPsych, MAPS

Cost: $455 includes the 8 group sessions, all materials, 2 CDs with guided instructions, and light refreshments

Bookings: 07 3245 2117 or 07 3472 1361

This 8-week course is aimed at helping people better understand and manage difficult emotional experiences such as when feeling stressed, anxious, sad, depressed or angry. The course is based on Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), a treatment approach developed by Bruno Cayoun, DPSych, clinical psychologist.

MiCBT is an approach that combines both mindfulness and the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). During this course, participants will learn a variety of mindfulness-based skills and approaches that encourage them to focus on their breathing and their body, rather than the thoughts that are likely triggering reactive behaviours and escalating the emotions. The course also looks at how other people and our emotions interact with one another and what we can do about that.

Mindfulness approaches have been demonstrated by researchers to be very helpful for people in better managing emotions and stress, improving depressed moods by helping avoid rumination, improving concentration, and generally result in feeling a greater sense of satisfaction with one's own life.

Term 1: 8 February - 28 March 2012
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 1/2/12 from 6.30-8pm

Term 2: 2 May - 20 June 2012 
Time: 9.00-12.00noon 
Free pre-course information session 18/4/12 from 11.00-12.30pm

Term 3: 1 August - 19 September
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 27/7/12 from 6.30-8pm

Term 4: 17 October - 5 December 2012 
Time: 6.30-9.30pm 
Free pre-course information session 10/10/12 from 6.30-8pm

GOLD COAST: MiCBT Group for Clients

Sunday, December 11, 2011

An 8-week group therapy course to help you deal with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal, detached and acceptable way.

There is a growing number of therapy approaches that incorporate mindfulness training. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is one of these approaches. It offers a practical set of evidence-based techniques derived from mindfulness training together with principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to address a broad range of psychological disorders and general stress conditions.

This 8-week group therapy, offered with 8 individual supplemental sessions, will follow the principles of MiCBT and involve active mindfulness training as well as psychological interventions. It will be offered to adults experiencing stress, anxiety or depression by a clinical psychologist, Mikako Naito, at her Tugun clinic on the Gold Coast. The number of participants will be limited to 8. Child minding service can be arranged on site for a fee.

  • Bulk billing for both group and individual sessions ($30.00 per session if without a GP Mental Health Care Plan)
  • A one-off payment of $40.00 to cover the cost of the two mindfulness training CDs used for this program
Days and Time:
  • Group sessions: 10.15am – 12.15pm 8 Tuesdays beginning on 7 February 2012
  • Individual supplemental sessions: 8 Thursdays or Fridays beginning in the same week (by appointment)

Enquiry/Application: Please contact Mikako at (07) 5559 5391 or mikako.naito@bigpond.com to make an appointment for a pre-group assessment session.


Group Brochure Feb 2012 Group Brochure Feb 2012145kb

Enrol Now for MiCBT Training and Courses 2012!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Our training calendar for 2012 is finalised ... Places are limited and early registration is advised to avoid disappointment.

All of our courses can be taken independently or as part of the Voc. Graduate Diploma of MiCBT.

Introductory Workshop – April and August

8-week Foundation Course – April and August

8-Week Applied Course – July

Intensive Residential 5-day Retreat – March and November

Click here for more information…

Snapshot: Glenn Bilsborrow

Friday, July 29, 2011

Registered Psychologist, Macquarie Psychology – Hobart Australia

Psychology has always been a fascination for me but we didn't really find each other properly until later in my life. When I left school I was going to be a mechanic! But my employer told me that he had decided not to take on another apprentice, so that was that. Needless to say, I didn't stay there long. After a few more years working, I went to university and started studying a bachelor of arts with the intention of doing psychology. I really enjoyed anthropology and English, but found first year psychology a bit dry! Overall, it seemed too far removed from everyday life, let alone people. So I changed to business.

After completing a business degree I went to work in the real world and slowly realised that it was a world of conformity and rules. The aim was to make money and everything was about making more of it. At this time I was living and working in Sydney, Australia. I worked in various capacities such as financial planner and as an advisor to small business. So eventually, in 1991, my partner and I decided to move to Tasmania where her family was and where we could raise our two boys in a place that was a little more removed from the rat-race.

During all these years of work, I had always been interested in the journey of self-understanding as well. In my early 20s I discovered self help books teaching such things as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy. I read as many books as I could find. I wanted to know about myself and my role in this world. I went to see therapists. The first one was good. The second was not as good. I wasn’t sure that therapists were able to offer anything substantial and I was concerned that it perhaps wasn’t really a 'science'. Maybe we just turn out to be who we were going to be despite 'psychology'?

But I was a scientist at heart, and business and science are worlds apart. So, one day I decided to go back to psychology. I had decided by this time that psychology did have something to offer when done properly. I wanted to do it properly. I restarted the arts degree part-time and got into honours at the University of Tasmania. I spent a few years working on my Doctorate and became a registered psychologist.

My philosophy in life had always been that of a generalist. I wanted to gather knowledge about a wide range of things and apply that to my vocation, whatever that was. Being a psychologist was a way of utilising that experience; use my own journey and the variety of things I learned in life, and at university, to help those who are in need. So I became a specialist, which now actually sits well. To that role I bring all the differing perspectives of living and working in various places. Since working as a psychologist, I have felt fulfilled and happy. There is not a day that goes by where I don't feel grateful for my life. I used to worry that one day it would all go pear-shaped and not last. But over time I learned to trust that it wouldn't. Of course there have been bad times. But overall, life has really been good to me.

In all those early years where I was learning about life and myself, funnily enough, I was never drawn into mindfulness in a formal way. Back in the 80s I read a book called "The relaxation response" and I was intrigued by how meditation affected the mind and body. I also read and absorbed books on visualisation and many other techniques that helped to still the mind. I applied these to my life in a casual way. One outlined a technique that I tried and found affected me profoundly. It started off small, only a slight change. Over time, as I practiced it, I was able to ‘hold’ this sensation of letting go. I had learned to be equanimous for short periods in a focused way by letting go of an attachment to sensations in the body. I still use it and it led me to have an affinity later with the practice of mindfulness. I also learned a long time ago, of the impermanence of emotion and the notion that we are often rooted in the present by emotion, but have to also have an eye to the fact that this will change.

I met Bruno in 2000 and was struck by his calm, his dedication and the clarity he brought to things. He wanted me to understand mindfulness in a deeper way by practice. His view was that if you have found something this good, you want others you care about to also benefit from it. I resisted. “What was the point of working hard on something designed to make you happier in your life when you are already happy?” I thought. Over time, we had chats about his methods and I could see a definite advantage in utilising a more pervasive mindfulness approach with clients.

I heard others, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, talking about the benefits of mindfulness and I had read much on it. So I began to practice it more formally. Since then, it has been imbedded in my work with clients. What I like about this approach is that it is experiential. It is one's own experience and not that of another who may be trying to help you change your understanding of what you experience. It asks you to do it to yourself, without a 'middle man'. In MiCBT, mindfulness is not on the periphery, it is central. When I thought about it, I realised that traditional CBT is often simply trying to put a wedge between someone and their troublesome thoughts. Why not start deeper; why not work on it yourself through the practice of mindfulness? Above all, being mindful really does impact on what you bring to therapy. I think Bruno has truly brought mindfulness to psychotherapy in a unique and powerful way and I am grateful for his wisdom.

MiCBT Institute Newsletter: Vol 2.4 August 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this finds you well and trust you will appreciate reading the bimonthly newsletter of the MiCBT Institute. I welcome everyone who recently attended a course, workshop or master class in MiCBT and joined the institute’s Affiliate Membership. I hope that all of you will find the information and the peer-reviewed article linked to the August newsletter interesting and informative (click on link to download). Please do not hesitate to send us your comments.

Warm regards,

Bruno Cayoun

MiCBT Institute Newsletter Vol.2.4 MiCBT Institute Newsletter Vol.2.4235kb

Mindfulness in Meditation and Everyday Life

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Venue: Bruny Island Community Health Centre. 16 School Rd, Alonnah.

Course Dates: Preliminary interview on 26 July. The course runs from 23 August to 11 October 2011. 11.00am to 2.00pm, including a light lunch.

The last session will be Tuesday, 13 December.

Please book on 62931143 at Bruny Island Community Health Centre.

Cost: $5.00 for lunch per session. You will also need to purchase two CDs at $10.00 each for your daily practice.

Tutor: Dr Peter Davies

This 8-week course is based on the one developed by Dr Bruno Cayoun, an internationally recognised Psychologist and Mindfulness practitioner, who regularly teaches in Australia and abroad.

For further information please contact Peter Davies: Email pfreemandavies@gmail.com and mobile 0417528375 after 18 June.

What does a Mindfulness course involve?

Mindfulness is a mental state that is experienced as a heightened awareness of our senses in the present moment, free from judgement, reactivity and identification to the experience. As a training method, mindfulness requires paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, from moment to moment, with unconditional acceptance of the current experience. In a Mindfulness course, participants meet together as a class with an instructor for 8 weekly 2-hour classes, with an additional one half-day session 2 months after the 8th session.

The skill of mindfulness is taught through formal and informal mindfulness practices. Formal mindfulness meditation practices include mindfulness of breath, and body-scanning meditation, which help regulate attention and emotion. Informal mindfulness meditation practice involves integrating mindfulness into everyday life. In each class, participants have an opportunity to talk about their experience of the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skillfully. Each class is organized around a theme that is explored through mindfulness practice, group inquiry and other relevant exercises.

As mindfulness training is primarily experiential in nature, the main ‘work’ of the course is done at home between classes, using CDs with guided meditations that support participants developing practice outside of class. This requires devoting approximately 30 minutes twice each day to home practice. In many ways this commitment to daily practice is the most important aspect of the course. It is through personal experiencing of mindfulness that we come to understand the possibilities it opens for us in our daily lives.

Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you to:
  • become familiar with the workings of your mind
  • notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
  • explore ways of releasing yourself from those old and unhelpful habits
  • get in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
  • notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head
  • be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals
  • improve your sense of self-worth
  • accept yourself as you are, rather than judging or blaming yourself
  • decrease stress and gain some peace of mind
  • be able to exercise greater choice confidently in life.

Effects of developing mindfulness include:   

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
  • Enhanced interpersonal relationships
  • Increased ability to manage anxiety and depression and/or low mood
  • Reduced tension
  • Better sleep
  • Greater sense of meaning and purpose in life

Snapshot: Marise Fallon

Sunday, May 29, 2011
I never knew what I wanted to do when I left school and I spent many hours thinking about it while growing up in Brisbane, never coming to a decision that lasted more than a couple of months. When I did finish year 12 in 2001 at the last minute I decided to sign up for a Bachelor of Psychological Science at UQ. It felt like the course chose me, without much conscious thought of my own. I ended up loving studying psychology and I was also lucky enough to be able to combine it with studies in Buddhism (pursuing an interest in Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy that began as a student in high school), meditation in eastern religions and philosophy during the first couple of years.

I have always felt that I have been extremely lucky in life and, wanting to give back to a world that I loved, I always had a strong desire to help others. Studying psychology seemed to fit well with this. I graduated in 2006 and, wanting a break from study, spent three years working in an office supporting computer systems. Throughout my undergraduate study and during these years working afterwards, I spent 6 months travelling through south-east Asia, worked on yachts in the Whitsundays for a few months and drove/camped around the coastline of Australia on another amazing trip. During these years I realised how much I loved meeting learning from people. I also found myself drawn to the pursuit of activities that pulled me into the present moment: snorkelling and scuba diving, rock climbing and skydiving.

When I moved to Tasmania in February 2010 to begin a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UTAS I didn’t know much about mindfulness. I remember it being mentioned only once in my undergraduate course. I had heard about it through friends working in psychology in Brisbane and was intrigued to find out more. As I sat on my first day at UTAS, listening to potential supervisors for the masters theses talk about their research interests, I distinctly remember being excited to hear about Dr Bruno Cayoun’s interest in mindfulness and all things “east meets west”. Over the next week I read whatever I could find on mindfulness and did what I could to convince the uni to let Bruno be my supervisor. I was very happy when I found out this had worked.

Bruno introduced me to MiCBT and, as I began to develop a thesis project looking into mindfulness, I also began my own daily meditation. Bruno’s guidance, with such wisdom and patience, through both of these endeavours has been invaluable. I slowly plodded along with the daily meditation, being one of Bruno’s worst students at times I’m sure, struggling to find a balance between my strong desire to do the mediation and my strong desire to do anything else but. The meditation has now become an integral part of my life, though, and while I still have bad weeks sometimes, I keep coming back to it. I have loved witnessing the gradual change in the way I experience each moment of each day. My practise has already taught me so much about myself - my emotions, my thoughts and my place amongst the world - and I know this is only the very beginning of a long journey of awakening. Mindfulness has also been an invaluable tool for dealing with the stresses of being back at university, which have included the research project I’ve been working on.

On top of coursework and placements, my research has required me to teach 25 mindfulness courses (some last year and some this year). My study investigates the results for those completing different types of 8-week mindfulness courses: everyday mindfulness (informal mindfulness only); mindfulness of breath only; and body scan. Running these courses has been an amazing experience and I feel blessed to have been able to offer this opportunity to so many in the community. While I have not yet analysed any data regarding the differences in participant outcomes for each type of course, I know that many benefited regardless of the course completed. Running these courses, along with my own practice of mindfulness, has convinced me of the value of these techniques. I am so grateful to have been able to learn these skills for my own life and also to have the skills to be able to teach mindfulness to my clients when I finally become a practicing psychologist. (Thanks Bruno.)

Marise Fallon, BSc.
Master Student (Clinical Psychology)
University of Tasmania

Contact: mlfallon@postoffice.utas.edu.au

Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Monday, April 18, 2011
Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley-Blackwell) represents the first set of general principles and practical guidelines for the integration of mindfulness meditation with well-documented and newly developed CBT techniques to address a broad range of psychological dysfunctions.
  • The first book to provide a strong rationale and general guidelines for the implementation of mindfulness meditation integrated with CBT for a wide range of psychological difficulties
  • Incorporates ancient Buddhist concepts of how the mind works, while remaining firmly grounded in well-documented cognitive and behavioural principles
  • Provides new insights into established understanding of conditioning principles
  • Includes a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, week-by-week instructions for professionals to facilitate application of the therapy, along with case examples and the inspiring stories of former clients.

Click here for more information.

Managing Your Emotions: Re-Train Your Brain

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

by Redland Bay Community Centre

Where: Redland Community Centre Inc.,
29 Loraine St, Capalaba, Qld 4157
Ph 07 3245 2117

Format: 8 group sessions, each 3 hours including a tea break.

Facilitator: Patrea O'Donoghue, MPsych, MAPS.

Cost: $455 includes the 8 group sessions, all materials, 2 CDs with guided instructions, and light refreshments.

Bookings: (07) 3245 2117 or (07) 3472 1361

This 8-week course is aimed at helping people better understand and manage difficult emotional experiences such as when feeling stressed, anxious, sad, depressed or angry. The course is based on Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), a treatment approach developed by Bruno Cayoun, DPSych, clinical psychologist.

MiCBT is an approach that combines both mindfulness and the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). During this course, participants will learn a variety of mindfulness-based skills and approaches that encourage them to focus on their breathing and their body, rather than the thoughts that are likely triggering reactive behaviours and escalating the emotions. The course also looks at how other people and our emotions interact with one another and what we can do about that.

Mindfulness approaches have been demonstrated by researchers to be very helpful for people in better managing emotions and stress, improving depressed moods by helping avoid rumination, improving concentration, and generally result in feeling a greater sense of satisfaction with one's own life.

Term 1: 8 February – 28 March 2012
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Free pre-course information session 1 February 2012 from 6.30pm-8.00pm

Term 2: 2 May – 20 June 2012
Time: 9.00am-12.00noon
Free pre-course information session 18 April 2012 from 11.00am-12.30pm

Term 3: to be advised

Term 4: 17 October – 5 December 2012
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Free pre-course information session 10 October 2012 from 6.30pm-8.00pm

Snapshot: Mikako Naito

Monday, November 29, 2010
Consultant Psychologist MPsych (Clin) Tugun Clinic, Gold Coast

I stumbled into meditation quite by accident when I was 35. I had just broken up with a lawyer boyfriend who I thought was my knight in shining armour, only a year after I had divorced my first husband. It was a turbulent period. I probably cried more during this time than any other time in my life. And I didn’t just cry in those days. When I got upset, I would cry, scream and vehemently attack my partner with the nastiest words. It was like my anger, fear and sorrow weren’t mine at all but some powerful thing from outer space that would suddenly hijack my consciousness and drive my body to do all the deeds.

On that day I discovered meditation, I was lying on my bed wailing helplessly because I didn’t know what else to do as the memories of my lawyer boyfriend came and went. I wailed for what seemed like all morning and then stopped. I was simply exhausted. I closed my eyes and started to do some deep breathing, something my first husband had taught me but I never practised. Suddenly, I noticed myself free from the anguish – so completely free that it was as though I was floating far above the problems and questions which I was sure were still unresolved. I soaked up the blissful serenity, and when I opened my eyes I cried – because I then saw hope.

Looking back, the experience was probably closer to dissociation than meditation. But I thought I had found enlightenment and enthusiastically began following a path of self-discovery. I continued practising meditation every day. I read many popular psychology books and saw psychotherapists. I wanted to know why I was like this. I wanted to know where all that intense, unwanted energy came from.

The psychotherapists I saw weren’t much help, and I decided that I could do a better job if I knew how. I enrolled myself in a clinical psychology program at a nearby university. When I studied CBT, I thought I had found the cure for myself. When I learned about borderline personality disorder, I thought there were others like me. And when I learned about Asperger syndrome, I thought I had found the explanation to how I was. I drafted detailed conceptualisations of myself and tried one CBT technique after another to ‘fix’ myself.

I resolved many of my difficulties this way. For example, I managed to distance and differentiate myself from my well-meaning but erratic mother and learned to accept myself for who I was. I slowly but steadily began leading a life which others may envy. I bought a house, fell pregnant to my architect boyfriend, married him, had a beautiful baby daughter, finished my degree, got a job, and subsequently started my private practice.

But I was keenly aware that a portion of my everyday life hadn’t changed since my most dysfunctional days. I frequently got angry and shouted at my young daughter. My anger got so intense that I wasn’t able to feel any love, compassion or remorse until much later. It got intense so quickly that I didn’t know that I was angry until after I had shouted. It terrified my daughter, and it tormented me, but no amount of CBT and meditation seemed to really help. My anger was almost always around violations of the rules I had created – to keep my house clean, to get things done on time and to do these things efficiently. To me these rules were perfectly natural, logical and necessary, but my husband and daughter failed to appreciate them. I knew that my rules were the main source of our conflicts, but I wasn’t able to let go of the rules for fear of losing my identity and sense of belonging.

I attended Bruno’s 1-day and 8-week courses without much expectation because nothing else had really worked. But I began to notice the difference after about three weeks of twice-daily MiCBT mindfulness practice. I began to detect my anger at a very early stage and to monitor its gradual increase as though it were in slow motion, which allowed me to actually ask myself the crucial questions, “Should I shout or just talk? If talk, what should I say? And how and when should I say it?” The questions I preached to my clients to ask themselves and yet was never able to do myself. In other words, a miracle has happened.

MiCBT bipolar exposure has also got me used to my anxiety, which I didn’t know I had because I avoided it so well. I now spend much less time on keeping my house clean, and instead I often manage to squeeze some fun things in a day – like going to a park or hosting an impromptu play-day after school. And this is the big part, I do it smilingly. The notion of equanimity has filtered into our family life so much that our 6-year old daughter told me the other day, “Mummy, you need to be more equanimous.”

On the second session of the 8-week course, when I told Bruno I did not have time for two mindfulness practices in a day, he gently but firmly persuaded me to get up at 5 am to do the first practice of the day. It was one of the most significant turning points in my life because it would have taken a very different path if he did not succeed then. It is my hope that I make turning points like that in others’ lives too. MiCBT has already helped many of my clients, some of whom have shown dramatic improvement. I am committed to continue learning and growing as a MiCBT practitioner – through the regular meetings with my fellow MiCBT course graduates on the Gold Coast, Queensland,  monthly supervisions by Bruno, upcoming advanced MiCBT courses, and, of course, my daily practice.

I accept referrals of clients and I can be contacted by phone: (07) 5559 5391 or email: mikako.naito@bigpond.com

Snapshot: Karen Tepper

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Consultant Psychologist, Macquarie Psychology, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

I am a Psychologist, working in private practice at Macquarie Psychology in Hobart, Tasmania. Macquarie Psychology specializes in the practice of MiCBT and is associated with the MiCBT Institute. I have not always lived in Hobart. My husband and I decided we wanted to make the move here after living in warmer climates for the past ten years or so. We decided this was the time for a “tree change”. Before moving here I was in Townsville completing the final practicum for my Masters in Clinical Psychology. Although only my husband had secured a job when we moved to Hobart, the leap of faith has paid off. I wanted to work in private practice and I wanted to specialize as a MiCBT practitioner.

I began my professional life as an intern Psychologist working for Centrelink in Darwin. This was an interesting and challenging job working with clients who had complex needs. A few years later, I transferred to the Sunshine Coast, where the job at Centrelink just wasn’t the same. The demographic was completely different and not so challenging. Consequently, I resigned and went on to work for various departments within Queensland Health, including Adult Mental Health and Child & Youth Forensic Mental Health. Over the years I had been using an “eclectic” approach to therapy that had mainly consisted of the “Sparkly Eye” technique! However at this time, my practice was not informed by the Mindfulness approach.

While on the Sunshine Coast, a colleague suggested we attend a 4-day workshop on Mindfulness integrated CBT, facilitated by Dr Bruno Cayoun. At the time I had not heard of Bruno but agreed to go with my colleague because of my interest in Mindfulness. I had meditated occasionally before attending this workshop. I learned a framework of psychological practice that made sense and the therapist in me was immediately intrigued. I learned to pay attention to my breath, and return to the present moment whenever I got caught up in my thoughts. At first, when I arose, I felt as anxious as I had before, but something else had shifted. I had stopped struggling with the anxiety and started accepting my feelings as my condition at that moment in time. Moreover, the mindfulness felt helpful to me in a larger sense, even though it did not remove my anxiety that day. I began seriously studying MiCBT and the knowledge base that had been built up over 2500 years by Buddhist practitioners watching their own mind experiences.

I have tried to go where my energy is. If something has been of interest to me, I have explored it. I also like this quote from the movie, “Men Who Stare at Goats”, "Bob, have you ever heard of optimum trajectory? Your life is like a river and if you are aiming for a goal that is not your destiny, you will always be swimming against the current. Young guy who wants to be a stock car driver -- it's not going to happen. Little Anne Frank wants to be a high school teacher -- tough titty Anne, it's not your destiny. But you will go on to move the hearts and minds of millions. Find out what your destiny is and the river will carry you”.

In accord with my need for authenticity and presence, my goal has been to work within a theoretical framework that resonates with my beliefs and values. My experience working with clients using MiCBT has been positive and extremely rewarding. Clients, who engage with the model and commit to practice, demonstrate quantifiable evidence that the model has been fundamental in symptom reduction and behaviour change. Inherent in this process is what I bring to the therapeutic relationship as a therapist. I continue to train in MiCBT, which involves a commitment to Mindfulness practice.

As well as working full-time in private practice I am also completing the final component of a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. I am currently completing a thesis which aims to investigate emotion regulation and how this contribute to the difficulty individuals have in being able to maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours. I am in the process of collecting data for this research. Subsequently, I would welcome participation from anyone interested. This would involve volunteering 25-35 minutes of your time to complete questionnaires.

I accept referrals of clients and I can be contacted at Macquarie Psychology Monday to Thursday or by email: karen.tepper@macquariepsychology.net.au

Snapshot: Lyn Roubos

Monday, August 02, 2010
When Bruno asked me to write something for this edition, in January this year, I agreed willingly, as it seemed months away. When he reminded me by e-mail this past week that he needed my snapshot by this weekend, I find myself challenged by what to write.

My first exposure to MiCBT was in 2008 after a weekend seminar in Atherton, Far North Queensland with Bruno, which then led to an 8 week MiCBT training course the following year. I have been practicing as a psychologist since 1998; however my experience as a therapist began some years earlier in 1989. My attraction to MiCBT operates at several levels. As a therapist, I strive to be congruent in my life and work, and mindfulness meditation, as a personal practice, provides a very real and tangible way to maintain my connection to this strong value. In addition, the Eastern philosophies of acceptance and change, inherent in the model, feed a personal font of optimism around how I engage with my internal and external world and with the worlds of my clients. Nevertheless, one of the most exciting rewards for me is my own journey with this therapy has been the results that are achieved by clients that engage with MiCBT, and this on its own would be enough to keep me immersed in the model.

I live with my partner Colin and our 2 cats in Cairns, Far North Queensland, and work 2 days a week as a Psychologist in Sexual Health and 1 day in private practice, with the remaining time given over to my studies. In these working roles, I am inspired by the clinically significant behavioural and immunological changes in clients with significant health co-morbidities including HIV, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, and Cardiac Disease when they engage with MiCBT. I see so many opportunities to further expand our collective knowledge about the application of mindfulness to these problems. All in all, it is a very exciting time to be engaged in this work.

I have spent the last 6 months completely immersed in the practice of MiCBT. From January to March this year, I undertook a 3 month practicum at the MiCBT Institute in Hobart as part of my ongoing studies in a Masters of Clinical Psychology.  During this period, Bruno and I delivered a MiCBT group program for people in the community with mixed difficulties, with Bruno delivering the weekly group sessions and I meeting with participants individually for 10 weeks. I received ongoing supervision from Bruno throughout this period and administrative and organisational support from Karen in the Practice. For me, it was a unique opportunity to work within a single model framework and develop a depth of expertise, rarely accessible in ‘usual' practicum options.

Currently, I am working towards the completion of a thesis, which seeks to explore the differences between group and individual delivery of MiCBT utilising outcome measures including the Symptoms Checklist-90 (Revised Edition), the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale, the Short Progress Assessment, the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Some of the hypotheses generated through this comparison relate to the effects of group dynamics on motivation to engage in formal practice, and whether the severity of symptoms influences outcomes in either delivery format. My hope is to complete this research this year and to this end, I have just completed my latest round of data collection in Hobart.

I would welcome opportunities to participate further in this dialogue with like minded colleagues and look forward to sharing anything useful that derives from my current research. I can be contacted on Lyn.Roubos@gmail.com. I also thank Bruno for this opportunity and his ongoing sensitive and elegant mentoring.

N.B. I have closed my books for the remainder of 2010 but would be delighted to receive new referrals from the beginning of 2011.

Snapshot: Clare Voss

Monday, May 31, 2010
I have worked for Carers Tasmania for the past three and a half years and I am now manager of the counselling program. We provide statewide support for carers. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are aged and frail.

Meeting carers in my new professional role and undertaking MiCBT training with Bruno three years ago was an interesting and synchronous experience. It led to the introduction of MiCBT to our clients at Carers Tasmania shortly thereafter and I am pleased to say this program has become an integral part of our work. Two of our counselling staff are currently facilitating an MiCBT group and we are now in the process of planning our seventh group training program. The assessment process begins next week. In addition, we provide individual training for some of our clients. I have particularly enjoyed co-facilitating the group program. The generosity of spirit that is apparent in each group is truly inspiring.

Our particular client group has responded well to the MiCBT training. This is substantiated by the evidence we have collected following the training, during the review process. Our client group, Carers, often present with high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. In many cases their caring roles are ongoing. It is heartening to see not only their quality of life improve, but those of their families and the person they care for and to know that they have the skills to manage the vicissitudes of life.

I have worked in a variety of counselling roles over the past seventeen years since completing my education and training in Melbourne. In my first position, I was fortunate to be employed in an accredited agency which trained people in relationship counselling. Reflective practice was emphasized within that learning environment and I continue to feel grateful for the foundation that it provided in those early stages of my development. There were a number of aspects that enhanced this model of learning. These included fortnightly Professional Development, guest speakers to provide fresh air and stimulation, case presentation and discussion, intra-agency seminars which were conducive to building collaborative relationships. In addition, counsellors were supervised in-house as well as externally, depending on their learning needs at the time. Some of my colleagues sought personal analysis, a course which I also chose to follow.

My intention is not to paint a utopian picture. It was far from that but I want to draw attention to the prevailing sense of openness that I experienced within that learning environment. I believe  this to be fundamental to healthy practice for all concerned. In a number of other roles, I have experienced  reticence towards talking about the work that is conducted in the very private setting of the counselling room, or worse, not even considered necessary.

This leads me back to MiCBT. For me, it is the experiential nature of the model that makes it shine. My personal experience of MiCBT, as well as ongoing supervision and continued practice, have prepared me to undertake the journey with my clients, with confidence and compassion.

I moved to Tasmania from Melbourne eight years ago to live a quieter life. My partner, John, and I had been in a caring role and we were looking for a change. Some time later, other family members joined us, including two adorable grandchildren, only three months old at that time. The quieter life looks vastly different to the one that I imagined ... but feels very rich to live.

Clare Voss, Manager–Counselling, Carers Tasmania clare@carerstas.org

Kicking the habit, against all odds

Monday, February 09, 2009

By TODAY, Singapore


An interview with Dr Cayoun after completion of a 3-day "Addressing Gambling Addiction with MiCBT" Workshop with the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. 

From MCBT to MiCBT

Thursday, January 01, 2009
What's in a name? From Mindfulness-based Cognitve Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Important information about the change from MCBT to MiCBT

The four stage model of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) has been developed for crisis interventions by Bruno A. Cayoun between 1989 and 2001 and further piloted since then. Independently, the book "Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy: A new approach for preventing relapse in depression" (Segal, Teasdale & Williams, 2002) was published and has been a major influence in the proliferation of the use of mindfulness-integrated models in modern Western therapy. However, the similarity of acronyms between Cayoun's MCBT and Segal et al.'s MBCT created some confusion. Although there are inevitable overlaps between the two approaches, there are also important differences. However, therapists and researchers have often used these acronyms interchangeably.

Following a conversation between Bruno Cayoun and Mark Williams, it was decided to change the name of MCBT. The process took several months of brainstorming and deliberating among 211 members of the Mindfulness-based Therapy and Research Interest Group (MTRIG) worldwide. The new name "Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) was found to represent well the essence of this approach.

You can download the letters to the group communicating the need for change, a summary of the options proposed, and a decision for MiCBT below:

Need for Change Need for Change30kb

Summary of Options Summary of Options32kb

Decision and Conclusion Decision and Conclusion36kb