Mindfulness-integrated CBT Foundation Course
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude. Research has led to the recognition among CBT researchers and clinicians that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a significant contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders. There is also evidence that the practice of mindfulness by therapists decreases their mental fatigue and the frequency of burnout and increases therapist effectiveness.
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an established evidence-based integration of traditionally-taught mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and Goenka) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural methods. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach, i.e., it is applicable with a wide range of clinical conditions and ages.
For mental health therapists to successfully implement mindfulness-based therapies, such as MiCBT, it is essential that they first develop their own skills before learning to implement them with their clients/patients. The aim of this comprehensive course is to introduce MiCBT to improve our way of addressing acute and chronic conditions, and assisting in preventing relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders. During the Foundation Course, you will develop a sound understanding of MiCBT principles, theory and practice. Following this course, you may then enroll in the Applied Course and learn under supervision to implement Mindfulness-integrated CBT with your clients/patients.
This foundational course involves didactic, practical and experiential means of learning, including:
- A range of mindfulness meditation practices (as traditionally taught in Burmese Vipassana)
- Implementation of the four stages of MiCBT, including mindfulness-based exposure and relapse prevention strategies
- Masterclasses delivered online
- The opportunity to role-play core implementation skills with colleagues in online break-out rooms
- Real case demonstrations on video
No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are required. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions.
Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health - level 2), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses and ACA-registered (Level 3) or PACFA-registered (Clinical Member) counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required.
Therapists outside Australia: Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required.
You will learn:
- the personal practice of core and advanced mindfulness meditation skills
- recent findings on theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness practice and its effects
- the neurophenomenological foundations of behaviour maintenance and change
- how to engage the client in the treatment plan
- the use of MiCBT for attention- and emotion-regulation
- the use of MiCBT for behavioural regulation and decreasing avoidance
- the use of MiCBT for interpersonal regulation and improving conflict resolution
- the use of MiCBT for transpersonal regulation and relapse prevention strategies
The MiCBT Foundation Course is a 12 week training course with ten 3-hour online sessions.
The Online Teaching Platform
All sessions are conducted online, using Zoom, which allows you to use interactive documents, interact with other participants and the presenter, and review the recorded sessions if needed. Zoom is accessed through your internet browser and you do not need to purchase any software - all you need is a computer with good internet connection, a headset with microphone and a webcam.
- Book: Cayoun, B. A. (2015). Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Wellbeing and Personal Growth: four steps to enhance inner calm, self-confidence and relationships. Chichester, UK: Wiley.
- Professionally recorded MP3 for the full implementation of mindfulness training.
- free access to over 30 client handouts and therapist work forms
- free Associate membership to the MiCBT Institute
CPD and Certificate of Attendance
30 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college, etc. (For Australian psychologists, this course meets criteria for 30 Active CPD hours).
Certificates of Completion are issued to participants who attend a minimum 8 of the 10 online sessions, irrespective of whether or not the recorded lessons are watched.
March 7 - May 23, 2020
No online classes April 11 and May 16
9.30am - 12.30pm
Local time Hobart, AU
Registration Fee: AUD $1650
Early Bird Fee AUD: $1550
Book before Feb 7, 2020
March 27 - June 19, 2020
No online classes April 10, May 8 and June 12
9.00am - 12.00pm
Local time Vancouver, CA
Registration Fee: CAD $1460
Early Bird Fee CAD: $1360
Book before Feb 27, 2020
(Fees are subject to 13% HST)
Join Waiting List
If this course is full, please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available or if we open a second class (subject to numbers).
Training Quick Links
- MiCBT Workshops
- Foundation Course
- Applied Course
- Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
- Group Supervision
- Individual Supervision
- Live Masterclasses
- On-demand Masterclasses
Paul Atkinson, Social Worker, Ontario, Canada commented on 23-Jul-2015 06:17 AM
The course was a great learning experience, both personally and professionally, and I would highly recommend it.
Magali Couineau, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 30-Jun-2015 08:07 AM
Thank you for this very experiential and evidence based course. I now have a thorough understanding of the integration of Mindfulness and CBT. I also feel more competent in both my own practice and in applying MiCBT with clients.
Evelyn Bugel, Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 30-Jun-2015 04:41 AM
It has been of tremendous personal benefit to me. I will need to attend the applied course in order to confidently deliver the material to clients.
Angela Anthonysamy, Psychologist QLD 29-Nov-2014 10:18 AM
Elsa Herbst; Clinical Psychologist; Gold Coast, QLD commented on 14-Nov-2014 06:25 AM
The course was a positive and meaningful personal experience, as well as an opportunity to develop new therapeutic skills and gaining relevant knowledge to treat and help clients. Thank you.
Sharon Snowdon, Clinical Psychologist, Victoria commented on 14-Nov-2014 04:28 AM
This course taught me skills that I have benefited from personally, and so I am confident that MiCBT will also be of benefit to my clients.
Jannel Gatlabayan - Cleto, Consultation - Liaison Psychiatrist, Philippines commented on 02-Jul-2014 03:21 PM
Participating in the Foundation Course helped me integrate mindfulness in my daily living and experience CBT firsthand. Before I begin to think of helping others with MiCBT, I need to focus on myself. Going through the course gave me that opportunity which I may hopefully translate to my practice as a psychiatrist when I am ready to make the next step. Our trainer/therapist, Sarah, was great and the module was very well constructed. MiCBT is revolutionary and I am very glad to have taken it.
Amelie Tee, Psychological Consultant, Singapore commented on 02-Jul-2014 01:08 PM
The weekly training was particularly effective to sustain the new skill acquired, and learning from peers. Definitely helpful for my personal development and integrating it into my services.
Garry Dillon,Physiotherapist, New Zealand commented on 02-Jul-2014 10:27am
The MiCBT program promotes a true evolution in how we practice and learn how to help and support ourselves and our clients. The focus on experiental learning cannot be under-estimated and definitely helps promote a greater wellness within the professional as well as the client.
I would highly recommend this program to all health professionals interested in evolving their understanding of mental wellness practice.
Kylie, Occupational Therapist, Queensland commented on 19-Apr-2014 08:14 AMA really worthwhile introduction to utilising Mindfulness along with CBT. The eight week structured course, which included online discussion with other course participants and a teacher, was a great learning opportunity.
Linda Kenmar, Social worker / family therapist, VIC commented on 9-Apr-2014 10:22 AM
The experiential component of the course was challenging but ultimately beneficial for learning and integrating knowledge re MiCBT
Kim (Student) QLD commented on 8-Apr-2014 2:30 PM
The open forum provided an opportunity to hear from other students and share similar experiences throughout our eight week practice, providing motivation to continue.
Theresa Moo Chin Woon, provisional psychologist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commented on 8-Apr-2014 1:25 PM
I enjoyed this course very much! Thank you!
Marc de Bruin, Counsellor, Sippy Downs, QLD commented on 8-Apr-2014 12:53 PM
To be able to integrate "East" and "West" in such a powerful fashion is a great thing. I loved CBT already; the integration with Mindfulness adds a major turbo-charger on the whole process. Looking forward to the next module!
Helen Rowe, Brisbane commented on 8-Apr-2014 12:40 PM
The course required considerable commitment, effort and energy. I believe I grew personally & professionally.