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.
February 27 - May 15, 2021
No online classes April 3 and May 8
9.30am - 12.30pm
Local time Hobart, AU
Registration Fee: AUD $1650
Early Bird Fee AUD: $1550
Book before Jan 27, 2021
April 9 - June 18, 2021
No online classes May 21
2.00pm - 5.00pm (PT)
Local time, Vancouver CA
Registration Fee: CAD $1460
Early Bird Fee CAD: $1360
Book before March 9 2021
(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
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.
June Menzies, Counsellor, Brisbane QLD commented on 16-Dec-2013 12:39 PM
I really enjoyed the course.
I feel it was very beneficial for my practice and I can see how it can be applied to my clients and also personally.
I would recommend this course to other professionals not only as a therapeutic intervention technique but also as a philosophy of living.
Amanda, Clinical Psychologist, WA commented on 11-Dec-2013 12:38 PM
I found this course both personally and professionally helpful. So much so that I have moved my practice from being "eclectically" based to being MiCBT based. This is due to the usefulness of this technique in treating most (if not all) psychological distress. I have seen an enormous positive change in the way I deal with both distressing situations and interpersonal relationships. In addition, all clients involved in following this treatment begin to see benefits within one or two session of starting the techniques.
Sharley, social worker, Toowoomba QLD 11-Dec-2013 3:13 PM
Michelle Chirgwin, Mental Health Professional, Broome WA commented on 11-Dec-2013 2:31 PM
The structure and delivery mode for this course is great - accessible to remote people like me - and also the time span allows integration of concepts so much better than a single isolated workshop
Terry Fehr, Institutional Psychologist, Correctional Service Canada 1-Nov-2013 1:44 AM
Lynette Monteiro, Psychologist, Ottawa ON commented on 28-Oct-2013 3:39 AM
This course was challenging on a personal and professional level. It was terrific to be reminded of the benefits of practice and to have the opportunity to revisit early concepts in a fresh and vibrant way. The approach is applicable at many levels and my patients have benefitted from them.
Julie McFadden : UK commented on 22-Aug-2013 1:22 AM
The Foundation Course for me was the opening of a door both personally and professionally. The re-introduction to meditation to the level attained and gaining knowledge of being truly mindful was an experiential journey that took me through a vast degree of emotions and growth.. there is a continuation to that learning each day with a greater awareness and calmness.
Meditation is now my breakfast and my supper...a time of day for absolute peace and revitalisation.
The learning, support and understanding from Bruno throughout the course and the knowledge imparted was invaluable and transformational.
I look forward to the next stage of learning with the Applied Course.
Marilyn Vaccaro,Mental Health Therapist, Fergus,Ontario Canada, commented on 20-Aug-2013 10:14 AM
The Foundation Course is a unique opportunity for experiential learning at its best. I found it to be transformative personally and professionally.
Marlene Harper, Registered Psychologist, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada commented on 20-Aug-2013 5:40 AM
I was extremely satisfied with the course. It was personally and professionally thought-provoking and motivating. Bruno provided valuable educational information and experiential skill development in the integration of Mindfulness Meditation and CBT. I feel much more confident in both my practice of MM and in applying MiCBT with clients. Bruno is an exceptionally talented and insightful teacher. The time was well spent and I am thankful for the opportunity.
Dave O'Brien, post-secondary counsellor, Victoria, BC, Canada, commented on 16-Aug-2013 3:27 AM
The Foundation course has helped me engage with mindfulness practice and CBT tools in a more profound, truly integrated manner, and has been empowering both personally and professionally.
Sue Ryan, Psychiatric Nurse, Mental Health Counsellor in Primary Care, Canada, commented on 14-Aug-2013 7:10 AM
I am grateful that Dr. Cayoun was able to come to Canada and introduce MiCBT and that he had designed a method to allow those of us, far from Tasmania, to receive further training in the model. I am excited about participating in the Applied Course and to begin treating patients using the program. As a Vipassana student and practitioner it was heartwarming to have the traditional Theravada framework given its due, and it was evident that Dr. Cayoun is not only a gifted clinician but also an experienced meditator with a depth of knowledge who models the results of a deep practice.
Dr. François Rousseau, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Ottawa, Canada commented on 6-Aug-2013 12:03 PM
The Foundation Course was the best post-graduate training opportunity I have received. It was challenging but very rewarding. It deepened my understanding of MiCBT and the strategies involved to effect change, and helped me experience MiCBT from a client's point of view. As a result, I feel much more confident in using MiCBT in my clinical practice.
Sarah Cockell, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Vancouver, BC, Canada commented on 4-Aug-2013 01:46 PM
This course is primarily experiential and for this reason it is both challenging and meaningful. The mindfulness practice was difficult to fit into my busy life with work, family, friends and parenting a toddler, but it actually created some much needed quiet time. I learned to value the practice, and look forward to it. The theoretical framework is well thought out, and easy to apply. The initial emphasis is on internal skills, and then the focus is on applying these skills to personal and interpersonal areas of distress. I've always been self aware but this course refined this skill and added a new dimension. I learned how to be less attached to my thoughts and reactivity, and to do the same for others. This sounds easy but in fact it's hard, and having gone through the training I have a genuine empathy for clients who are learning to do the same. Bruno is an exceptional instructor. He listens attentively and genuinely cares about his student's progress. He also has a great sense of humor, which keeps the training light and refreshing. I highly recommend this course to anyone who finds that CBT alone isn't helping their clients adequately. The mindfulness component is key to self regulation issues!