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.

Australian Therapists:
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. 

Learning Objectives

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.

Course Materials

  • 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. 

 27-Feb-2021: MiCBT Foundation Course (FC270221) - ONLINE Places Filling Up
 Trainer: Dr Bruno Cayoun
February 27 - May 15, 2021 
No online classes April 3 and May 8
  9.30am - 12.30pm
Local time Hobart, AU
   Online (Zoom)
  30 CPD
  Registration Fee: AUD $1650
 Early Bird Fee AUD: $1550 
Book before Jan 27, 2021

 09-Apr-2021: MiCBT Foundation Course (FC090421) - ONLINE Places Available
 Trainer: Dr Andrea Grabovac
April 9 - June 18, 2021 
No online classes May 21
  2.00pm - 5.00pm (PT)
  Local time, Vancouver CA
   Online (Zoom)
  30 CPD
  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


Geoff Simmons, Mental Health Social Worker, Victoria commented on 23-Jul-2013 01:49 PM5 out of 5 stars
This has been a wonderful, hands-on training for me. Highly recommended. Thank you so much.
Sally McCrae, Victoria commented on 21-Jul-2013 21:13 PM5 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed the course - looking forward to next section. Many thanks to Sally and Alice for their time, relaxed manner,energy and commitment. The Webex proved somewhat of a challenge initially, but got there. Looking forward to implementing this with clients.
Faye Evans, Psychologist, MAPS, Melbourne commented on 16-Jul-2013 8:57 PM5 out of 5 stars
Introspective, structured & dynamic.
David Patton, Psychologist, Sydney commented on 17-Apr-2013 04:05 PM4 out of 5 stars
One of the most experientially demanding courses I have attended - but also one of the most beneficial. Thank you Alice and Bruno.
Tony Schumacher Jones, Behaviour Consultant, Canberra. commented on 15-Apr-2013 03:51 PM5 out of 5 stars
Mindfulness is a therapeutic strategy but it is more than this. To get the most out of it you have to live it as well. Or at least try. It is not simply something you do with your clients.
Cheryl Woellner- Counsellor, Sydney. commented on 11-Oct-2012 11:43 AM4 out of 5 stars
Something I feel was the first exciting step in my wonderful mindfulness journey.
Rochelle Shackleton, Occupational Therapist, Victoria commented on 09-Oct-2012 10:12 PM4 out of 5 stars
A very practical and evidence based course. I now have a thorough understanding of how mindfulness can be integrated into therapy, and the tools to help me apply it. Thankyou
Mary Whalan, Counsellor, Canterbury, New Zealand commented on 08-Oct-2012 08:52 AM5 out of 5 stars
A life changing course both personally and professionally. 
Thank-you to the wonderful presenters who lead by example.
Dr David Cheah, Doctor, Canberra commented on 02-Oct-2012 09:55 PM5 out of 5 stars
The best course I ever did, and very pleased I attended at the last minute. My sincere thanks to all presenters and admin staff.
Carmel Ashton, PhD, Australia commented on 10-Sept-20115 out of 5 stars
Of all the professional development courses I have done, this course is without peer. It exemplifies the imperative of experience in the learning process...I have gained enormously at a personal level, and have valuable insight to its professional application.