Mindfulness-integrated CBT: A Four Stage Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach (Workskhop)


Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is a sophisticated integration of evidence-based core principles of mindfulness and CBT. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach, and is applicable with a wide range of mental health conditions and ages. It is based on the integration of traditional methods of mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin) with well-established principles and methods from cognitive and behavioural traditions. 

This workshop describes the theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning, as well as provide a strong neurobehavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT. 

Join clinicians from around the world in this unique opportunity to learn more about MiCBT and to explore whether training in this empirically-validated intervention would benefit both your clinical practice and personal mindfulness practice.

Learning Objectives

Workshop content will involve practical and experiential components. You will learn:

  • The theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness training 
  • The use of mindfulness meditation to neutralize operant conditioning and improve therapeutic efficacy 
  • The four stages of MiCBT, including; the principles of mindfulness-based exposure (Stage 2); interpersonal skills (Stage 3); and relapse prevention strategies (Stage 4)
  • Applied practices to train equanimity (e.g., Mindfulness-based Interoceptive Exposure Task) 
  • The role of ethics in compassion training

Teaching Approach

The workshop will involve learning material through various modalities, including: 

  • Guided practices of mindfulness meditation 
  • Role-play within break-out rooms 
  • Group discussions 
  • Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with a client during real-life therapy sessions 
  • Didactic: Power-point presentations 

Workshop Outline

Overview of the 4 stages of MiCBT
The Co-emergence Model of Reinforcement
Stage 1 - Role of interoception in self-regulation
Rapid distress reduction techniques
Neuroplasticity and mindfulness

Stage 2 - Mindfulness-based exposure skills
Stage 3 - Mindfulness-based interpersonal skills
Case conceptualization in MiCBT
Stage 4 - Compassion and relapse prevention
Training in MiCBT

What’s Included  

  • Hard copy of the MiCBT patient manual 
  • Access to on-line pre-workshop content 
  • 30 days access to the recorded workshop 
  • All workshop materials mailed in advance* 
  • Membership to the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute 
  • 6 CE credits for Canadian Psychological Association members 
* Hard-copy of materials will be mailed when registration and payment are complete. We can guarantee delivery of materials in time for the workshop date if registration is completed by February 28, 2021


For the workshop, no prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are helpful.  

Note that attending the workshop is NOT a prerequisite for registration in the Foundation Course (which is the first step in training in MiCBT delivery). Although the Foundation Course is primarily experiential, and clinicians are guided through self-implementation of MiCBT, all material covered in the workshop is presented and discussed in the Foundation course. 

As MiCBT is a mental health treatment specifically designed to address acute and chronic mental health conditions, professional mental health qualifications or enrolment in a professional training program is required.  

Australian Therapists: Only 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, and students in these professions. Proof of membership from registering body required.  

Therapists outside Australia: Only registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists, and students in these professions. Proof of membership from registering body required.

CPD Hours / CE Credit Hours

Australia: 6 CPD hours may be claimed. Other professionals,  please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets criteria for 6 Active CPD hours).

Canada: The North American Chapter MiCBT is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists (6 CE Credit Hours).The North American Chapter MiCBT maintains responsibility for the program.

Register for Workshop

  Trainer: Dr Alia Offman and Dr Andrea Grabovac
  29 March 2021
  10am - 5pm EST (local time Ottawa CA)
   Online - interactive
  Regular Fee CAD: $235
  Student Fee CAD: $185 
  6 CE

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To facilitate interactivity and the experiential component of the workshop, number of attendees will be limited. Please register early and join the waitlist if workshop has reached capacity

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Deborah Vanzoelen, MAPS, Sunshine Coast commented on 28-Aug-2018 12:02 PM5 out of 5 stars
This course is highly recommended to learn new skills/tools that can be applied to a variety of clients that present in our clinics Looking forward to be able to attend the foundation course next
Liat katz Elyashar, clinical psychologist commented on 28-Aug-2018 09:56 AM5 out of 5 stars
The course gives you very good basic understanding of MiCBT.
Tom Heah, M.Sc. (OT) commented on 27-Jan-2018 06:20 PM5 out of 5 stars
Andrea and Alia were excellent teachers, and delivered a very user-friendly MiCBT workshop. They were passionate, organized and knowledgeable, and presented a good balance of theory and practice.
Sandra Atkins RSW Victoria BC commented on 25-Jan-2018 07:42 AM5 out of 5 stars
Erin Burrell, MD, FRCPC  commented on 23-Jan-2018 01:12 PM5 out of 5 stars
This workshop was an excellent overview of MiCBT, with an enjoyable combination of didactic teaching, theory and neurological mechanisms, and practice elements. It helped me appreciate how truly "integrative" MiCBT really is, and whet my appetite for learning more. I enjoyed the presenters and the collegial atmosphere of learning.
Diane, Social Worker commented on 23 Jan-2018 11:39 AM5 out of 5 stars
Andrea & Allia bring their experience of mindfulness practice into their teachings. It was inspirational to witness how they blended science with mindfulness practice, I left our brief time together wanting to learn more. Thank you for inspiring me .
Elisabeth Drance MD FRCPC Geri Psych, Canada  commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:56 AM5 out of 5 stars
I have been searching for a empirically validated, well structured, but flexible tool to use in my 1:1 psychotherapy practice that integrates mindfulness practice and CBT across diagnoses. I found the workshop introduction to this topic both informative and inspiring. I am very happy I can explore it further in the Foundation Course.
Jessica Huston, RN BScN, Duncan BC commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:48 AM5 out of 5 stars
I appreciated the opportunity to participate in this excellent course. The material was thoughtfully presented and I would recommend it to my colleagues. While this is a clinically based model for working with clients, I took away insight and learning for personal development in mindfulness that is invaluable.
Cara Dunkley, PhD Student in Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia  commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:19 AM5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic workshop! Presenters were both incredibly engaging and knowledgable. I am excited to incorporate elements of MiCBT into my current clinical work, and look forward to becoming fully certified when time permits. This workshop helped bridge the gap between MBCT and CBT both conceptually and practically. Very applicable for clinicians who treat mood and anxiety disorders, as well as clinicians working in sex and couples therapy. Highly Recommend
 Dr. Jo Sheedy, Psychologist, Geelong, Victoria commented on 26-Jul-2017 05:02 PM5 out of 5 stars
This workshop provided an excellent theoretical and practical training opportunity. The MiCBT model skilfully integrates the evidence-based principles of CBT with the practice of mindfulness. In my view, this course offers new understanding about why integration of these two approaches may offer particular therapeutic advantages. The model is presented clearly in terms of the related neuroscience. I would highly recommend this course.
 Stephen Underwood. Psychologist. QLD commented on 24-Jul-2017 05:10 PM5 out of 5 stars
One of the best workshops I have attended in my career.
 Ryan, Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 24-Jul-2017 07:58 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thank you Bruno. Inspiring and consolidating.
Shaz Hyland AOD Case Facilitator Launceston Tasmania  commented on 18-Jul-2016 12:10 PM5 out of 5 stars
Maria Ganci, Social Worker, Victoria  commented on 15-Jul-2016 08:06 PM5 out of 5 stars
Glynis Thorp Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Broken Hill NSW commented on 12-Jul-2016 9:21 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly recommend this workshop. Bruno is a very skilled peaceful and serene presenter who practices what he preaches..