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


Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental, unbiased and non-reactive attitude. Careful research continues to show that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a potent contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders.   

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

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to MiCBT to assist your work with acute and chronic conditions, and improve the prevention of 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.  

Importantly, this workshop will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neurobehavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.


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: 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 may apply. 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 may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Principles and skills in mindfulness practice (Stage 1 of MiCBT) 
  • 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 rationale for integrating mindfulness with CBT in MiCBT  
  • The principles of mindfulness-based exposure (Stage 2) 
  • The principles of mindfulness-based interpersonal skills (Stage 3) 
  • The principles of mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies (Stage 4).

Teaching Approach

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

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

CPD Hours / CE Credit Hours

AUSTRALIA: 12 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 12 Active CPD hours).

CANADA: The North American Chapter MiCBT is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists (12 CE Credit Hours).The North American Chapter MiCBT maintains responsibility for the program.

Register for Workshop

  Trainer: Dr Alia Offman and Dr Andrea Grabovac
  6-7 March 2020
  9am - 5pm
   Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 3R9
  Regular Fee CAD: $515
 Early Bird Fee CAD: $475 
(book before Feb 6, 2020)
  12 CE

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Suzanne Peyton, Registered Nurse and Mindfulness Trainer, Vic  commented on 20-May-2013 09:12 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for an invaluable weekend of learning. The content was comprehensive and Sally responded with calmness and flexibility to the varied needs of our group.