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From MCBT to MiCBT

Thursday, January 01, 2009
What's in a name? From Mindfulness-based Cognitve Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Important information about the change from MCBT to MiCBT

The four stage model of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT) has been developed for crisis interventions by Bruno A. Cayoun between 1989 and 2001 and further piloted since then. Independently, the book "Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy: A new approach for preventing relapse in depression" (Segal, Teasdale & Williams, 2002) was published and has been a major influence in the proliferation of the use of mindfulness-integrated models in modern Western therapy. However, the similarity of acronyms between Cayoun's MCBT and Segal et al.'s MBCT created some confusion. Although there are inevitable overlaps between the two approaches, there are also important differences. However, therapists and researchers have often used these acronyms interchangeably.

Following a conversation between Bruno Cayoun and Mark Williams, it was decided to change the name of MCBT. The process took several months of brainstorming and deliberating among 211 members of the Mindfulness-based Therapy and Research Interest Group (MTRIG) worldwide. The new name "Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) was found to represent well the essence of this approach.

You can download the letters to the group communicating the need for change, a summary of the options proposed, and a decision for MiCBT below:

Need for Change Need for Change (30 KB) 

Summary of Options Summary of Options (32 KB) 

Decision and Conclusion Decision and Conclusion (36 KB)