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Snapshot: Clare Voss

Monday, May 31, 2010
I have worked for Carers Tasmania for the past three and a half years and I am now manager of the counselling program. We provide statewide support for carers. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are aged and frail.

Meeting carers in my new professional role and undertaking MiCBT training with Bruno three years ago was an interesting and synchronous experience. It led to the introduction of MiCBT to our clients at Carers Tasmania shortly thereafter and I am pleased to say this program has become an integral part of our work. Two of our counselling staff are currently facilitating an MiCBT group and we are now in the process of planning our seventh group training program. The assessment process begins next week. In addition, we provide individual training for some of our clients. I have particularly enjoyed co-facilitating the group program. The generosity of spirit that is apparent in each group is truly inspiring.

Our particular client group has responded well to the MiCBT training. This is substantiated by the evidence we have collected following the training, during the review process. Our client group, Carers, often present with high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. In many cases their caring roles are ongoing. It is heartening to see not only their quality of life improve, but those of their families and the person they care for and to know that they have the skills to manage the vicissitudes of life.

I have worked in a variety of counselling roles over the past seventeen years since completing my education and training in Melbourne. In my first position, I was fortunate to be employed in an accredited agency which trained people in relationship counselling. Reflective practice was emphasized within that learning environment and I continue to feel grateful for the foundation that it provided in those early stages of my development. There were a number of aspects that enhanced this model of learning. These included fortnightly Professional Development, guest speakers to provide fresh air and stimulation, case presentation and discussion, intra-agency seminars which were conducive to building collaborative relationships. In addition, counsellors were supervised in-house as well as externally, depending on their learning needs at the time. Some of my colleagues sought personal analysis, a course which I also chose to follow.

My intention is not to paint a utopian picture. It was far from that but I want to draw attention to the prevailing sense of openness that I experienced within that learning environment. I believe  this to be fundamental to healthy practice for all concerned. In a number of other roles, I have experienced  reticence towards talking about the work that is conducted in the very private setting of the counselling room, or worse, not even considered necessary.

This leads me back to MiCBT. For me, it is the experiential nature of the model that makes it shine. My personal experience of MiCBT, as well as ongoing supervision and continued practice, have prepared me to undertake the journey with my clients, with confidence and compassion.

I moved to Tasmania from Melbourne eight years ago to live a quieter life. My partner, John, and I had been in a caring role and we were looking for a change. Some time later, other family members joined us, including two adorable grandchildren, only three months old at that time. The quieter life looks vastly different to the one that I imagined ... but feels very rich to live.

Clare Voss, Manager–Counselling, Carers Tasmania clare@carerstas.org

Kicking the habit, against all odds

Monday, February 09, 2009

By TODAY, Singapore

 

An interview with Dr Cayoun after completion of a 3-day "Addressing Gambling Addiction with MiCBT" Workshop with the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. 

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)