The Foundation Course

The Foundation Course

Mindfulness Training, Courses and Workshops


Mindfulness-integrated CBT is an established mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address a wide range of clinical and subclinical conditions. 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. During this 10-session 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 will involve didactic, practical and experiential means of learning, including: 

  • mindfulness meditation (as traditionally taught in the Burmese Vipassana method) 
  • implementing the four stages of MiCBT, including mindfulness-based exposure and relapse prevention strategies 
  • Master classes delivered online 
  • real case demonstrations on video and in a master class format.


No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, however, a working knowledge of CBT or REBT is required. Given that MiCBT is primarily designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions, only registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health - level 2 in Australia), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses and professionally qualified counsellors and psychotherapists may apply.

Learning Objectives

You will learn:

  • core and advanced mindfulness meditation skills 
  • theoretical underpinnings and fundamentals of mindfulness practice to understand the complex foundations of behaviour maintenance and change 
  • understand the complex foundations of behaviour maintenance and change 
  • how to engage the client in the treatment plan 
  • the transdiagnostic use of the four stages of MiCBT 
  • mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies.  


The 10-session Foundation Course is taught through a combination of block mode face-to-face and online teaching using a practical and easy-to-use online teaching platform. The specific delivery is as follows:

  • A 2-day workshop (9am – 5pm) presenting the entire theoretical and research bases underlying MiCBT, as well as video demonstrations with clients/patients 
  • Nine 2-hour (online) sessions 

 The Online Teaching Platform

The online teaching of the Foundation Course is done through Zoom. It is interactive with everyone online at the same time. 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. More information on accessing and using Zoom is provided after Session 1.

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.
  • CDs: Two professionally recorded 80-minute CDs for the full implementation of mindfulness training (also available in MP3 format).
  • Free access to over 30 client handouts and therapist work forms
  • Free Associate membership to the MiCBT Institute.

CPD and Certificate of Attendance

32 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 APS criteria for 32 Active CPD hours). Certificates of Attendance are issued to participants who attend a minimum 7 of the 9 online sessions, irrespective of whether or not the recorded lessons are watched. 

Register for the Foundation Course

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If the course is full, please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.

Training Quick Links


Julia Sage, MSW, RSW, Ottawa, ON Canada 30-Jul-2015 04:20 AM5 out of 5 stars

Emma Eaton, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada commented on 26-Jul-2015 08:30 AM5 out of 5 stars
I found that Bruno was an excellent teacher, and it helped a lot that I could see him interacting with other students because often they had questions I wouldn't have thought to ask. I would definitely recommend this course to other practitioners and am looking very forward to taking the Applied Course as soon as possible!
Paul Atkinson, Social Worker, Ontario, Canada commented on 23-Jul-2015 06:17 AM5 out of 5 stars
The course was a great learning experience, both personally and professionally, and I would highly recommend it.
Magali Couineau, Clinical & Counselling Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 30-Jun-2015 08:07 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for this very experiential and evidence based course. I now have a thorough understanding of the integration of Mindfulness and CBT. I also feel more competent in both my own practice and in applying MiCBT with clients.
Evelyn Bugel, Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 30-Jun-2015 04:41 AM5 out of 5 stars
It has been of tremendous personal benefit to me. I will need to attend the applied course in order to confidently deliver the material to clients.
Angela Anthonysamy, Psychologist QLD 29-Nov-2014 10:18 AM4 out of 5 stars
Elsa Herbst; Clinical Psychologist; Gold Coast, QLD commented on 14-Nov-2014 06:25 AM5 out of 5 stars
The course was a positive and meaningful personal experience, as well as an opportunity to develop new therapeutic skills and gaining relevant knowledge to treat and help clients. Thank you.
Sharon Snowdon, Clinical Psychologist, Victoria commented on 14-Nov-2014 04:28 AM5 out of 5 stars
This course taught me skills that I have benefited from personally, and so I am confident that MiCBT will also be of benefit to my clients.
Jannel Gatlabayan - Cleto, Consultation - Liaison Psychiatrist, Philippines commented on 02-Jul-2014 03:21 PM5 out of 5 stars
Participating in the Foundation Course helped me integrate mindfulness in my daily living and experience CBT firsthand. Before I begin to think of helping others with MiCBT, I need to focus on myself. Going through the course gave me that opportunity which I may hopefully translate to my practice as a psychiatrist when I am ready to make the next step. Our trainer/therapist, Sarah, was great and the module was very well constructed. MiCBT is revolutionary and I am very glad to have taken it.
Amelie Tee, Psychological Consultant, Singapore commented on 02-Jul-2014 01:08 PM5 out of 5 stars
The weekly training was particularly effective to sustain the new skill acquired, and learning from peers. Definitely helpful for my personal development and integrating it into my services.
Garry Dillon,Physiotherapist, New Zealand commented on 02-Jul-2014 10:27am5 out of 5 stars
The MiCBT program promotes a true evolution in how we practice and learn how to help and support ourselves and our clients. The focus on experiental learning cannot be under-estimated and definitely helps promote a greater wellness within the professional as well as the client. 
I would highly recommend this program to all health professionals interested in evolving their understanding of mental wellness practice.
Kylie, Occupational Therapist, Queensland commented on 19-Apr-2014 08:14 AM5 out of 5 stars
A really worthwhile introduction to utilising Mindfulness along with CBT. The eight week structured course, which included online discussion with other course participants and a teacher, was a great learning opportunity.
Linda Kenmar, Social worker / family therapist, VIC commented on 9-Apr-2014 10:22 AM4 out of 5 stars
The experiential component of the course was challenging but ultimately beneficial for learning and integrating knowledge re MiCBT
Kim (Student) QLD commented on 8-Apr-2014 2:30 PM5 out of 5 stars
The open forum provided an opportunity to hear from other students and share similar experiences throughout our eight week practice, providing motivation to continue.
Theresa Moo Chin Woon, provisional psychologist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commented on 8-Apr-2014 1:25 PM5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this course very much! Thank you!