MiCBT Professional Development: Training and Certification

Given the rapid expansion of clinical applications of mindfulness training, formally recognised quality training (theoretically and empirically-based) has become an important matter for mental health therapists. An increasing number of referral agents and insurance companies expect clinicians to be certified in the method they use. 

Our certification program is designed to enable you to become a specialist in the integration of mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural therapies, expressed by the four-stage model of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). You will be able to offer this service with more confidence and skill to clients as individuals or in groups, in most health settings, public and private. 

MiCBT was developed in Australia by Dr Bruno Cayoun, Clinical Psychologist and researcher, between 2001 and 2004, and has been continually assessed and improved since. It is an evidence-based sophisticated integration of mindfulness core principles and traditional Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. MiCBT consists of a four-stage model of treatment applicable to a wide range of conditions and ages. It is based on the combination of mindfulness training from the traditional Theravada Buddhist teachings (Burmese Vipassana tradition) with empirically demonstrated and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural therapies from Western psychology. 

Benefits of Certification

Although training in MiCBT can be undertaken without applying for certification, we recommend certification to clinicians wishing to improve their skills and clinical outcomes, and demark themselves from the increasingly large number of professionals with limited formal training who offer mindfulness-based programs. Your international certification through the MiCBT Institute provides patients, referrers, employers and stake holders with reasurance and evidence of your demonstrated competency. 

MiCBT Certification will further your skilful application of MiCBT. It will provide the confidence you need to apply MiCBT in multiple contexts and with a wide range of complex clinical conditions, including in the presence of high comorbidity. You will benefit from individual mentoring sessions and strengths assessment. Supervisors/Mentors are Institute-accredited MiCBT trainers who are also highly qualified practising mental health clinicians. The certification process is flexible and self-paced. 

Training and Certification Process

MiCBT Training
Level 1

  • 2-day in-person Introductory Workshop
  • Foundation Course – self-implementation of MiCBT and establishing daily personal practice (pre-requisite is completion of the Introductory Workshop)
  • Applied Course – implementation of MiCBT with clients (pre-requisite is successful completion of the Foundation Course)
Skills acquired
  • Ability to provide MiCBT to group and individual clients, with regular clinical supervision
  • The MiCBT trainer assesses competencies during teaching sessions each week
  • If practitioner competencies not achieved, arrangements for individualized supplementary training and reassessment will be made available
  • Formal review process to confirm that Foundation and Applied level competency criteria have been met (carried out by the trainer with consultation with MiCBT Accreditation Committee)

MiCBT Certification
Level 2  

Eligible to apply after Introductory MiCBT Training (Level 1) Certification achieved.

  • Completion of 8 individual clients or 2 individual clients and 2 groups 
  • Implement MiCBT with at least 1 complex client (e.g., personality disorder, severe chronic mental health condition, or multiple comorbid conditions) 
  •  A minimum of 12 individual supervision/mentorship sessions (8 sessions with primary supervisor/mentor, 4 sessions with secondary supervisor/mentor))
  •  Masterclasses (2 hrs online classes on specific MiCBT topics) (minimum of 6) 
  •  3 day MiCBT residential retreat – with focus on case conceptualization
Skills acquired
  • Ability to deepen personal mindfulness skills 
  • Ability to provide MiCBT across a range of simple and complex disorders, including trauma and addiction
  • The MiCBT Trainer assesses Level 2 competencies during supervision/mentorship sessions (includes review of videotapes of clinical sessions) 
  • If practitioner competencies not achieved, arrangements for individualised supplementary training and reassessment will be made available
  • Formal review process by MiCBT Accreditation Committee to confirm that certification criteria have been met

Maintenance of Certification
Level 3  

Eligible to apply after a minimum of 1 year of clinical practice at Level 2 completed.

  • Bi-annual maintenance of MiCBT Certification through review by the MiCBT Accreditation Committee is dependent upon the following
    • Regular implementation with clients (minimum 5 clients/year)
    • Supervision/Mentorship: 5 sessions/year, either 1:1 or online group supervision/mentorship
    • Attend 1 retreat/year (minimum 5-day-retreat); either a MiCBT retreat (with focus on intensive meditation) or a Vipassana retreat
    • Remain acquainted with new research findings via web (e.g., forums, updates)
  • Completion of one 10-day Vipassana retreat in the tradition of U Ba Khin (as taught by S.N. Goenka) is not compulsory but is recommended

Entry Requirements

The mindfulness knowledge and skills required to successfully practice MiCBT are developed during the course of training within the Certification Process, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are required. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions. As such, only registered and currently practising mental health clinicians may obtain Certification.

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 4) 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.

Fees and Application

Please contact admin@mindfulness.net.au if you wish to be emailed an application package when registration opens.