ACPA/NZCCP Keynote Presentation: MiCBT: The Growing Evidence for an Ancient Wisdom Central to Contemporary Mental Health Treatment

  Dr Bruno Cayoun

  Friday 5 April 2019

  11:00am - 12:00pm

 Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt St, SYDNEY, NSW AU

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 Organiser: The Australian Clinical Psychology Association and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, “The Contemporary Clinician: combining ancient wisdoms, cultural traditions, and modern advances” Conference

The growing evidence for an ancient wisdom central to contemporary mental health treatment. There is growing evidence to suggest that mindfulness meditation is beneficial in reducing the severity of a range of psychopathologies. The benefits have been mostly attributed to improved attention and emotion regulation, although recent studies indicate that the active mechanisms underlying mindfulness remain unclear. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an established transdiagnostic intervention specifically designed to address a wide range of clinical and subclinical conditions and prevent relapse. It is an integration of CBT principles and mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of venerable Ledi Sayadaw, and lay teachers U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka, developed into a four-stage approach between 2001 and 2003, and continually piloted and improved across disorders since.

 In this presentation, Dr Cayoun  will describe how MiCBT is based on a well-defined and comprehensive theoretical approach, the co-emergence model of reinforcement, which extends our traditional understanding of learning theory and gives a new dimension to operant conditioning. New and established exposure and cognitive reappraisal techniques are tightly integrated with the four-fold cultivation of mindfulness, the practice of ethics, and the development of insight. Its growing popularity is based on its transdiagnostic applications and benefits, even for people with complex comorbidity. Controlled studies investigating MiCBT show improvements in people with depression, generalised anxiety, PTSD, performance anxiety, perfectionism, alcoholism, chronic pain, and type-2 diabetes among other conditions. Recent studies in India and Iran demonstrate that MiCBT remains efficacious across various cultures.

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