Ms Alice Shires
Tuesday 2 September 2019
University of Bath UK
Organiser: British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies, 47th Annual Conference
As mindfulness-based interventions are increasingly used to address a wide range of psychological disorders, therapists need as much training as possible with complex conditions, especially those accompanied by chronic pain and trauma history. 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 evidence-based integration of traditional CBT and mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, 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.
MiCBT is one of the so-called “second-generation mindfulness-based interventions”, as it was developed in a way that maximally preserves the principal teachings of Buddhist psychology while excluding Buddhist religious rituals and cultural assumptions. New and established exposure and cognitive reappraisal techniques are tightly integrated with the practice of ethics, the four-fold cultivation of mindfulness, and the development of insight and advocates an active and discriminative from of awareness. Recent studies in India and Iran demonstrate that MiCBT remains efficacious across various cultures. 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.
Mindfulness integrated CBT( MiCBT) is an evidence-based integration of traditional CBT and mindfulness which offers an explanatory model for the use of mindfulness skills integrated with established cognitive and behavioural techniques and strategies for enabling change and reduction of distress.
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