BABCP Conference Workshop: Introduction to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  Ms Alice Shires

  Tuesday 2 September 2019


 University of Bath UK

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. 

  • Participants will gain a general understanding of MiCBT. Specifically the explanatory model that provides a sound rationale for the integration of CBT and mindfulness. 
  • Participants will be introduced to the four stages of the program and how they build skills.
  • Participants will then learn a specific skillset to reduce distress in their clients. 

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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Cayoun, B. A. (2014). Mindfulness-integrated CBT for well-being and personal growth: Four steps to enhance inner calm, self-confidence and relationships. John Wiley & Son.  

Cayoun, B., Simmons, A., & Shires, A. (2018). Immediate and Lasting Chronic Pain Reduction Following a Brief Self-Implemented Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure Task: a Pilot Study. Mindfulness, 1-13