Mindfulness-integrated CBT Foundation Course
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude. Research has led to the recognition among CBT researchers and clinicians that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a significant contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders. There is also evidence that the practice of mindfulness by therapists decreases their mental fatigue and the frequency of burnout and increases therapist effectiveness.
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an established evidence-based integration of traditionally-taught mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and Goenka) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural methods. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach, i.e., it is applicable with a wide range of clinical conditions and ages.
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. The aim of this comprehensive course is to introduce MiCBT to improve our way of addressing acute and chronic conditions, and assisting in preventing relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders. During the 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 involves didactic, practical and experiential means of learning, including:
- A range of mindfulness meditation practices (as traditionally taught in Burmese Vipassana)
- Implementation of the four stages of MiCBT, including mindfulness-based exposure and relapse prevention strategies
- Masterclasses delivered online
- The opportunity to role-play core implementation skills with colleagues in online break-out rooms
- Real case demonstrations on video
No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are required. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions.
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 3) or PACFA-registered (Clinical Member) counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required.
Therapists outside Australia: 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.
You will learn:
- the personal practice of core and advanced mindfulness meditation skills
- recent findings on theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness practice and its effects
- the neurophenomenological foundations of behaviour maintenance and change
- how to engage the client in the treatment plan
- the use of MiCBT for attention- and emotion-regulation
- the use of MiCBT for behavioural regulation and decreasing avoidance
- the use of MiCBT for interpersonal regulation and improving conflict resolution
- the use of MiCBT for transpersonal regulation and relapse prevention strategies
The MiCBT Foundation Course is a 12 week training course with ten 3-hour online sessions. All sessions are conducted online, using Zoom, which allows you to use interactive documents, interact with other participants and the presenter, and review the recorded sessions if needed.
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.
- 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.
- Professionally recorded MP3 for the full implementation of mindfulness training.
- free access to over 30 client handouts and therapist work forms
- free Associate membership to the MiCBT Institute
CPD and Certificate of Attendance
30 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 criteria for 30 Active CPD hours).
Certificates of Completion are issued to participants who attend a minimum 8 of the 10 online sessions, irrespective of whether or not the recorded lessons are watched.
March 7 - May 23, 2020
No online classes April 11 and May 16
9.30am - 12.30pm
Local time Hobart, AU
Registration Fee: AUD $1650
Early Bird Fee AUD: $1550
Book before Feb 7, 2020
March 27 - June 19, 2020
No online classes April 10, May 8 and June 12
9.00am - 12.00pm
Local time Vancouver, CA
Registration Fee: CAD $1650
Early Bird Fee CAD: $1550
Book before Feb 27, 2020
Join Waiting List
If this course is full, please join the waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available or if we open a second class (subject to numbers).
Training Quick Links
- MiCBT Workshops
- Foundation Course
- Applied Course
- Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
- Group Supervision
- Individual Supervision
- Live Masterclasses
- On-demand Masterclasses
Marnie Neve, MA Counseling Psych. Guelph, Ontario commented on 16-Apr-2019 06:52 AM
The very powerful skill/insights gained in the Foundation Course has inspired my taking the Applied Course. I look forward to learning how to share MiCBT with my clients. Thank you!
Daniel Murray, Consultant Psychiatrist commented on 14-Nov-2018 03:27 PM
Superb and enlightening course.
Dr Jordana Rockman commented on14-Nov-2018 10:30 AM
Dr. Jo Sheedy, M. Psych (Couns) / PhD commented on 05-May-2018 09:05 PM
The Foundation course was excellent. The experiential component of the training helped me develop much greater precision in my practice and was enormously helpful. The theoretical aspects of the training strengthened and extended my understanding of how fundamental CBT principles can be integrated with mindfulness training for therapeutic benefit.
Kathy Wong, BSR, Occupational Therapist commented on 22-Apr-2018 09:16 AM
I will recommend this course to my colleagues!.
Rob Roy, PhD., R.Psych.; Registered Psychologist, Vancouver, BC, Canada commented on 19-Apr-2018 04:06 AM
The course material greatly enhanced my clinical practice. The experiential learning component set this course apart from all training I have done previously. Experiencing the course from the perspective of a client was a valuable experience, and it deepened my compassion for the people who entrust me with their health, happiness, and well-being.
Clair Cholajda, MA Clin Psych commented on 18-Nov-2017 08:44 AM
Far surpassed my expectations of its professional and personal value.
Darren Riggon commented on 16-Oct-2017 09:58 AM
A great personally expansive course which was compassionately facilitated by Bruno who clearly embodies the principles that he espouses.
Malcolm Skinner, MCouns (Waikato), PhD (Plant&Soil Science) commented on 12-Oct-2017 05:33 AM
The experience was thoroughly enlightening. I have a newfound sense of calmness in my everyday life
Erigoni Vlass Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, commented on 10-Oct-2017 01:53 PM
I would highly recommend the course to therapists who have an interest in mindfulness and integrating it with CBT ... Bruno is truly authentic in his practice and in his teaching.
Julia Sage, MSW, RSW, Ottawa, ON Canada 30-Jul-2015 04:20 AM
Emma Eaton, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada commented on 26-Jul-2015 08:30 AM
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 AM
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 AM
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 AM
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.