Mindfulness-integrated CBT: A Four Stage Transdiagnostic Treatment Approach (Workskhop)


Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental, unbiased and non-reactive attitude. Careful research continues to show that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a potent contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders.   

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an evidence-based sophisticated integration of mindfulness core principles and traditional CBT. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach, i.e., it is applicable with a wide range of conditions and ages. It is based on the integration of traditional establishment of mindfulness (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin) with well-established principles and methods from cognitive and behavioural traditions.  

The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to MiCBT to assist your work with acute and chronic conditions, and improve the prevention of relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders.  It will describe the important theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and introduce participants to the use of these skills across a wide range of chronic and acute conditions.  

Importantly, this workshop will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neurobehavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.


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.

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 3) 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. 

Learning Objectives

Workshop content will involve practical and experiential components. You will learn:

  • Principles and skills in mindfulness practice (Stage 1 of MiCBT) 
  • Theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness training 
  • The use of mindfulness meditation to neutralise operant conditioning and improve therapeutic efficacy 
  • How to engage the client in the treatment plan 
  • The rationale for integrating mindfulness with CBT in MiCBT  
  • The principles of mindfulness-based exposure (Stage 2) 
  • The principles of mindfulness-based interpersonal skills (Stage 3) 
  • The principles of mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies (Stage 4).

Teaching Approach

The workshop will involve learning material through various modalities, including:

  • Didactic: Power-point presentations
  • Guided practice of mindfulness meditation
  • Role-play
  • Group discussions
  • Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with a client during real-life therapy sessions

CPD Hours / CE Credit Hours

AUSTRALIA: 12 CPD hours may be claimed. Other professionals,  please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets criteria for 12 Active CPD hours).

CANADA: The North American Chapter MiCBT is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists (12 CE Credit Hours).The North American Chapter MiCBT maintains responsibility for the program.

Register for Workshop

  Trainer: Dr Alia Offman and Dr Andrea Grabovac
  5-6 March 2021
  9am - 5pm
   Four Point Sheraton -1496 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA, B3J 3Z1
  Regular Fee CAD: $515
 Early Bird Fee CAD: $475 
(book before Feb 7, 2021)
  12 CE

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Stuart Cameron  commented on 09-Oct-2019 08:05 AM5 out of 5 stars
The workshop does an excellent job at delivering the rationale and what both you and a client can expect from such a modality.
Otto Lim, Reg Clinical Social Worker and Canadian Certified Counsellor  commented on 04-Oct-2019 01:30 PM5 out of 5 stars
I am inspired to continue my journey learning and practicing MiCBT for myself and my clients. MiCBT is an approach that makes clinical and compassionate sense to me. Thank you Alia and Andrea for being such excellent role models of MiCBT and sharing your wisdom and knowledge.
Kirsten Morgan MA RSW RCC  commented on 04-Oct-2019 02:39 AM5 out of 5 stars
For anyone interested in how to effectively bring mindfulness into their clinical practice. This comprehensive presentation packs much in 2 days. In addition to orientating you to the 4 stages of change targeted in MICBT, it includes the research and neuroscience that supports the model, case studies and practice. It is acknowledged that further commitment to training is expected before bringing the program to clinical practice. Well worth it!
Deborah Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., C.Psych. commented on 30-Jan-2019 04:26 AM5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed and benefited from this Introduction to MiCBT. I would certainly not put this workshop in the category of psychotherapy workshops that are watered down for more general consumption.... a fact which I love. The integration of mindfulness (including on-site practice), neuroscience, ample research references, and CBT foundations was superbly done, at this level of MiCBT.
Deb McGuire RSW, MSW commented on 28-Jan-2019 10:38 PM5 out of 5 stars
This was an excellent workshop. I am a clinical Social Worker working with a complex population. I appreciated several aspects of this training. The facilitators were excellent and their different approaches complimented one another. They created a safe environment that allowed for questions and dialogue. their pacing was also excellent and the work never felt rushed or prolonged. The material was relatable - marrying aspects of the modalities that I use; the externalizing/de-personalizing work of Narrative Therapy, the Acceptance approaches in ACT and the Interpersonal Skills of DBT. The skill building of mindfulness practices throughout the training held a great deal of meaning for me and was grounding. I also loved the idea that we teach clients to focus on the co-emerging sensations. This is valuable for me as a Counsellor, as many of the folks I work with do not yet possess the skills required to begin traditional CBT work in a meaningful way. They all can, however, describe a sensation in their bodies - a much more accessible starting point. Thank You!
Dr Lyne Prudhomme C Psych commented on 28-Jan-2019 10:09 PM4 out of 5 stars
Lynn S. Lavery MSW. RSW, Pembroke, ON, Canada commented on 28-Jan-2019 02:21 AM5 out of 5 stars
Both presenters were well informed and comfortable with the material. They very easily moved between theory and practice. Each clearly had a passion for the approach and its efficacy. Questions were welcomed and answered respectfully. The presenters also held true to their daily format/structure. Very well done. Kudos to both Andrea and Alia
Andrea Khalid MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) commented on 28-Jan-2019 01:14 AM5 out of 5 stars
Evan King MSW&RSW(SK), commented on 25-Jan-2019 06:04 AM5 out of 5 stars
Dr. Joanne Cummings, Ph.D. C.Psych commented on 23-Jan-2019 07:58 AM5 out of 5 stars

David Howard, M.A., C.Psych. Stratford, Ontario commented on 22-Jan-2019 12:18 PM5 out of 5 stars
An effective and eclectic bringing together of mindfulness practice, traditional exposure and desensitization, DBT, and compassion treatment platforms. With neuroplasticity in ascendance, the clinical approaches / rationales are well-supported and grounded in research. A very viable treatment option to MBSR, MBCT.
Marie Louise Lergesner (MPsych) Clinical Psychologist Queensland commented on 29-Aug-2018 07:58 PM5 out of 5 stars
Deborah Vanzoelen, MAPS, Sunshine Coast commented on 28-Aug-2018 12:02 PM5 out of 5 stars
This course is highly recommended to learn new skills/tools that can be applied to a variety of clients that present in our clinics Looking forward to be able to attend the foundation course next
Liat katz Elyashar, clinical psychologist commented on 28-Aug-2018 09:56 AM5 out of 5 stars
The course gives you very good basic understanding of MiCBT.
Tom Heah, M.Sc. (OT) commented on 27-Jan-2018 06:20 PM5 out of 5 stars
Andrea and Alia were excellent teachers, and delivered a very user-friendly MiCBT workshop. They were passionate, organized and knowledgeable, and presented a good balance of theory and practice.