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


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

This workshop describes the theoretical framework underlying MiCBT and will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning, as well as provide a strong neurobehavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT. 

Join clinicians from around the world in this unique opportunity to learn more about MiCBT and to explore whether training in this empirically-validated intervention would benefit both your clinical practice and personal mindfulness practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • The theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness training 
  • The use of mindfulness meditation to neutralize operant conditioning and improve therapeutic efficacy 
  • The four stages of MiCBT, including; the principles of mindfulness-based exposure (Stage 2); interpersonal skills (Stage 3); and relapse prevention strategies (Stage 4)
  • Applied practices to train equanimity (e.g., Mindfulness-based Interoceptive Exposure Task) 
  • The role of ethics in compassion training

Teaching Approach

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

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

Workshop Outline

Overview of the 4 stages of MiCBT
The Co-emergence Model of Reinforcement
Stage 1 - Role of interoception in self-regulation
Rapid distress reduction techniques
Neuroplasticity and mindfulness

Stage 2 - Mindfulness-based exposure skills
Stage 3 - Mindfulness-based interpersonal skills
Case conceptualization in MiCBT
Stage 4 - Compassion and relapse prevention
Training in MiCBT

What’s Included  

  • Hard copy of the MiCBT patient manual 
  • Access to on-line pre-workshop content 
  • 30 days access to the recorded workshop 
  • All workshop materials mailed in advance* 
  • Membership to the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute 
  • 6 CE credits for Canadian Psychological Association members 
* Hard-copy of materials will be mailed when registration and payment are complete. We can guarantee delivery of materials in time for the workshop date if registration is completed by February 28, 2021


For the workshop, no prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are helpful.  

Note that attending the workshop is NOT a prerequisite for registration in the Foundation Course (which is the first step in training in MiCBT delivery). Although the Foundation Course is primarily experiential, and clinicians are guided through self-implementation of MiCBT, all material covered in the workshop is presented and discussed in the Foundation course. 

As MiCBT is a mental health treatment specifically designed to address acute and chronic mental health conditions, professional mental health qualifications or enrolment in a professional training program is required.  

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, and students in these professions. 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, and students in these professions. Proof of membership from registering body required.

CPD Hours / CE Credit Hours

Australia: 6 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 6 Active CPD hours).

Canada: The North American Chapter MiCBT is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists (6 CE Credit Hours).The North American Chapter MiCBT maintains responsibility for the program.

Register for Workshop

  Trainer: Dr Alia Offman and Dr Andrea Grabovac
  29 March 2021
  10am - 5pm EST (local time Ottawa CA)
   Online - interactive
  Regular Fee CAD: $235
  Student Fee CAD: $185 
  6 CE

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To facilitate interactivity and the experiential component of the workshop, number of attendees will be limited. Please register early and join the waitlist if workshop has reached capacity

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Suzanne Perkins, psychiatrist. commented on 12-Mar-2020 03:09 AM5 out of 5 stars
Great balance of personal and professional growth opportunities. Really pleasant venue, food, general vibe. Presenters complemented each other well. I would recommend to any mental health care provider.
Jennifer A. Shaver, Ph.D., Vancouver, CA. commented on 11-Mar-2020 12:03 PM4 out of 5 stars
The workshop was well put together and offered an exceptional chance to try out some basic skills and get feedback. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants continuing education credits and is interested in getting an introduction to MiCBT. Those who take it should know that the "how to" course is largely the next course, which is offered online and I think you can access it without this introduction. So, if travel or lodging is difficult, and you are very interested in learning MiCBT, it would likely be cheaper to read the book and take the introduction course.
Taylor W commented on 11-Mar-2020 10:11 AM5 out of 5 stars
Really satisfied with what I got out of my 2 days at the Introduction to MiCBT. Received ample exercises that I can begin to use with my clients right away, as well as a keen interest to continue training in MiCBT. I appreciate the after taking a client through the MiCBT coursework, they will be left with a practice that can help them engage with what is arising for them at each moment. Truly empowering.
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