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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Sandra Atkins RSW Victoria BC commented on 25-Jan-2018 07:42 AM5 out of 5 stars
Erin Burrell, MD, FRCPC  commented on 23-Jan-2018 01:12 PM5 out of 5 stars
This workshop was an excellent overview of MiCBT, with an enjoyable combination of didactic teaching, theory and neurological mechanisms, and practice elements. It helped me appreciate how truly "integrative" MiCBT really is, and whet my appetite for learning more. I enjoyed the presenters and the collegial atmosphere of learning.
Diane, Social Worker commented on 23 Jan-2018 11:39 AM5 out of 5 stars
Andrea & Allia bring their experience of mindfulness practice into their teachings. It was inspirational to witness how they blended science with mindfulness practice, I left our brief time together wanting to learn more. Thank you for inspiring me .
Elisabeth Drance MD FRCPC Geri Psych, Canada  commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:56 AM5 out of 5 stars
I have been searching for a empirically validated, well structured, but flexible tool to use in my 1:1 psychotherapy practice that integrates mindfulness practice and CBT across diagnoses. I found the workshop introduction to this topic both informative and inspiring. I am very happy I can explore it further in the Foundation Course.
Jessica Huston, RN BScN, Duncan BC commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:48 AM5 out of 5 stars
I appreciated the opportunity to participate in this excellent course. The material was thoughtfully presented and I would recommend it to my colleagues. While this is a clinically based model for working with clients, I took away insight and learning for personal development in mindfulness that is invaluable.
Cara Dunkley, PhD Student in Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia  commented on 23 Jan-2018 10:19 AM5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic workshop! Presenters were both incredibly engaging and knowledgable. I am excited to incorporate elements of MiCBT into my current clinical work, and look forward to becoming fully certified when time permits. This workshop helped bridge the gap between MBCT and CBT both conceptually and practically. Very applicable for clinicians who treat mood and anxiety disorders, as well as clinicians working in sex and couples therapy. Highly Recommend
 Dr. Jo Sheedy, Psychologist, Geelong, Victoria commented on 26-Jul-2017 05:02 PM5 out of 5 stars
This workshop provided an excellent theoretical and practical training opportunity. The MiCBT model skilfully integrates the evidence-based principles of CBT with the practice of mindfulness. In my view, this course offers new understanding about why integration of these two approaches may offer particular therapeutic advantages. The model is presented clearly in terms of the related neuroscience. I would highly recommend this course.
 Stephen Underwood. Psychologist. QLD commented on 24-Jul-2017 05:10 PM5 out of 5 stars
One of the best workshops I have attended in my career.
 Ryan, Psychologist, Melbourne commented on 24-Jul-2017 07:58 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thank you Bruno. Inspiring and consolidating.
Shaz Hyland AOD Case Facilitator Launceston Tasmania  commented on 18-Jul-2016 12:10 PM5 out of 5 stars
Maria Ganci, Social Worker, Victoria  commented on 15-Jul-2016 08:06 PM5 out of 5 stars
Glynis Thorp Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Broken Hill NSW commented on 12-Jul-2016 9:21 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly recommend this workshop. Bruno is a very skilled peaceful and serene presenter who practices what he preaches..
Peter Procailo, BSc(Hons) Psychologist, Sydney NSW 23-Mar-2016 08:04 AM5 out of 5 stars
Michael Wai, MPsych, Psychologist, Sydney 18-Feb-2015 11:49 PM4 out of 5 stars
Inderjit Kaur (Indi), Dpsych, Clin Psych, Sydney 18-Feb-2015 08:10 AM5 out of 5 stars