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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Training Quick Links


Virve Mujunen (BPsych Hons), Psychologist, QLD 17-Feb-2015 09:16 AM4 out of 5 stars
Mary Venables BA/BSw Mental Health Social Worker 17-Feb-2015 01:49 PM5 out of 5 stars
Dr Mike Beckoff Rural Generalist Aldgate SA  commented on 16-Sept-2014 06:48 PM5 out of 5 stars
Very relevant and practical workshop
Larissa Visco Social Worker QLD commented on 13-May-2014 03:00 PM5 out of 5 stars
Very impressed!
Loranie Leas, Psychologist, Sydney 07-May-2014 09:10 PM4 out of 5 stars
Angele Sliuzas, Counsellor, Vic 07-May-2014 09:54 AM5 out of 5 stars
Judy Denson, Social Worker commented on 19-Feb-2014 3:37 PM5 out of 5 stars
Very interesting and made me enthusiastic to make some changes in my own life and to offer some ideas to clients although I don't have sufficient work/client time to personally offer the 8 week course.
Haid Barbara, Psychotherapist, Austria 27-Oct-2013 10:59 AM5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Peter MacLean, Psychologist, Ottawa, Canada commented on 22-Jun-2013 11:27 AM5 out of 5 stars
Dr. Bruno Cayoun’s MiCBT model represents one of the best applications of the quintessentially important concept of balance. MiCBT brilliantly integrates the heart of Western psychology, CBT, with the 2500-year tradition of Eastern mindfulness. This theoretical integration is, in my opinion, among the best thinking in the field today. If sufficient research is carried out to support this integration, the result could contribute to a revolution in the field of mental health.
Dr. François Rousseau, Psychologist, Ottawa, Canada commented on 20-Jun-2013 11:06 PM5 out of 5 stars
This 2-day workshop was a very rewarding professional experience. The presentation was clear and gave a very good overview of MiCBT. In addition, the use of role plays and videos helped illustrate several important aspects of the model. Dr. Cayoun’s work in developing MiCBT appears to have filled an important gap by offering a full integration of mindfulness and CBT, and the importance this approach places on bodily sensations, as well as the specific strategies it suggests to work with these sensations will likely be of interest to many therapists. MiCBT offers exciting clinical opportunities and I look forward to learning more about this approach..
Dr Kate Partridge, Psychologist, London, Ontario, Canada commented on 13-Jun-2013 12:07 AM5 out of 5 stars
An excellent workshop: clearly presented, well structured, practical, useful video clips of actual therapy, founded on well-thought-through logical base and empirical information. Very valuable.
Susan Irwin, MSW RSW, Toronto, Canada commented on 12-Jun-2013 12:11 AM5 out of 5 stars
This 2 day workshop was the beginning of what I hope is a valuable training experience in MiCBT. I so admire the presenter's dedication to ensuring that people practice with the proper training. We all need to be so mindful of the ethics in our practice and how what we do affects our clients. Looking forward to the foundation course immensely. Thank you Bruno.
Sheri Van Dijk, Psychotherapist, Ontario, Canada, commented on 11-Jun-2013 08:58 PM5 out of 5 stars
This workshop provided an excellent foundation to teach clinicians how to integrate mindfulness into psychotherapy practice. Bruno is motivating and inspiring, and I will certainly be making changes in my own practice, as well as in the way I work with clients, as a result of the new knowledge I gained through attending the workshop.
Lynndal Daniels, Registered MFT Intern, San Francisco, CA USA,  commented on 11-Jun-2013 04:34 PM5 out of 5 stars
Mindfulness, a practice thousands of years old, has become an increasingly popular topic in psychotherapy. But how does a therapist incorporate it into their practice with clients. The MiCBT workshop provided an introduction to the clearest, deepest and most structured integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy I've ever seen. If mindfulness interests you, this is a must-do workshop.
Dr Kirk Beck-Registered Psychologist, Counselling Services, The University Of British Columbia Canada,  commented on 30-May-20135 out of 5 stars
Dear Dr. Cayoun, I am grateful to have attended your workshop in Vancouver this week. Your MiCBT model, I find, is both revolutionary and evolutionary-evolutionary in the humanistic foundations of regard for all people, non-pathologizing, and attention to experiential awareness (not symptoms), all intended to lesson human suffering. The MiCBT model integrates decades of understanding of psychology, hundreds of years of meditation & mindfulness, and current neuroscience. Your presentation was wonderfully organized and beautifully presented. You interacted with our audience in the most congruent manner of your model.