MiCBT Residential Retreat March 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015
A wonderful bunch of people travelled from NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand to attend the last 5-day MiCBT residential retreat. We look forward to welcoming more therapists at the next retreat, in June 2015.
L-R Back: Suresh, Marc, Gary, Annie, Elsa, Theresa, Chih Huei,
Front: Bruno, Sally, Nicola, Claudia

Kathy (owner of Niche) and Bruno

How do you silence mind chatter?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr Bruno Cayoun discusses Mind chatter and ways to clear your mind and focus with ABC's Nick Bosly-Pask


MiCBT for Wellbeing and Personal Growth - out now!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 “This is a beautiful book. Bruno Cayoun has distilled the deepest wisdom of an ancient Buddhist meditation tradition and combined it with the best modern clinical science to offer this program. As he says, with mindfulness training you can tune your attention so that you can perceive your experiences, understand them and respond to them without needing to react in order to change them. He explains clearly, guides gently, and answers questions skilfully. Using problems as tools through which to learn, he shows you a way to respond wisely to difficulties that can destroy the quality of your personal, family and working life. With this book as a trusted guide, he invites you to discover how you can let go of suffering, restore equilibrium, and rediscover peace. Teachers, students and practitioners everywhere, whether new to or experienced in the practice of mindfulness, will greatly value this book.”

Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and co-author of The Mindful Way Workbook

“This book marries powerful tools from Buddhist meditative practice with contemporary behavioral science for a comprehensive look at transforming suffering. The result is an important contribution to a growing interdisciplinary field.”

Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Real Happiness at Work

“What an amazing book! I could feel the years of wisdom and practice flowing out of each chapter. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a jewel that honours both the Buddhist and Western psychological traditions of turning suffering into well-being. You will treasure what Bruno Cayoun offers whether you are looking for a way through personal distress or wish to learn how to bring the elements of Buddhist Psychology into your professional work. Each chapter clearly describes how to cultivate the ancient practice of meditation and supports the practice with solid science. The “question and answer” sections are informative, gentle and direct their guidance making them indispensable to novice and ongoing practitioners alike. You will find this book opens the gate to a sustainable way of living with challenges and a quiet, composed approach to life as it presents itself to you, moment by moment. All you have to do is walk in.”

Lynette Monteiro, PhD, Co-Director of Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Clinical Professor, University of Ottawa, co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here: An eight-week guide to skillful living.

“Bruno Cayoun is a master of mindful living. Here he skillfully blends age-old wisdom, recent research, and practical methods into four essentially helpful steps for all who wish to live a fulfilling life. I have learnt heaps from it – and am sure you will, too.”

George W Burns, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Australia, author of 101 Healing Stories and Happiness, Healing, Enhancement

“At last! A self-help book incorporating mindfulness that does not treat the reader as a simpleton. Dr Cayoun carefully explains the science behind practicing mindfulness combined with right thinking to live a happier and more satisfying life. It is highly practical with easy exercises and lots of guidance from a perspective informed by Buddhist spirituality and Clinical Psychology.”

Dr Bruce A Stevens, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, University of Canberra, co-author of Happy Ever After? A Practical Guide to Relationship Counselling for Clinical Psychologists.

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Early Bird Registration closes this Friday - 16 January

Monday, January 12, 2015

14-Feb-2015: Sydney -  WORKSHOP
MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention & Relapse Prevention (2 days), with Alice Shires

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the integration of mindfulness training with core principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve ways of addressing chronic conditions, crisis and prevent 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.  
This workshop will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.  
Workshop content will involve practical and experiential components. 

Participants will learn: 

  •  Principles and skills in mindfulness practice 
  •  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 four stages of MiCBT  
  •  The use of mindfulness-based exposure skills  
  •  The use of mindfulness-based interpersonal skills 
  •  The use of mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies 
 CPD Hours
 14 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria, e.g.. active, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 14 Active CPD hours.)

 NB This workshop is also the Week 1 face-to-face workshop for the MiCBT Foundation Course, below.


14-Feb-2015:  MiCBT FOUNDATION COURSE (8 weeks) Sydney and Online, with Alice Shires

In order for mental health professionals to implement mindfulness-based therapies, such as Mindfulness-integrated CBT, it is essential that they first develop their own skills in mindfulness practice experientially. The main aim of this 8-week Foundation course is to provide clinicians with the opportunity to personally practise and integrate the mindfulness and CBT skills used in MiCBT while learning the theoretical framework for these practices.

Course content will involve: 
  • practical and experiential work, and include: core and advanced skills in mindfulness practice   
  •  theoretical fundamentals of mindfulness approaches incorporating the complex foundations (locus and dynamics) of behaviour maintenance and extinction to improve ecological validity and therapeutic efficacy 
  •  methods to engage the client in the MiCBT treatment plan implementing the four stages of MiCBT 
  •  mindfulness-based relapse prevention strategies 
  •  real case demonstrations on video and in a master class format will be included. 
 28 CPD hours may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria,, special college,  etc. (For Psychologists, this course meets APS criteria for 28 Active CPD hours). 



No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, however, a working knowledge of CBT or REBT is required. 

Who should attend? 

Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, professionally qualified counsellors, professionally qualified psychotherapists.

Earlybird Payments to be received before 16 January 2015.

Seasons Greetings

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits. I would like to welcome all new colleagues who have recently started their training in MiCBT. I hope you find the training itself and its consequences in your life to be beneficial. I also congratulate all finishing Graduate Diploma candidates for their dedication to learning, as deep inside us, it is mostly compassion that drives our need to learn to serve others better. 2014 has been a productive year, making way to an expansion of the use of MiCBT and of its training in the next year.


Mikako Naito (Clinical Psychologist from the Goal Coast) has started teaching MiCBT in Japan, where she and her colleagues have formed the MiCBT Study Group. Mikako has done a phenomenal job translating all the client forms, presentation slides, the MSES-R, the relevant web pages, and the audio instructions on CD in Japanese. Others will benefit a great deal from her work.


My new (self-help) book is now published. Writing it has been a worthwhile journey in itself, gathering the support of wonderful people who generously gave their time to assist in the process. The foreword by Dr Shauna Shapiro (Santa Clara University) and the reviews from Drs Mark Williams (University of Oxford), Bruce Stevens (ANU), George Burns (Cairnmillar Institute), Lynette Monteiro (University of Ottawa) and Sharon Salzberg (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies) are wonderful. I am confident that you and your clients will find this self-help book to be of great assistance in the understanding and the practice of MiCBT, as well as mindfulness in general—a short summary is provided below. I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks for letting others know about the book.


I wish you all a joyful and fulfilling end-of year celebration, a restful break from work, and a peaceful and productive new year.

Bruno Cayoun

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