Mindfulness-integrated CBT Workshop – Dublin 2013 Update
by Eoin O'Shea
March 23rd and 24th saw the first ever Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) workshop to be held in Ireland. This took place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel and was delivered by Dr. Bruno Cayoun, based in Hobart, Tasmania. With the workshop lasting the entire weekend, participants included mental health professionals such as psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, and those from other relevant backgrounds.
An overview was provided of MiCBT as an approach. The presented model encompasses both ‘second’ and ‘third wave’ strategies in a trans-diagnostic programme for working with a broad range of presenting problems. Used with both individuals and groups, the material presented included video-taped sessions of the use of MiCBT with clients diagnosed with chronic pain, borderline personality disorder, and also a gentleman coping with Parkinson’s.
Key features of the MiCBT approach include the centrality afforded to reinforcement of bodily responses in the maintenance of difficulties, the use of between-session formal mindfulness practice, and the additional use of interoceptive exposure techniques in dealing with problematic experiences of clients. As distinct from Beckian CBT, more focus is placed in MiCBT on the introduction to, and further development of, ‘second order’ change strategies; that is, clients work more on changing how they relate to the bodily basis of conditioned responses as opposed to the same focus being placed on changes in thought/appraisal content.
Compared to MBSR and similar mindfulness-based approaches, the applicability of MiCBT to individual client work (as well as groups) seems a useful feature for psychologists working through the 1-to-1 format. The rationale and development of the intervention across a full, standard 8-week delivery seems more progressive in that therapeutic focus explicitly shifts from the development of personally-applied mindfulness skills (earlier in the programme) to interpersonally-applied ones (later on). In this manner, mindfulness skills utilised in the approach are progressively generalised from oneself to responding to others with both empathy but also equanimity, i.e. a calm, less reactive manner of responding to events and circumstances.
The event was hosted by City Colleges and was recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland for the purposes of CPD credits. It is the intention of Dr. Cayoun to provide further training in the MiCBT approach in due course, with certain sections of the full professional training in MiCBT being delivered face-to-face whilst others can be completed through video-based online training. (This training format has often been utilised in Australia generally, perhaps due to the spread of that country’s population over relatively large areas).
Dr. Cayoun also enjoyed the sights and sounds of Dublin’s city centre during his trip. He looks forward to returning in due course – although Eoin O’Shea (a Corkman), has advised a trip to the ‘true capital’ during any future visit!
Pictured are some members of the training workshop in March with Dr. Bruno Cayoun, MiCBT Institute (far left) and Eoin O’Shea, Director of Psychology, City Colleges (third from left, back row).
Welcome to the first MiCBT Institute Newsletter of 2013 and a big welcome to you if you recently had training in MiCBT and receive this newsletter for the first time. We hope you find this issue informative and useful.
An exciting and major development was the first Mindfulness Conference in Australia on March 1-2 this year: The Australian Mindfulness Science and Practice Conference. Some of the main mindfulness teachers and researchers in Australia were present and presenters and attendees felt it was a real success. I thank the organisers for this wonderful initiative, including Maura Kenny, Graham Meadows, Tim Goddard, Paul Atkins, John Julian and Aileen Pigeon, and I am keen to attend again next year.
From a teaching perspective, 2013 is already very busy for us at the Institute, with the piloting of novel teaching formats and expansion overseas. So far, Alice Shires facilitated a successful 8-week Foundation Course, including a 2-day workshop in Sydney, and I facilitated the very first MiCBT workshop in Europe (Ireland) in March. What a wonderful group of friendly people! I am currently running the Foundation Course online for this Dublin group, which is also the first Foundation Course in Europe. Another teaching expansion is a Canadian teaching tour in May/June (see details below). This will be the first teaching of MiCBT on the American continent.
Dr Bruno Cayoun
The first teaching of MiCBT in Ireland was initiated and organised by Eoin O’Shea, Registered Psychologist, Director,School of Psychology, City Colleges Dublin, and General Manager of Turn2me (an online mental health provider). Eoin is interested in organising ongoing training in MiCBT in Dublin.
The 2-day workshop took place in March and the online Foundation classes have started. This is the first foundation Course in Europe and we believe that there will be many more. Some attendees came from the UK and Dr Richard Hulme, Clinical Psychologist from Brisbane, came from Australia to attend as well. Richard is interested in extending the MiCBT Institute in Florida and to train clinicians in the US.
Pictured are some of the participants from the 2-day MiCBT Workshop.
The First International Conference on Mindfulness is a 4-day conference starting on 8th May with a wide program and Sarah Francis will be presenting the results from 8 MiCBT groups.
Sarah is the convenor of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group and works closely with Dr. Bruno Cayoun as the head of the Learning and Development Group at the MiCBT Institute.
Here's the link if you would like more information on the conference and are lucky enough to be able to go- http://ahwinstitute.com/first-international-conference-on-mindfulness
Based on repeated suggestions from colleagues, we are planning to offer 1-day workshops for specific interests. As you are aware, MiCBT is a transdiagnostic approach that addresses the reinforcing components of most disorders. Accordingly, it is generally applicable to most conditions provided the current symptoms are not overwhelmingly debilitating (e.g., mania and psychosis).
Bruno Cayoun will be conducting 1-hour WebEx support sessions on the last Wednesday of the month for professionals enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of MiCBT. There is no extra cost for this and it is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss coursework.
Please contact the MiCBT Institute if you have not yet received the login/password for WebEx.
Upcoming sessions: 6.30pm to 7.30 pm (AEST)
April 24 2013
June 26 2013
July 31 2013
August 28 2013
September 25 2013
October 30 2013
Post-MiCBT interviews in the Guest Portfolio are updated regularly and available to everyone. These videos show the results of undertaking MiCBT treatment, as reported by clients with severe conditions, often complicated by comorbidity.
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