MiCBT for Chronic Conditions, Crisis Intervention and Relapse Prevention Workshop

Overview

Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude.  Over a decade of careful research has led to the recognition among CBT researchers and clinicians that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions is a potent contribution to the treatment of a wide range of disorders. There is also evidence that the practice of mindfulness by therapists decreases their mental fatigue and the frequency of burnout and increases therapist effectiveness. 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 treatment model applicable for a wide range of conditions and ages. It is based on the combination of traditional establishment of mindfulness (Burmese Vipassana tradition) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural traditions in the West. 

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the integration of mindfulness training with core principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to improve our way 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 our common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioural basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT. 

Prerequisites

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 4) or PACFA-registered (Clinical Member) counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from regestering 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
  • 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.

Teaching Approach

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

  • Lecture sections with power-point
  • Guided practice of mindfulness meditation
  • Role-play
  • Group discussions
  • Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with clients during real-life therapy sessions

CPD Hours

14 CPD hours may be claimed.
*This activity is AASW Endorsed CPD and an FPS Relevant Activity*
Other professionals,  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.)

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Testimonials

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.
Suzanne Peyton, Registered Nurse and Mindfulness Trainer, Vic  commented on 20-May-2013 09:12 AM5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for an invaluable weekend of learning. The content was comprehensive and Sally responded with calmness and flexibility to the varied needs of our group.