Addressing Trauma with Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

As mindfulness-based interventions are increasingly used to address a wide range of psychological disorders, therapists need as much training as possible with complex conditions, especially those accompanied by trauma history. Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an established transdiagnostic intervention specifically designed to address a wide range of clinical and subclinical conditions, and to help prevent relapse. It is an evidence-based integration of traditional CBT and mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and Goenka. MiCBT uses novel and well-documented exposure and cognitive reappraisal techniques, tightly integrated with the principles and practice of mindfulness, to specifically decrease anxiety and emotional reactivity during distressing situations. These techniques are congruent with recent neurobehavioural research in memory reconsolidation which shows that memory, including memories of trauma, are subject to change each time they are remembered and require continual reinforcement for their maintenance. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a general understanding of MiCBT and its main theoretical underpinning, the coemergence model of reinforcement, and its approach to addressing trauma. We will then learn a specific skillset to reduce distress, especially with traumatic memories. A video demonstration will be included.


  • Alice Shires
    Alice Shires
    Trainer | Researcher

    Alice Shires is a clinical and research psychologist, Director of the UTS Psychology Clinic, and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She is Chair of the Australasian Psychology Clinic Directors association (AAPTC) and is involved in research and development of teaching, supervision and training in clinical psychology. She has established the Mindfulness-integrated research clinic at UTS and research includes the efficacy of MiCBT in chronic pain, the process of supervision and assessment of competencies in clinical psychology, and the inclusion of mindfulness training in the clinical psychology training process.

    Alice is a senior trainer of MiCBT, implements MiCBT with clients, teaches MiCBT to mental health professionals and supervises clinicians during the course of their MiCBT training. She has recently co-authored The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018) with Bruno Cayoun and Sarah Francis.

  • Dr Bruno Cayoun
    Dr Bruno Cayoun
    Director | Trainer | Researcher

    Dr Bruno Cayoun is a Clinical Psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.

    Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and co-supervises several studies in collaboration with various institutions, including Monash University, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, and Massey University. He has practised mindfulness meditation and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.

    Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment and the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale.


06 Apr 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 05 - 06 Apr 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am


Rydges World Square
Rydges World Square Hotel, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia


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