Dr Bruno CayounDirector | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical and research psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the founder and 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 regularly cooperates on mindfulness-based research with various universities in Australia and abroad. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka 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 validated questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment , the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale, and co-developer of the Equanimity Scale 16.
Masterclass 13: Addressing Distressing Thoughts with MiCBT
As a universal condition of human life, distressing thoughts have been the subject of philosophies and ancient teachings of wisdom across cultures for thousands of years, and later the target of most therapy approaches. This is because distressing thoughts are integral to emotional and personality disorders and intrude on our dreams.
Based on neurophenomenology, cognitive science and Buddhist psychology, MiCBT takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing distressing thoughts. Using the co-emergence model of reinforcement as an illustration, Dr Bruno Cayoun will discuss the importance of complementing our knowledge of distressing thoughts as manifestations of interoceptive cues (body sensations).
In this masterclass, he will discuss mindfulness-related ways of addressing such “bottom-up” cognitive processes both during and outside mindfulness meditation practices.
You will learn:
- Understanding of the manifestation of thoughts in MiCBT
- The co-emergence model of reinforcement and its relevance to the emergence, maintenance and extinction of distressing thoughts
- How to address distressing thoughts with MiCBT in clinical practice