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.
MiCBT Masterclass 20: MiCBT and the Buddhist Principles of the Eightfold Noble Path
The theoretical basis for constructing and applying MiCBT has been expressed in various forms, including spiritual, cognitive/behavioural and neurobiological, depending on the audience to whom it is described. MiCBT was developed with the integration of these three dimensions in mind. Whereas the cognitive-behavioural and neurobiological bases of MiCBT have been well articulated over the past decade, the spiritual basis has not been given much attention.
MiCBT was developed two decades ago as a transdiagnostic approach to therapy, based on Bruno Cayoun’s interest in reducing the factors underlying human suffering that are common to a range of disorders, irrespective of diagnosis. To address these common factors, MiCBT was modelled on the ‘Eightfold Noble Path’, known in Buddhist psychology as a set of trainings to reduce suffering, combined with the most effective cognitive and behavioural methods used in modern therapy.
This masterclass will describe how the four stages of MiCBT relate to the eight skillsets of the Eightfold Noble Path (right understanding, right thoughts, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration). It will explain how the skillsets were used for 26 centuries to help one’s training of living ethically (Sila), gaining control over one’s mental processes (Samadhi), and understanding the nature of experiences with wisdom (Pañña). The masterclass will also explain how MiCBT helps clients grow beyond the process of symptom reduction by bringing these maturing factors to life.
You will learn
This masterclass will end with a 20-minute online discussion and Q&A with Dr Cayoun. If you are unable to attend the online discussion or prefer not to ask questions publicly, you are encouraged to send any related questions you may have via the registration form. The name of attendees who send questions is kept completely confidential.