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 14: The Role and Use of Psychodynamics in MiCBT
Psychodynamic (or psychoanalytic) theory proposes that events in childhood have a great influence on adult lives. Events that occur in childhood experiences shape adult personality and can remain subconscious while causing distress and maladaptive behaviour in adulthood until they are resolved. Schema therapy is also based on the view that maladaptive themes or patterns of behaviour that we keep on repeating throughout life are related to how we formed core beliefs about ourselves and the world since childhood. In clinical practice, we make inevitable observations that a person’s painful experiences in childhood and adolescence, such as trauma or repeated abuse, have clear consequences on their adult life. Indeed, we inadvertently ‘live in the past’ more often than we may realise. MiCBT considers these principles within the framework of phenomenology; it examines these phenomena as they manifest themselves dynamically, in the present moment, through principles such as ‘transference’. It integrates the dynamics of present-moment experience by looking at how learned behaviour takes place and affects our beliefs and behaviour since childhood.
However, MiCBT does not assume that psychodynamic problems can be resolved by simply being aware of them. In contrast, it suggests that underlying brain mechanisms associated with autobiographical memory are the principal determinants of maintaining painful memories and unhelpful behaviour present in our life.
This masterclass will describe the learning, maintenance and extinction of important psychodynamic principles through the co-emergence model of reinforcement and supporting evidence from neuroscience. It will also discuss a more pragmatic way of understanding and addressing psychodynamic issues that your clients experience daily. It will also describe how rapport can be improved with our clients when transference is recognised and addressed constructively.
You will learn:
- The understanding of psychodynamic issues in MiCBT using case examples
- The understanding of transference through the co-emergence model of reinforcement
- MiCBT methods to address important psychodynamic experiences within and outside the meditative practice