Dr Andrea GrabovacDirector NA Chapter | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her psychiatric practice focuses on acute inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital. Since 2005, she has been delivering mindfulness-based interventions in oncology, sexual medicine and psychiatric settings. Her academic interests include developing competencies for clinician training in mindfulness, as well as the integration of underpinning Buddhist psychological frameworks into mindfulness-based clinical interventions.
For the last 10 years, she has been co-teaching a monthly mindfulness consultation course focusing on integrating personal practice into clinical delivery of Mindfulness-Based Interventions. She is an MBCT mentor at the UCSD Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute, and provides both individual mentorship as well as teaching 5-day professional training retreats. She is a teacher trainer at the MiCBT Institute.
Dr Alia OffmanDirector NA Chapter | Trainer
Dr Alia Offman is a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She obtained her doctorate in research psychology at Carleton University, a Master’s in Education at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctorate training as a counselling psychologist. She is currently working through Self-Balance Psychological Services to provide MiCBT therapy and training.
She has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University for over ten years teaching in the psychology department. She has supervised their fourth year Honours Projects course, taught a fourth-year seminar course in The Psychology of Human Sexuality and undergraduate courses in The Psychology of Women, Statistics and Social Psychology. She has also taught in the education department at the University of Ottawa as a sessional lecturer. She is currently developing a fourth-year course in Mindfulness and Well-being.
Alia is a published researcher with the majority of her work focused on adult populations, studying such diverse areas as workplace productivity, the impact of discrimination on health, communication in relationships and the effects of relationship violence on self-esteem. She was an Associate Researcher at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Ottawa Health Research Institute.
Working within her individuals has always been important to Alia. She has completed 3 levels of training in the Mindful School Program and will be a volunteer teacher in her individual’s school, offering mindfulness training to grade school students. For many years she volunteered with Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and she was recognized for her work in the field of human sexuality. She was awarded the Norman Barwin Scholarship from the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada.
She continues to study and train in mindfulness approaches and is working under the supervision of Dr Bruno Cayoun in expanding MiCBT in Canada.
Workshop: Mindfulness-integrated CBT
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) is a sophisticated integration of evidence-based core principles of mindfulness and CBT. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach and is applicable to a wide range of mental health conditions and ages. It is based on the integration of traditional methods of mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin) with well-established principles and methods from cognitive and behavioral traditions.
This one-day workshop describes the theoretical framework underlying MiCBT. It will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioral basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.
Join clinicians from around the world in this unique opportunity to learn more about MiCBT and to explore whether training in this empirically validated intervention would benefit both your personal and clinical mindfulness practice.
At the completion of the workshop, participants will have learned:
- Describe recent findings on theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness practice and its effects
- Identify the neurophenomenological foundations of behavior maintenance and change
- Explain how to engage the client in the treatment plan
- Discuss the use of MiCBT for attention- and emotion-regulation
- Utilize MiCBT for behavioral regulation and decreasing avoidance
- Demonstrate the use of MiCBT for interpersonal regulation and improving conflict resolution
- Apply MiCBT for transpersonal regulation and relapse prevention strategies
The experiential workshop will involve learning material through various modalities, including:
- Guided mindfulness meditation practices as taught in MiCBT
- Live demonstration of delivery of Diary of Reactive Habits
- Guided Mindfulness Interoceptive Exposure Task and Experiential Ownership
- Frequent knowledge checks using Slido
- Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with a client during real-life therapy sessions
- Live Question and Answer through chat
- Access to online pre-workshop content
- 14 days access to the recorded workshop
- Membership to the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute
For the introductory workshop, no prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioral techniques are helpful.
Note that attending the workshop is NOT a prerequisite for registration in the Foundation Course (which is the first step in training in MiCBT delivery). Although the Foundation Course is primarily experiential, and clinicians are guided through the self-implementation of MiCBT, all material covered in the workshop is presented and discussed in the Foundation course.
As MiCBT is a mental health treatment specifically designed to address acute and chronic mental health conditions, professional mental health qualifications or enrolment in a professional training program is required for enrollment in the Foundation Course.
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for participation in this program are available for a $50 fee.
Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 6.0 CE credit.
The MiCBT Institute is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The MiCBT Institute maintains responsibility for the program. This course offers 6.0 CE credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 7.0 contact hours.
- 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Morning Session
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Lunch (on your own)
- 1:00pm - 4:00pm
- Afternoon Session