MiCBT Applied Course

Expand your skills and learn to implement MiCBT confidently across a range of diagnoses while being supervised and supported weekly by the trainer

  • Next Applied Course

    April 26, 2022 - July 12, 2022
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Dr Alia Offman
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  • The MiCBT Applied Course consists of 10 online lessons over a 12 week period.

  • All sessions are conducted online, using Zoom, which allows you to use interactive documents, interact with other participants and the presenter, and review the recorded sessions if needed.

  • 20 CPD/CE may be claimed, but please check eligibility with your professional body regarding other criteria Certificates of Completion are issued to participants who attend and directly participate in a minimum of 8 of the 10 online lessons.

  • Successful completion of the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite for this course.

  • Course materials include "The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy" and access to over 50 videos demonstrating MiCBT skills with clients.

After you’ve mastered the fundamentals of Mindfulness-integrated CBT taught in the Foundation Course, the Applied Course will expand these skills and techniques to your clinical practice.
Overview

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an evidence-based transdiagnostic approach specifically designed to address a wide range of mental health conditions. To implement MiCBT efficiently, we believe it is essential that therapists acquire a sound understanding of the principles, theory and practice of MiCBT and develop the confidence to address complex clinical situations effectively.

IMPORTANT: Given that this is an applied course during which you are assisted in delivering the MiCBT programme to one or more people, you will need a client base with which to practice. You need to have at least 2 clients with whom you can implement MiCBT from Week 1—we recommend 3 clients, with a minimum of 2 clients, in case client dropout prevents you from continuing to implement MiCBT and actively participate in the course. Sometimes this takes a while to organise so we recommend that you are organised sufficiently in advance to be ready to start implementing the programme just after our first online class.

This course aims to teach you to implement MiCBT confidently with your clients and groups across a range of diagnoses, in most mental health settings, public and private, while being supervised and supported weekly by the trainer. The course involves didactic, practical and experiential means of learning, including:

  • Implementing the four stages of MiCBT, including mindfulness meditation,
  • mindfulness-based exposure and relapse prevention strategies over a 12 week period
  • Masterclasses and group supervision (delivered online), involving role-play simulating current client attitudes and therapist responses
  • General discussions on personal experience.
Learning Objectives

You will learn to implement the four stages of MiCBT with clients diagnosed with most mental health disorders and some health conditions, such as addiction and chronic pain. This will include learning the clinical implementation of:

  • Cognitive and behavioural methods to engage your client in the treatment plan efficiently
  • Basic and advanced mindfulness meditation methods
  • Mindfulness-based exposure techniques
  • Mindfulness-based conflict resolution
  • Enhancing neuroplasticity to help prevent relapse
  • Compassion training through loving-kindness meditation and the use of ethics to assist in preventing relapse.

Schedule

The MiCBT Applied Course consists of 10 online lessons over a 12 week period. All lessons are conducted online, which allows you to use interactive documents, interact with other participants and the presenter, and review the recorded sessions if needed.

Accordion Content

This week’s class will guide you to prepare important bases for a successful programme. You will learn to set a therapy contract with clients, describe the MiCBT model, and teach them the pre-mindfulness relaxation method. This session includes:

  • Introduction of each participant
  • Planning the implementation of the program, setting goals and discussing professional and ethical matters
  • Explaining the four stages of MiCBT to clients
  • Setting a therapy contract.
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients (Stage 1: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and mindfulness of the body)

This week’s class will guide you to address your clients’ difficulty adhering to a regular practice schedule for homework assignments and provide them with a rationale for practising mindfulness of breath. This session includes:

  • Feedback from each participant
  • Using the Socratic dialogue to assist clients with time management and practice commitment
  • Providing a rationale for mindfulness of breath
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients

This week’s class will guide you to explain the rationale for integrating mindfulness of body sensations in therapy and teach your clients unilateral body-scanning in the traditional Burmese Vipassana method used in MiCBT. This session includes:

  • The co-emergence model of reinforcement
  • The role of equanimity in the extinguishment of learned responses
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients (Stage 1: Implementing the rationale for unilateral body-scanning)
  • Feedback from each participant

This week’s class will guide you to emphasise the role and practice of equanimity in mindfulness meditation as an exposure (to sensory stimuli and memories) and response prevention method and teach your clients to recognise the deeper and usually subconscious elements of their experiences and transfer the skills to everyday experiences. This session includes:

  • The four characteristics of body sensations
  • The importance of skill transfer
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients (Stage 1: rationale for unilateral body-scanning without instructions, monitoring applied practice using the Interoceptive Signature Form) as preparation for exposure in Stage 2)
  • Practice feedback from each participant

This week’s class will guide you to implement mindfulness-based exposure methods using the skills acquired in the preceding weeks and teach your clients the first advanced scanning method. This session includes:

  • Providing a rationale for Stage 2
  • Describing and filling out the SUDS (Hierarchical Exposure) form and using bipolar and in-vivo exposure methods
  • The rationale for advanced scanning techniques (rapid detection of early distress cues for better prevention of reactivity and addressing deeper schemas, including self-schema)
  • Explaining symmetrical scanning
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients.

This week, there is no online class with the teacher as more time is needed to implement the skills taught last week.

This week’s class will guide therapists to implement the same mindfulness-based exposure methods as last week but with more anxiety-provoking situations that keep clients in entrenched avoidance and teach them a more advanced scanning method. This session includes: 

  • Stage 2: bipolar and in-vivo exposure methods to address the last and most distressing avoidance items on the SUDS form 
  • Reviewing SUDS ratings across all items 
  • Explaining the generalisation of desensitisation effect 
  • Explaining partial sweeping 
  • Setting and explaining this week’s homework for therapists and clients.

This week’s class will guide therapists to teach clients mindfulness-based interpersonal skills, which help reduce interpersonal reactivity such as passivity, aggressiveness, or conflict-avoidance behaviour. It is sometimes called “the art of seeing human suffering”. This class will also guide therapists in implementing advanced body scanning that enables deep perception of the early onset of emotional processing. This week’s class includes:

  • Explaining sweeping en masse
  • Providing a rationale for Stage 3: externalising attention to understand others (“seeing suffering”) and preventing reactivity to their reactions
  • Implementing Experiential Ownership (as an interpersonal-regulation method) based on co-emergence reinforcement
  • Setting and explaining next week’s homework for therapists and clients processing, including early detection of distress cues.

This week’s class will guide you to implement empathic training grounded in thoughts, emotions and daily actions and teach Loving-Kindness meditation to your clients. This session includes:

  • Practice feedback from each participant
  • Advanced body-scanning: transversal scanning
  • Grounded Empathy (compassion training)
  • Loving-Kindness practice as a counter-conditioning context
  • Five ethical challenges (as “behavioural experiments”) to ground empathic intentions into compassionate actions
  • Setting and explaining next week’s homework for therapists and clients (Stage 4: rationale for grounded empathy training with ethical behaviour, implementing transversal scanning and Loving-Kindness techniques)

This week’s class will reinforce your skills in teaching compassion and help clients link mindfulness of ethical intentions and actions to create and maintain a sense of connectedness with others, thereby decreasing the probability of relapse. This session includes: 

  • Practice feedback from each participant 
  • Continuing compassion training  
  • The sweeping in-depth technique 
  • Setting and explaining next week’s homework for therapists and clients (Stage 4: refine applications of ethical behaviour, sweeping-in-depth and loving-kindness methods).

This week, there is no online class with the teacher as more time is needed to implement the skills taught last week.

This week’s class will summarise the course and review your learning outcomes. We will also discuss the use of the MiCBT Institute’s resources. This session includes:  

  • Practice feedback from each participant 
  • How to maintain gains in the long term 
  • Course revision and summary 
  • Evaluating learning outcomes 
  • Further training and planning professional support
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Testimonials
Sandamita Choudhury
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assam, India
19 Oct 2021
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The applied course helped to bridge the gap in learning and application further extending in the smooth delivery of MiCBT to clients. Having the opportunity to learn it from the founder Dr Bruno himself, being so kind and compassionate in his approach helped in reaching him out for any clarification. Recommend the course to clinicians.
Karen Lewis
MSW, RSW, RMFT, CCFT, Social Worker & Psychotherapist, Whitby, Ontario Canada
18 Oct 2021
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The Applied Course was very appropriate for my current learning needs regarding MiCBT. Although the Applied Course highlighted for me how much I still need to learn about this treatment model, my confidence with implementing the model with clients has significantly increased as a result of taking this training. The sophistication and broad, clinical applicability of this treatment model becomes more apparent to me with each training I complete.
Karen Narduzzi
Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
16 Oct 2021
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This was an excellent course and I very much appreciated the opportunities to learn from the experiences of other participants as well as having feedback on working with my own clients. The explanation of MiCBT concepts and rationale for the relevant practices was clear and provided me with a framework for both understanding them and explaining them to others. I would highly recommend this course to all therapists interested in learning to integrate mindfulness and CBT in their clinical work.
Makiko Kurita
Clinical Psychologist, Counselor at the Counseling Center of the Kyoto City Board of Education and high schools. Lecturer at a vocational school, Kyoto, Japan
13 Oct 2020
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The most valuable experience of this course was that all participants were able to receive practical and detailed consultation from the teacher, Dr Cayoun about our client's problems and progress. I learned a lot not only from the teacher's consultation with myself, but also from the consultation with other participants. I was also impressed that the entire course was provided with everything we needed. In addition to the books, the course website indicate what participants learn each time, handouts for clients, mindfulness meditation audio instructions, recorded videos of each class, and even a video of Dr. Cayoun's therapies which were really helpful. I would like to continue to understand MiCBT more deeply and refine the skills I have learned to help clients.
Liz Elleson
(B. Comms, GradDip Counselling & Psychotherapy), Counsellor and AOD Specialist, Sydney, Australia
12 Oct 2020
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What an amazing course! I found it so enriching, both personally AND professionally. I really feel as though everything I learned in the Foundation course was solidified in the Applied course, and I'm feeling much more confident in my ability to use MiCBT with my clients.
Rami A. Alnefaie
Clinical Psychologist, KAMCJ, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
11 Oct 2020
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The experience of the Applied Course was rich, informative & enlightening; the feedback session by session gave me the perspective & wisdom that used to take years to achieve. It is an essential experience in my career development, and it will influence everything I do after. Connection with the doctor is different in many ways.
Santwana Mani
(Research Scholar), Amity University, Noida, India
11 Oct 2020
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The Course was amazing. It's wonderful how Dr. Bruno makes everything so easy to understand. The flexibility of the course is just amazing.
Patricia Snider
MA Cons, CCC
12 Dec 2019
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I thoroughly enjoyed this course! MiCBT contributed to my knowledge, skill, and well-being. My clients also report their experience of applied MiCBT is linked to many benefits, such as being more present and aware, less distracted, happier and less fearful, more patient and accepting, calmer, able to regulate emotions. I would like to express my gratitude to Bruno- master teacher, who models genuineness, positive regard, compassion and loving kindness- for developing this "cutting-edge" therapy, in which neuroscience meets Buddhism.
Regina Gerlach
Clinical Psychologist, WA
07 Dec 2019
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I strongly recommend this training for an in-depth learning and application of MiCBT.
Ana Ximena Torres
Clinical Psychologist , Master's Degree
06 Dec 2019
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Thank you, I feel more confident in teaching mindfulness skills as part of a therapeutic framework within CBT theories and western culture. It provides a real solid foundation for taking personal practice into the therapeutic space.
Andrew Nolan
A.M.H.S.W. TAS AU
05 Dec 2019
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I have found MiCBT to be a practical and effective tool for improving the lives of my clients. The course was very well presented, the concepts were explained thoroughly and in practical easy to understand language. Bruno is a wealth of knowledge and brings a lively, intelligent energy to the training. I can happily say that during every class I learnt new ways of explaining and delivering the modality. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Eduardo Briseno
Psychotherapist and Neuroscientist, Guadalajara, México
05 Dec 2019
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I fully recommend the MiCBT Institute Courses, I learned the model completely and deeply, and I´m achieving positive results with my clients.
Shane Smyth
MA, RP
06 Jul 2019
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I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in working on a deep level with clients as it addresses not only the presenting issue but the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that lead to these problems. Using MiCBT it is possible for clients to change these underlying patterns and have meaningful change in their lives. The course also helped me improve my self confidence, my relationships and overall well being by supporting me to engage in regular mindfulness practice during the program. I have also been able to sustain this regular practice after the program.
Shontelle Prokipcak
MSW RSW CCAC CCCS
13 Jul 2018
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I found the course very useful both personally and professionally. It enhanced my ability to explain MiCBT to my clients and supported me in tailoring the 4 stages to the needs of my clients while maintaining true to the MiCBT stages. Client feedback is that it is effectively helping them with anxiety and moving beyond avoidance and cravings.
Merle Woods
PhD, R.Psych
18 Jul 2018
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I really appreciated the opportunity to participate in the applied course. I found Alia to be knowledgable, approachable, responsive and good at picking up on issues that were important to notice. Overall a great learning experience. I would absolutely recommend the course to others..
Darren Riggon
Mental Health Nurse/ Psychotherapist
24 May 2018
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This course has enhanced my clinical practice in continually expansive ways. It highlights the need for the clinician to embody the practice of MiCBT in order to engage with consumers authentically in their journey of growth, compassion and equanimity. I would highly recommend this course.
Stephanie
Psychologist, Vic
21 May 2018
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Highly encouraged my peers to participate and gain from this great approach. I look forward to further training. Merci Bruno.
Dr. Jeremi Runyan
MBBS Psychiatry Trainee RANZCP
23 May 2018
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Amazing expansion of knowledge on bringing mindfulness to the forefront of modern psychology and clinical application for well being, professional & self care, and treatment of mental health illness.
Greg Baker
MClinPsych., B. Soc. Sc. (Psych) Hons. MAPS, FCCLP Clinical Psychologist Orange NSW
21 May 2018
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Excellent training in clinical application of MiCBT, particularly in the way experiential and theoretical components are integrated and presented.
Marg Goodman
Psychologist, NSW
17 Oct 2016
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Provided me with additional Mindfulness tools .
Virginia Lien
Doctor & Psychotherapist, Singapore
15 Oct 2016
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Kate Caldwell
Psychologist, Melbourne
14 Oct 2016
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Steve Gray
Counsellor, Cairns
13 Oct 2016
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Jacqui Thomas
Psychologist, Melbourne
13 Oct 2016
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Jessica Elberg
Mental Health Social Worker, Victoria
27 Sep 2016
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Lisa Kunde
Psychologist, Brisbane
21 Sep 2016
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Valued this learning experience on both a personal and professional level. I plan to continue with my practise.
Barry Sheehan
Psychologist, Toowoomba, Dalby, Oakey, Jandowae, Qld
20 Sep 2016
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Excellent and enjoyed and learned
Sharla Harries
Mental Health Clinician, Whitehorse, Yukon Canada
19 Aug 2016
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Al Kassam
Provisional Psychologist, Calgary, AB, CANADA
12 Aug 2016
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This outstanding course exceeded my expectations of the results in my personal and professional life. The explanations of scientific basis of the practice and the way each practice builds emotional readiness for the next stage are just a few of many benefits of this training. I highly recommend this course.
Barbara Woods
Ph.D., CCC, Psychotherapist, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
10 Aug 2016
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MiCBT is a very powerful evidence based program that is useful across a variety of clinical conditions. The manner in which the course is instructed with the therapist going through the stages of program in the Applied Course while in supervision is what sets this program apart from other mindfulness interventions. After completing the course, the therapist has experienced the same interventions as the client. As a result there is a greater degree of personal and professional knowledge that the therapist can draw from. In addition, the CBT foundation that includes operant and respondent conditioning principles as well as cognitive principles sets it far above just the inclusion of cognitive principles. This course has provided the foundation to combine highly structured interventions associated with CBT and mindfulness in a manner that creates significant change in a short duration of time. I feel truly blessed as a clinician to have found this approach. It has created lasting change in my personal life, as well as my clients.
Sig Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist; Calgary, AB Canada
09 Aug 2016
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wonderful, doesn't get any better!
Cinny Bubber
Psychologist, BC Canada
09 Aug 2016
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Jennifer Lomonico
Psychotherapist, Canada
09 Aug 2016
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I found the course relevant to my client base and the process and structure of the program was beneficial to both my personal and professional development and growth. Thank You!
Ryan James
Calgary Alberta, Counsellor
08 Aug 2016
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A lot of growth can happen here, if you do the work
Rachel Kane
Psychologist, Victoria
03 Jul 2016
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Erin Fisher
Mental Health Social Worker
22 May 2016
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It was hugely beneficial and I have been using the techniques in my professional practice. Alice was an amazing teacher..
Timothy A. G. Osachuk
Ph.D., C.Psych, Clinical Psychologist
24 Dec 2015
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The Applied Course was very helpful in guidance/supervision in realistically implementing MiCBT with clients. Highly Recommended!
Kathryn Ritchot
Ph.D., C. Psych., Winnipeg, Canada
28 Nov 2015
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This is a really wonderful course! I feel great gratitude for this opportunity!.
Paul
Social Worker, Ontario, Canada
27 Nov 2015
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Very worthwhile. It has positively changed the way I work with clients. Three words to describe the course would include challenging, effective and efficient.
Caroline Croft
Clinical Psychologist, Armidale NSW
29 Oct 2015
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I am an experienced clinical psychologist who often finds training useful for review. This training did more than provide a review. It honed my skills and increased my sense of competence in my current knowledge as well as extend my knowledge, skills and self care. I intend to continue and I now use MiCBT every day with most people. My CBT delivery has also improved, as has my equanimity and my ability to stay resilient whilst working a busy practice. I have had some amazing results with eating disorder issues and we have barely touched on eating issues directly.
Megan Willing
Physiotherapist, Hobart
22 Oct 2015
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This was a very useful course - both for learning more about MiCBT and for exposure to the ways other professionals practice. I look forward to using MiCBT further with my patients
Garry Dillon
Physiotherapist, Tauranga, New Zealand
21 Oct 2015
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This module brought further depth and enlightenment in my understanding of the MiCBT concepts and has given me greater confidence to implement the MiCBT program with future clients. A very rewarding experience, which has added further layers of experiential learning to the skills and knowledge I have acquired through Module 1 and Module 3.
Kylie
Occupational Therapist, Cairns
19 Oct 2014
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I really learned a huge amount from participation in this course. The Foundation course was an introduction, the Applied course a fantastic grounding in rolling out MiCBT with a diverse range of clients. Highly recommended.
Theresa Moo
Educator, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 Oct 2014
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An integrated model of Mindfulness and CBT.
Bron Moth
Clinical Psychologist, Brisbane
17 Oct 2014
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I found the opportunity to interact and learn from other students and to get guidance from a very experienced teacher to have been priceless.
Marc de Bruin
Counsellor, Sunshine Coast Queensland
14 Oct 2014
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I love the fact that this is pretty much the only Australian qualification in CBT (albeit integrated with Mindfulness). As such, it is a gem for counsellors and psychologists alike.
Amanda Cole
Clinical Psychologist, Perth WA
13 Oct 2014
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Not only has this course allowed me to assist clients in reducing their own subjective distress and improve their interpersonal relationships, it has taught me to be a better practitioner by improving my ability to be truly present with clients. In addition, I have also been able to find more peace and enjoyment by learning the principles of and applying equanimity in my own life.
John Law
Family doctor, Courtenay, BC Canada
25 Jul 2014
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Sarah Cockell
Psychologist, Vancouver BC
09 May 2014
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Josette Cattan
Social Worker/psychotherapist, Ottawa, ON, Canada
26 Apr 2014
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This was an excellent course with a great teacher. You gain so much knowledge and skills from this training, which is useful professionally and personally. MiCBT is an effective approach and I look forward to more training to enhance my skills and Knowledge. Thank you Bruno for your guidance and support!
Marilyn Vaccaro
Mental Health Therapist, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
23 Apr 2014
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Participating in the Applied Course was an excellent way to build confidence in delivering MiCBT. Thank you Bruno!
Sue Ryan RN
Psychiatric Nurse, Mental Health Counsellor in Primary Care, Canada
14 Apr 2014
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I would highly recommend the Applied Course to anyone wanting to implement MiCBT. I feel competent to treat patients with the model and am seeing good results. I have very much appreciated this opportunity.
Lynndal Daniels
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, San Francisco, CA
08 Apr 2014
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The Applied Course, following the Foundation Course, was one of the best trainings I've had the pleasure of participating in. It taught the theoretical basis as well as the tools, techniques and methodology for implementing MICBT with clients. Highly recommended.
Dr. François Rousseau
Ottawa, Canada
08 Apr 2014
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Excellent course! This was a wonderful opportunity to push my understanding of MiCBT and my competencies in working within this therapeutic framework further. The use of role play was especially useful to clarify/illustrate various points discussed (I would suggest that this teaching strategy be used even more frequently). Dr. Bruno Cayoun is a wonderful teacher; he is compassionate and understanding, and adapts his explanations to match students' level of experience.
Dave O'Brien
Social Worker/University Counsellor, Victoria, BC Canada
08 Apr 2014
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MiCBT is a true and profound integration of its two core components and participating in the Foundation and Applied programs has significantly deepened my own understanding, practice and capabilities with clients.
Mary McAuliffe
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Ireland
18 Feb 2014
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This training was the most valuable course both professionally and personally that I have undertaken.I gained a wealth of knowledge from the excellent teaching.
Pauline McKeown
CEO, Dublin, Ireland
17 Jan 2014
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Excellent course, extremely worthwhile both for personal development by continuing my MiCBT practice and developing skills for MiCBT with clients in recovery from addiction and associated disorders.
Deborah Wade
Clinical Psychologist, NSW
22 Oct 2013
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This course has been a valuable learning opportunity. The teaching was exceptionally well-grounded in theory. Mindfulness concepts and CBT concepts were very well integrated, creating a coherent and seamless package.
Annie Panow
Melbourne
21 Oct 2013
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Very challenging course especially during discussion of own clients and attempts to describe concepts/rationales. Enjoyable to be part of the group. Encouraging me to undertake more training next year eg retreat. More confidence with clients and increased participation in the monthly Melbourne network meetings.
Jill
Senior Research Fellow/RN/Clinician
09 Oct 2013
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Was great to have supervision/doing this module while at the same time implementing it with clients. I would recommend this course to everyone who utilises MiCBT in their practice.
Catharina
Mental Health Nurse, Geelong
05 Oct 2012
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The applied course gave me the confidence to use the strategies I had learnt, to assist others with MiCBT. The on-line supervision with Bruno and group learning experience was invaluable, my confidence and knowledge increased greatly. I would recommend this course to everyone who utilises MiCBT in their practice.
Dr Glenn Bilsborrow
Clinical Psychologist NW Tasmania
04 Oct 2012
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The course was a fantastic learning experience because of the diversity of experiences recounted by other practitioners and the wonderful knowledge of the leader. All together, what resulted was a very practical and usable course experience that answered many questions about the implementation of the model. It was like supervision with a very experienced supervisor who could answer any questions that might arise from a group with benefits to all the group members. Even though I had been using the model for some time and wasn't sure how the course was going to help, it turned out to be very valuable indeed.
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