MiCBT Foundation Course

Develop a sound understanding of MiCBT principles, theory and practice

  • Next Foundation Course
    January 7, 2022 - March 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Dr Andrea Grabovac

  • The MiCBT Foundation Course consists of 10 online sessions 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.

  • 30 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 sessions.

  • No previous MiCBT training required.

  • Course Materials includes "MiCBT for Wellbeing" book, professionally recorded MP3 for the full implementation of mindfulness training, access to over 30 client handouts and therapist work forms.


Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is being experienced in the present moment, with a non-judgmental and non-reactive attitude. Research has led to the recognition among CBT researchers and clinicians that integrating mindfulness training with cognitive and behavioural interventions contributes to the treatment of a wide range of disorders. There is also evidence that the practice of mindfulness by therapists decreases their mental fatigue and the frequency of burnout and increases therapist effectiveness.

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is an established evidence-based integration of traditionally-taught mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and Goenka) with solid and well-established principles of cognitive and behavioural methods. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach; i.e., it is applicable to a wide range of clinical conditions and ages.

For mental health therapists to successfully implement mindfulness-based therapies, such as MiCBT, it is essential that they first develop their own skills before learning to implement them with their clients/patients. This comprehensive course aims to introduce MiCBT to improve our way of addressing acute and chronic conditions and assist in preventing relapse in a wide range of psychological disorders. During the Foundation Course, you will develop a sound understanding of MiCBT principles, theory and practice. Following this course, you may enrol in the Applied Course and learn under supervision to implement Mindfulness-integrated CBT with your clients/patients.

This foundational course involves didactic, practical and experiential means of learning, including:

  • A range of mindfulness meditation practices (as traditionally taught in Burmese Vipassana)
  • Implementation of the four stages of MiCBT, including mindfulness-based exposure and relapse prevention strategies
  • Masterclasses delivered online
  • The opportunity to role-play core implementation skills with colleagues in online break-out rooms
  • Real case demonstrations on video
 Learning Objectives

You will learn:

  • the personal practice of core and advanced mindfulness meditation skills
  • recent findings on theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness practice and its effects
  • the neurophenomenological foundations of behaviour maintenance and change
  • how to engage the client in the treatment plan
  • the use of MiCBT for attention- and emotion-regulation
  • the use of MiCBT for behavioural regulation and decreasing avoidance
  • the use of MiCBT for interpersonal regulation and improving conflict resolution
  • the use of MiCBT for transpersonal regulation and relapse prevention strategies

No prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioural techniques are required. MiCBT is a mindfulness-based therapy specifically designed to address clinical and subclinical conditions.

Australian Therapists: Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health – level 2), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses and ACA-registered (Level 3) or PACFA-registered (Clinical Member) counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required.

Therapists outside Australia: Registered and currently practising psychologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners (mental health), mental health social workers, mental health occupational therapists, mental health nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists may apply. Proof of membership from registering body required.


The MiCBT Foundation Course is a 12-week training course with ten 3-hour online lessons.

Accordion Content

This class will introduce the four-stage structure and theoretical underpinnings of MiCBT—the Co-emergence Model of Reinforcement. This will include the neurobehavioural bases underlying mindfulness meditation and the rationale for using mindfulness in the Vipassana tradition in MiCBT. You will be asked to practise mindfulness of the body (attending to posture and movements non-judgementally in daily actions in order to anchor attention in the present).

You will also practise a pre-mindfulness relaxation method called progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) twice daily and do some reading from materials provided to you as part of this course.

This week’s class will demonstrate how to address possible difficulty keeping a regular home practice of mindfulness meditation. The teacher will demonstrate the use of Socratic dialogue to clarify possible difficulty with daily practice. 

The class will also describe the practice of mindfulness of breath and provide you with a rationale for its practice to improve attention regulation and executive functions in daily life. 

This week’s class will guide you to develop your own emotion-regulation skills with the practice of mindfulness of body sensations, using a method called unilateral part-by-part body-scanning (from the original Burmese Vipassana tradition of U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka). 

This week’s class will also demonstrate the delivery of the rationale for integrating mindfulness of body sensations in therapy. The trainer will explain how equanimity in mindfulness meditation acts as an exposure (to sensory stimuli and memories) and response prevention method. You will have the opportunity to role-play the skills in breakout rooms and discuss your implementation.

This week’s class will discuss the effects of neuroplasticity on your meditation practice. It will also emphasise the role and practice of equanimity, both during mindfulness meditation and applied in daily life, to increase your ability to recognise the deeper and usually subconscious characteristics of emotional experiences. 

You will learn to apply the meditative skills in everyday life and regulate emotions more efficiently with the Mindfulness-based Interoceptive Exposure Task (MIET) when faced with common stressors.

This week’s class will introduce the role and practice of mindfulness-based exposure methods in MiCBT. It will guide you to use these methods in your own life, using skills acquired in the preceding weeks. This increases one’s levels of equanimity and creates a sense of increased self-confidence. 

You will also learn the first advanced body-scanning method, called symmetrical scanning, which involves a simultaneous bilateral allocation of attention.

There is no online teaching this week as more time is needed to implement and further develop the previous week’s skills.  During this week, you will be asked to repeat last week’s symmetrical scanning method of meditation without audio instructions. 

You also learn to do your own review of your early progress with exposure.

This week’s class will guide and assist you in addressing the most avoided situations and resolve potential difficulties you may have with exposure methods. You will learn to review progress with the results of exposure systematically. 

The class will also introduce you to a more advanced and deepening mindfulness meditation method called partial sweeping. This body-scanning method enables earlier detection of more subtle experiences, including early distress cues, with which you will learn to apply equanimity.

This week’s class will teach you the first skillset to develop your own mindfulness-based interpersonal skills, called “experiential ownership, ” enabling you to take “ownership” of your experience and disown that of others, thereby setting healthy interpersonal boundaries. This method also teaches you to “see suffering” for what it is when someone reacts to you negatively, rather than seeing malice and spite. 

You will also learn the next advanced body-scanning method, sweeping en masse, which enables deep perception of early onset of emotional processing, including early detection of distress cues.

This week’s class will teach you the second mindfulness-based interpersonal skillset, which teaches you to integrate the interpersonal mindfulness skills learned last week with seven steps of assertive communication. 

You will also learn one of the most advanced body-scanning methods taught in MiCBT called transversal scanning. This method will allow you to feel the inside of the body and neutralises deep-rooted schematic modes of emotional reactivity.

This week’s class will teach you the principal of relapse-prevention methods of MiCBT. It will teach you to self-implement compassion training, grounded in thoughts, emotions and daily actions, through the practice of loving-kindness meditation and ethical living. You will learn to increase your level of compassion by integrating the empathic state produced by loving-kindness meditation with mindfulness of ethical intentions and actions. This will create and maintain a greater sense of connectedness with others and a sense of increased well-being. 

You will also learn to use the most advanced body-scanning technique in MiCBT, which enables you to scan your body in its totality, eventually in a single breath, with a method called sweeping in-depth.

There is no online teaching this week, as it is an extension of the previous week’s skills, which require more time to integrate into daily life. You will be learning to further cultivate compassion for yourself and others through loving-kindness meditation and ethical living in as many daily situations as possible. 

You will also start the maintenance practice, which is recommended to clients/patients following the completion of the programme. This consists of practising once daily only for 45 minutes (provided no crisis is encountered), with 10 minutes of mindfulness of breath at the start, followed by 25 minutes of sweeping in-depth, and 10 minutes of loving-kindness at the end.

This week’s class will reinforce your proficiency in compassion training and link mindfulness of ethical intentions and actions to a sense of self-worth. The class will summarise the course and review your overall outcomes. It will describe future training and use of the Institute’s resources will be discussed. 

It will also present the opportunity and procedure for MiCBT accreditation. You will be guided through the procedure to access the online learning outcome form and obtain your certificate of completion.

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Karen Narduzzi
Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Brandon, MB, Canada
23 June 2021
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It was an excellent course and I look forward to continuing to learn more about applying this approach in my clinical work through taking the Applications course. There were many benefits of taking the course I had not anticipated prior to taking it both in my personal life and in my relationships with people at work
Ms. Sandamita Choudhury
M.Phil (Clinical Psychology), Research Scholar, Guwahati University, Assam,India
21 June 2021
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I am truly appreciative of the MiCBT course as I was very much able to relate to the material and see a difference in myself over the 10 weeks journey. It is a adequate combination of cognitive and experiential knowledge to bring in personal changes. Highly recommend to attend the course
Uyen Hoang
MD. Consultant Psychiatrist, Auckland NZ
21 May 2021
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The MiCBT course exceeded my expectations, and I would highly recommend it. Bruno is an excellent teacher and clear communicator. In his words, this course is a tight integration of mindfulness (based on Vipassana meditation) and CBT. I could not agree more. I have attended multiple short and long meditation courses, including retreats, before but have never managed to maintain a consistent daily practice. During MiCBT, I committed to a 2x daily practice and was able to maintain this throughout most of the course. A significant contribution to my commitment was Bruno’s adept explanation of the neuroscience behind mindfulness, particularly the Default Mode Network. It motivated me to trust in the process and experiential work. MiCBT helped to sharpen my skills of mindfulness, commit to a routine daily practice, and hold greater determination in cultivating this essential way of living and being with equanimity and compassion. Much gratitude to you, Bruno.
Paulina Alexakis
Occupational Therapist (MOT), Adelaide, SA, Australia
17 May 2021
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David Magor-Hampel
MSW Mental Health Social Worker, Hobart Tasmania, Australia
16 May 2021
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The course provided me with both theory and practice skills to develop my personal practice in a well-paced and supported way. I benefited personally and professionally from the training. Having seen how effective and beneficial the training is, I am keen to develop my mindfulness practice and complete further training to enable me to use micbt to assist clients. The course has, on average, required 1 1/2 hrs a day over the 10 weeks in addition to the online lectures, so if planning to enrol, keep this in mind. However, the time spent was very worthwhile and beneficial, and I would highly recommend this course!
Ms. Kathryn Phillips
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling), Master of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Clinical Practitioner, Bendigo Vic
15 May 2021
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I found that having the simplified and explained Neuro-science very informative. Assisting me with developing the mental concepts of equanimity and mindfulness. I can now understand, with more clarity, the co-emergent experience to either external or internal events. And using the mindfulness of breath, body sweeping, and scanning helped me form a better in-tune, mind-body connection between psychosomatic responses and mental connections.
Stuart Cameron
19 Dec 2019
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I could not imagine implementing MiCBT without this course.
Shawn Venne
RSW, Vancouver, BC
18 Dec 2019
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The course material was really helpful and practical. It also gave me a great opportunity to reconnect with my sitting meditation practice.
Duncan McKellar
BMBS FRANZCP CertOldAgePsych BMus(Hons) BA
11 Oct 2019
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Bruno is an outstanding and compassionate teacher. The MiCBT model makes sense in clinical practice and, even more importantly, in personal life. A worthwhile investment.
Eduardo Briseños
Masters in Neuroscience, Guadalajara, México
01 Oct 2019
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I highly recommend the foundational course, it is a transformative process, and it has a profound impact on your resilience and well-being, in a simple but profound format at the same time.
Helen Mitrofanis
Clinical Psychotherapist, DipSomPsych MComm BComm CPA , Hobart
12 Sep 2019
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A valuable and worthwhile training that comprehensively provides an exceptional experiential, immersive and didactic learning experience in MiCBT. Highly recommend. I look forward to the next stage.
Marnie Neve
MA Counseling Psych. Guelph, Ontario
16 Apr 2019
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The very powerful skill/insights gained in the Foundation Course has inspired my taking the Applied Course. I look forward to learning how to share MiCBT with my clients. Thank you!
Daniel Murray
Consultant Psychiatrist
14 Nov 2018
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Superb and enlightening course.
Dr Jordana Rockman
14 Nov 2018
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Dr. Jo Sheedy
M. Psych (Couns) / PhD
05 May 2018
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The Foundation course was excellent. The experiential component of the training helped me develop much greater precision in my practice and was enormously helpful. The theoretical aspects of the training strengthened and extended my understanding of how fundamental CBT principles can be integrated with mindfulness training for therapeutic benefit.
Kathy Wong
BSR, Occupational Therapist
22 Apr 2018
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I will recommend this course to my colleagues!.
Rob Roy
PhD., R.Psych.; Registered Psychologist, Vancouver, BC, Canada
19 Apr 2018
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The course material greatly enhanced my clinical practice. The experiential learning component set this course apart from all training I have done previously. Experiencing the course from the perspective of a client was a valuable experience, and it deepened my compassion for the people who entrust me with their health, happiness, and well-being.
Clair Cholajda
MA Clin Psych
18 Nov 2017
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Far surpassed my expectations of its professional and personal value.
Darren Riggon
16 Oct 2017
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A great personally expansive course which was compassionately facilitated by Bruno who clearly embodies the principles that he espouses.
Malcolm Skinner
MCouns (Waikato), PhD (Plant&Soil Science)
12 Oct 2017
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The experience was thoroughly enlightening. I have a newfound sense of calmness in my everyday life
Erigoni Vlass
Clinical Psychologist, Sydney
10 Oct 2017
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I would highly recommend the course to therapists who have an interest in mindfulness and integrating it with CBT ... Bruno is truly authentic in his practice and in his teaching.
Julia Sage
MSW, RSW, Ottawa, ON Canada
30 Jul 2015
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Emma Eaton
Registered Provisional Psychologist, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
26 Jul 2015
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I found that Bruno was an excellent teacher, and it helped a lot that I could see him interacting with other students because often they had questions I wouldn't have thought to ask. I would definitely recommend this course to other practitioners and am looking very forward to taking the Applied Course as soon as possible!
Paul Atkinson
Social Worker, Ontario, Canada
23 Jul 2015
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The course was a great learning experience, both personally and professionally, and I would highly recommend it.
Magali Couineau
Clinical & Counselling Psychologist, Melbourne
30 Jun 2015
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Thank you for this very experiential and evidence based course. I now have a thorough understanding of the integration of Mindfulness and CBT. I also feel more competent in both my own practice and in applying MiCBT with clients.
Evelyn Bugel
Psychologist, Melbourne
30 Jun 2015
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It has been of tremendous personal benefit to me. I will need to attend the applied course in order to confidently deliver the material to clients.
Angela Anthonysamy
Psychologist QLD
29 Nov 2014
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Elsa Herbst
Clinical Psychologist; Gold Coast, QLD
14 Nov 2014
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The course was a positive and meaningful personal experience, as well as an opportunity to develop new therapeutic skills and gaining relevant knowledge to treat and help clients. Thank you.
Sharon Snowdon
Clinical Psychologist, Victoria
14 Nov 2014
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This course taught me skills that I have benefited from personally, and so I am confident that MiCBT will also be of benefit to my clients.
Jannel Gatlabayan - Cleto
Consultation - Liaison Psychiatrist, Philippines
02 Jul 2014
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Participating in the Foundation Course helped me integrate mindfulness in my daily living and experience CBT firsthand. Before I begin to think of helping others with MiCBT, I need to focus on myself. Going through the course gave me that opportunity which I may hopefully translate to my practice as a psychiatrist when I am ready to make the next step. Our trainer/therapist, Sarah, was great and the module was very well constructed. MiCBT is revolutionary and I am very glad to have taken it.
Amelie Tee
Psychological Consultant, Singapore
02 Jul 2014
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The weekly training was particularly effective to sustain the new skill acquired, and learning from peers. Definitely helpful for my personal development and integrating it into my services.
Garry Dillon
Physiotherapist, New Zealand
02 Jul 2014
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The MiCBT program promotes a true evolution in how we practice and learn how to help and support ourselves and our clients. The focus on experiental learning cannot be under-estimated and definitely helps promote a greater wellness within the professional as well as the client. I would highly recommend this program to all health professionals interested in evolving their understanding of mental wellness practice.
Occupational Therapist, Queensland
19 Apr 2014
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A really worthwhile introduction to utilising Mindfulness along with CBT. The eight week structured course, which included online discussion with other course participants and a teacher, was a great learning opportunity.
Linda Kenmar
Social worker / family therapist, VIC
09 Apr 2014
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The experiential component of the course was challenging but ultimately beneficial for learning and integrating knowledge re MiCBT
(Student) QLD
08 Apr 2014
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The open forum provided an opportunity to hear from other students and share similar experiences throughout our eight week practice, providing motivation to continue.
Theresa Moo Chin Woon
Provisional psychologist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
08 Apr 2014
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I enjoyed this course very much! Thank you!
Marc de Bruin
Counsellor, Sippy Downs, QLD
08 Apr 2014
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To be able to integrate "East" and "West" in such a powerful fashion is a great thing. I loved CBT already; the integration with Mindfulness adds a major turbo-charger on the whole process. Looking forward to the next module!
Helen Rowe
08 Apr 2014
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The course required considerable commitment, effort and energy. I believe I grew personally & professionally.
June Menzies
Counsellor, Brisbane QLD
16 Dec 2013
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I really enjoyed the course. I feel it was very beneficial for my practice and I can see how it can be applied to my clients and also personally. I would recommend this course to other professionals not only as a therapeutic intervention technique but also as a philosophy of living.
Clinical Psychologist, WA
11 Dec 2013
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I found this course both personally and professionally helpful. So much so that I have moved my practice from being "eclectically" based to being MiCBT based. This is due to the usefulness of this technique in treating most (if not all) psychological distress. I have seen an enormous positive change in the way I deal with both distressing situations and interpersonal relationships. In addition, all clients involved in following this treatment begin to see benefits within one or two session of starting the techniques.
Social worker, Toowoomba QLD
11 Dec 2013
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Michelle Chirgwin
Mental Health Professional, Broome WA
11 Dec 2013
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The structure and delivery mode for this course is great - accessible to remote people like me - and also the time span allows integration of concepts so much better than a single isolated workshop
Terry Fehr
Institutional Psychologist, Correctional Service Canada
01 Nov 2013
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Lynette Monteiro
Psychologist, Ottawa ON
28 Oct 2013
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This course was challenging on a personal and professional level. It was terrific to be reminded of the benefits of practice and to have the opportunity to revisit early concepts in a fresh and vibrant way. The approach is applicable at many levels and my patients have benefitted from them.
Julie McFadden
22 Aug 2013
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The Foundation Course for me was the opening of a door both personally and professionally. The re-introduction to meditation to the level attained and gaining knowledge of being truly mindful was an experiential journey that took me through a vast degree of emotions and growth.. there is a continuation to that learning each day with a greater awareness and calmness. Meditation is now my breakfast and my supper...a time of day for absolute peace and revitalisation. The learning, support and understanding from Bruno throughout the course and the knowledge imparted was invaluable and transformational. I look forward to the next stage of learning with the Applied Course.
Marilyn Vaccaro
Mental Health Therapist, Fergus,Ontario Canada
20 Aug 2013
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The Foundation Course is a unique opportunity for experiential learning at its best. I found it to be transformative personally and professionally.
Marlene Harper
Registered Psychologist, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
20 Aug 2013
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I was extremely satisfied with the course. It was personally and professionally thought-provoking and motivating. Bruno provided valuable educational information and experiential skill development in the integration of Mindfulness Meditation and CBT. I feel much more confident in both my practice of MM and in applying MiCBT with clients. Bruno is an exceptionally talented and insightful teacher. The time was well spent and I am thankful for the opportunity.
Dave O'Brien
Post-secondary counsellor, Victoria, BC, Canada
16 Aug 2013
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The Foundation course has helped me engage with mindfulness practice and CBT tools in a more profound, truly integrated manner, and has been empowering both personally and professionally.
Sue Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse, Mental Health Counsellor in Primary Care, Canada
14 Aug 2013
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I am grateful that Dr. Cayoun was able to come to Canada and introduce MiCBT and that he had designed a method to allow those of us, far from Tasmania, to receive further training in the model. I am excited about participating in the Applied Course and to begin treating patients using the program. As a Vipassana student and practitioner it was heartwarming to have the traditional Theravada framework given its due, and it was evident that Dr. Cayoun is not only a gifted clinician but also an experienced meditator with a depth of knowledge who models the results of a deep practice.
Dr. François Rousseau
PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Ottawa, Canada
06 Aug 2013
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The Foundation Course was the best post-graduate training opportunity I have received. It was challenging but very rewarding. It deepened my understanding of MiCBT and the strategies involved to effect change, and helped me experience MiCBT from a client's point of view. As a result, I feel much more confident in using MiCBT in my clinical practice.
Sarah Cockell
PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Vancouver, BC, Canada
04 Aug 2013
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This course is primarily experiential and for this reason it is both challenging and meaningful. The mindfulness practice was difficult to fit into my busy life with work, family, friends and parenting a toddler, but it actually created some much needed quiet time. I learned to value the practice, and look forward to it. The theoretical framework is well thought out, and easy to apply. Bruno is an exceptional instructor. He listens attentively and genuinely cares about his student's progress. He also has a great sense of humor, which keeps the training light and refreshing. I highly recommend this course to anyone who finds that CBT alone isn't helping their clients adequately. The mindfulness component is key to self regulation issues!
Geoff Simmons
Mental Health Social Worker, Victoria
23 Jul 2013
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This has been a wonderful, hands-on training for me. Highly recommended. Thank you so much.
Sally McCrae
21 Jul 2013
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Enjoyed the course - looking forward to next section. Many thanks to Sally and Alice for their time, relaxed manner,energy and commitment. The Webex proved somewhat of a challenge initially, but got there. Looking forward to implementing this with clients.
Faye Evans
Psychologist, MAPS, Melbourne
16 Jul 2013
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Introspective, structured & dynamic.
David Patton
Psychologist, Sydney
17 Apr 2013
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One of the most experientially demanding courses I have attended - but also one of the most beneficial. Thank you Alice and Bruno.
Tony Schumacher Jones
Behaviour Consultant, Canberra
15 Apr 2013
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Mindfulness is a therapeutic strategy but it is more than this. To get the most out of it you have to live it as well. Or at least try. It is not simply something you do with your clients.
Cheryl Woellner
Counsellor, Sydney
11 Oct 2012
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Something I feel was the first exciting step in my wonderful mindfulness journey.
Rochelle Shackleton
Occupational Therapist, Victoria
09 Oct 2012
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A very practical and evidence based course. I now have a thorough understanding of how mindfulness can be integrated into therapy, and the tools to help me apply it. Thankyou
Mary Whalan
Counsellor, Canterbury, New Zealand
08 Oct 2012
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A life changing course both personally and professionally. Thank-you to the wonderful presenters who lead by example.
Dr David Cheah
Doctor, Canberra
02 Oct 2012
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The best course I ever did, and very pleased I attended at the last minute. My sincere thanks to all presenters and admin staff.
Carmel Ashton
PhD, Australia
10 Sep 2011
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Of all the professional development courses I have done, this course is without peer. It exemplifies the imperative of experience in the learning process...I have gained enormously at a personal level, and have valuable insight to its professional application.
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