8-Week MiCBT Group Training: 

Next program: February 2023 (online)

 

 

4-week Refresher Program – 

 Next program:  February 2023 (depending on interest)

These programs are offered online. For the 8-week program please read the descriptions below so that you understand what is involved and then complete the questionnaire by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. We will get back to you and you will have the opportunity to assess your current levels of distress and mindfulness.

For program graduates we offer, thrice-weekly online meditation sessions  (no cost) for those wishing to continue their mindfulness practice.

Online Program Fees:

8 week program – Full fee – $450 

4 week refresher – $200 (purchase of the text recommended – (see link below) https://www.melbournemindfulness.com/product/textbook-micbt-for-wellbeing-and-personal-growth/

Financial hardship: special rates may be available on application.

8-week program – cost includes assessments, program manual, practice audio and free ongoing mindfulness sessions after the program finishes.

 

 

  

Mindfulness for mental health and well-being

Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression, anxiety, and stress and to develop resilience and well-being

This eight-week program teaches mindfulness skills together with CBT to help to modify the mental processes that cause us to feel “ill” at ease. Specifically, we work on fresh awareness of the thinking patterns and accompanying body sensations which arise and contribute to recurring stress, anxiety and depression, anger, chronic pain and attentional issues. The CBT elements enable participants to integrate and apply the skills to the troublesome issues of our lives. MiCBT is designed to address the underlying processes common to a wide range of psychological problems  to improve psychological well-being and resilience, providing both short and long-term benefits.

MiCBT is developed by Dr. Bruno Cayoun and shares some similarities with Kabat Zinn’s MBSR and Segal, Teasdale and Williams MBCT programs.

However, MiCBT is designe as a transdiagnostic program and powerfully integrates mindfulness skills with cognitive and behavioural techniques to enable behavior change. MiCBT has a strong emphasis on body awareness and “equanimity”(acceptance with non-reactivity) and the connection to thoughts and emotions/body sensatiolns.

Mindfulness-based therapies have proven effectiveness in many research studies over the last thirty years and  Dr Francis’s PhD research demonstrated the effectiveness of MiCBT in a recent randomised controlled trial in which the significant improvements were gained and maintained over a 6-month period https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.815170 

On completion of MiCBT program through active engagement with the mindfulness exercises participants will be able to:

  • use mindfulness skills in daily life to manage emotional reactivity
  • have a better understanding of the relationship between mental and physical experiences and mood
  • be better able to relax, think more clearly and control thoughts
  • gain enhanced ability to manage stress, anxiety and depression
  • be able to apply mindfulness skills to assist in changing habitual behavioural patterns
  • have an enhanced sense of well-being

The program provides:

  • Pre-program assessment
  • 8 two hour group sessions
  • Feedback and support with skilled facilitation by highly trained psychologists
  • Participant notes and audio instructions
  • Free access to ongoing support group on completion of the program

This program requires a commitment to daily home exercise practice of mindfulness skills.

Individual sessions may be made available to participants during the course where required.

MiCBT refresher program

If you have dropped your mindfulness practice or have forgotten some of the principles – this program may be for you..

This 4-week program refreshes the skills learned in the 8-week program. We revisit the suite of mindfulness exercises and the theory on applying the skills to life problems.

On completion of this program through active engagement with the mindfulness exercises participants will be able to:

  • enhance their daily mindfulness skills to maintain even-mindedness
  • refresh their understanding of the relationship between mental and physical experiences and reactivity 
  • consolidate the capacity to manage stress, anxiety, and depression
  • re-visit how mindfulness skills assist in changing habitual behavioural patterns
  • have an enhanced sense of well-being

The program provides:

  • Pre-program assessment
  • Four 60 minute group sessions
  • Feedback and support with skilled facilitation by highly trained psychologists

This program requires a commitment to daily home exercises including the practice of mindfulness skills.