Group Training Programs

8 Week Live Online Mindfulness Program and 4 Week Resfresher Program.

8-Week live online MiCBT Group Training

Next program - April 17th 2024 6-8pm

For the 8-week group program please read the descriptions below so that you understand what is involved and then click the button below. We will get back to you to confirm your registration. Sometimes individual work with MiCBT is more suitable to allow for appropriate pacing and to deal with particular individual issues.

8 week online program full fee – $450 – cost includes assessments, program manual, practice audios and free ongoing mindfulness sessions after the program finishes. Financial hardship: special rates may be available on application - we are committed to making our programs accessible.

4-week Refresher Program

Next program – March 2024

12.30-1.30pm live online 

These programs are offered online for past participants of the 8-week program. Contact us and we will start when there is a viable group.

4 week refresher online fees – $200 (purchase of the text recommended – please visit our Bookstore).

Ongoing Support

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

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 designed 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.

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 (optional)
  • 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.

 

About this practice

What is Mindfulness Integrated CBT (MiCBT)?

MiCBT aims to help people find new ways to deal with psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, attention issues and pain management, anger management. It involves groups of about 10 people attending a two-hour session each week for 8 weeks. The program teaches skills in managing mind-wandering and emotions, awareness of thinking processes, body sensations and self-compassion.

Mindfulness meditation practices are central to the program.

Here is what people have said about the program:

"Apart from the occasional fleeting feeling of nervousness, which I think is expected during any exam, I was able to get through my exams without having my anxiety get in the way of all the hard work I have done over the year! ...and I would like to thank you again for teaching me how to do that. When comparing my mental state of mind and my body sensations now to when I had my last midyear exam, it's really like I'm a completely different person while coping under stress! I will definitely be keeping up with my body scan practices for a long time".

"I'd like to thank you again for this incredible program... The changes it has made in my life are immeasurable.....I never expected to experience a feeling of peace in my life... ever! Now that I have, it has really aided me to understand what is most important. From your program there are many, many things I am grateful to have experienced, and the affects have been lasting".