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Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT): Fact Sheet for General Practice

 

How do we manage the 1 in 3 people with risk factors for or experiencing mild mental illness?

MiCBT is an 8-week mindfulness program integrated with CBT that is beneficial for people with pre-clinical or clinical mental illness – delivered within individual therapy or as a group program:

  • Level 1 evidence for effectiveness including for anxiety, depression, PTSD, pain, and stress.
  • Sustained benefits shown for at least six months post treatment.
  • Medicare rebate for eligible patients in individual therapy.
  • Online group program provides an alternative cost-effective option.

MiCBT improves mental wellbeing through developing self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills:

  • MiCBT is differentiated by its strong emphasis on awareness of both thinking patterns and the co-arising body sensations that comprise emotions as well as on acceptance and non-reactivity. The theory and tools taught in MiCBT facilitate enduring behaviour change.
  • Mindful and compassionate exposure to challenging emotions and associated body sensation breaks the pattern of unhelpful reactive thoughts and behaviours.
  • Four stages that start with internal awareness and flows to practical ways to engage with others (see figure).

MiCBT in:
– Individual therapy – patients learn the MiCBT skills and use the framework to explore isses and behaviours that are maintaining disorders.

– Group programs – for some patients learning MiCBT in a group format works well – sometimes as an adjunct to other treatments.

Evidence base:

Here is the link to our  research on the effectiveness of MiCBT  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360967318

Additional research on the use of MiCBT in various clinical settings:

  • reducing substance addiction compared to established treatment (Wickham, 2013)
  • sports-anxiety and pessimism and increasing flow in competitive athletes (Scott‐Hamilton et al., 2016)DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2015-0020
  • improved gene expression (IncRNA)  in women with perinatal depression who received training in MiCBT (Wang et al., 2021)https://doi.org/10.1002/jcla.23890

  • Investment for client:
    • Two-hour group sessions online – Evening classes –  6pm to 8pm AEST  – Day classes – 12-2pm AEST
    • Daily meditation practice 
    • $450 (concession/financial hardship fees available).
  • Start dates: See home page

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