MiCBT: Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy May 2024

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Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC and Alia Offman, PhD, C.Psych

Registration Closed--please email mindfulness@health.ucsd.edu if interested in joining.

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MiCBT) is a sophisticated integration of evidence-based core principles of mindfulness and CBT. MiCBT consists of a four-stage transdiagnostic treatment approach and is applicable to a wide range of mental health conditions and ages. It is based on the integration of traditional methods of mindfulness training (Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin) with well-established principles and methods from cognitive and behavioral traditions.

This one-day workshop describes the theoretical framework underlying MiCBT. It will expand your common understanding of operant conditioning and provide a strong neuro-behavioral basis for integrating mindfulness training with traditional CBT.

Join clinicians from around the world in this unique opportunity to learn more about MiCBT and to explore whether training in this empirically validated intervention would benefit both your personal and clinical mindfulness practice.


At the completion of the workshop, participants will have learned:

  • Describe recent findings on theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness practice and its effects
  • Identify the neurophenomenological foundations of behavior maintenance and change
  • Explain how to engage the client in the treatment plan
  • Discuss the use of MiCBT for attention- and emotion-regulation
  • Utilize MiCBT for behavioral regulation and decreasing avoidance
  • Demonstrate the use of MiCBT for interpersonal regulation and improving conflict resolution
  • Apply MiCBT for transpersonal regulation and relapse prevention strategies

Teaching Approach

The experiential workshop will involve learning material through various modalities, including:

  • Guided mindfulness meditation practices as taught in MiCBT
  • Live demonstration of delivery of Diary of Reactive Habits
  • Guided Mindfulness Interoceptive Exposure Task and Experiential Ownership
  • Frequent knowledge checks using Slido
  • Video demonstrations of MiCBT skills with a client during real-life therapy sessions
  • Live Question and Answer through chat

What’s Included  

  • Access to online pre-workshop content 
  • 14 days access to the recorded workshop 
  • Membership to the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute 


For the introductory workshop, no prior knowledge of mindfulness is assumed, but basic skills in cognitive and behavioral techniques are helpful.

Note that attending the workshop is NOT a prerequisite for registration in the Foundation Course (which is the first step in training in MiCBT delivery). Although the Foundation Course is primarily experiential, and clinicians are guided through the self-implementation of MiCBT, all material covered in the workshop is presented and discussed in the Foundation course.

As MiCBT is a mental health treatment specifically designed to address acute and chronic mental health conditions, professional mental health qualifications or enrolment in a professional training program is required for enrollment in the Foundation Course.

Follow this link to learn more about MiCBT.

Lead Trainers

Andrea Grabovac, M.D., FRCPC
Consultant Psychiatrist
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Co-Director, North American Chapter, MiCBT Institute

Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her psychiatric practice focuses on inpatient psychiatry at Vancouver Hospital and outpatient psycho-oncology at the BC Cancer Agency.

Alia Offman, Ph.D., C.Psych
Co-Director, North American Chapter, MiCBT Institute
Registered Psychologist and Contract Instructor, Carleton University

Dr. Alia Offman, C. Psych is a registered psychologist in Ottawa, providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She is a contract instructor at Carleton University, a trainer at the MiCBT Institute and teaches mindfulness skills to grade school students as a volunteer with the Mindful School Program.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education credits for participation in this program are available for a $50 fee.

Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 6.0 CE credit.

The MiCBT Institute is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The MiCBT Institute maintains responsibility for the program. This course offers 6.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 7.0 contact hours.


It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development, and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CE content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review.

Tentative Schedule (all times are in Pacific Time)

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Morning Session: 9 a.m. -12 Noon
Lunch Break: 12 Noon - 1 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

General Registration: $185 ($155 early-bird rate available for those who pay 30 days in advance)

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus $50 non-refundable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted by emailing mindfulness@healthucsd.edu on or before 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be allowed after this date. Registration, deposits, and funds are non-transferable.

In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

The refunds are processed in the same method as payment were submitted.


Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per program. Classes with fewer than 10 registrants will be cancelled and provided a refund. Please be aware of this when making arrangements to attend this program.