Multi-day in person and online workshop

Advanced CBT for Depression and Anxiety with Dr. David Burns - An Intensive Workshop for Therapists


Join us for an unparalleled 3.5-day intensive workshop for therapists with Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt in South San Francisco this August. Designed to help you become a better therapist, this workshop offers: Direct Learning from Experts: Learn from Dr. David Burns in his first in-person training in five years to master cutting-edge CBT techniques. Hands-On Experience: Participate in lectures, group exercises, live demonstrations, and receive personal coaching to improve your practice immediately. Transformative Growth: Apply new techniques in real-time, gain practical insights, and overcome personal and professional hurdles for profound professional and personal development. Limited spots available. Register now for this unique opportunity!

David Burns, M.D.

Jill Levitt, Ph.D

In-Person $995 Online $595
For online attendance, enter discount code: OnlineOnly when purchasing

30 Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Day 1 August 8th 8:30am - 8:30pm PT

Overview of TEAM-CBT / T = Testing, E = Empathy

  • Measurement: How can something so boring transform your practice?
  • Advanced Empathy Training: The Five Secrets of Effective Communication
  • Common Empathy Errors
  • Personal work: Your Daily Mood Log
  • Evening Session: Live TEAM-CBT demonstration with audience volunteer


Day 2 August 9th 8:30am - 4:30pm PT

A = Assessment of Resistance

  • Reducing Resistance and Boosting Motivation
  • The Five Steps of Agenda Setting
  • The Straightforward and Paradoxical Invitation
  • The Eight Forms of Therapeutic Resistance
  • Resistance-Busting Techniques


M = Methods, Part 1

  • Explain the Distortions
  • Externalization of Voices
  • The Double Standard Technique
  • Uncovering Techniques


Day 3 August 10th 8:30am - 9pm PT

M = Methods, Part 2

  • The Individual Downward Arrow
  • How to Crush a Self-Defeating Belief
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Semantic Technique
  • Experimental Technique
  • Feared Fantasy
  • Truth-Based Techniques, Part 1
  • Behavioral Techniques: The Pleasure Predicting Sheet
  • And More!
  • Evening Session: Healing Yourself: Small group work


Day 4 August 11th 8:30am - 12pm PT

M = Methods, Part 3: Anxiety Disorders

  • The Daily Mood Log: Cognitive Techniques can help
  • The What-If Technique
  • Feared Fantasy, Part 2
  • Exposure Techniques
    • Cognitive Flooding
    • Memory Rescripting
    • Gradual Exposure
    • Shame-Attacking Exercises, and more!
  • Truth-Based Techniques, Part 2
    • Self-Disclosure
    • Survey Techniques
  • The Hidden Emotion Technique
  • Relapse Prevention Training
  • Grand finale: Take a bow!
  • Return home or explore the magic of California!


Learning Objectives:

1) Utilize session-by-session assessment tools

2) List two reasons why measurement can improve clinical outcomes and reduce suicide

3) Use patient criticism and empathy failures to enhance the therapeutic relationship

4) Put the lie to patient criticisms by finding the truth in them

5) List the Five Secrets of Effective Communication

6) Describe how disarming works

7) Demonstrate the “Invitation” step

8) Use the “Specificity” step to keep therapy on track

9) Describe the magic button technique to reduce resistance and boost motivation

10) Utilize the Acceptance Paradox

11) Name two cognitive distortions

12) Utilize the recovery circle in selecting appropriate methods

13) Describe two self-defeating beliefs

14) Utilize the Individual Downward Arrow Technique

15) Describe how to uncover hidden emotions that trigger anxiety disorders

16) Describe the purpose of the externalization of voices technique

17) Explain the difference between the Self-Defense Paradigm and the Acceptance Paradox

18) Explain how to use the Daily Mood Log to do effective relapse prevention

19) List three of the steps in the Daily Mood Log

20) Explain the most common reason for therapeutic failure

21) Explain the difference between Outcome and Process Resistance

22) List 2 common sources of Outcome Resistance for depression

23) List 2 common sources of Outcome Resistance for anxiety

24) Describe process resistance for depression

25) Describe process resistance for anxiety

26) Explain the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for emotional change

27) Apply the “Double Standard technique” to generate positive thoughts that will counter a negative thought

28) Describe the use of dangling the carrot, to help motivate a patient

29) Explain what it means to sit with open hands with a resistant patient

30) Give examples of positive reframing for feelings of sadness and depression

Students and associates (not needing CE credit) can attend the Summer Intensive online stream for 50% percent off! That's over 30 hours of training for the price of only $297.50  (use code: ONLINE50). CE’s are NOT available with this discount code.

100% attendance and completion of the CE survey after the 3.5 day workshop is required to receive the CE certificate of completion. Partial completion cannot be granted.

One week before the workshop, registrants will have access to the workshop materials through this online platform.

Discounted hotel rooms are available for $155 per night at the DoubleTree by Hilton (right next to the conference center)! Bookings must be made by June 24, 2024 for discounted rate.

Discounted booking link: DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco South Airport Blvd or use code FGI when booking through the hotel website or by phone.

Continuing Education Accreditation
*The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Feeling Good Institute Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0175. The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6750. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. FGI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Feeling Good Institute, #1442, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 05/30/2024-05/30/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 30 continuing education credits. Feeling Good Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0678. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the workshop survey. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at

Instructor bios for Jill Levitt, Ph.D. and David Burns, M.D. are at the top of the page under the tab: Instructor Bios