Multi-week live online course

Comprehensive Live Online CBT Training for Therapists

This comprehensive 13-week CBT course uses a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with emphasis on skill building of CBT therapy tools and techniques for better CBT.

Michael Christensen, MACP, RCC


13 Mondays Starts Sept 12, 2022 | 4:00-5:45pm Pacific Time (7:00-8:45pm ET)

Offers 21 CE hours*

Provides 24 TEAM-CBT Units towards Level 1, 2 or 3 Certification

Therapist level: beginner through advanced

Need-based scholarships available. Email to apply

Course Overview

This comprehensive 13 week (includes a mandatory intro TEAM CBT meeting) CBT course uses a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with emphasis on skill building of therapy tools and techniques for better CBT.  

Attendance at all 13 sessions and completion of CE survey after this course is required to receive CE certificate of completion.

Cost: $720 (price doesn't include required purchase of David Burns' ebook - Tools, Not Schools, of Therapy.  You will receive 25% off of $159, using the student discount available under the Description section - HERE).

Completion of this course provides units towards Level 1, 2, or 3 TEAM-CBT certification. Note, there are additional requirements for Level 2 and 3 CBT Certification which can be found on the Certification Requirements Table.


Learning Objectives

This course is designed to help you:

  1. Collect and review patients’ self report data in order to improve therapy outcomes and strengthen the therapeutic alliance
  2. Utilize advanced empathy skills to connect with more challenging patients doing CBT.
  3. Apply “the five secrets of effective communication” with your patients to improve your therapeutic alliance and improve CBT outcomes.
  4. Describe “the five steps of agenda setting” to address and decrease resistance in CBT
  5. Demonstrate the “Invitation” step
  6. Use the “Specificity” step to keep therapy on track
  7.  Recognize several different common forms of resistance
  8. Describe the magic button and magic dial techniques to reduce resistance and boost motivation
  9. Use Daily Mood Logs effectively
  10. Apply the Blame Cost/Benefit Analysis for use with relationship problems
  11. Identify “tempting thoughts” and positive distortions in the treatment of habits and addictions
  12. Utilize the recovery circle in selecting appropriate methods
  13. Describe relapse prevention to prepare client for managing relapse
  14. Apply the "Externalization of Voices Technique" to challenge negative thoughts and generate positive counter thoughts
  15. Apply the “Double Standard technique” to generate positive thoughts that will counter a negative thought
  16. Conceptualize the problem into one of four main areas (mood, relationship, habit/addiction, non-problem) to assist in dealing with resistance and guide method selection
  17. Apply the “Examine the Evidence technique” to assist in generating positive/ more realistic thoughts
  18. Apply dangling the carrot, sitting with open hands, and the gentle ultimatum to address process resistance


Key Topics

Participants wishing to get the very most out of the course, and apply the skills learned in it, more readily in their practice, may also want to purchase Dr. Burns “Therapists Toolkit” in addition to the required course materials.

Pre-course introduction session:  Review Ring Central technology, expectations for group, introductions, Q and A regarding getting started, review use of “Group Trainer Rating Scale,” and intro to Empathy Training.

Session 1:  Review the TEAM model, including Testing, Empathy, Agenda Setting, Methods briefly.  Model and practice going over a difficult previous session evaluation form (backside of BMS) using the five secrets.  Participants will practice using role-play. 

Session 2:  Empathy practice using 5 secrets with difficult cases.  The hopeless, angry patient. Participants will practice using role-play and giving/getting detailed feedback on skills.

Session 3:  Introduction to agenda setting/assessment of resistance using the invitation and specificity.  Practice offering the invitation and specificity–give/get feedback on skills.

Session 4:  Agenda Setting/Assessment of Resistance. Conceptualization and Motivation. Review of conceptualization, and intro to PAS.  Review of Outcome and Process resistance, what they are and how they are different. Examples of common forms of outcome and process resistance for depressed and anxious patients.  

Session 5:  Outcome resistance.  Miracle cure question, magic button, voicing the resistance, magic dial. Group members learn and then practice these skills.

Session 6:  Process resistance.  Sitting with open hands, the gentle ultimatum. Group members learn and then practice these skills.

Session 7: Daily Mood Log & Intro to Methods.  Integrate Agenda Setting with the DML. Review all steps of agenda setting.  Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 8: Methods. Using the Recovery Circle, the list of 50 techniques, and the DML.  Practice selecting methods, Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 9: Methods Review. Start with a completed DML (all group members have a DML completed) and review the recovery circle and learn relevant methods.

Session 10: Introduction to Relationship work.  Using the CBA & the Revise Your Communication Skills Worksheet.  Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 11: Introduction to Addiction work – The Addictions/Habit Log and other methods to target habits and addictions, including procrastination, and over-eating. Group members learn and then practice these skills.

Session 12:  Relapse Preparation Training: Learn to use Relapse DML, Recovery Circle and Externalization of Voices for mood: Practice skills in breakout groups. Wrap up and review of course with Final Q & A.


Anti-Discrimination Statement

Feeling Good Institute stands against discrimination. We believe in acceptance, inclusion, and equality. Discrimination against people based on identify status (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ability status, country of origin, religion) is harmful and not tolerated. Any hate speech or discriminatory practices will result in immediate removal from our training groups. This includes public statements or behaviors made outside of the trainings themselves.

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. This course has been approved by FGI as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 21 CEs. NAADAC Provider #149212. 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 to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this course. Ace provider approval period: 05/30/2021-05/30/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 7 continuing education credits. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the course survey. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at

Instructor Biography

Mike Christensen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Terrace BC Canada. A former national level athlete he completed his Youth & Counselling Theology undergraduate degree in 1995 followed by a 10 year career in business ownership. Introduced to Dr. David Burns’ work in 2006 Mike returned to school completing an MA in Counselling Psychology. Mike specializes in treating anxiety and depression using the TEAM CBT model. He teaches online groups for Feeling Good Institute, and assists Dr. Burns when he conducts workshops in Canada.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refunds are available for cancelations outside of a 14-day window prior to the beginning of a training event or course. All refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Within a 14-day window prior to the beginning of a training event or course, no refunds are available. For cancelations within this window, credit may be applied towards a future similar training within a year of the original purchase date.