On-demand course

Core Skills for Effective Therapy

Core Skills for Effective Therapy is a video-based, on-demand course that distills the best CBT therapy skills developed over three decades by Dr. David Burns. In this course, you will learn and practice the essential therapy techniques master therapists use to get effective results for their patients, earn 11 CE’s and become TEAM-CBT certified.

Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

$30 off
Level 1 Certification Included

On-Demand/Home-study, Weekly Practice Group

Offers 11 CE Hours*

Therapist level: beginner

Course Overview

With lively videos, quizzes, therapy role plays, case examples, and interviews with the source - Dr. David Burns, you will learn the processes of therapy that have been shown to have the greatest impact on positive therapeutic outcomes. 

First you’ll learn about measurement, also known as routine outcome monitoring. Next, you’ll learn therapeutic empathy skills that will help you build a strong therapeutic alliance with your patients. You’ll learn step-by-step how to reduce resistance and boost motivation so that you can connect with, and help, even your most challenging patients. You will learn many cutting edge Cognitive and Behavioral techniques, such as examine the evidence, re-attribution, the survey technique, the double standard role play technique and more! And finally you will learn how to implement exposure therapy and tips to increase the effectiveness of exposure therapy to address all kinds of anxiety. At the end of the course, you will be given a test to ensure you have learned the skills. Passing this test is required to receive CE credit and TEAM-CBT Level 1 certification. 


Learning Objectives

1) Identify two benefits of using measurement (Routine Outcome Monitoring) in therapy
2) Describe two ways to make the best use of measurement (Routine Outcome Monitoring) in therapy
3) Name two empathy skills that will help me connect with a hopeless patient
4) Determine whether my patient is ready to get to work in therapy by issuing an invitation
5) Identify one common theme of outcome resistance for anxiety
6) Explain the usefulness of getting specific in Cognitive Therapy
7) Describe two cognitive distortions
8) Name two different categories of exposure exercises
9) Describe the concept of safety behaviors and how they can interfere in exposure therapy


Anti-Discrimination Statement

FGI 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. We understand the need for formative feedback and learning, thus we will make every effort to invite community members to humbly learn and grow when missteps occur. Hate speech, discriminatory practices, or harmful interventions (defined by clinician’s governing board) may result in removal from this training opportunity. This includes public statements or behaviors made outside of the trainings. I/we maintain the right to deny or revoke access to this training space if safety of the community cannot be maintained because of a person causing harm to others. In the case that this policy is invoked, we will follow guidelines to offer a learning opportunity and then determine whether safety of the community can be maintained or if the person will be removed from the training space. Guidelines include steps such as talking with the person, providing opportunities to learn (e.g., addressing the harm, renouncing a problematic statement or behavior), and consulting with other trainers.

Continuing Education Accreditation

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently only approved for Continuing Education credit by the following organizations.

*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, #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 11 clinical continuing education credits. 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. 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.


Instructor Biography

Dr. Jill Levitt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Training at the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, CA.  Dr. Levitt has almost 20 years of experience conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has been trained by some of the world’s leaders in CBT.  She has co-written several scholarly articles in the areas of OCD, PTSD and Panic Disorder. Most recently she has been co-teaching CBT with Dr. David Burns at the Stanford University School of Medicine in her role on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also trains other therapists in David Burns’ model of CBT called TEAM-CBT Therapy. She is a certified Level 5 Master Therapist and Trainer in TEAM-CBT Therapy. Dr. Levitt teaches both in-person and online workshops for Feeling Good Institute on CBT methods, reducing resistance in psychotherapy, and improving the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

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.