The Awesome July Calgary Intensive is Right Around the Corner!

Dear colleague,

This year’s summer intensive in Calgary (or San Francisco) will be your chance to learn state-of-the-art TEAM-CBT techniques for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and habits and addictions.

TEAM-CBT has evolved from cutting-edge research on how psychotherapy actually works, and includes many radical treatment innovations. These include new ways to track patient progress (T = Testing), advanced E = Empathy techniques, powerful, new techniques to melt away the patient’s conscious and subconscious resistance (A = Paradoxical Agenda Setting), and more than 50 M = Methods to crush the demoralizing negative thoughts that cause depression and all of the anxiety disorders, as well as the positive, tempting thoughts that trigger habits and addictions, like binge eating, procrastination, and more.

On the morning of day 1, I will show an inspiring video of a single-session treatment of a woman struggling with post-traumatic stress so you can see exactly how these new techniques work. In the afternoon, I’ll show you how to transform therapeutic failure into success, even with angry, oppositional, relentlessly critical patients (as well as critical colleagues, friends and loved ones) using new, sophisticated empathy techniques. You’ll have the chance to practice and refine your skills in small group exercises with immediate feedback.

On the morning of day 2, I’ll do a live demonstration with a depressed or anxious volunteer from the group, along with my co-therapist, Mike Christensen, so you can see in real time how TEAM can trigger amazingly rapid changes in depression and anxiety. In the afternoon, I’ll show you how to bring Outcome and Process resistance to conscious awareness, as well as how to eliminate them quickly with resistance-busting tools that can revolutionize your clinical work.

On days 3 and 4, I’ll illustrate at least 25 methods to crush the thoughts that trigger depression, anxiety, and addictions. You’ll also learn how to pinpoint and modify the self-defeating beliefs that lead to mood and relationship problems, like perfectionism and the love addiction. At the end of the program, you’ll learn how to do Relapse Prevention Training for lasting results.

You’ll also have chances to do some of your own personal work, so you can leave the workshop on a high, feeling professionally and personally refreshed, with new tools and feelings of joy. Together, we’ll challenge the negative thoughts that sometimes trigger your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt, like “I’m not good enough or smart enough,” or “I’m a fraud.”

My annual Canadian intensives have been peak experiences pretty much every year for the past ten years or more, and I’m incredibly indebted to Jack Hirose for giving me so many wonderful opportunities to teach in Canada, which I absolutely love. I’m also thrilled that I’ll be joined again by the brilliant and wonderful Mike Christiansen, who is a dear friend and one of Canada’s leading experts in TEAM-CBT.

And here’s one of the best parts. Since there are no evening sessions, I will offer optional evening hikes, followed by dinner, for those of you who want some extra time, attention, and exercise during the intensive. On the hikes you can do personal work, ask questions, do difficult case consultations, and practice the techniques that interest you the most.

And, here’s something else that’s totally cool. Our special guest on the hike on the evening of day 1 will be the woman you’ll “meet” in the video in the morning of day 1, along with her husband. So, you’ll have chances to ask questions and to get some follow-up data several years after the actual session you will witness on the video.

People have sometimes told me, “Oh, your live demos couldn’t possibly be real. They have to be fake. People simply cannot recover that fast! And even if they do, the results can’t last.” Well, here’s your chance to find out!

I hope you can join us this year! I know that a four-day intensive is a huge investment of your time, money, and energy, but the personal and professional payoff can be tremendous. I suspect we may cry a bit together, and I know that we’ll laugh a lot together. Laughter can be SO healing!

And you can be certain that I’ll do everything I can to make this one of the finest and most exhilarating training experiences of your career!

July 15 is coming soon, so register now!

High-Speed Treatment of Depression
and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

with David Burns, MD

July 15 – 18, 2019

Calgary, Canada four-day intensive

Registration and Details

CE credit and TEAM-CBT Certification
will be available!

If you can’t join me in Calgary, I will be offering two US intensives this year. Check them out below!

David Burns, MD

High-Speed Treatment of Depression
and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

with David Burns, MD

S. San Francisco, July 29 – August 1,2019

and Atlanta, November 4 – 7, 2019

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32 hrs of CE credit
plus TEAM-CBT certification available

 

 

 

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Dear colleague,

If you have ever dreamed of bringing extremely rapid healing to your patients, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. David Burns, MD, will present TEAM-CBT: a new, powerful treatment approach that can produce extremely rapid and lasting changes in severe depression and anxiety. Lectures and demonstrations by a master therapist followed by the opportunity to practice the techniques with your colleagues will leave you with a deeper, richer appreciation of the practice of psychotherapy as well as a variety of tools you’ll be able to apply right away to your work. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to do your own personal work during the workshop so you can experience greater self-esteem and joy in your professional work and in your personal life.

High-Speed Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

w/ David Burns, MD

32 hrs of CE credit available

Workshops in S. San Francisco and Atlanta!

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The evening sessions on days 1 and 3 will add another dimension to your workshop experience, and are nearly always the most highly rated workshop segments. You’ll be tired, but joyous, by the end of your intensive, and you’ll leave with a renewed session of joy and optimism!

 

 

“What will I learn at an intensive?”

Dear colleague,

A therapist emailed me to say he was very interested in the upcoming intensives, but wanted to know what he’d learn if he attended. Certainly, a great question, so I put together this list of some of the things I’ll be teaching at this year’s intensives. They’re organized around the T E A M of TEAM-CBT.

T = Testing

  • I’ll illustrate fast, accurate assessment tools that will show you how your patients really feel, and how they feel about you. You’ll also find out how effective you are at every session with every patient. This information may be shocking, but can transform your clinical work.

E = Advanced Empathy Training

  • Five Secrets of Effective Communication
  • Law of Opposites
  • How to transform therapeutic failure into success
  • The five most common empathy errors, and how to avoid them!

A = Assessment of Resistance: New, sophisticated tools that can quickly melt away therapeutic resistance and greatly boost patient motivation

  • Outcome Resistance tools
  • Straightforward Invitation
  • Paradoxical Invitation
  • Miracle Cure Question
  • Specificity
  • Magic Button
  • Positive Reframing
  • Pivot Question
  • Process Resistance tools
  • Dangling the Carrot
  • Gentle Ultimatum
  • Sitting with Open Hands
  • Fallback Position

M = Methods

  • Daily Mood Log
  • Recovery Circle
  • 50 Ways to Untwist Your thinking, including
  • Identify the Distortions
  • Examine the Evidence
  • Be Specific / Shades of Grey
  • The Experimental Technique
  • The Pleasure-Predicting Sheet
  • The Paradoxical Double Standard Technique
  • Externalization of Voices
  • The Acceptance Paradox
  • Cognitive, Classical, and Interpersonal Exposure Techniques, including
    • Gradual Exposure
    • Cognitive Flooding
    • Memory Rescripting
    • Response Prevention
    • Smile and Hello Practice
    • Self-Disclosure
    • Talk-Show Host
    • Shame Attacking Exercises
  • The Hidden Emotion Technique
  • And more

Getting at root causes: How to pinpoint and modify Self-Defeating Beliefs

  • The Individual Downward Arrow
  • The Interpersonal Downward Arrow (psychoanalysis at warp speed!)
  • The Semantic Method
  • The Feared Fantasy

How to overcome habits and addictions, including

  • The Habit / Addiction Log
  • The Paradoxical Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • The Triple Paradox
  • The Anti-Procrastination Sheet
  • The “I stubbornly refused” Technique
  • The Devil’s Advocate Technique

Plus

  • Relapse Prevention Training for lasting results
  • Video of high-speed TEAM-CBT trauma treatment

The goals of TEAM-CBT include rapid, complete and lasting recovery from depression and anxiety. Teaching tools will include lecture, videos, live demonstrations, live therapy, and lots of small group practice with immediate feedback so you can refine your therapy skills.

You’ll also have the chance to do your own personal work if you want, so you can leave the workshop fueled with a renewed sense of excitement about your life and clinical work. I’ve always felt that effective personal work is tremendously important, since the challenges and pressures on therapists can sometimes be intense. When you’ve experienced your own personal transformation, you’re no longer a technician–you’re now a healer!

Finally, all three intensive provide CE credits plus credit toward certification in TEAM-CBT. In fact, you’ll be eligible for Level 1 TEAM certification just for attending!

Thank you so much for your interest!

David Burns, MD

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This year, you have three great intensives to choose from!

High-Speed Treatment of

Depression and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

with David Burns, MD

July 15 – 18, 2019, Calgary, Canada

Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Assoc.

The Calgary intensive will be similar to the SF and Atlanta intensives described below, but there will be no evening sessions. Instead, Dr. Burns will lead optional, informal evening hikes for those who are interested, followed by dinner. On the hikes, you can do personal work, ask questions, practice techniques, or just schmooze with colleagues and have fun!

This intensive is just around the corner, so act fast if you want to attend!

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High-Speed Treatment of

Depression and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

with David Burns, MD

32 hrs of CE credit available

July 29 – August 1, 2019
South San Francisco four-day intensive
Sponsored by Praxis

and

November 4 – 7, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia four-day intensive
Sponsored by Praxis

This will be my first east coast intensive in more than 25 years/

Register with friends and save 20%!

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The evening sessions on days 1 and 3 will add another dimension to your workshop experience, and are nearly always the most highly rated workshop segments. You’ll be tired, but joyous, by the end of your intensive, and you’ll leave with a renewed session of joy and optimism!

 

 

David’s Calgary, San Francisco and Atlanta Intensives are Coming Soon!

Dear colleague,

If you have ever dreamed of bringing extremely rapid healing to your patients, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. David Burns, MD, will present TEAM-CBT: a new, powerful treatment approach that can produce rapid and lasting changes in mild or severe depression and anxiety. Lectures, videos and live demonstrations by a master therapist will be followed by opportunities to practice the techniques with your colleagues.

These exercises will leave you with a deeper, richer appreciation of the practice of psychotherapy as well as a variety of innovative new tools you’ll be able to apply right away in your clinical work. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to do your own personal work during the workshop so you can experience greater self-esteem and joy in your professional work and in your personal life as well.

High-Speed Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

w/ David Burns, MD

32 hrs of CE credit available

Workshops in S. San Francisco and Atlanta!

Register with friends and save 20%!

<Register>

There will also be a four-day intensive in Calgary, and it’s coming up SOON, so act fast if you’d like to register. The Calgary intensive will be similar to the SF and Atlanta intensives, but there will be no evening sessions. Instead, Dr. Burns will lead informal evening hikes for those who are interested, followed by dinner. On the hikes, you can do personal work, ask questions, practice techniques, or just schmooze with colleagues and have fun!

Or, you can just relax and unwind every evening, and absorb all the wonderful new ideas and methods you’re learning!

July 15 – 18, 2019
Calgary, Canada four-day intensive
Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Assoc.

David Burns, MD

 

 

David’s Awesome Summer Intensives–Are You Planning to Come to One?

High-Speed Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders—

Attend the Summer / Fall Intensives

With David D. Burns, MD!

Three Great Locations—

Calgary, July 15 to 18, 2019

South San Francisco, July 29 to August 1, 2019

Atlanta, November 4 to 7, 2019

What so great about the intensives?

  • Observe live demonstrations of TEAM-CBT with audience volunteers that are cool, powerful and inspirational.
  • Have FUN—lots of neat people to hang out with!
  • Earn TEAM certification credits as well as CE credits.
  • Learn tons of powerful new techniques to boost your effectiveness in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and habits and addictions.
  • Practice in small groups, with immediate feedback to help you refine and master your new skills.
  • Learn to pinpoint the eight most common forms of therapeutic resistance.
  • Learn how to melt away therapeutic resistance for super-fast recoveries.
  • Overcome your own feelings of anxiety and self-doubt, and leave the workshop in a state of joyous enlightenment! You can’t beat that!
  • Lots of tears—and lots of laughter!
  • You’ll work your butt off—but come out with exciting new insights and directions for your clinical work.

Special features at this year’s South SF intensive

  • Sunny Choi will be speaking on “TEAM with Compassion.” Sunny spoke last year and was amazing, so he is returning, as they say, “by popular demand.”
  • Jill Levitt will be joining David as co-therapist for the live demonstration on the evening of day 1. In past years, these dramatic live demos have provided tremendous opportunities for learning.
  • Do your own “solo flight” on the evening of day 3. In previous years, this has been the highlight of the annual SF intensive.
  • I will be joined by many expert helpers from the Feeling Good Institute who will provide feedback and mentoring for you during the many practice sessions. Of course, I’ll be giving you personal feedback, too!

Special features at this year’s Calgary, Canada intensive

  • The three optional evening hikes / meals together will be a highlight for many. While hiking, you will have chances for personal work with David, Q and A, and additional practice with the many new techniques you are learning.
  • There will be a live demo on the morning of day 2.

The summer / fall intensives are almost always my best teaching of the year. If you attend, this year’s intensives will be even better!

The Calgary Intensive will be from July 15 to 18, 2019.
For more information / registration, click here!

The South SF Intensive will be from July 29 to August 1, 2019.
For more information / registration, click here!

The new Atlanta intensive will be from November 4 – 7, 2019,
and will be similar to the South SF Intensive.
This will be my first east coast intensive in 25 years!
For more information / registration, click here!

David Burns, MD

Unsolicited Testimonials from Participants at David’s Workshops

These are anonymous comments on workshop evaluation forms:

  • The live demonstration in the evening was freaking incredible!!!
  • The live demonstration was dynamite! . . . It was beautiful!!
  • The entire process was fantastic!
  • I liked all of it! I appreciated Dr. Burns willingness to be vulnerable with his own flaws and fears.

Here’s a photo of my esteemed colleague, Mike Christensen, at a recent Canadian workshop. We’ll be working together again this year in Calgary!

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Here’s a photo from some of my Sunday hikes in California with therapists from my free weekly training group at Stanford.

 

042: Shame-Attacking Exercises

042: Shame-Attacking Exercises

Picture 9Making a Fool of Yourself — On Purpose!

In this podcast, David and Fabrice discuss a mind-blowing technique developed by the late Dr. Albert Ellis to help individuals struggling with shyness. It’s called Shame-Attacking Exercises. Essentially, you do something bizarre in public to overcome your fear of making a fool of yourself; and you will probably discover that the world doesn’t come to end. When used skillfully, this method can be incredibly liberating.

However, there are several ethical considerations. First, before therapists can ask their patients to do Shame Attacking Exercises, therapists have to do Shame-Attacking Exercises themselves! David explains his first, terrifying Shame-Attacking Exercise in a Chinese restaurant in New York after giving a talk at a workshop sponsored by Dr. Ellis.

In addition, therapists have to be careful in the way they use Shame Attacking Exercises, and who they use them with. You have to have an excellent therapeutic alliance with your patient, and the patient has to trust you. In addition, the exercises have to be in an appropriate location—for example, it would be disrespectful to do them in a hospital. And you have to be careful that the Shame Attacking Exercises is not aggressive or frightening to other people.

He also describes how Shame-Attacking Exercises helped a man and a woman he treated who were both afraid to flirt with people they were attracted to, and in both cases, he had to push fairly hard since the patients put up stiff resistance to the idea.

TEAM-CBT includes many powerful techniques, and while they have the potential to bring about rapid and often fantastic change, they also have the potential to hurt if not used skillfully and appropriately. Any listeners who are interested in using these techniques should first consult with a mental health professional to make sure the techniques are appropriate and likely to be helpful to you.

All that being said, you will (we hope) LOVE this podcast!

In upcoming podcasts, David and Fabrice will address questions on OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) submitted by several listeners. Is OCD an organic illness? Are drugs necessary in the treatment? What’s the prognosis? David will describe powerful, drug-free treatment methods based on the four models he uses to treat all anxiety disorders: the Motivational, Cognitive, Exposure, and Hidden Emotion Models.

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Do We Have a “Self?” / Truth vs. Happiness

Do We Have a “Self?” / Truth vs. Happiness

IMG_1226Hi Dr. Burns,

Being as you love my questions here is another. It is a heavy philosophical one but don’t feel the need to give a long answer. The question is: Should we believe what is true or what makes us happy?

Albert Ellis, in his book “the Myth of Self Esteem,” actually mentions you. I know you’d want to kill the guy if he were still alive for destroying the basis of many of your books, but don’t you feel honored that grumpy old Al mentioned you? He writes a few hundred pages but all he seems to be saying is that you can’t prove whether you are worthwhile or not so you’d might as well believe that you are.

My new coach seems to think that truth is relative and all that kind of stuff. She thinks that you should believe what is best for you and don’t worry about whether it’s true. Even Dr. Ali Binazir says something like the usefulness of a belief is more important that its truth (can’t find exact quote).

What do you think? Should I believe what makes me happy and forget about logic or keep on thinking (and maybe be not as happy)?

Richard

Hi Richard,

Great questions, thanks!

First, with regard to Dr. Ellis, I was a huge fan of his, and we saw eye to eye on a great many topics. I admired his ruthless integrity and regard for the truth. He did not steal ideas from others, as so many in our field do, and call them his own, but always gave credit where credit was due. So I was a huge fan and always honored when he mentioned me!

of course, he was a wild man, no doubt about it, and all those who saw him in person during his workshops will know what I mean. Every third word that came out of his mouth was the F-word. But he had tremendous numbers of fans and followers. In fact, i think many people liked him because he was so delightfully outrageous and honest!

As you know, Dr. Ellis created Rational Emotion Therapy (RET), which later morphed into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He is considered the “grandfather of CBT.” Beck is often thought of as the “father of CBT.” I might be the son of CBT! Who knows? So many talented therapists and researchers have contributed to the new approaches in psychotherapy that began about four or five decades ago.

I agree with Ellis that you cannot measure your worthwhileness as a human being, so you might as well give up this fruitless and often painful endeavor. but I don’t even need to assume that I am worthwhile. I am too busy enjoying life to waste time on that idea!

I have a beautiful new kitty, Miss Misty. she doesn’t care whether or not I am worthwhile, either! But she loves to play and cuddle. That’s enough for me.

You can measure the worthwhileness of specific things, like this post. For example, you might give it an A, a B, a C, or below, depending on how much you like it and learn from it. But you cannot measure the “worthwhileness” of your “self.” In fact, there is no “self.” We can focus on improving in specific areas, however. For example, if you exercise regularly your conditioning will improve. But your “self” won’t improve!

One of the best students I ever had was Matt May, MD, who now teaches with me at Stanford and has a booming clinical practice. He is a totally fabulous clinician, dear friend and esteemed colleague. When he was a resident, I would supervise him three hours a week, going over clinical cases and personal issues as well, which is typical of what happens in psychiatric training.

One day we were driving back to my house from a pizza place where we’d been eating and discussing his cases, and going over some personal stuff. We stopped at a stop sign, and he looked at me in very meaningful way and said, “Dr. Burns, I want you to know that I’m working so hard every day to become a better person!”

I said, “Matt, I hope you get over that pretty soon!”

He immediately broke into laughter and “got it.” That was the moment of his enlightenment. Enlightenment often comes with laughter, as you realize your suffering has been the result of a kind of cosmic joke. This is a Buddhist notion going back 2500 years, but it is also embedded in most religions.

Thie idea that we have no “self” is mystical but practical and potentially liberating. Buddha got the ball rolling when he talked about the “Great Death,” or the death of the ego. I lost my “self,” along with my “self-esteem” years ago, when I was jogging home from the train station in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania after work. And what a relief to get rid of them. They kind of fell off, and then I started jogging faster without having to carry them any longer.

Sadly, my “self” (and my pride) have a way of coming back to life from time to time, so then I have to get rid of them again! That sucks!

If you understand this, it is likely crystal clear and super obvious, perhaps. But if you don’t understand it, it is likely sounding like so much mumbo-jumbo!

You asked if we should believe what is true, or what makes us happy? This is a vague question, so I don’t know what you are referring to. Usually I try to avoid general questions without specific examples. Perhaps you could make your question a bit more specific? For example, what belief in particular are you referring to?

If you go to Las Vegas you may want to believe that if you put your life savings on a number on the roulette wheel, you will earn a tremendous amount of money. But the likelihood is small, so even though the notion is enticing, you probably won’t want to do that.

In therapy, I use both truth and motivation in working with someone who is depressed, anxious or angry. Both are powerful and potentially healing technologies for folks. Obviously, we tend to believe things that appear to be true. But we also tend to believe what we WANT to believe. Motivation also plays a basic and powerful role in how we think and what we do.

Cult leaders motivate followers by telling them absurd things that could not possibly be true. For example, the Heaven’s Gate San Diego cult leader told his followers that if they committed suicide they would be reincarnated on the Hale–Bopp comet that was passing close to the earth. So they all killed themselves! The cult followers WANT to believe what they are being told, so they buy into it. Hitler used the same method to motivate people, telling them they were the superior race. People want to feel superior, and want to scapegoat and blame others for their problems.

From a philosophy of science perspective, some statements or theories can be proven to be false. For example, you can easily test the claim that if you drop your pen, it will float up to the ceiling. Drop it and you will see that this theory is false.

But sometimes we make value judgments, or stipulations, that cannot be proven one way or the others. For example, take the statement, “All men (or all humans) are created equal.” This is a value system we endorse, but it cannot be proven one way or the other. Our moral and legal laws are like this.

Take the belief, “I should always try to be perfect.” This cannot be proven to be true or false, it is just a value you might, or might not, endorse. There are many advantages to this belief, as well as many disadvantages. I deal with this belief all the time in therapy, as it seems to trigger feelings of depression, inferiority, anxiety, and defectiveness, to name just a few. But at the same time, the belief may motivate and make you feel like something wonderful is going to happen when you achieve your goal.

So, sometimes considerations about truth will dominate our thinking and our decisions, and sometimes considerations about advantages and disadvantages (motivational issues) will tend to dominate our thinking, and sometimes considerations of truth as well as motivation both play a role in how we think, feel, and behave.

This is all a bit too theoretical for me, although still interesting. I am a psychiatrist, but my main treatment tool is psychotherapy. The type of psychotherapy I do always focuses on something specific and real, for example, a specific moment when someone is upset and wants to feel better or behave more effectively. General discussions have been much less effective as treatment tools in my experience.

But still fun to talk about! So thanks, Richard!

David

David’s Ted Talk

Hi Web visitors,

I was thrilled to get this unexpected and wonderful email today:

Hi Dr. Burns,

I just published this post on The Huffington Post entitled The Best Ted Talk I’ve Ever Seen, on your Tedx Talk in Reno. It was amazing. To view my post, CLICK HERE.

James E Porter

I am very appreciative, James! Thanks so much!

David