The following schedule will evolve; changes will be made as we add new workshops or update details and registration information. Check back here at times, or call the contact numbers to stay informed.

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

October – November, 2017

Feeling Good: High-Speed, Drug-Free Treatments for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

October 27, 2017, 8 to 10 AM
Stanford University Li Ka Shen Center, Room 130
For health professionals as well as the general public

Sponsored by the Stanford Health Promotion Network, this presentation by David D. Burns, M.D., will focus on new developments in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. His talk will include a brief, dramatic video clip of a severely depressed woman experiencing a terrifying panic attack during an actual therapy session. You will have the opportunity to witness the exact moment of her recovery as Dr. Burns encourages her to test and confront her worst fear. Dr. Burns will also discuss recent breakthroughs in treatment using TEAM-CBT.

This event is free for Stanford-affiliated health professionals and $40 for members of the general public who wish to attend. I hope you can join us!

Click here for registration and more information

“And It’s All Your Fault!” Transforming Troubled Relationships Into Loving Ones

October 30 – 31, 2017–Raleigh, NC: Double Tree Raleigh Brownstone-University
November 1 – 2, 2017–Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Marriott Century Center
November 3 – 4, 2017–Denver, CO: Double Tree by Hilton Denver-Westminster
For more information, click here, or contact IAHB, phone: 800-258-8411

The Raleigh workshop on Oct 30 – 31 INCLUDES A LIVE WEBCAST– Click here for more information

ABCT Conference
(Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies)

November 16 – 17, 2017, San Diego

Dr. Jill Levitt and I will be presenting two workshops on the latest developments in high-speed psychotherapy (TEAM-CBT) for depression and anxiety disorders. I LOVE teaching with Jill at our weekly psychotherapy training seminar at Stanford every Tuesday. She is a tremendous teacher and therapist, so these promise to be fun and highly educational presentations.

Thursday, November 16, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Building a Better CBT-An introduction to the TEAM-CBT model (6 hours)

Friday, November 17, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
When Helping Doesn’t Help: Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance With TEAM-CBT (3 hours)

Healing & Treating Trauma, Addictions, and Related Disorders:
Canada’s 8th Annual Premier Psychotherapy Conference
Monday, November 27, Calgary, Canada

Dr. Burns will deliver a keynote address in the morning followed by an afternoon workshop for mental health professionals on high-speed trauma treatment, as well as an evening presentation on “Skills, Not Pills” for the general public as well as therapists
To learn more, contact Jack Hirose & Associates Inc.
Phone: 604.924.0296

“Scared Stiff: High-Speed, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”
Tuesday, November 28, Medicine Hat, Canada

This one day workshop is sponsored by Palliser Primary Care Network
For information, contact Abbie Skrove <>

December, 2017

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference
December 14 – 16, Anaheim, California

I will be giving five presentations:

WS21 Introduction to Team-CBT:
Is High-Speed Treatment Really Possible?
December 14
2:15pm – 5:15pm
CD05 When Panic Attacks Friday,
December 15
10:40am – 11:40am
CH11 Conversation Hour 11 Saturday,
December 16
8:00am – 9:00am
SPD01 When Helping Doesn’t Help Saturday,
December 16
2:30pm – 4:00pm
SPD05 Process-Based Therapy:
The Future of Evidence-Based Care
December 16
4:15pm – 5:45pm

Sponsored by the Erikson Foundation. Click here for more information

Winter – Spring, 2018

Rapid Recovery from Trauma: New High-Speed TEAM-CBT Treatment Techniques

Spring, 2018 Woodland Hills, CA
Spring, 2018 Newport Beach, CA
(specific date and link will be added; it is now being scheduled)

Summer, 2018

It’s All Your Fault: Transforming Troubled Relationships into Loving Ones

June 4 – 5, 2018 | Calgary, AB
June 6 – 7, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB

For more information, contact Jack Hirose & Associates Inc.
Phone: 604.924.0296, Toll-free: 1.800.456.5424

Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
A Four-Day Intensive Training in TEAM-CBT
July 3 – 6, 2018 Whistler, BC, Canada

For more information, contact Jack Hirose & Associates Inc.
Phone: 604.924.0296, Toll-free: 1.800.456.5424

High Speed, Drug Free Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders–
A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

Details TBA, South San Francisco Conference Center, California
For more information, click here or contact IAHB
This is usually my best workshop of the year, since many individuals from my Tuesday training group at Stanford attend and help out with the small group exercises, providing lots of individual feedback and support. If you can only attend one of my workshops, consider attending this one!
phone: 800-258-8411

Workshop Feedback

Trauma workshop: These are unsolicited anonymous feedback on the evaluation forms

  • The live demonstration in the evening was freaking incredible! J J
  • 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.

Scared Stiff Workshop: The following is an email from a participant at my “Scared Stiff” workshop last week in Salt Lake City. He generously gave permission to post his generous comments on my website.

Dear Dr. Burns,

I attended your conference in salt lake yesterday. It was wonderful. Thank you very much. I’ve been clinician for 15 years and never has any conference been superior to yours! I’ve attended “Scared Stiff” three times over the years and I’m always pushed to the next level of thinking and understanding!

Thank you for your dedication and your willingness to share your incredible skill and knowledge. YOU ARE MY HERO!! I look up to you and your work!

Thanks again for your wonderful conference!

Nik Chertudi

The following is from a colleague who attended my Scared Stiff workshop recently in Minneapolis:

Hi David

I just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy, healthy new year.

Meeting you and taking your workshop in Minneapolis was definitely the highlight of my year. Thanks so much again. Using your techniques has really made a difference in my work. My clients and I are very grateful to you.

Jackie A. Castro MA LMFT
Granada Hills CA

Worried Sick Webinar

The following is a participant in my first online webinar series, described below. You can still sign up for this as of today (January 11, 2017), but I will be offering this 6 session webinar series again in the future. I was very touched by this note, as I was a bit nervous about doing my first pre-recorded webinar series. David

#1: Hello David,

I just want to take a few minutes to let you know how much I enjoyed your first webinar session of Worried Sick. It flowed very well, and your presence was shining and reaching through the screen, despite the distance.  I heard your disappointment at not being physically with us, and I also wished we could have all been in the same room. I think going to events is a good way to challenge ourselves in a setting that is very different from the office. For me, to face the crowd, and have to interact with other professionals is always a stretch, and a good one. Many of us are introverts, and making meaningful conversation during unstructured moments is an important skill for life. I thought your comments on the topics of distance and the use of technology were genuine and wonderful, and they helped build closeness and community. Why I am so thankful you made this webinar is because it makes it available to so many more of us. It really fits into a perspective of democratization of knowledge. Personally, I am too far lost in the boonies -and working within a public health system with limited resources- to have affordable access to live workshops of this quality. This first video was excellent, and I am impatient to view the other ones. I thank you kindly for your teaching.

Cheers, Stéphanie Giguère  MA, RCC,
Mental Health and Substance Use Clinician, Creston BC

#2: Hi David,

This is Shahrzad from Montreal/Canada. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your webinars! I find them to be tremendously informative and helpful! I wish I had been trained under your supervision!!!

You have such a kind, compassionate, genuine, down-to-earth, and real presence! I truly love that!!!!!

By the way, in your first webinar, you mentioned how you laugh and/or cry together with the audience in your live workshops, and you were disappointed that this may be missing in a webinar format where everything is pre-recorded! Well, I don’t know about the other people who are watching these webinar series, but I can tell you that I have had moments where I have laughed out loud and shed tears while watching your talk in these past few weeks!

Thank you for this great opportunity to learn from your expertise, experience, and wisdom!


Shahrzad Irannejad, PhD, Psychologist

Hi Shahrzad, what a great note! I had no idea that the emotion could be conveyed in this format. I really appreciate hearing from you! And thanks for permission to post your terrific note!


#3. Hi Dr. Burns,

I’m a young psychotherapist in Montreal, Quebec, and I’ve been following your Worried Sick webinar series.

I just wanted to send you a brief note to let you know that I’ve appreciated the content of the webinars, and I am excited to continue learning about the T.E.A.M. approach in order to work more effectively with clients suffering from anxiety (of which I have many).

Your presence and personality has made the webinars especially enjoyable. You come across as very humble, genuine, passionate, and caring, and I feel this is a presence to emulate and aspire to as I continue to develop my own therapeutic approach.

Thank you!


(asked to remain anonymous)