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Upcoming Workshops for 2020

The Cognitive Distortion Starter Kit
by David Burns, MD

A One-Day Workshop on November 13, 2020

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8:30 AM to 4:45 PM Eastern Time: 7 CE Credits

Sponsored by J&K Seminars, Lancaster, PA

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn how to select the most effective treatment methods based on the distortions in your clients’ (or your own) negative thoughts. Dr. Burns will present many case examples and role play demonstrations to help you master powerful techniques that will boost your effectiveness in the treatment of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. You will also see inspiring and dramatic video clips from actual therapy sessions that will bring these new techniques to life.

You will learn how to crush each of the ten familiar cognitive distortions, with methods such as Positive Reframing, Best/Worst/Average, Be Specific, the Externalization of Voices, Let’s Define Terms, the Socratic Technique, the Survey Technique, the Experimental Technique, Examine the Evidence, the Acceptance Paradox, the Feared Fantasy, and more.

Topics will include:
1. The benefits of Testing.
2. How to use Worst, Best, Average for thoughts that include Overgeneralization and Labeling
3. How to use Be Specific
4. How to use Let’s Define Terms
5. Techniques to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
6. How to identify Self-Defeating Beliefs with the Downward Arrow Technique.
7. The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
8. How to do the Paradoxical Cost-Benefit Analysis to reduce intense self-criticisms.
9. How to use the Feared Fantasy Technique to reduce feelings of shame.

Feeling Great: A New, High-Speed Treatment for Depression
by David Burns, MD

A One-Day Workshop on November 20, 2020

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You’ll get a $20 discount if you use the promo code, GREAT20, when you register.

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (West Coast Time) 6 CE credits

Sponsored by PESI / Psychotherapy Networker

Workshop Description

Research indicates that most, if not all, current treatments for depression and anxiety are barely more effective than placebos, if at all. In most studies, fewer than half of the patients even experience a 50% reduction in depression after many months of treatment. Research also suggests that therapeutic failure nearly always results from patient resistance that hasn’t been skillfully addressed.

Most depressed patients believe they’re damaged, defective, or just “not good enough.” Perhaps you’ve felt that way at times. And although your patients may yearn for change, many of them seem to cling to feelings of depression and worthlessness, as well as the distorted thoughts that trigger these feelings. Why?

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the two forms of resistance that can undermine the treatment of depression and anxiety. You will also learn how to quickly eliminate resistance and open the door to ultra-rapid recovery. Doctor Burns will bring these incredible methods to life with inspiring and dramatic video clips from live therapy sessions with two women recovered from years of depression, anxiety, shame, and anger in a single, two-hour therapy session.
Were these changes real? Can people really recover from chronic and refractory mood problems in a single therapy session? And can these changes last?

You will learn many powerful techniques to pinpoint and reduce therapeutic resistance, such as the Magic Button, Positive Reframing, Pivot Question and Magic Dial. You will also lean powerful techniques to crush the negative thoughts that cause depression and anxiety, including Explain the Distortions, the Downward Arrow Technique, the Experimental Technique, Examine the Evidence, the Externalization of Voices, Double Standard, Feared Fantasy, and more. Finally, you will learn fast, effective Relapse Prevention Techniques for lasting change.

Prepare to explore a revolutionary, paradoxical, and exciting new treatment based on the premise that depression and anxiety do not result from what’s wrong with you, but from what’s right with you!

In this workshop you will discover how to:
• Accurately track changes in symptoms from the start to the end of every session
• Accurately track therapist empathy at every session
• Avoid the “reverse hypnosis” that sabotages treatment
• Distinguish between Outcome and Process Resistance, the two roadblocks to successful therapy
• Use the elements of the TEAM—T = testing, E = empathy, A = Assessment of resistance and M = Methods—to bring about high-speed change
• Quickly melt away client resistance
• Crush the negative thoughts that cause depression and anxiety
• Conquer your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt and leave the workshop feeling great!

Sign up now for the awesome
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

Anaheim, Ca, December 9 – 13, 2020

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Sponsored by the Milton H. Erikson Foundation
(All virtual this year.)

Workshop Description

This conference is always spectacular, and only comes once every few years. You’ll have the chance to hear from many of the greatest teachers and innovators of this generation, all in one venue.

I’ll be giving several presentations this year, including:
• WS7 Quick, Irreversible Cures for OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Phobias
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
• CH2 From Feeling Good to Feeling Great
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
• WS29 Feeling Great: A New, High-Speed Treatment for Depression
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
• CDD9 Measurement: A Boring Topic with Exciting Implications
Friday, December 11, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
I will also be the discussant for this presentation;
• CDD2 Enchantment: The Secret Ally of Psychotherapy
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Upcoming Workshops for 2021

Defeating the Beliefs that Defeat You–and Your Patients!
Identifying and Changing Self-Defeating Beliefs
by David Burns, MD and Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:30PM PACIFIC TIME ON SATURDAY 2/27/21. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Feb 28th, 2021 | 7 CE hours. $135

Sponsored by The Feeling Good Institute

Workshop Description

Jill and I are very excited about this new workshop. You will learn to identify and modify the Self-Defeating Beliefs that can make you and your patients more vulnerable to painful mood swings and troubled relationships,

Including:
• Perfectionism
• Perceived Perfectionism
• The Achievement Addiction
• Superman / Superwoman
• The Love Addiction
• The Approval Addiction
• The Fear of Being Alone
• Submissiveness
• Conflict and Anger Phobias
• and more

This workshop will include powerful, practical techniques to pinpoint your own and your patients’ Self-Defeating Beliefs, such as the Individual Downward Arrow, as well as techniques to modify those beliefs, including the Enhanced CoBA, the Semantic Technique, the Feared Fantasy, the Experimental Technique, the Pleasure Predicting Form, and more. You will also have the chance to participate in fun experiential exercises in small groups to boost your learning and mastery.

Goals for this workshop include
• Explain the differences between Self-Defeating Beliefs (SDBs) and cognitive distortions
• Use the Individual Downward Arrow to identify each patient’s SDBs
• Define several common SDBs, such as the Achievement Addiction, Perceived Perfectionism or the Brushfire Fallacy
• Explain the difference between the Achievement and Love Addictions
• Use the Enhanced Cost-Benefit Analysis (CoBA) to evaluate an SDB
• Use the Semantic Method to revise an SDB.
• Explain the difference between a “low-level” and “high-level” solution.
• Use the Experimental Technique to challenge an SDB.
• Use the Feared Fantasy to challenge an SDB.I hope you can join us for this workshop. It will definitely be helpful for your patients, and may be a game-changer for you, personally, as well!

Feeling Great: A New, High-Speed Treatment
for Depression and Anxiety
by David Burns, MD

A One-Day Workshop on March 24, 2021

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Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM West Coast Time: 7 CE credits

Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates, Vancouver, CA

Workshop Description

Research indicates that most, if not all, current treatments for depression and anxiety are barely more effective than placebos, if at all. In most studies, fewer than half of the patients even experience a 50% reduction in depression after many months of treatment. Research also suggests that therapeutic failure nearly always results from patient resistance that hasn’t been skillfully addressed.

Most depressed patients believe they’re damaged, defective, or just “not good enough.” Perhaps you’ve felt that way at times. And although your patients may yearn for change, many of them seem to cling to feelings of depression and worthlessness, as well as the distorted thoughts that trigger these feelings. Why?

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the two forms of resistance that can undermine the treatment of depression and anxiety. You will also learn how to quickly eliminate resistance and open the door to ultra-rapid recovery. Doctor Burns will bring these incredible methods to life with inspiring and dramatic video clips from live therapy sessions with two women recovered from years of depression, anxiety, shame, and anger in a single, two-hour therapy session. Were these changes real? Can people really recover from chronic and refractory mood problems in a single therapy session? And can these changes last?

You will learn many powerful techniques to pinpoint and reduce therapeutic resistance, such as the Magic Button, Positive Reframing, Pivot Question and Magic Dial. You will also lean powerful techniques to crush the negative thoughts that cause depression and anxiety, including Explain the Distortions, the Downward Arrow Technique, the Experimental Technique, Examine the Evidence, the Externalization of Voices, Double Standard, Feared Fantasy, and more. Finally, you will learn fast, effective Relapse Prevention Techniques for lasting change. Prepare to explore a revolutionary, paradoxical, and exciting new treatment based on the premise that depression and anxiety do not result from what’s wrong with you, but from what’s right with you!

In this workshop you will discover how to:
• Accurately track changes in symptoms from the start to the end of every session
• Accurately track therapist empathy at every session
• Avoid the “reverse hypnosis” that sabotages treatment
• Distinguish between Outcome and Process Resistance, the two roadblocks to successful therapy
• Use the elements of the TEAM—T = testing, E = empathy, A = Assessment of resistance and M = Methods—to bring about high-speed change
• Quickly melt away client resistance
• Crush the negative thoughts that cause depression and anxiety
• Conquer your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt and leave the workshop feeling great!

Bringing TEAM-CBT to Life in Real Time
by David D. Burns, MD

A Half-Day Live Therapy Demonstration on Wed, April 7, 2021

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8:15 AM to 12:15 PM West Coast Time / 4 CE credits

Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates, Vancouver, CA

Workshop Description

Live therapy demonstrations with audience volunteers have always been one my most illuminating and helpful teaching tools. You get to see, in real time, what works, and what doesn’t work, and why. In addition, when you see rapid changes in the person I am working with, you will gain a far deeper appreciation of how therapy actually works, and what genuine recovery means.

In this workshop, you will have the unique opportunity to go behind closed doors and see how TEAM-CBT actually works with someone who is struggling with feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. When you witness the rapid transformation of feelings of sadness and anxiety into feelings of joy, relief, and enlightenment, you will feel much better about your own flaws, and you will discover some awesome new tools that can improve your clinical outcomes. This promises to be an exciting, educational and inspirational experience!

It may be a little scary for all of us, because I will be working with someone I don’t know, live and in real time! No role-playing here! At the same time, the learning potential will be considerable.

Approximately two hours will be devoted to the actual therapy demonstration, including teaching points as the session evolves, and approximately two hours will be devoted to the discussion and exercises following the demonstration to help you master key techniques that can greatly improve your clinical work as well as your own feelings of self-esteem.

Topics will include:
1. The benefits of Testing.
2. What’s my grade? How to get perfect empathy ratings the first time you meet with a new patient.
3. How to melt away therapeutic resistance for rapid change.
4. How to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
5. The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
6. The cause of nearly all therapeutic failure.
7. The keys to effective Relapse Prevention Training (RPT)

Feeling Great: You Can CHANGE the Way You FEEL!
by David D. Burns, MD

April 21, 2021 (90 minutes)

Sponsored by Jack Hirose and Associates

Workshop Description

TEAM-CBT is a new, exciting, fast-acting treatment for depression and anxiety that can greatly enhance your clinical skills and help with your own feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Dr. Burns will show seven brief video clips of a TEAM therapy session with a mental health professional struggling with nine years of intense depression, anxiety, guilt and anger following a horrific traumatic event involving her 12-year-old daughter.

By the end of the 90-minute session, her symptoms had disappeared entirely, and she actually felt euphoric.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
• Describe several benefits of session-by-session testing
• Describe several tools to eliminate therapeutic resistance
• Describe several common cognitive distortions
• Describe several tools to crush distorted thoughts

The Cognitive Distortion Starter Kit
by David Burns, MD

A One-Day Workshop on May 5, 2021

Click here for more information including registration!

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM West Coast Time: 7 CE Credits

Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates, Vancouver, CA

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn how to select the most effective treatment methods based on the distortions in your clients’ (or your own) negative thoughts. Dr. Burns will present many case examples and role play demonstrations to help you master powerful techniques that will boost your effectiveness in the treatment of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. You will also see inspiring and dramatic video clips from actual therapy sessions that will bring these new techniques to life.

You will learn how to crush each of the ten familiar cognitive distortions, with methods such as Positive Reframing, Best/Worst/Average, Be Specific, the Externalization of Voices, Let’s Define Terms, the Socratic Technique, the Survey Technique, the Experimental Technique, Examine the Evidence, the Acceptance Paradox, the Feared Fantasy, and more.

Topics will include:
1. The benefits of Testing.
2. How to use Worst, Best, Average for thoughts that include Overgeneralization and Labeling
3. How to use Be Specific
4. How to use Let’s Define Terms
5. Several techniques to melt away therapeutic resistance for rapid change.
6. Techniques to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
7. How to identify Self-Defeating Beliefs with the Downward Arrow Technique.
8. The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
9. How to do the Paradoxical Cost-Benefit Analysis to reduce intense self-criticisms.
10. How to use the Feared Fantasy Technique to reduce feelings of shame.
11. The keys to effective Relapse Prevention Training (RPT)

Bringing TEAM-CBT to Life in Real Time
Two Live Therapy Demonstrations with Dr. David Burns

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:30 PM PACIFIC TIME ON SATURDAY 5/15/21. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Live Online Workshop with David Burns, MD and Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

Click here for more information including registration!

May 16, 2021 | 7 CE hours. $135

Sponsored by the Feeling Good Institute

Workshop Description

This workshop will feature two live therapy demonstrations with audience volunteers who have been struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. Live therapy demonstrations have always been one of our most illuminating and helpful teaching tools. You get to see, in real time, what works, and what doesn’t work, and why. In addition, when you see rapid changes in the person we are working with, you will gain a far deeper appreciation of how the new TEAM-CBT therapy model actually works, and what genuine recovery means.

This workshop will give you the unique opportunity to go behind closed doors to watch two expert clinicians working in real time. When you witness the transformation of feelings of sadness and anxiety into feelings of joy, relief, and enlightenment, you will feel much better about your own flaws, and you will discover some awesome new tools that can improve your clinical outcomes. This promises to be an exciting, educational and inspirational experience!

Jill and I will be working with two volunteer therapists that we don’t know, live and in real time! No role-playing here!

Approximately two hours will be devoted to each therapy session demonstration, including teaching points as the session evolves. This will be followed by discussion and exercises to help you master key techniques that can greatly improve your clinical work as well as your own feelings of self-esteem.

Topics will include:
1. The benefits of Testing.
2. What’s my grade? How to get perfect empathy ratings the first time you meet with a new patient.
3. How to melt away therapeutic resistance for rapid change.
4. How to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
5. The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
6. The cause of nearly all therapeutic failure.
7. The keys to effective Relapse Prevention Training (RPT)

Bringing TEAM-CBT to Life in Real Time
Two Live Therapy Demonstrations with Dr. David Burns

REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5:30 PM PACIFIC TIME ON SATURDAY 5/15/21. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Live Online Workshop with David Burns, MD and Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

Click here for more information including registration!

May 16, 2021 | 7 CE hours. $135

Sponsored by the Feeling Good Institute

Workshop Description

This workshop will feature two live therapy demonstrations with audience volunteers who have been struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. Live therapy demonstrations have always been one of our most illuminating and helpful teaching tools. You get to see, in real time, what works, and what doesn’t work, and why. In addition, when you see rapid changes in the person we are working with, you will gain a far deeper appreciation of how the new TEAM-CBT therapy model actually works, and what genuine recovery means.

This workshop will give you the unique opportunity to go behind closed doors to watch two expert clinicians working in real time. When you witness the transformation of feelings of sadness and anxiety into feelings of joy, relief, and enlightenment, you will feel much better about your own flaws, and you will discover some awesome new tools that can improve your clinical outcomes. This promises to be an exciting, educational and inspirational experience!

Jill and I will be working with two volunteer therapists that we don’t know, live and in real time! No role-playing here!

Approximately two hours will be devoted to each therapy session demonstration, including teaching points as the session evolves. This will be followed by discussion and exercises to help you master key techniques that can greatly improve your clinical work as well as your own feelings of self-esteem.

Topics will include:
1. The benefits of Testing.
2. What’s my grade? How to get perfect empathy ratings the first time you meet with a new patient.
3. How to melt away therapeutic resistance for rapid change.
4. How to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
5. The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
6. The cause of nearly all therapeutic failure.
7. The keys to effective Relapse Prevention Training (RPT)

The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference (described above) may be repeated live in December 2021.
Keep posted for details.

Workshop Endorsements

– Incredible training.  The best workshop I have ever attended.  David is a compassionate, extremely knowledgeable teacher and psychiatrist.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed!  Marilyn Coffy, PhD

-The following are unsolicited anonymous comments from participants on the 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.

-The following is an unsolicited endorsement for one of the online workshops by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt.

This was my second online workshop with Drs. Burns and Levitt, and I must say that I was extremely satisfied with both of these fantastic training programs. The workshop this last Sunday was brilliantly conducted, and the learning experience was awesome.

It was amazing to see how they managed to include so much in just seven hours! But it didn’t even feel heavy.

I strongly recommend these workshops to every therapist all over the world! I do not want to miss a single one of these.

Dipti Joshi

-The following are from participants who attended my two-day “Scared Stiff” workshop.

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

-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

-The following feedback was from participants in my first online webinar series.

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!!!!! I have had many 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!

Cheers,

Shahrzad Irannejad, PhD, Psychologist

-Hi Dr. Burns,

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)

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Dr. Burns Upcoming 2020 Workshops

  • The Cognitive Distortion Starter Kit

    By David Burns, MD
    A One-Day Workshop on November 13, 2020
    8:30 AM to 4:45 PM Eastern Time: 7 CE Credits
    Sponsored by J&K Seminars, Lancaster, PA

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