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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and T.E.A.M. Techniques

4-Day Summer Intensive

Presented by David Burns, M.D.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Friday, July 6, 2018  |  , ,

Date & Location

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Friday, July 6, 2018

8:30am – 4:30pm (July 3-5)

8:30am – 2:30pm (July 6)

Whistler Convention Centre

4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

Phone Number: 604.938.2770
Website: http://meetings.whistler.com/conference_centre/

If you require a shuttle service from YVR to Whistler, please use the following information for 15% off:

Promo code: WhistlerJHA
Valid dates: July 1 – July 7

Email: info@pacificcoach.com
Fax: 604.681.4634
Telephone: 1.800.661.1725 or 604.662.7575

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Jack Hirose and Associates has proudly sponsored many of Dr. David Burns’ two-day workshops over the past 17 years and during the past 9 years over 2000 therapists have attended Dr. Burns four-day CBT intensives in Canada. The intensives will allow time for practice, individual attention, and exploring relevant personal and professional issues. He can describe it better than we can, so here’s his personal invitation to you.

I have loved doing workshops throughout the United States and Canada over the past 15 years, and am grateful to the many thousands of mental health professionals who have attended and participated in them. However, I have concerns that although a two-day program may inspire the participants, it may not provide the hands on training, supervision, and practice that are necessary to use these techniques effectively in real-world settings. That’s why I was thrilled when Jack Hirose offered me the opportunity to do the four-day intensive workshop in Whistler in the summer of 2018.

The 4-Day Intensive Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will differ from my one day or two-day workshops in several ways. First, the number of participants will be smaller than my usual workshops, leading to a much more intimate learning environment. You will get the chance to interact with me and with your colleagues in a friendly learning environment.

Second, after I describe and illustrate a technique, such as the Interpersonal Downward Arrow, the Five Secrets of Effective Communication, Paradoxical Agenda Setting, Relationship Journal, or Externalization of Voices and Acceptance Paradox, you will have the opportunity to break off into dyads and triads to actually practice and master each technique.

Third, you will have the chance to work on some of your own issues as part of the learning process if you choose to do so. We’re all human, and we all have the tendency to feel anxious, frustrated, ashamed, inadequate, or demoralized in the course of our work, which is inherently stressful and challenging. Although this will not be a therapy group, but a training workshop, the personal “patient” experience can make these techniques far more meaningful, and will make you a more sensitive and effective clinician.

Working on so-called “counter-transference” feelings has always been an important part of the psychotherapeutic tradition. It also has a spiritual basis: “Physician, heal thyself.” I will not be looking for deep, personal issues you might be reluctant to share in a public setting, but rather the kinds of problems we all encounter on a daily basis in our clinical work with clients who are angry, mistrustful, or profoundly depressed. Fourth, we will cover a broad range of topics, including how to deal with: Depression and Low Self-esteem; Anxiety Disorders; Relationship Problems & Addictions.

This is important because patients rarely come to us with one specific problem, like “Panic Disorder.” They nearly always suffer in many different ways, so we need a broad range of tools to be effective if we are to treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom.

Finally, we will work much harder, from early morning until late in the afternoon, giving the word “intensive” real meaning. They have been the most vibrant and inspirational teaching experiences I have ever had. There is no comparison, really, with one of my large, two-day workshops. I warmly invite you to attend the Intensive in Whistler, BC if you possibly can. It promises to be one of the best learning opportunities of your career.

– David Burns, M.D.


Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1: JULY 3, 2018

7:30am – 8:30am (Continental Breakfast)

Morning Session
8:30am – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15am – 10:30am)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm (lunch not provided)

Bonus Lunch Hour Session
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Afternoon Session 
1:00pm – 4:30pm (Break 2:15pm – 2:30pm)


DAY 2: JULY 4, 2018

Morning Session
8:30am – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15am – 10:30am)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm (lunch not provided)

Bonus Lunch Hour Session
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Afternoon Session 
1:00pm – 4:30pm (Break 2:15pm – 2:30pm)


DAY 3: JULY 5, 2018

Morning Session
8:30am – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15am – 10:30am)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm (lunch not provided)

Bonus Lunch Hour Session
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Afternoon Session 
1:00pm – 4:30pm (Break 2:15pm – 2:30pm)


DAY 4: JULY 6, 2018

Morning Session
8:30am – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15am – 10:30am)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm (lunch not provided)

Afternoon Session 
1:00pm – 2:30pm

2:30pm (Pick Up Certificates)

Learning Objectives

Day 1 – JULY 3, 2018

  • Countertransference from a cognitive perspective
  • T = Testing
  • How to take a world-class clinical history
  • Quick, easy, accurate diagnostic techniques
  • How to use the EASY Diagnostic System
  • How to assess therapeutic empathy and helpfulness
  • How to assess suicidal urges
  • E = Empathy
  • The Five Secrets of Effective
  • Communication
  • How to transform therapeutic failure into success


Day 2 – JULY 4, 2018

  • A = Agenda Setting
  • The five steps in Agenda Setting
  • Becoming the voice of the patient’s resistance
  • How to diagnose and overcome the 8 types of therapeutic resistance
  • M = Methods
  • How to develop a Daily Mood Log
  • Common therapeutic errors, and how to avoid them
  • The Recovery Circle
  • Failing as Fast as You Can
  • Why manualized therapy will never be effective
  • How to individualize the treatment
  • How to select the most effective techniques for each patient
  • Diagnosing and Reversing
  • Therapeutic Failure
  • The Therapist’s Report Card


Day 3 – JULY 5, 2018

  • Mastering Specific Techniques
  • The Individual Downward Arrow
  • The Interpersonal Downward Arrow
  • The Hidden Emotion Technique
  • Motivational Techniques
  • The Cost-Benefit Analyses
  • Straightforward CBA
  • Paradoxical CBA
  • The Decision-Making Form
  • The Devil’s Advocate Technique
  • The Anti-Procrastination Sheet
  • The Double-Standard Technique
  • The Externalization of Voices
  • Truth-Based Techniques
  • The Experimental Technique
  • The Survey Technique
  • Humor-Based Techniques
  • Shame-Attacking Exercises
  • Relapse Prevention Techniques


Day 4 – July 20, 2017

  • Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy: “And It’s All Your Fault!”
  • Individual vs. Interpersonal Therapy
  • Why CBT Won’t Work for Relationship Problems
  • How to develop an agenda for patients with Interpersonal problems
  • The most common therapeutic error of all—and how to stop making it!
  • Ten GOOD Reasons to Maintain
  • Conflict and Resist Intimacy
  • The Relationship CBA
  • The Relationship Journal
  • The Five Secrets Revisited
  • Role-Playing and
  • Experiential Techniques
  • The Intimacy Exercise

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

David Burns, M.D.

David Burns, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also has served as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medicine School and Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Burns has authored six books on cognitive behavior therapy including his best-selling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980), which has sold over four million copies. In a national survey, Feeling Good was rated #1 – from a list of over 1,000 self-help books – and is the most frequently recommended book by mental health professionals in the United States and Canada for clients suffering from depression. His most current work is titled When Panic Attacks.

Although he is best known for his work on psychotherapy, Dr. Burns has also done significant research on the central nervous system and received the A.E. Bennett Award for his studies of serotonin metabolism. Currently he is investigating variables associated with therapeutic success or failure. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Burns is a dynamic and engaging educator. Every year, thousands of mental health professionals attend his workshops. Dr. Burns also maintains a strong interest in public education. He was recently featured in a ninety minute PBS special on depression and received the Distinquished Contribution to Psychology through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1995.




“This was an excellent workshop and valuable for many professions. Please keep bringing CBT workshops to Alberta! The workshop was both professionally and personally helpful, and powerful, and enlightening.” 
– Sara Maraj | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“So great. Learned a huge amount. I am a somatic focused practitioner and have been resistant to working with CBT. This has definitely opened a huge doorway of interest. Thank you.”
– Richmond, BC | July 6-9, 2016


“Outstanding. Dr. Burns is competent, knowledgeable, and very practical. More than that, he is wonderfully human. His ability to bring himself and his own vulnerabilities into the room super infused this conference.” 
– Dave Flynn | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“David Burns is extremely knowledgeable, an effective presenter and an expert in his field. The workshop has exceeded my expectations. Thank You!” 
– Mayes Pillay | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017


“Dr. Burns was great. Exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting so much interaction. Going form the pages of the Feeling Good Handbook and 10 Days to Self-Esteem to 3D in person has been so much more helpful for me.”
– Murray Walters | Banff, AB | July 17-20, 2017

“Overall, very well done. I appreciated David taking these techniques and humanizing them. Makes me excited to get back to work and start using some of these techniques and start practicing to hone in on my skills. I would definitely attend another workshop provided by David Burns. So refreshing to see him take such an interest in his patients and their overall care.”
– Edmonton, AB | June 6-7, 2016


“Dr. Burns is a warm, humble man. I love his down-to-earth approach, his humour and his personable manner. I loved the role-plays. I can use those in my sessions. He is an expert in this field and it comes across in his workshops.”
– Megan Pomore | London, England | April 30-May 1, 2015


Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Delta Whistler Village Suites

4308 Main St, Whistler, BC

phone:  604.905.3987

website:  www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ysewv-delta-hotels-whistler-village-suites/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

If you require a shuttle service from YVR to Whistler, please use the following information for 15% off:

Promo code: WhistlerJHA
Valid dates: July 1 – July 7

Email: info@pacificcoach.com
Fax: 604.681.4634
Telephone: 1.800.661.1725 or 604.662.7575

July 2 – 6, 2018

Standard Room: $239 + tax

Release Date: May 2, 2018 

To make a reservation, please refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate. Alternatively, please click here to make a reservation online.

*Please book early to reserve your space! This workshop takes place during Whistler’s high season, ALL recommended accommodation will sell out. 

The Executive Hotels & Resorts offers the best rate for the rooms that are availableFor more information please click the following links: 

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Executive Hotels & Resorts – Call 604.932.3200 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate code: HOT.

Alternate Options (no discount/ not affiliated):

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $799 $819
Group 3-7 $759 $779
Group 8-14 $729 $749
Group 15+ $699 $719
Full-time Student $699 $719

Those who have previously attended a Burns 4 Day CBT Intensive with Jack Hirose & Associates are eligible for a special rate of $499. Please email registration@jackhirose.com.

For more information on Student Rates, click here

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: June 19, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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