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4 Day Intensive: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and TEAM Techniques

Presented by David Burns, M.D.

Monday, July 15, 2019 – Thursday, July 18, 2019  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Monday, July 15, 2019 – Thursday, July 18, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm (July 15 – 17)

8:30am – 2:30pm (July 18)

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Space is limited! Previous attendees qualify for a special rate $599.00!

Join Dr. David Burns this summer in Calgary, AB, for his fabulous four-day intensive on the treatment of depression and all of the anxiety disorders with advanced CBT and TEAM Therapy techniques. This intensive training offers unique and exciting learning opportunities.

Here’s why: The group size will be strictly limited, providing you with an intimate and interactive learning environment. After Dr. Burns describes and illustrates a technique, such as the Interpersonal Downward Arrow, Five Secrets of Effective Communication, Paradoxical Agenda Setting, Hidden Emotion, Externalization of Voices, or Acceptance Paradox, you will have the opportunity to break off into dyads and triads to practice the technique with colleagues and receive immediate and helpful feedback on how you did.

You will have chances to work on your own personal and professional issues as part of the learning process if you choose to do so. As therapists working in the trenches, most of us feel anxious, frustrated, ashamed, burned out, inadequate or demoralized from time to time. This personal “patient” experience will boost your morale and make these techniques jump to life for you on a much deeper level. You will learn how to transform your own angst into joy, and you will become a more sensitive and effective clinician as well.

In the past nine years, over 2000 therapists have attended Dr. Burns’ four-day intensives in Canada. Based on the many phenomenal participant testimonials we’ve received, I think it is safe to say that this promises be one of the most vibrant and inspirational training experiences of your career.

Complimentary Lunch on Day 1 & 3! 

We are pleased to offer attendees an optional complimentary lunch buffet on day 1 and day 3 of the intensive. Please note, this is for workshop attendees only.

What is TEAM-CBT?

TEAM-CBT is a transdiagnostic framework for conducting evidence-based therapy that includes four elements known to be related to positive treatment outcomes:

T = Testing: Self-report measurement of symptoms and the therapeutic alliance at every session with every patient

E = Empathy: Specific skills to help the therapist establish a warm therapeutic alliance and address alliance ruptures with each patient before proceeding to CBT Methods

A = Agenda Setting: Numerous tools to create a collaborative agenda with each patient and address motivation/reduce resistance to change before proceeding to CBT methods

M = Methods: 50+ cognitive and behavioral methods for different types of symptoms

For more information including a list of recent, peer-reviewed, relevant references that provide empirical support for each of the four aspects of the TEAM-CBT treatment/training framework please visit The Feeling Good Institute website.

Recommended Reading


Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Overview of TEAM-CBT

Live Therapy Video: “I’m a bad Mom!”

  • High-speed treatment of depression and anxiety
  • Positive Reframing

Advanced Empathy Training

  • The Five Secrets of Effective Communication
  • Common empathy errors

Healing Yourself, Part 1

  • The Daily Mood Log



Healing yourself, Part 2

  • Live TEAM-CBT Demonstration

Introduction to Paradoxical Agenda Setting

  • The Straightforward and Paradoxical Invitation
  • The Eight Forms of Therapeutic Resistance
  • Resistance Busting Techniques



Uncovering Techniques

  • Individual Downward Arrow
  • Interpersonal Downward Arrow
  • What-If Technique
  • Hidden Emotion Technique

Healing Yourself, Part 3

  • Externalization of Voices

Truth-Based Techniques

Behavioral Techniques

Motivational Techniques

Logic-Based Techniques

Semantic Techniques



Paradoxical Double Standard

Treatment of Habits and Addictions

  • Overeating / Binge Eating
  • Procrastination

Exposure Techniques

  • Classical, Cognitive, Interpersonal

Relapse Prevention Training

Learning Objectives

Day 1 – Monday, July 15, 2019

  • 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 – Tuesday, July 16, 2019

  • 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 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  • 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 – Thursday, July 18, 2019

  • 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)
  • 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

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

To make a reservation, please call 1.877.769.2562 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

For December bookings we suggest that the guest contact the hotel directly to book at the reduced rate of $114.00 plus tax on weekdays/ $94.00 plus tax on weekends

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

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 $825 $845
Group 3-7 $805 $825
Group 8-14 $785 $805
Group 15+ $765 $785
Full-time Student $765 $785

Those who have previously attended a Burns 4 Day CBT Intensive with Jack Hirose & Associates are eligible for a special rate of $599.00. Please email registration@jackhirose.com.

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

Early bird cutoff date: July 1, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, July 1, 2019.

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