Wednesdays starting September 16th 2020, 9:30am-11:15am PST (12:30-2:15pm EST) 21 CE hours* Please note: This class will NOT meet on 11/25/20 due to Thanksgiving.

This comprehensive 12 week CBT course uses a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with emphasis on skill building of therapy tools and techniques for CBT. Completion of this course meets criteria for TEAM Therapy Level 1 Certification, or partial criteria for Level 2 or 3 Certification  (Level 1, Item 1.d. Level 2, Items 1.a. or 1.c. Level 3, Item 1.a.).
Cost: $720 (price doesn’t include required $99 course materialsORDER FORM) – Offers 21 CE hours*. Please note: attendance at all 12 sessions and completion of CE survey is required in order to receive the CE certificate of completion.

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After attending this course, you will be able to:

1. Collect and review children and adolescents’ self report data in order to improve therapy outcomes and strengthen the therapeutic alliance
2. Create an effective intake process with children/adolescent patients and their families
3. Apply empathy techniques including “the five secrets of effective communication” in interactions with young patients and their family members to improve your connection
4. Describe “the five steps of agenda setting” to address and reduce resistance in CBT with children and adolescents
5. Demonstrate the “Invitation” step with young patients
6. Use the “Specificity” step to keep therapy on track
7. Recognize several different forms of resistance that are common with children/adolescent patients
8. Describe the use of “Paradoxical Agenda Setting” to reduce resistance in CBT with children and adolescents
9. Explain the idea “we feel the way we think” in child-friendly language
10. Use thought logs effectively for cognitive techniques including “The Daily Mood Log” and “The List of 50 techniques” with children and adolescents
11. Change facts/thoughts into negative thoughts that can be worked on
12. Explain the idea of cognitive distortions to children and adolescents
13. Set-up a recovery circle to use with children and adolescents
14. Describe the use of social skills training and exposure therapy with socially anxious children and adolescents
15. Teach children and adolescents how to do smile and hello practice
16. Teach children and adolescents to use the five secrets of effective communication to improve their communication or deal with bullies
17. Screen for drug/alcohol use in adolescents
18. Identify “tempting thoughts” in the case of habits and addictions

Course curriculum:


Session 1

Review course technology. Introductions. Use of “Group Trainer Rating Scale.” Overview of TEAM-CBT. Discussion of conducting videotherapy with children and adolescents.

Session 2

Empathy. Connecting with children and adolescents using empathy tools. Tools for helping parents learn to use empathy tools with their children. Practice using empathy tools.


Session 3

How to integrate empathy into testing. Tools to help kids and parents identify and track their symptoms. How to effectively use empathy skills to review testing. Cost benefit analysis of blame and anger in the parent-child relationship.

Session 4

Structuring the intake with children, adolescents, and families. How to set ground rules and expectations, goal setting with patient and family. How to set up CBT with kids and teens to maximize success. Introduction to intensive therapy for children and adolescents.

Session 5

More on the intake.  Difficult issues that come up when working with children, adolescents, and their parents (including videotherapy, safety concerns, how present parents should be in treatment, sex, drugs, and motivation). 


Session 6

Introduction to the 5 steps to melting away resistance and increasing motivation in CBT with parents, children and adolescents (both during intake and during therapy).  Overview of Outcome and Process resistance, what they are and how they are different. Teach and practice process resistance tools (dangle the carrot, gentle ultimatum, sitting with open hands, and the fall back position) Practice role play and feedback. 


Session 7

Reviewing the NEW child DML.  Integrate agenda setting with the DML (teach and practice miracle cure, magic button, acid test, voicing the resistance, positive reframe, and magic dial). Review cognitive distortions using the DML, examples provided for cognitive distortions in child/adolescent-friendly language. Detective thinking worksheet. Group members learn and practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 8

Setting up successful CBT methods. Learn to target methods appropriate to children/adolescents. How to amend current methods to work more effectively with children (some include: externalization of voices, examine the evidence, worry breaks, survey technique, semantic method, reattribution, double standard). 

Session 9

Continuation of setting up successful CBT methods. Using the Recovery Circle, the list of 50 techniques, and the DML. Group members learn and practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback. Review other resources to use with children/adolescents. Book recommendations/resources.

Session 10

Social skills training. How to help your child/adolescent patients feel more comfortable socially. Topics include: Dating, social interactions with peers, school refusal, navigating social scenes. Techniques include: spotlight fallacy, shame attacking exercises, David Letterman technique, smile and hello practice, flirting training, assertiveness training, eye contact and body posturing, creating a team approach, grooming, DHV-ing, 20 qualities in an ideal mate, relapse prevention.

Session 11

Introduction to Addictions/Habits/Procrastination – The Addiction/Habit Log, The Devil’s Advocate Technique and other methods to target habits and addictions (examples will include procrastination, difficulty with homework, technology habits, etc). TIC-TOC method. Group members learn and practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback. Live personal work, come prepared if you would like to do personal work.

Session 12

Positive parenting strategies and navigating technology within the family.

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*The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course has been approved by FGI as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 21 CEs. NAADAC Provider #149212. The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6750. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. FGI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This organization (Feeling Good Institute, #1442) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/30/2018-05/30/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 21 Social Work continuing education clock hours. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the workshop survey. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at maor@feelinggoodinstitute.com.