FGI Mike Christensen Circle-01Course meets 13 Mondays starting 9/14/20 – 4:00-5:45pm PST (7:00-8:45pm EST)
This comprehensive 12 week (plus free mandatory intro meeting) 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 materials – ORDER FORM)
 – Offers 21 CE hours*. Please note: attendance at all 13 sessions and completion of CE survey after this course is required to receive CE certificate of completion. Therapist level: beginner through advanced.

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This course is designed to help you:

1. Collect and review patients’ self report data in order to improve therapy outcomes and strengthen the therapeutic alliance
2. Utilize advanced empathy skills to connect with more challenging patients doing CBT.
3. Apply “the five secrets of effective communication” with your patients to improve your therapeutic alliance and improve CBT outcomes.
4. Describe “the five steps of agenda setting” to address and decrease resistance in CBT
5. Demonstrate the “Invitation” step
6. Use the “Specificity” step to keep therapy on track
7. Recognize several different common forms of resistance
8. Describe the magic button and magic dial techniques to reduce resistance and boost motivation
9. Use Daily Mood Logs effectively
10. Apply the Blame Cost/Benefit Analysis for use with relationship problems
11. Identify “tempting thoughts” and positive distortions in the treatment of habits and addictions
12. Utilize the recovery circle in selecting appropriate methods
13. Describe relapse prevention to prepare client for managing relapse
14. Use the “What if technique” to uncover anxiety provoking thoughts
15. Apply the “Double Standard technique” to generate positive thoughts that will counter a negative
16. Conceptualize the problem into one of four main areas (mood, relationship, habit/addiction, non-problem) to assist in dealing with resistance and guide method selection
17. Apply the “Examine the Evidence technique” to assist in generating positive/ more realistic thoughts
18. Apply dangling the carrot, sitting with open hands, and the gentle ultimatum to address process resistance

12 week Curriculum With Mike Christensen/Feeling Good Institute:

Participants wishing to get the very most out of the course, and apply the skills learned in it, more readily in their practice, may also want to purchase Dr. Burns “Therapists Toolkit” in addition to the required course materials.

Pre-course introduction session

Review Ring Central technology, expectations for group, introductions, Q and A regarding getting started, review use of “Group Trainer Rating Scale,” and intro to Empathy Training.

Session 1 

Review the TEAM-CBT model, including using measurement in CBT, advanced empathy skills training in CBT, 5 steps to melting away resistance in CBT, Setting up successful methods in CBT.  Model and practice going over a difficult previous session evaluation form (backside of BMS) using the five secrets of effective communication.  Participants will practice using role-play.

Session 2

Advanced empathy in CBT using 5 secrets of effective communication with difficult cases.  The hopeless, angry patient. Participants will practice using role-play and giving / getting detailed feedback on skills.

Session 3 

Advanced empathy skills practice for the meandering patient, followed by an introduction to the 5 steps to melting away resistance in CBT – agenda setting using the invitation and specificity skills.  Practice offering the invitation and specificity — give / get feedback on skills.

Session 4 

Five steps to melting away resistance in CBT — Agenda Setting. Conceptualization and Motivation steps. Review of conceptualization, and intro to Paradoxical Agenda Setting. Review of Outcome and Process resistance, what they are and how they are different. Examples of common forms of outcome and process resistance for depressed and anxious patients.  Group participate by giving patient examples, and listing types of resistances.

Session 5 

Eliciting and dealing with outcome resistance in CBT.  Miracle cure question, magic button, voicing the resistance, magic dial techniques. Group member offer example patient.  Group members learn and then practice these skills.

Session 6

Process resistance in CBT.  Sitting with open hands and the gentle ultimatum techniques. Group member offer example patient. Group members learn and then practice these skills.

Session 7 

Intro to the Daily Mood Log.  Integrate Agenda Setting with the DML. Review all steps of agenda setting.  Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 8 

Setting up successful methods in CBT. Using the Recovery Circle, the list of 50 techniques, and the DML.  Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 9 

Case consultation to illustrate all steps of the TEAM-CBT tool set using anxious or depressed patient example.  Group member(s) offer patient example. Group members learn and then practice TEAM-CBT skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 10

Methods Review. Start with a completed DML (all group members have a DML completed for sample patient) and review the recovery circle, practice selecting methods, and review several relevant methods.

Session 11 

Introduction to relationship work in CBT.  Using the Cost Benefit Analysis and the Revise Your Communication Skills Worksheet.  Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

Session 12 

Introduction to Addiction work – The Addiction / Habit Log and other methods to target habits and addictions, including procrastination, and over-eating. Group members learn and then practice these skills. Give and get detailed feedback.

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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.