Certification Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for Certification?

Calculate your Units for training received using the Certification Units Table. Review the Certification Requirements to determine number of Units and other requirements for each level. After you have met full criteria, apply online. If you need a paper application , please email certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com

How do I pay the application fees?
Application fees can be paid online. If you are using a paper based application, you can choose to follow the instructions on the application to submit a check or credit card information.


Certification is not open to the general public. Certification is primarily intended for licensed mental health and medical professionals. Individuals who are pursuing licenses (e.g., students, trainees) or are working as counselors without a license (e.g., certified personal or professional coaches, faith-based organization counselors, counselors in countries without licensing requirements) are welcome to apply for certification at levels 1-3. Trainer levels (4 & 5) are reserved for individuals who hold licenses in mental health or medical fields.

Certified individuals are fully responsible for honest listing of their licensure and other qualifications to provide treatment. Certification does not substitute for comprehensive training in mental health or medical treatment.


How long will it take to process my application?
Application processing requires between 2-4 weeks. When your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming your application status. Unfortunately, we cannot send out confirmation emails when applications are first received.

When will my referral information be posted on the Feeling Good Institute website?
Referral information is updated every 1-2 months. Depending on the time you submit your application, it may take up to 2 months to have your information posted on the website.


What is the Ebook and where can I purchase it?
The Ebook is Dr. Burn’s interactive psychotherapy training manual. You can order it using this form on his website. Questions about the Ebook or purchasing process should be directed to Dr. Burns through his website.

What is the Therapist Toolkit and where can I purchase it?
The Therapist Toolkit is David Burn’s package of assessment and treatment tools for TEAM Therapy. You can order it on his website at this link. Questions about the Therapist Toolkit or purchasing process should be directed to Dr. Burns through his website.


How can I find a 1:1 Trainer and what are the fees?
All “Level 5, Master Trainers” and “Level 4 Trainers” listed on the public directory may provide 1:1 training to folks pursuing Levels 1 through 3. Persons pursuing Level 4 or Level 5 Certification should work with a “Level 5, Master Trainer.”  You may contact any trainer to inquire about training fees and availability or email angela@feelinggoodinstitute.com to request access to an updated list of trainer rates.

How do I join a Training Group?
Training Groups that are led by a “Master Clinician” or “Level 4” Trainer count toward certification hours. Training groups are offered live and via web-based video format. A list of online training groups and detailed information can be found here. A list of training groups that are live (not online) and scattered around the USA can be found here.

If I attend a training group led by someone who is not Level 4 Certified, can I count the hours?
We encourage all persons to form practice groups to improve their TEAM therapy skills. However, in order to maintain quality control of TEAM training, only groups led by Level 4 Trainers can count toward certification. Exceptions may be granted if the leader is pursuing Level 4 Certification and is receiving consultation from a Certified TEAM Trainer. Please inquire about exceptions by contacting Angela Krumm(certification@feelinggoodinsitute.com). If you are interested in starting a training group, and would like mentorship, you are welcome to contact any Master Clinician or Level 4 Trainer to seek consultation.

How do I find workshops hosted at FGI in Mountain View, CA?
Workshops are regularly offered in the Mountain View, CA area. Please see this link.

How do I find workshops led by Dr. Burns throughout Canada?
Dr Burns regularly travels to Canada to provide TEAM model workshops. The workshops are listed with Jack Hirose & Associates at this link. These workshops are not hosted by FGI, but do count toward certification.

How do I find workshops led by David Burns throughout the USA and other countries?
Dr Burns regularly travels throughout the USA to provide TEAM model workshops. Workshops are listed on his website. These workshops are not hosted by FGI, but do count toward certification.

Are workshops available outside of the USA and Canada?
Dr. Burns may be contacted to inquire if he will provide a workshop in your area. Additionally, any Master Clinician or Level 4 Trainer can be hired to host a TEAM Model workshop.

Where can I find home study courses?

A listing of home study courses are at this link. Note these are not hosted by Feeling Good Institute. Please direct questions about these courses to the hosting agency.


Where can I access the Brief Mood Survey (BMS) and Evaluation of Therapy Survey (ETS) forms?
These forms are only available in the Therapist Toolkit. The Therapist Toolkit is exclusively for sale from Dr. Burns and can be purchased via the order form via this link.

Is Certification dependent on my scores on the BMS and ETS?
We believe that testing with clients is an important way to understand your client’s progress and improve your relationship with your client. Your scores on these forms do not impact whether you receive certification.

I work in a setting where it is difficult to use testing. Can I still pursue certification?
We believe that testing is an integral part of TEAM therapy. We also understand that clinicians may experience limitations that may make routine testing difficult. Please contact Angela Krumm (certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com) to inquire about special exceptions.

Level 3 Exam Readiness and Testing Process

How do I prepare for the Level 3 Exam?
Level 2 Certified clinicians interested in preparing for the exam should seek consultation from a Level 4 or 5 Trainer to help determine their readiness to prepare for the Level 3 exam. Upon receiving this approval, please request a copy of the exam content from FGI (angela@feelinggoodinstitute.com). The information will include a description of the exact skills you will be asked to demonstrate. All individuals who have passed the exam have either received 1:1 training (specifically focused on practicing the exam skills) or participated in a Level 3 Preparation group (called “Advanced TEAM-CBT Training Group Toward Level 3 Certification”). Note that meeting the basic requirements of 12 certification units does not guarantee readiness to pass the test. That is, the minimum requirements for Level 3 are rarely adequate to pass the exam. Approval of a Level 4 or 5 Trainer is required to apply for Level 3. The training offering approval needs to be adequately familiar with your clinical skills to attest to a.) your readiness to pass the exam and b.) your understanding of the nuances involved in each skill tested. You will list the trainer offering approval on your Level 3 application.

How do I schedule the Level 3 Exam?
After you have received approval to take the Level 3 Exam, you may fill out the Level 3 online application and pay the application fee. Doing so will initiate your request to schedule the exam. After your application has been processed, you will be contacted and provided the names of two volunteer examiners who work together to administer your exam. You must work with examiners who have not served as your 1:1 Trainer. The exam may occur in person or via web-based video communication.

Are there fees for the Level 3 Exam?
The previous exam fees to take the Level 3 exam have been removed. (Note that a Level 3 Application fee remains in place.) The Level 4 and Level 5 Trainers have generously donated their time to conduct exams for free. There may be a fee, to cover the examiners time, if you need to re-take the exam due to failure to pass or if you cancel the exam at the last minute.

What if I do not pass the Level 3 Exam?
The exam is intended to be both evaluative and formative. If you do not pass the exam at the first administration, you are encouraged to begin receiving the support needed to successfully re-take the exam. Generally, the best method of preparation is to receive 1:1 training from a Level 4 or Level 5 Trainer. Please click here to review the exam re-take policy.


Are there requirements to maintain certification across time?
We encourage all clinicians to actively maintain their TEAM therapy skills through ongoing training and practice. Level 1 and 2 clinicians have no requirement for maintenance of their certification. That is, Level 1 and 2 certification does not have an end date and nothing is needed to renew certification. Levels 3-5 require ongoing documentation of training or progress toward the next level of certification. Each five years you will be prompted, via email, to submit a short summary of training experiences obtained since certification. Please carefully review the exact requirements for maintaining certification that are listed in the document titled “Maintenance of Certification Requirements”.


Maintenance of Certification Requirements(v.2019.6)
Are there fees to remain active? Annual dues are only applicable at Level 1. While Level 1 certification status is life-long, ongoing listing on the FGI website and participation on the FGI listserv requires a $50 yearly fee. Clinicians who advance to Level 2 and beyond no longer pay annual dues.


Training received by a TEAM Trainer (in individual or group format) does not constitute clinical supervision; that is, neither the Trainer or Feeling Good Institute assume responsibility for your clinical work.  Feeling Good Institute is not responsible for the quality of the clinical treatment you provide. Certification is only a documentation of training received. It is not the equivalent of licensure in any medical or mental health field.


Who do I contact with additional questions?
Please direct questions to certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com

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