Certification Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION PROCESS

How do I apply for Certification?

Review the TEAM Certification Requirements and Rewards (Overview Sheet) to verify you have met necessary requirements.  You can apply for Level 1 and 2 online.  For Levels 3 and 4, please download, print, and complete the appropriate application forms.

Where do I send my application?

If submitting paper applications, please send one packet with all application materials to: Angela Krumm, PhD, Feeling Good Institute, 2660 Solace Place, Suite A, Mountain View, CA 94040. Please do not require a signature on your packet at the time of delivery. Alternatively, you can scan all items into a single document and email to 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.

LICENSURE STATUS

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., coaches, faith-based organization counselors) are welcome to participate in all trainings and apply for certification. They will be granted access to our Certification listserv, provided a Certificate of Achievement, and welcomed to all TEAM-CBT trainings. However, only individuals who hold a license (or the equivalent of a license in countries outside of the USA) as a mental health or medical professional will be listed on our public directory.

AFTER SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

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.

PURCHASING THE EBOOK AND TOOLKIT

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.

FINDING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

How can I find a 1:1 Trainer?
All “Level 5, Master Trainers” and “Level 4 Trainers” listed here can 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.

What are the fees for 1:1 Training?
Trainers establish their own hourly fees for training. Please use our Off Site Certified Clinicians and Trainers list to choose a trainer and inquire about fees and availability. Some may list this information on their websites.

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.

TESTING FORMS

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.

How do I use the “Rating of Therapy Sessions” (RTS) form and where can I find it?
The RTS was developed in 2013 to invite clinicians to rate their own skills as they review a specific therapy session. Clinician’s are asked to self-reflect and document to what degree they skillfully utilized various aspects of TEAM therapy. This form can be highly useful in conducting a self-assessment of clinical work. We encourage all clinicians to use the form. Submitting RTS forms is required with the Level 3 and Level 4 applications. Note the RTS is not required with forms for Level 2. The RTS is a new form, not yet included in the Therapist Toolkit. It can be acquired from your individual trainer or by emailing certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com

What is the Documentation of Testing Scores (DTS) form and where can I find it?
This DTS is used to report scores for the purpose of Certification at Levels 3 and 4. Note the DTS is not required for the Level 2 application. The DTS summarizes your scores on the Brief Mood Surveys (BMS), Evaluation of Therapy Session (ETS), and Rating of Therapy Sessions (RTS) forms. The DTS can be acquired by emailing certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com

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

How do I prepare for the Level 3 Exam?
To prepare for the Level 3 exam, you need to receive approval from a Level 4 Trainer or Level 5/Master Clinician (who is familiar with your skills). When this has occurred, please request the exam content and format from FGI (certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com). The information will include a description of the exact skills you will be asked to demonstrate. Most people who have successfully passed the test have chosen to prepare by participating in practice exams with peers or through paid 1:1 training (with a Level 4 or Level 5 Trainer).

How do I schedule the Level 3 Exam?
The exam will be administered by two Trainers (Level 4 or Level 5). 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. When you are ready to schedule, you can contact FGI (certification@feelinggoodinstitute.com) to request to be assigned to examiners. After receiving the names and contact information of the examiners, please contact them to schedule a one-hour slot for the exam and a brief feedback session (15-20 minutes) to receive formative feedback from one or both examiners.

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.

REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION

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”.

ANNUAL DUES

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.

DISCLAIMERS

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.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Who do I contact with additional questions?
Please direct questions to Angela Krumm, PhD, at angela@feelinggoodinstitute.com

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