Multi-week live online course

Melting Away Resistance in CBT

This 4-week course on resistance and motivation uses a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with emphasis on skill building of therapy tools and techniques.

Jill Levitt, Ph.D.


4 Fridays (Dec 10&17, 2021 &, Jan 7&14, 2022 | 9-10:45am Pacific Time (12-1:45pm ET)

Offers 7 CE Hours*

Provides 8 TEAM-CBT Units towards Level 1, 2 or 3 Certification

Therapist level: beginner through advanced.

Need-based scholarships available. Email to apply

Course Overview

Melting Away Resistance in CBT. Powerful tools to boost motivation and get unstuck with the most challenging patients. A practical 4-week live online course for therapists with Jill Levitt, Ph.D. This 4 week course on resistance and motivation uses a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with emphasis on skill building of therapy tools and techniques.

Attendance at all 4 sessions and completion of CE survey after this course is required to receive CE certificate of completion.

Completion of this course provides units towards Level 1, 2, or 3 TEAM-CBT certification. Note, there are additional requirements for Level 2 and 3 Certification which can be found on the Certification Requirements Table. 


Learning Objectives

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the five steps of agenda setting
  2. Issue an invitation to your patients
  3. Utilize the specificity step to stay on track with elusive patients
  4. Describe the difference between outcome resistance and process resistance
  5. Identify outcome resistance in your patients
  6. Identify process resistance in your patients
  7. Describe the concept of sitting with open hands


Key Topics

Session 1: The Five Steps of Agenda Setting. Review of common obstacles to effective therapy. How to transition from “talk” to “work”. The Invitation Step. Practice.

Session 2: The Specificity Step. How to “reign in” elusive patients to specific solvable problems. Difficulties with Specificity. Conceptualization categories. Practice.

Session 3: Outcome Resistance. How to align with resistance and make your patients argue for change rather than against it. Common Themes in Outcome Resistance across different conceptualizations. The magic button. The positive reframe step for anxiety and depression. Practice.

Session 4:  Process Resistance. How to hold your patients accountable to the work necessary for their change. Common forms of process resistance across different conceptualizations. The Gentle Ultimatum Step. Practice.


Anti-Discrimination Statement

Feeling Good Institute stands against discrimination. We believe in acceptance, inclusion, and equality. Discrimination against people based on identify status (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ability status, country of origin, religion) is harmful and not tolerated. Any hate speech or discriminatory practices will result in immediate removal from our training groups. This includes public statements or behaviors made outside of the trainings themselves.

Continuing Education Accreditation

*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 7 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. Feeling Good Institute, #1442 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this course. Ace provider approval period: 05/30/2021-05/30/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 7 continuing education credits. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the course survey.  Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at

Instructor Biography

Dr. Jill Levitt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Training at the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, CA. Dr. Levitt has almost 20 years of experience conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has been trained by some of the world’s leaders in CBT. She has co-written several scholarly articles in the areas of OCD, PTSD and Panic Disorder. Most recently she has been co-teaching CBT with Dr. David Burns at the Stanford University School of Medicine in her role on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also trains other therapists in David Burns’ model of CBT called TEAM-CBT Therapy. She is a certified Level 5 Master Therapist and Trainer in TEAM-CBT Therapy. Dr. Levitt teaches both in-person and online workshops for Feeling Good Institute on CBT methods, reducing resistance in psychotherapy, and improving the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refunds are available for cancelations outside of a 14-day window prior to the beginning of a training event or course. All refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Within a 14-day window prior to the beginning of a training event or course, no refunds are available. For cancelations within this window, credit may be applied towards a future similar training within a year of the original purchase date.