Annual TEAM-CBT Intensive: Enhanced Empathy Training

Connect More Deeply with Clients and Loved Ones

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
David Burns, MD Professor and renowned author

About This Workshop

If you’re like most therapists, you probably believe that you already have reasonably good empathy skills. After all, you probably practiced Rogerian techniques in graduate school. But here’s some bad news. Research indicates that therapists’ views of their own empathy are less than 10% accurate. That means that your clients do not, for the most part, see you the same way you see yourself.

The good news is that you can learn and master powerful tools that will transform the way you relate to your clients, improve relationships in your personal life, and help you treat clients with relationship problems more effectively. In this new intensive, we will be taking a deep dive into the E = Empathy of TEAM-CBT, but will touch base on other aspects as well.

During this four-day intensive workshop you will learn:
  • How to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships with challenging, difficult clients.
  • How to deal skillfully with people who refuse to open up and talk to you; won’t listen; are relentlessly critical, narcissistic or controlling; always have to be right; use, abuse, or exploit you; complain endlessly; are hostile, threatening or violent; as well as clients who are overwhelmed, hopeless and suicidal.
  • How to develop more loving relationships with the people you care about—as well as the ones you don’t.
  • Powerful new techniques to help clients who are struggling with conflicts with loved ones, friends, or colleagues.
  • How to deal with the inner chatter and powerful feelings that make it so difficult to deal with conflict when you feel angry or hurt.
  • How to identify and modify the self-defeating beliefs that make us vulnerable to conflicts with others.
  • How to identify and melt away the intense outcome and process resistance that make the treatment of relationship problems so challenging.
This new intensive will be challenging, fun, and life changing. You will have many opportunities to practice the new skills you learn and get immediate personal feedback and mentoring from Dr. Burns and many highly trained colleagues.

Although empathy alone is not a cure for your client’s problems, you can’t do world-class therapy without outstanding empathy skills. This workshop is designed to provide them to you.

This intensive will provide credit hours toward TEAM-CBT certification through the Feeling Good Institute.

Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.

*A hotel room block is available at a discounted rate of $175/night at the Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport, right next door to the conference center. Please call (650) 873-3550 and use the group code PP1 to reserve your room before they are sold out!


Monday, August 10 | Empathizing with Difficult Patients

7:30 am to 8:30 am

  • Registration (Not available for CE)

8:30 am to 12:00 noon

  • Five Secrets of Effective Communication (with 15 minute break)

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

  • Three Advanced Secrets of Effective Communication (with 15 minute break)

4:30  pm to 6:00 pm

  • Dinner Break (Not available for CE)

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Live Demonstration of TEAM-CBT
Tuesday, August 11 | Empathizing with Difficult Loved Ones, Friends, Colleagues, and Strangers

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

  • Basics of Interpersonal TEAM Therapy

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

  • The Relationship Journal
  • The “Great Death” of the Self
  • The Intimacy Exercise
  • Resistance Revisited (with 15 minute break)
Wednesday, August 12 | TEAM-CBT for Patients with Relationship Problems

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

  • T = Testing
  • E = Empathy
  • A = Assessment of Resistance (with 15 minute break)

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

  • M = Methods (with 15 minute break)

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Dinner Break (Not available for CE)

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Your Solo Flight!
Thursday, August 13 | Modifying the Inner vs. Outer Chatter

8:00 am to 12:00 noon

  • Daily Mood Log
  • Interpersonal Downward Arrow
  • The Roles and the Rules Tool (with 15 minute break)

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 

  • Lunch Break (Not available for CE)

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

  • Modifying Negative Thoughts and Interpersonal Self-Defeating Beliefs
  • Relapse Prevention Training

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Explain how to track empathy as well as therapeutic progress in every therapy session
  2. Describe how to use the Five Secrets of Effective Communication to deepen and transform failed relationships
  3. Describe how to use the three Advanced Secrets: Changing the Focus, Multiple Choice Empathy, and Positive Reframing
  4. Identify and modify Interpersonal Self-Defeating Beliefs
  5. Explain why the concept of “fractal psychotherapy” is so critical to effective therapy for relationship problems
  6. Explain why Outcome and Process Resistance can make the treatment of relationship problems so challenging
  7. Define and experience interpersonal enlightenment
  8. Describe the “Great Death” of the blaming, entitled “self”
  9. List 3 examples of new methods for treating patients with relationship conflicts
  10. Describe how to utilize the Law of Opposites to transform therapeutic failure into success
  11. Describe the crucial differences between the Straightforward and Paradoxical
  12. List 3 personality traits of a therapist that can interfere with effective therapy
  13. Describe 3 ways you can effectively treat patients with relationship conflicts
  14. Describe interpersonal enlightenment and give an example of how it can be used in therapy
  15. Explain how the Relationship Journal can be used to modify Interpersonal Self-Defeating Beliefs

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 32 CE Hours by the following:

  • APA – Psychologists
  • NBCC – National Counselors
  • NY State – Counselors and Social Workers
  • Other State Level Counselors, MFTs, and Social Workers
  • WESPSB – Educators
  • ACCME – Physicians
  • ANCC – Nurses




This workshop is for mental health professionals (beginners through advanced) as well as mental health graduate students.

Recommended Reading

  • Burns, D. D. (2009). Feeling Good Together. The Secret of Making Troubled Relationships Work. New York: Broadway Books.


  • Burns, D. D. (2009). Feeling Good Together. The Secret of Making Troubled Relationships Work. New York: Broadway Books.
  • Burns, D., Westra, H., Trockel, M., & Fisher, A. (2012) Motivation and Changes in Depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research DOI 10.1007/s10608-012-9458-3
    Published online 22 April 2012.
  • Baucom, D.H., Epstein, N., * Kirby, J.S., & *LaTaillade, J.J. (2015). Cognitive behavioral couple therapy. In A. S. Gurman , J. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed.) (pp. 23-60). New York: Guilford.
  • Baucom, D.H., *Sher, T.G., *Boeding, S.E., & *Paprocki, C. (2015). Couples and depression: Improving the relationship and improving depression. In D. Westbrook & L. Brosan (Eds.), The complete CBT guide to depression and low mood. (pp. 357- 388). London: Robinson Press.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at to cancel a registration.

August 10–13, 2020
Mon: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tues: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Weds: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 S Airport Blvd
South San Francisco, California 94080
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