CMHC 14 CEUs Approved
NASW 14 CEUs Approved
MFT 14 CEUs Approved
UPA 14 CEUs Approved

David Burns, M.D.

David Burns is Emeritus Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also has served as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medical School and Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Presbyterian/University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.

His best-selling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, has sold over five million copies worldwide, and is the most frequently recommended book by mental health professionals for clients suffering from depression. His recent book, Feeling Good Together, focuses on healing troubled relationships.

Workshop Description

Interpersonal TEAM Therapy (ITT) is a new treatment model developed by Dr. David Burns to help individuals resolve conflicts and develop more satisfying personal relationships. ITT is based on the idea that individuals in conflict usually yearn for more satisfying and rewarding relationships. At the same time, darker and more devious motives compete with their desires for intimacy and understanding. The failure to address these darker motives can lead to therapeutic errors, stiff patient resistance, and treatment failure.

ITT is based on three simple ideas:

  1. We create our own interpersonal reality.
  2. Because we are unaware of our own role in the conflict, we feel convinced that we are innocent victims and insist that the other person is entirely to blame for the problem.
  3. We all have far more power than we think to heal troubled relationships quickly–but there’s a price to be paid.

In this workshop, Dr. Burns will illustrate a basic, flexible approach that can be used to treat clients with a wide range of relationship conflicts, including angry clients who blame others and resist change. While the primary emphasis will be on helping individuals deal with relationship conflicts, Dr. Burns will also illustrate methods for working with troubled couples.

During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a conflict you’ve experienced with a friend, family member, colleague or client so that you can gain a personal perspective as well as a solid clinical understanding of these powerful new techniques. Teaching methods will include didactic presentations, Q&A, practice exercises, and live demonstrations.

Day 1: Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

I. Basic Principles

  • What’s Wrong with the Current Models and Treatment Packages for Interpersonal Conflict?
  • Is it True that Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars?
  • The Dark Side of Human Nature
  • The Basics of Interpersonal TEAM Therapy (ITT)

II. Setting Up the Intervention

  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal Decision-Making
  • Making Clients Accountable: The Price of Intimacy

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00)

Optional Lunch Presentation (12:30 to 1:00)

  • Measurement: A Boring Topic with Exciting Implications

Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

III. Treatment Methods

  • Specificity
  • EAR: Good versus Bad Communication
  • Who’s Really Causing the Problem?
  • The Five Secrets of Effective Communication

IV. Live Demonstration

Day 2: Morning Session (8:30 to 12:00)

VI. Resistance Revisited

  • 12 Good Reasons Not to Listen
  • 12 Good Reasons Not to Express Your Feelings
  • 12 Good Reasons Not to Treat the Other Person with Respect

VII. More Live Demonstrations and Audience Practice

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00)

Optional Lunch Presentation (12:30 to 1:00) TBA

Day 2: Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:30)

VIII. Helping Troubled Couples

  • The Relationship “Probe”
  • The Don Baucom Method
  • The One-Minute Drill

Goals of the Workshop

By the end of this workshop you should be able to:

  1. Describe the three basic principles of Interpersonal TEAM Therapy (ITT)
  2. Deal with individuals who resist intimacy, sabotage therapy, and blame others for their problems
  3. Track therapeutic progress and monitor the quality of the therapeutic alliance at every session
  4. Resolve your own relationship problems–with patients, colleagues, or family members
  5. Use the Relationship Journal and intimacy Exercise to help individuals with troubled relationships
  6. Integrate the ideas in this workshop with your own spiritual orientation

Who Should Attend This Workshop

This program is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, school counselors, addiction counselors, mental health technicians, clergy, educators and others who wish to improve their therapeutic and interpersonal skills.


Hilton Garden Inn Sandy, UT

277 Sego Lily Dr, Sandy, UT 840709

(801) 352-9400

TWO DAY EVENT — March 16-17, 2017, (Thursday-Friday) $449

Early Bird Discount: Register February 16, thru February 28, 2017 $399 for Both days March 16-17

$ 449.00Add to cart

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your registration up to 10 days before the workshop (October 20, 2016) and receive a full refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs in less than 10 days prior to the event, there is no refund. Also, if for some reason the speaker is unable to present, only the cost of the tuition will be refunded, not travel, lodging, or other expenses. 

ADA Accommodations
If you require ADA Accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.