The Cognitive Distortion Starter Kit

New! Filmed Spring 2021

Presented by David Burns, M.D.

On Demand | Available Now


7 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 7 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until May 5, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on April 21, 2022

In this workshop, you will learn how to select the most effective treatment methods based on the distortions in your clients’ (or your own) negative thoughts. Dr. Burns will present many case examples and role play demonstrations to help you master powerful techniques that will boost your effectiveness in the treatment of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. You will also see inspiring and dramatic video clips from actual therapy sessions that will bring these new techniques to life.

You will learn how to crush each of the ten familiar cognitive distortions, with methods such as Positive Reframing, Best/Worst/Average, Be Specific, the Externalization of Voices, Let’s Define Terms, the Socratic Technique, the Survey Technique, the Experimental Technique, Examine the Evidence, the Acceptance Paradox, the Feared Fantasy, and more.

  • The benefits of Testing.
  • How to use Worst, Best, Average for thoughts that include Overgeneralization and Labeling
  • How to use Be Specific
  • How to use Let’s Define Terms
  • Several techniques to melt away therapeutic resistance for rapid change.
  • Techniques to crush the distorted thoughts that trigger depression and anxiety.
  • How to identify Self-Defeating Beliefs with the Downward Arrow Technique.
  • The necessary and sufficient conditions for emotional change.
  • How to do the Paradoxical Cost-Benefit Analysis to reduce intense self-criticisms.
  • How to use the Feared Fantasy Technique to reduce feelings of shame.
  • The keys to effective Relapse Prevention Training (RPT)

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Explain why Positive Reframing will nearly always be the first method to use when helping the client / patient challenge a negative thought
  2. Describe three ideas behind cognitive therapy
  3. Explain the T, E, A, and M of the new TEAM-CBT
  4. Describe three Cognitive Distortions
  5. Explain the difference between outcome and process resistance
  6. Identify the distortions in your own and your patients’ negative thoughts
  7. Explain how the Best, Worst, Average Technique works
  8. Describe the Double Standard Technique
  9. Describe the Feared Fantasy Technique
  10. Contrast the Self-Defence Paradigm with the Acceptance Paradox

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

David Burns, M.D. is an adjunct clinical professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His books Feeling Good and the Feeling Good Handbook have sold more than five million copies worldwide. Feeling Good has consistently been rate as the top depression self-help book by Canadian and American mental health professionals. His latest book, Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety, was released in the fall of 2020. It is for therapists as well as anyone who needs a little emotional tune-up! 

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits