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Melting Away Resistance in CBT 2022-23

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.

You will learn powerful tools to boost motivation and get unstuck with the most challenging patients.

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

Instructor: Jill Levitt, Ph.D.
4 Fridays (12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6/23) | 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.

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.

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. Feeling Good Institute Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0175. 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. Feeling Good Institute, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0678. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the workshop 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. Dr. Levitt has 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 is a certified Level 5 Master Therapist and Trainer in TEAM-CBT.

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Course Dates: 4 (12/2, 12/9, 12/16/22, 1/6/23) ; 4 (12...

  • Course information and materials will be available one week prior to start date
  • Module 0| Mandatory Orientation and Introduction | Basics of Feedback
  • 0.1| Course Details
  • 0.2| Introduction to Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • 0.3 | Video: Learn How to Give Feedback in This Course
  • 0.4| This concludes the course orientation
  • Week 1 - December 2, 2022
  • 1.0 | Sign In For Attendance (Required Weekly) Week 1
  • 1.1 | Instructions For Week 1
  • 1.2| Zoom Access for Class
  • 1.3 | Post Class Survey for week 1
  • WEEK 2 - December 9, 2022
  • 2.0 | Sign In For Attendance (Required Weekly) Week 2
  • 2.1 | Instructions For Week 2
  • 2.2| Zoom Access for Class
  • 2.3 | Post Class Survey for week 2
  • WEEK 3 - DECEMBER 16, 2022
  • 3.0 | Sign In For Attendance (Required Weekly) Week 3
  • 3.1 | Instructions For Week 3
  • 3.2| Zoom Access for Class
  • 3.3 | Post Class Survey for week 3
  • WEEK 4 - JANUARY 6, 2023
  • 4.0 | Sign In For Attendance (Required Weekly) Week 4
  • 4.1 | Instructions For Week 4
  • 4.2| Zoom Access for Class
  • 4.3 | Post Class Survey for week 4
  • End of Course Attestation
Completion rules
  • You must complete 15.00% of the content