September Café: How to Make Good Therapy Even Better - An Overview of the TEAM-CBT Approach

  • 09/14/2018
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Simpkins Family Swim Center – Live Oak Community Room 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062


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How to Make Good Therapy Even Better  

An Overview of the TEAM-CBT Approach  with Dr. G. Katie Dashtban

A session for the SC-CAMFT Santa Cruz Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

(Based on the Work of David Burns, M.D.)

This workshop is intended for all clinicians and mental health professionals. We will review TEAM-CBT, a transdiagnostic and transtheoretical approach to psychotherapy.

Often there is an unspoken disagreement between the agenda of the therapist and those of the client in terms of what therapy should include and what the goals of therapy should be. An anxious client’s agenda might be describing the horrors of a panic attack, while the therapist’s agenda might be offering a variety of suggestions and treatment plans that aim to treat panic disorder. What is often left unaddressed is whether the client really wishes to overcome their symptoms (Outcome Resistance) or whether they are willing to roll up their sleeves and engage in what it takes to overcome their symptoms (Process Resistance). In this workshop, we will review the role of (T)esting, a way to measure the vital signs of each therapy session. We will examine the differences between offering accurate (E)mpathy versus advice giving. We will look at ways to address (A)genda Setting while keeping the resistances in mind, and we will explore a variety of (M)ethods that can be incorporated in helping clients free themselves from a majority of psychological issues as well as unwanted habits and addictions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn and be able to list the fundamentals of the TEAM-CBT approach.
  • Be able to identify all five components of Testing, Empathy, Agenda Setting and Methods.
  • Learn to identify and describe the difference between Outcome Resistance and Process Resistance
  • Be able to list the 5 Secrets of Effective Communication, as components of accurate empathy skills.

About the Presenter:

Dr. G. Katie Dashtban is a licensed clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Feeling Good Therapy and Training Center. Katie has been trained with Dr. David Burns, M.D. at Stanford in the TEAM-CBT approach, which is an advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to addressing mood/anxiety issues as well as habits and addictions and relationship conflicts.

Katie has been in private practice since 2008 and has been teaching and training clinicians around the country throughout most of her career. She established Feeling Good Therapy and Training Center in 2014, promoting TEAM-CBT as its main modality of practice.  She trains pre-licensed clinicians in a supervisory position and hires and trains licensed clinicians in a consulting position at the Feeling Good Therapy and Training Center. In her private practice, Katie specializes as a health psychologist, addressing issues pertaining to chronic pain, cardiac/diabetes/obesity, and reproductive complications. Katie lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and her twin daughter/son. She enjoys motherhood tremendously, and is an eternal seeker of philosophy, wisdom and spiritual growth.

Morning schedule:

Doors Open at 9am for sign-in. Coffee and Refreshments served
Presentation 9:30 to 11:00
Optional Networking 11:00 to 11:30

Continuing Education: Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be available to attendees at the end of the presentation.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider #62284)

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at or 831.429.7786. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at or 831.429.7786.

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