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Long Beach May 2024 TEAM Intensive Schedule
May 8-11, 2024 Location TBD
Time Title Facilitators Content description
8:00 – 9:00 Registration All attendees arrive and sign in.
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Introduction Mariusz Wirga Introduction to the Intensive
9:15 – 11:15 Overview of TEAM-CBT Leigh Harrington, MD and Mariusz Wirga, MD and David Burns, MD may join Overview of TEAM –
So what is TEAM CBT?
What is different about it?
What makes it effective? 
Why do we like it so much for our clients?
How can you use TEAM CBT to increase your effectiveness and enjoyment of therapy, no matter what your specialization?
Break 11:15 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30 T = Testing Mariusz Wirga, MD

The Power of Testing / Measurement in Therapy

Introduction to the Brief Mood Survey – “The Mental Health Symptoms Dashboard”

Lunch 12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:30 E = Empathy Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD and Heather Clague, MD The Five Secrets of Effective Communication.
Learn and practice five “secrets” that will increase the effectiveness of your communication and connection, with patients and others.
Help patients feel heard, understood and respected.
Repair ruptures quickly and with warmth.
Turn ruptures into opportunities to strengthen relationships or have breakthroughs in therapy. Express difficult feelings with grace.
Break 3:30 – 3:45
3:45 – 4:15 Introduction to the Daily Mood Log(DML) Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD We will walk you through the use of this powerful tool.  Helping clients identify upsetting events, feelings, negative thoughts, so we are set up for the powerful work ahead.
Participants will engage in the process.  If you want, you will have the opportunity to volunteer to do personal work with our experienced therapists. And you’ll have the opportunity for doing personal work in small groups on day three.
The Daily Mood Log is a foundational tool that can be used in session and between sessions.  Learn how to teach your clients to use the DML so that you can help them build their toolbox.
4:15 – 5:00 Introduction to A – Assessment of Resistance Leigh Harrington, MD Overview of Agenda Setting, Outcome and Process Resistance
We know resistance is a big player in therapy.  Did you know that there are two types of resistance for each challenge? We will introduce you to both Outcome Resistance and Process Resistance. Learn how to work with resistance so that it helps power therapy as opposed to slowing it down.
5:00 pm End of day All attendees to complete feedback form.
Time Title Facilitators Content
8:00 – 8:30 Arrival Attendees to arrive and settle.
8:30 – 8:45 Feedback Review Mariusz Wirga, MD
8:45 – 12 noon Outcome Resistance Leigh Harrington, MD and Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD
Let’s break down ambivalence! And use it to connect with and value the patient, while allowing it’s recognition to energize change. Clients are often hesitant to create the change they seek.  The reasons vary from anxiety, depression, habits and relationship issues. How to be sure you and the client are aiming for the same place, so you can work together to achieve their goals. No more pushing and pulling. Ah!  The joys of teamwork!
BREAK – Include 15 minute break
Lunch 12 – 1:00 pm  –
1:00 – 2:15 pm Process Resistance. Heather Clague, MD Achieving lasting results takes effort; your clients will need clear guidance about what it will take to achieve the changes they want.  Learn how to provide your clients with compassionate accountability for doing the hard work of change. 
Break 2:15-2:30 –  15 minute break and set up tech for personal work

2:30 – 5:30

(Could end early)

Live Demonstration of TEAM CBT in action. Leigh Harrington, MD and Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD This is your opportunity to see the whole model in action.  We will demonstrate what a TEAM CBT therapy session might look like with a lucky volunteer. We will show you what each component looks like… testing, empathy/connecting with the client, assessing resistance/boosting motivation, and methods! A crowd pleaser!  🙂
5:30 End of day All attendees to complete feedback form.
Time Title Facilitators Content
08:00 – 08:30 Arrival Attendees to arrive and settle.
8:30 – 8:45 Feedback/Review of Day 2 Mariusz Wirga, MD, Heather Clague, MD and Leigh Harrington, MD
8:45 – 10:15 Methods for Depression and Anxiety – part 1 Mariusz Wirga, MD and Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD

Learn fun and powerful tools to overcome depression and anxiety in this fun and interactive session. 

We will cover: The Recovery Circle Identify Cognitive Distortions  Straightforward Technique Acceptance Paradox Practice You will not only learn these powerful tools, but the beauty of embracing failure to make your therapy more effective and efficient.

Break 10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 11:15 noon Methods for Depression and Anxiety – Part 2 Rhonda Barovsky and Mariusz Wirga

In this session you will learn and practice more exciting methods to overcome depression and anxiety, including:

The What If technique / Individual Downward Arrow

Examine the Evidence

Role Play techniques

Double Standard Technique

Externalization of Voices

Feared Fantasy

(some of these should go in part 1)

11:15 – noon

Social Anxiety,

part 1

Leigh Harrington and Heather Clague Nuts and Bolts of crushing Social Anxiety, building Social Confidence with exposure techniques.
12 – 1:00 lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Social Anxiety Social anxiety part 2 Leigh Harrington and Heather Clague

An interactive, fun session where you get to learn and practice techniques to boost social confidence (for your patients and yourself!!), including:

Smile & Say Hello

Rejection Practice


Shame Attacking

 3 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 6:00

(Could end early if they finish early)

Healing yourself


Practice the Whole Model – personal work in small groups

Trainers support the small groups as well as other volunteer trained small group leaders.

Each group should have a copy of “Healing Yourself with TEAM-CBT

Practice the Whole Model in Small Groups

Your opportunity to put what you have been learning into practice with your colleagues. In small groups, go through the personal work with one of the participants being the client and the others playing the role of the therapists.
6:00 – 6:15 End of day All attendees to complete feedback form.
Time Title Facilitators Content
08:00 – 08:30 Arrival Attendees to arrive and settle.
8:30 – 8:45 Feedback/Review Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD, Leigh Harrington, MD and Heather Clague MD
8:45 – 11:45 Methods for Habits and Addictions Heather Clague, MD and Leigh Harrington, MD

Learn the tools to help clients change unwanted habits. Feel for yourself the power of paradox. The Set-up is everything!

Paradoxical Invitation/Specificity

Cost Benefit Analysis / Triple Paradox

Habit & Addiction Log

Devil’s Advocate Technique

Problem / Solution


11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 Relapse Prevention Leigh Harrington, MD Now that your clients have recovered… Help them anticipate and prepare for relapse creating a win-win. This new framework for viewing return of symptoms will strengthen your client and their resilience and ability to bounce back better, and decrease fear of relapse.
2:15 – 2:30 Where to go from here Mariusz Wirga, MD We will outline opportunities and resources available to you following the Intensive
2:30-2:45 BreaK
2:45 – 4:15 Q & A

Mariusz Wirga, MD

Heather Clague, MD

Leigh Harrington, MD

Rhonda Barovsky, PsyD

Your opportunity for questions and answers live with our panel of experts.  May include Dr. David Burns over Zoom as a special guest.

4:15 – 4:30



Final Feedback form to be filled out

Thank You and