Upcoming Event!


  • July 8, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm


First Congregational Church
710 Auburn Ravine Road
United States
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Please note the location of the workshop has changed back to our usual venue in Auburn. See below for directions.

On Saturday July 8, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Dean Bender, LMFT

will present

The David Burns, M.D., Style of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Description of the Workshop:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has “strong” research support for many psychological disorders, according to the APA. David D. Burns, M.D., wrote his first CBT self-help book in 1980, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, and is still active 37 years later with a finely tuned system of support for therapists. This book has considerable research support, also.

The presentation will introduce participants to Dr. Burns' CBT system, including the “T. E. A. M. – CBT” approach: Testing, Empathy, (Paradoxical) Agenda setting, and Methods. Each element will be explained, demonstrated and shown how they all fit together. Most of the time will be spent on (Paradoxical) Agenda Setting and Methods.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the applications and usefulness of elements of the “Toolkit” for use with their clients.
  2. Participants will be able to explain how paradoxical agenda setting reduces client resistance and will be able to demonstrate how it is used in therapy sessions.
  3. Participants will be able to list the free resources, very cheap resources ($15), and more expensive resources ($150-$240) for further study, both for themselves and for clients.


Dean Bender earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2002 from National University. He has 11 years’ experience at LDS Family Services and four years’ experience in private practice. He has taught 30 courses in the business discipline. He has presented at three professional not-for-profit mental health organizations: Auburn, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, UT.

Initially, Dean used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with clients, except for marriage counseling. Early on, he discovered Dr. Burns’ “Toolkit” and continues to use items from that kit in every session. His first profession was as a Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from Golden Gate University. Dean has a love for teaching and the David Burns style of CBT. He previously presented for the Sierra Foothills Chapter of CAMFT on personality assessment.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sierra Foothills CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Sierra Foothills CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Sierra Foothills CE Provider # is 97723.


Member of Any CAMFT Chapter Not a Member of Any CAMFT Chapter
$25 Licensed Professional  $35 Licensed Professional
$15 Pre-licensed $25 Pre-licensed

Registration for this event closes Wednesday, July 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.  There is a $5 late registration fee for attendees registering at the door
so be sure to register early!

Refunds will be provided to registrants up to and until the close of registration, minus a $5 registration fee. There are no refunds after the close of registration.  There is no partial credit for arriving late or leaving early.

Important Notice: Hand-outs will be emailed two days before the training. Please print and bring to the training.  Continuing Education or Course Completion Certificates may be emailed to participants.

First Congregational Church
710 Auburn Ravine Drive
Auburn, CA 95603


From From I 80, take Highway 49 N and turn right onto Palm Avenue. If coming south on Highway 49, turn left onto Palm Avenue. Continue on Palm Avenue to the stop sign. Turn left onto Auburn-Ravine Road and continue to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign, even though it says Church Street. Go straight up the never-ending hill into the church parking lot. The meeting is in Overmiller Hall in the Fireside Room. A sign with the CAMFT logo and "Sierra Foothills Chapter" will be on an outside door.

For special needs, questions, or any grievance, please contact
Dianne Murden, Past President,
diannemurde@yahoo.com or call 530 305 2066.
Also, please let her know if there is a problem for you during the training.

All members are welcome to join the Board of Directors meeting. This meeting will be from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. at the training site on the same day as our workshop. We appreciate your involvement!