Beat the Odds® Certification Training

About the Beat the Odds and Boost the Odds Programs
The Beat the Odds® program is a comprehensive cancer survivorship program for patients and their primary support people that utilizes cognitive-behavioral self-help therapy.

The approach is comprehensive because it directly addresses all spheres of human existence: emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and spiritual/existential.

The therapeutic interventions are based on modern learning theory and utilize evidence-based techniques, but are also enlightened by the ancient teachings and wisdom of many traditions. All interventions form a cohesive, internally consistent program.

Graduates of the Beat the Odds program can participate in Boost the Odds – From Cancer Survivor to Life Thriver, a psycho-oncology intervention for comprehensive lifestyle modification, which focuses on reducing modifiable cancer risk factors in cancer survivors.

Both programs have been adopted for other chronic and life-threatening illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes mellitus and its complications, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, lupus, and other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

The programs are also well suited for general health promotion, stress reduction, and disease prevention.

Certification Training

Our certification training program emphasizes mastering of practical cognitive-behavioral interventions and focuses on the individual, group, family, and social counseling, as well as teaching self-help skills patients and their support persons can use to effectively resolve problems in all areas of their lives. All intervention techniques and therapeutic concepts are presented in a way, that participants can immediately apply them in practice and gain operational experience during the retreat.

The training experience is enriching for therapists of different orientations and can easily be applied in counseling for any group of people facing problems of life-threatening proportions.

The training program is structured around five-day residential retreats with patients and families under the leadership of Beat the Odds certified supervisors and trainers. Recently, due to growing demand and in exceptional cases, we have also expanded training to the more frequently offered ten-week course consisting of weekly two-and-a-half-hour classes. Also, training may be offered during Beat the Odds urban retreats (two weekends that include Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday). The content of the retreats and the ten-week course is the same but the format and, therefore experience, different. Each format has its particular advantages. We require, however, that each trainee completes at least one five-day residential retreat because of its unique features and most advantages from the training perspective.

In our experience, the five-day residential session offers the best training and supervision opportunities and we encourage all trainees to participate in at least one of them and to actually stay on the retreat grounds rather than choose the commuter option. Some classes and sessions are only offered during the five-day residential session
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Our training program is the only of its kind that is organized around actual therapy with real patients and their family members.

At first, trainees learn to apply all the same skills to themselves and experience the therapy process as patients and their families do. It allows for a more profound understanding of the process when they are actually engaging in a therapeutic way and eventually providing the interventions themselves.

Particularly valuable and unique is the opportunity that the trainees have to process their own emotions, beliefs and attitudes in the face of such fundamental issues as meaning and purpose of life; own mortality and vulnerability; barriers to a joyful and fulfilling life; as well as other existential and personally philosophical questions. They can address these issues and questions with experienced trainers and supervisors utilizing the Beat the Odds insights and techniques. Also, the singular characteristic of our training program is its inherent burnout prevention, improved resilience and balancing professional and personal purpose, values and goals.


Trainees are able to see the effects of the concepts and skills that are taught and are immediately practiced. They can participate in the impromptu therapy sessions, get involved with resolving crises and have a real life, unscripted therapy experience with all of its uncertainties and depth. This helps to quickly build proficiency and competence as well as trust in the techniques the program offers.

Training is competency based, meaning that certification is obtained by demonstrating the skills learned through practical application, as well in performance and delivery of the therapy program.

Training is offered for both helping professionals (e.g., physicians, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, MFTs, LPCCs, etc.) and nonprofessionals.

FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS there are three certification levels:

I – Beat the Odds® Certified Therapist
Becoming a Beat the Odds® Certified therapist requires successful completion of three five-day residential retreat patient sessions (alternatively a ten-week course or urban retreat). During the second and third course, the trainee will be responsible for one or two patients, under supervision. The trainee is expected to master all the techniques and show skill in the presentation of basic topics and concepts in feed-forward sessions.

The trainee also needs to complete a basic training in Rational Behavior Therapy (e.g., three-day level I workshop) and continue to work with patients using the Beat the Odds techniques under supervision.

Prior to the first course, the trainee is expected to complete Beat the Odds® Facilitator introductory training. This one-day interactive workshop focuses on acquiring practical skills in the Beat the Odds small (breakout) group process, engagement of participants, ability to explain fundamentals concepts, and the Beat the Odds philosophy.

We also recommend participation in a free 3-hour workshop: “Have the Conversation” – Addressing End-of-Life Decisions that is offered quarterly at the Todd Cancer Institute.

II – Beat the Odds® Certified Supervisor
This certification is for those who are already certified as a Beat the Odds therapist. To become a Beat the Odds certified supervisor, there is an additional requirement of successful completion of three five-day retreat patient sessions as a supervisor.

In addition, proficiency in the six modules of Boost the Odds Lifestyle Modification Interventions is required. This includes Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Rest, Laughter and Play, Creative Expression, and Connection with Nature.
III – Beat the Odds® Certified Trainer
This certification is for those who are already certified as a Beat the Odds supervisor and entails an additional requirement of successful completion of three five-day retreat patient sessions as a teaching therapist.
FOR Nonprofessionals:

At the present time, training is offered in one certification level:

Beat the Odds® Certified Mind-Body Medicine Coach

This certification requires successful completion of three five-day retreat patient sessions. During the second and third sessions, the trainee will be responsible for one or two patients, under supervision.

Also, the trainee needs to complete a basic training in Rational Behavior Therapy (e.g., three-day level I workshop) and continue to work with people utilizing the Beat the Odds techniques under supervision.

In addition, proficiency in the six modules of Boost the Odds Lifestyle Modification Interventions is required. This includes Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Rest, Laughter and Play, Creative Expression, and Connection with Nature.
Further Training
In addition to participation in these sessions, there is the requirement of participating in the supervision between the five-day retreat patient sessions and additional requirements may be formulated in the process of supervision.
Motivated nonprofessionals may seek further training corresponding to professional certifications like Beat the Odds Certified Mind-Body Medicine Coach Supervisor and Beat the Odds Certified Mind-Body Medicine Coach Trainer.

Residential Retreat Training Fees (March 19-25, 2017):
Location:
Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275, phone: (310) 377-4867, fax: (310) 541-1176. While the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center is rooted in Catholic faith, they invite people of all religions and traditions. Conscious effort is made to make everybody feel welcome. Upon arrival, please let us know what we can do to make you feel more comfortable.
Cost
Residential 5-day BTO retreat with supervision – $2,500.00 (excluding room and board) – substantial discounts available for the 2nd and 3rd participation in the residential retreat.
City of Hope Discount
For this retreat, we offer a 10%  discounted training fee  ($250)  for  3  City of  Hope employees and a  15% discounted training fee  ($375)  for  4  or more  COH  employees.  Please choose participant type marked with  “COH  1  of  3  discount”  or  “COH  1  of  4+  discount”  respectively.

We offer special discounts to  MemorialCare employees.  Please call us at  562  427  3897  for more information.

Room and Board at the 5-day residential retreat (March 19-25, 2017):

  • Per Person/Double for 5 nights with 14 meals: $579.00 (2or more people per room)
  • Per Person/Single for 5 nights with 14 meals $759.00 (1 person per room)
  • Commuter rate (with lunch and dinner): $300 Per Person

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For more info about all fees. Please see: Training Fee Structure

Payments to be made to CCBTIM (Center for Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Integrative Medicine).

Educational Credits (CME):
Maximum of 40.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Click here for details
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Legal Disclaimer
The Beat the Odds® certification process is not a substitute for obtaining or maintaining professional licensure as required by local, State and Federal authorities and by applicable laws and regulations. Also, the certification does not assume any expressed or implied liability of the Beat the Odds® program for certified individuals.