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PSY 05 — An Overview of Modern Psychotherapy Approaches

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 12—Nov 16
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Connor Adams
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalog. The course will meet over 5 Wednesdays, October 12 - November 16. There will be no class on October 19.
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 12—Nov 16
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 14
1 Unit
Fees
$365
Instructor(s):
Connor Adams
Limit
25
Recording
Yes
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalog. The course will meet over 5 Wednesdays, October 12 - November 16. There will be no class on October 19.
Differentiating between the many types of psychotherapy can easily feel challenging. Whether you are interested in learning to provide therapy to others, searching for your own therapy, or trying to help a friend or loved one connect with a provider, this course will provide foundational information to help you navigate the world of psychotherapy.

This course offers an overview of several major schools of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, as well as an overview of treatments for trauma. Students will gain clarity on the major concepts emphasized by each approach, receive an introduction to the techniques used, and learn basic case formulation skills. As we explore dialectical behavior therapy, for example, students will learn and practice skills to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal effectiveness. The course will consist of lectures, group discussions, role-playing, and in vivo practice of the skills learned (e.g., mindfulness). Assignments will include relevant readings, case studies, and completion of worksheets related to the various therapy approaches. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of the range of therapies available to them and which types may be most useful for different situations they encounter.

No background in psychology is required.

CONNOR ADAMS
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Connor Adams is a therapist who specializes in the treatment of serious mental illness, with a focus on personality disorders and psychosis. She received a PsyD from George Washington University and previously trained through Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital.