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PSY 05 — An Overview of Modern Psychotherapy Approaches

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 30—Mar 13
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 1
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Connor Adams
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jan 30—Mar 13
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 1
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Connor Adams
Please Note: No class on February 20
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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, and motivational interviewing. 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). 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.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine

Connor Adams is a clinical psychologist 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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.