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PSY 96 C — Manage Emotions Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 26—Aug 23
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 28
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Nina Paul
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jul 26—Aug 23
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 28
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Nina Paul
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Emotions shape our worlds, yet they can be difficult, confusing, and draining. Whether we are trying to navigate our own distress or to comfort loved ones through trying times, we may find ourselves wishing we had more tools to help us think about and handle emotions from a different perspective. Skills derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a treatment especially effective for depression and anxiety—are one way of challenging the thought patterns and behavioral habits that keep people stuck in a spiral of negative emotion. For example, people who feel distressed after giving a presentation can learn to notice their thoughts (“Everyone could tell I was unprepared”), label thoughts that are distorted (in this case, mind reading), and then restructure the thought (“They asked me to speak again, so maybe they didn't think so poorly of me”). In this course, students will learn the principles of and theory behind CBT, as well as ways to integrate them. Students will participate in CBT exercises, group discussions, and role-plays in which they “play therapist” with one another. Assignments will include relevant readings, case studies, and completion of CBT worksheets. The course also offers an introduction to the real-life practice of psychotherapy for those wishing for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how CBT therapists develop their treatments.

No background in psychology is required.

Section A will be led by Natalie Solomon, Section B will be led by Hannah Raila, and Section C will be led by Nina Paul. Although taught by different instructors, Section A, Section B, and Section C cover the same content.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Nina Paul is a therapist and scientist specializing in the evidence-based treatment of OCD, anxiety, and trauma. She received a PhD from the University of Nevada and also trained at the University of Vienna, the University of Chicago, and Pacific University.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky, Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2nd ed.) (ISBN 978-1462520428)
(Required) Judith Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond (3rd ed.) (ISBN 978-1462544196)