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PSY 96 — Manage Emotions Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 10—May 8
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 12
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Natalie Solomon
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Apr 10—May 8
5 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 12
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Natalie Solomon
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 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 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.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Natalie Solomon is a therapist and researcher who specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and sleep difficulties. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Judith Beck & Aaron Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, Third Edition (ISBN 978-1462544196)
(Required) Dennis Greenberger, Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, 2nd edition (ISBN 978-1462520428)