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PSY 96 B — Manage Emotions Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 22—Feb 26
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 24
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Nina Paul
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 19
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jan 22—Feb 26
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 24
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Nina Paul
Please Note: No class on February 19
ACCESS 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 will offer 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 & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Nina Paul is a therapist and scientist specializing in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD. She trained at the University of Vienna, the University of Chicago, University of Nevada, Pacific University, and Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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