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PSY 96 — Manage Emotions Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 30—May 28
Time: 5:00—6:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: May 2
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $360
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 30—May 28
5 weeks
Refund Date
May 2
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Natalie Solomon
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 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 and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medicine

Natalie Solomon is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and sleep difficulties. She conducts research as a member of the Computational Psychiatry, Neuroimaging, Sleep Lab (CoPsyN Sleep Lab) and treats patients in the Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP) at the Stanford School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include the intersection of sleep difficulties with overall quality of life and women’s health. She received a PsyD in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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