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PSY 96 — Managing Emotions with Skill: An Introduction to the Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Oct 16
Time: 6:30—8:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 1
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Hannah Raila
Limit: 25
6:30—8:20 pm
Sep 25—Oct 16
4 weeks
Drop By
Oct 1
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Hannah Raila
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 handle emotions with confidence. Skills derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a treatment often effective for depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)—can help challenge 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 could 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 I was prepared”). In this course, students will learn the principles of CBT and how to integrate them into daily life. Students will participate in CBT exercises, group discussions, and role-plays. 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.

Hannah Raila, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine

Hannah Raila is a therapist and psychology researcher who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD with cognitive behavioral therapy. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky, et al., Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1462520428)
(Required) Judith Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1609185046)