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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: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Oct 21
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 25
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Hannah Raila
Limit: 25
Status: Closed
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Sep 23—Oct 21
5 weeks
Drop By
Sep 25
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Hannah Raila
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 into daily life. 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. Please note that this course will not be recorded.

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) Judith Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1609185046)
(Required) Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky, Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1462520428)