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

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Mar 29—Apr 26
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Mar 31
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Natalie Solomon
Limit: 25
Status: Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Mar 29—Apr 26
5 weeks
Refund Date
Mar 31
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 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 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 class sessions are not recorded.

Natalie Solomon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Stanford School of Medicine

Natalie Solomon is a therapist and psychology researcher who specializes in the treatment of mood disorders and sleep difficulties with cognitive behavioral therapy. She received a PsyD in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Judith Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 2nd ed. (ISBN 9781609185046)
(Required) Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky, Mind Over Mood: Change how You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, 2nd ed. (ISBN 9781462520428)