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

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 27—Aug 24
Time: 5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 29
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Hannah Raila
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Jul 27—Aug 24
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 29
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Hannah Raila
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 might wish we had more tools to help us think about and handle emotions from a new 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 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.

Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology Department, UC Santa Cruz

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 S. Beck, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 3rd Edition (ISBN 1462544193)
(Required) Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky, Mind Over Mood: Change how You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, 2nd ed. (ISBN 9781462520428)