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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 25—Nov 29
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 27
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Natalie Solomon
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet from October 25 - November 29, with no class on November 22.
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Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Mondays
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 25—Nov 29
5 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 27
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Natalie Solomon
Limit
25
Recording
No
Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet from October 25 - November 29, with no class on November 22.
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.

NATALIE SOLOMON
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, 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 and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford.

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)