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PSY 96 — Managing Emotions with Skill: The Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 10—Feb 14
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 12
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Nina Paul
Limit: 25
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on January 17
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Jan 10—Feb 14
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 12
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Nina Paul
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on January 17
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”). Students will learn the principles of and theory behind CBT, as well as ways to integrate them, and will participate in CBT exercises, group discussions, and role-playing. 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.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Nina Paul is a therapist and scientist specializing in the evidence-based treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and trauma. She received a PhD from the University of Nevada and also trained at the University of Vienna in Austria, the University of Chicago, and Pacific University.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky, Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (ISBN 978-1462520428)
(Required) Judith S. Beck, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Basics and Beyond (2nd edn) (ISBN 978-160918-504-6)