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WELL 28 — Science-Based Strategies for Boosting Positive Emotions

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Meghan Vinograd
Duration: 6 weeks
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 15
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Thursdays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Tuition: $405
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 40
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Thursdays
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 15
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $405
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
 
Instructor(s): Meghan Vinograd
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 40
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
Have you ever wondered why activities like connecting with loved ones, practicing mindfulness, and spending time in nature are consistently recommended to help people cope with stress and live richer, more meaningful lives? This course offers an overview of the science of positive affect (a collective term for positive emotions and moods) and provides students with psychological skills for increasing their experiences of positive affect. Through lectures, students will first learn how positive affect is altered in various psychiatric disorders and about novel psychotherapeutic treatments that specifically target it. We will then turn to a review of strategies for increasing positive emotions and moods, including improving social interaction, savoring pleasant experiences, practicing gratitude, and engaging in acts of kindness. Students will learn about the research supporting each strategy and how to more effectively implement these strategies using practices drawn from evidence-based psychotherapies through guided activities (e.g., activity monitoring, goal setting, mindfulness, and values clarification from cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy). Students will be asked to practice and reflect on the experience of implementing these strategies in their lives outside of class. By the end of this course, students will have foundational knowledge of the science of positive affect and concrete skills to increase experiences of positive emotions and moods in their own lives.

While this course will discuss skills used in psychotherapy, it is not a group therapy course. No background in psychology is required.

MEGHAN VINOGRAD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Meghan Vinograd received a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA and a BA in psychology with distinction and departmental honors from Stanford. She completed a predoctoral clinical internship focused on traumatic stress at the Charleston Consortium and a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health. She is a health sciences assistant clinical professor, non-salaried, in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Vinograd has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, including courses and didactic lectures on clinical psychological methods, forms of psychotherapy and psychiatric disorders, and anhedonia and has published extensively on these topics.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.