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PSY 05 — Unlocking the Mind: An Overview of Modern Psychotherapy Approaches

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 15—May 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 17
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Connor Adams
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 15—May 20
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 17
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Connor Adams
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Differentiating between the many types of psychotherapy can easily feel challenging. Whether you are interested in learning to provide therapy to others, searching for your own therapy, or trying to help a friend or loved one connect with a provider, this course will provide foundational information to help you navigate the world of psychotherapy. This course offers an overview of several major schools of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing. Students will gain clarity on the major concepts emphasized by each approach, receive an introduction to the techniques used, and learn basic case formulation skills. As we explore dialectical behavior therapy, for example, students will learn and practice skills to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal effectiveness. The course will consist of lectures, group discussions, role-playing, and in vivo practice of the skills learned (e.g., mindfulness). By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of the range of therapies available to them and which types may be most useful for different situations they encounter.

No background in psychology is required.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Medicine

Connor Adams is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor at Stanford. She received a PsyD from George Washington University, completed her clinical internship training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, and engaged in specialized postdoctoral training at Stanford. Adams’s clinical and research interests center on therapeutic interventions that support recovery for individuals living with serious mental illness. She has specialized training in comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy and offers treatment for individuals with emotion regulation difficulties. Adams also has training in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp). She has taught graduate-level courses, including introductory clinical skills and psychological assessment. Adams conducts training on various clinical topics and teaches for a range of audiences, including mental health providers, medical students and residents, nurses, and mental health peer-support individuals.

Textbooks for this course:

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