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

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Connor Adams
Duration: 7 weeks
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 5
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Mondays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Tuition: $420
   
Refund Deadline: Jun 26
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Mondays
Duration: 7 weeks
Time: 6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 5
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $420
 
Refund Deadline: Jun 26
 
Instructor(s): Connor Adams
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
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 will offer 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.

CONNOR ADAMS
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 provides individual and group psychotherapy within the psychiatric inpatient treatment setting. She has taught graduate-level courses, including "Introductory Clinical Skills" and "Psychological Assessment." Adams conducts trainings 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.