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Winter Quarter

Winter Catalogues
Now Available
Registration Opens Nov 30
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This quarter, select Continuing Studies courses will be Berry-eligible for employees participating in Stanford’s BeWell program.
**In order to receive a BeWell Berry, students must take the course for Credit or a Letter grade.** Students will be asked to choose the credit option during the registration process. The Continuing Studies program will report student attendance to the BeWell office at the conclusion of the quarter. And, as always, all Continuing Studies courses are STAP-fund eligible.

**All Continuing Studies winter courses will be held online. To learn more about our Live Online and Flex Online formats, please see our Course Formats page

Winter registration opens Monday, November 30. Courses eligible for BeWell Berries include:

Playful Mindfulness: A Journey to Everyday Confidence, Calm, and Connection (PDV 103)
Instructor: Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning
Schedule: 10 weeks (Wednesdays), Jan 13–Mar 17, 6:00–8:05 pm
Format: Live Online

Mindfulness helps us slow down, take a breath, and befriend the inner resources that lead to discovery, delight, and a life well-lived. Integrating insights and exercises from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with those from improvisational theater, this concentrated workshop will help you forge new neural pathways and develop a more connected personal presence. While mindfulness training sometimes has a somber tone, in this course we will learn to “play attention” through humor, games, and exercises drawn from improvisational theater in addition to traditional methods. Learn more »
Technology and Psychological Health: Sanity in a Digital Life (PSY 95)
Instructor: Elias Aboujaoude, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine
Schedule: 5 weeks (Tuesdays), Feb 2–Mar 2, 7:00–9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Screen time can change a person in profound ways. How is your time online affecting you offline? Drawing on research and cultural observations, this course will explore the range of ways in which internet-related technologies have transformed psychology and mental health. You will learn how the internet and social media can affect mental health and cognition and how to achieve psychological balance in a digital world. Learn more »
Mindsets Matter: Strategies for Improving Your Performance, Health, and Well-Being (PDV 95)
Instructor: Kari Leibowitz, Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in Psychology; Researcher, Stanford Mind & Body Lab
Schedule: 5 weeks (Thursdays), Feb 4–Mar 4, 7:00–8:50 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

When you eat vegetables, is it a chore or an indulgence? Do you avoid or embrace stress? Your answers to questions like these can reveal how mindsets—thoughts, beliefs, and expectations, conscious or otherwise—shape your life. Drawing from cutting-edge research in psychology, medicine, and behavioral economics, this course will illustrate how powerfully—and sometimes surprisingly—mindsets impact our motivation, performance, health, and well-being. Students will leave this course with a scientific understanding of the power of mindsets as well as practical strategies for adopting useful ones. Learn more »
Choosing Happiness (PDV 83 W)
Instructor: Laura Delizonna, Positive Psychologist; Executive Coach
Schedule: 5 weeks, Jan 18–Feb 19
Format: Flex Online

This course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Studies suggest that 40 percent of our happiness is determined not by our genes or circumstances, but by the daily habits and activities we engage in. In this course, we approach happiness as a way of being—wholehearted living that has depth and meaning. Students will learn why social connections, kindness, and community are keys to happiness, and discuss the limits, common misconceptions, and pitfalls when pursuing happiness. Learn more »
New Year, New Metabolism (SCI 45)
Instructor: Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Schedule: 6 weeks, (Thursdays), Feb 4—Mar 11, 6:30-9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns calories, is directly related to health, fitness, and weight loss. A low metabolism can make it harder to achieve all three. In this course, we begin with the theory and application of the core components of exercise plus the “three Ws” of nutrition, then discuss how to coordinate exercise and nutrition so they are mutually supportive. This course is geared toward anyone who wonders why their exercise has hit a plateau, why they can’t lose weight in spite of exercising more and eating fewer calories, or why some aspects of their health have worsened even as they try to improve them. Learn more »
Diet and Gene Expression: You Are What you Eat (BIO 03 W)
Instructor: Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics; Editor, Life by MDPI
Schedule: 5 weeks, Feb 15-Mar 19
Format: Flex Online

What if we could turn our “good” genes on and our “bad” genes off to improve our overall health by making the right dietary and lifestyle choices? Learn how with epigenetics, the study of how lifestyle factors can change gene activity without modifying the underlying DNA. In this course, we will discover how food is a powerful signal to our genes that can positively impact our metabolism, longevity, and mental well-being. With this information, you will be able to design a personalized nutrition action plan to positively impact your gene expression. Learn more »
The Science of Personal Success (SCI 46)
Instructor: Joel Constable, Director of Talent Development, Intuit
Schedule: 5 weeks (Tuesdays), Feb 16–Mar 16, 6:30–8:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Have you ever set out to achieve a personal goal only to fall short, or worse yet, not even start? The good news is that there is a science to success. Drawing upon research in psychology, behavioral economics, and the neuroscience of change, this workshop will examine why change is so difficult and introduce a step-by-step process to take you from where you are now to where you want to be. Students will leave the workshop armed with new tools and strategies to achieve their own version of success. Learn more »
Begin Again: A Half-Day Mindfulness and Writing Retreat (WSP 80)
Instructor: Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Schedule:1 day (Saturday), Feb 20, 10:00 am–1:30 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

Writing, paired with mindfulness practice, can bring us back to ourselves and connect us to others, even during the most challenging of times. By dropping into guided meditations, responding to creative and reflective writing prompts, sharing the words that result, and listening and reading mindfully as a celebration of our common humanity, we will build community while learning tools that expand our capacity to be with present moment experience.

This workshop will follow the format of Kelly McGonigal and Ammi Keller’s previous mindfulness and writing retreats but will include new practices and writing prompts. Past attendees looking to deepen their experience are encouraged to attend. Learn more »
Your Next Life Chapter: A Design Thinking and Behavioral Science-Based Approach (WSP 381)
Instructor: Raj Bhargava, Educator; Entrepreneur
Schedule: 4 weeks (Mondays), Feb 22, 6:00–7:00 pm; Mar 1–15, 6:00–9:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online

The current pandemic has touched everyone globally. Many of us are considering how to improve key aspects of our lives—work, health, love, community, play, or spirituality. This workshop, based on a course the instructor teaches to Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, will help you identify the areas that matter most to you and develop a plan for change in these areas. To help inform and sustain your change efforts, we will explore what behavioral science research tells us about the meaning of life, mindsets, vulnerability, and habits. Learn more »  

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