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Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
Episode 1 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients--Carol, Michael, and Maria--each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how…
Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy
Episode 2 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trace the roots of CBT and see how it upends the typical psychoanalysis process, focusing on daily events and emotions instead of past history. Watch as Dr. Satterfield performs an initial assessment of three new patients, helps them set SMART…
Stress and Coping
Episode 5 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Alleviate stress by learning how to quiet the two primary physiological stress pathways: one secretes the stress hormone called cortisol, and the other secretes epinephrine or adrenaline (often called the fight or flight response). See how CBT helps you examine…
Anxiety and Fear
Episode 6 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Contrast the emotions of anxiety and fear, and consider how each can feed the other. Use the SUDS hierarchy to perform a thorough analysis of situations that induce these feelings, then see how behavioral experiments can systematically desensitize you to…
Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Episode 4 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Now that you are familiar with the basics of CBT, explore the Third Wave, which focuses on the process of cognition rather than its content. It's been described as Buddhist meditation meets CBT, and the research shows some surprising results!
Why Time Is a Mystery
Episode 1 of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Series
Begin your study of the physics of time with these questions: What is a clock? What does it mean to say that "time passes"? What is the "arrow of time"? Then look at the concept of entropy and how it…
Treating Depression
Episode 7 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Identify the nine hallmark symptoms of depression, then use the CBT triangle to describe the three downward spirals that contribute to a depressive episode. Observe as Dr. Satterfield walks Maria through tools to help her alleviate her depression, and learn…
Staying on the Wagon
Episode 15 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more, learn the secrets to creating habits that stick. Identify and define core concepts, such as self-control, self-discipline, motivation, and willpower, and see how each of these can be affected…
Setting Therapeutic Goals
Episode 3 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A fascinating aspect of CBT is the collaborative journey the therapist and patient take to create the patient's case formulation, a living document that serves as a basis for an individual treatment plan and guides the therapy process. Watch as…
Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Episode 9 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Progress from basic cognitive restructuring to an in-depth look at a tool that helps build awareness of the thoughts and emotions you have in a particular situation. See how the collaborative problem solving in CBT creates flexibility and the creativity…
What Is Time?
Episode 2 of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Series
Approach time from a philosophical perspective. "Presentism" holds that the past and future are not real; only the present moment is real. However, the laws of physics appear to support "eternalism"--the view that all of the moments in the history…
Anger and Rage
Episode 8 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Delve into the surprising root of many anger issues and see how CBT works to decrease "hostile fantasies," or the thoughts you have when a person or situation triggers your anger. Add simple exercises to your life that will help…
The Importance of the Higgs Boson
Episode 1 of The Higgs Boson and Beyond Course
Why was the discovery of the Higgs boson such a big deal? That's the key question that Professor Carroll tackles in his illuminating introduction. Take a fascinating dive into the world of modern particle physics and see how the Higgs…
Keeping Time
Episode 3 of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Series
How do we measure the passage of time? Discover that practical concerns have driven the search for more and more accurate clocks. In the 18th century, the problem of determining longitude was solved with a timepiece of unprecedented accuracy. Today's…
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Episode 18 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Fewer than half of Americans say they get a good night's sleep on most nights. Observe as Dr. Satterfield works with Maria to assess her quality and quantity of sleep. Apply the techniques of CBTI (the "I" is for insomnia)…
Positive Psychology
Episode 10 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Although CBT was developed for the treatment of psychopathology and negative mood states, it has more recently been used as a way to encourage or induce positive emotion. Explore recent scientific studies about happiness, and learn which exercises are most…
Quantum Field Theory
Episode 2 of The Higgs Boson and Beyond Course
Toss out the textbook image of electrons circling an atom's nucleus. This lecture explores the big twist of quantum field theory: The world isn't really made of particles. They're fascinating and necessary figments of quantum mechanics created by observing the…
Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition
Episode 16 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Yo-yo no more: Patients who used CBT to manage their relationship with food and exercise showed decreased weight, decreased body mass index, decreased waist circumference, and improved eating habits. Use the core behavior change principles from previous lectures and apply…
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Episode 5 of Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Series
Trace the history of the second law of thermodynamics, considered by many physicists to be the one law of physics most likely to survive unaltered for the next thousand years. The second law says that entropy--the degree of disorder in…
Healing Traumatic Injuries
Episode 11 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Define the various types of trauma that can affect people--from combat veterans suffering from PTSD to victims of random violence--and learn how CBT can be used to treat these patients with great success. See how the tools used in CBT…