Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain

Rated 5 out of 5 by from informative, helpful I haven't done all the exercises he suggested, just watched the dvds, but it was still very helpful and,interesting, informative much more than I expected. I learned a lot more about CBT than I knew before..
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent rapport building amd Psyoeducational I have watched thr first 4 videos on the list of 24 and I find them interesting and helpful. 30 minutes is a nice length of time to end each seminar.
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CBT I am so happy I bought this course. It has so much good information and is also helping me deal with my thoughts and actions because I can use the CBT strategies. Excellent teacher.
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Inspiring. As a psychiatrist, who treats patients with depression, anxiety, substance misuse and psychotic disorders, I am interested in the incorporation of cognitive behavior therapy principles into brief medical visits. This course provides a treasure trove of practical skills and tools, that can be utilized by health professionals, students, patients and their families alike. Professor Satterfield is dynamic, energetic, and informative, but also engaging and understandable. The clinical vignettes complemented with demonstration of CBT strategies are invaluable. This should be a required course students of all disciplines engaged in the pursuit of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative, excellent Professor Satterfield Very well done, good pace and easy to listen, learn and enjoy. Both informative and practical applications. Good format, used real examples of the processes.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good clinical teaching Very clear guide to CBT. But he needs to stop making unfounded swipes at Freud and Psychoanalysis. The latter still has a role in treatment of troubled people - from once a week to more intensive therapy. CBT also has an important role but it is limited in scope and not everyone can use it or benefits from it, as is the case with psychoanalysis. That said, his use of patients to illustrate the course is very helpful.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent content and real cases I am so grateful to the three people who allowed their sessions to be recorded for the benefit of the rest of us. I was cheering them on and was so happy to see their progress. Professor Satterfield is the ideal therapist and is great at imparting information with empathy.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course! I bought this a few weeks ago and could not be happier! Easy to follow segments of about 30min each. Professor Satterfield takes you into live session with some clients and helps them through various issues. You can follow along how they come to the root of their problems and find a solution that works long term!! This is worth every penny that you spend.
Date published: 2020-05-09
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
Course Trailer
Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
1: Cognitive Behavioral Foundations

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 you can train your brain to improve motivation, management of emotions, and interpersonal skills....

33 min
Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy
2: Quantified Self-Assessment for 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 goals, and begins to collect data about their thoughts, emotions, and actions....

32 min
Setting Therapeutic Goals
3: Setting Therapeutic Goals

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 the doctor helps Michael unpack his anger to understand why certain situations make him furious....

30 min
Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
4: Third-Wave 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!...

32 min
Stress and Coping
5: Stress and Coping

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 your preferred coping styles to determine whether or not you're selecting the best adaptive strategies for you....

32 min
Anxiety and Fear
6: Anxiety and Fear

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 the things you once feared or avoided....

29 min
Treating Depression
7: Treating Depression

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 how you can apply these same techniques to lift your mood....

34 min
Anger and Rage
8: Anger and Rage

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 you recognize triggers and defuse them before they become full-blown rage....

32 min
Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
9: Advanced 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 to find something that works for each individual person, given his or her life circumstances....

30 min
Positive Psychology
10: Positive Psychology

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 effective for cultivating improved mood....

29 min
Healing Traumatic Injuries
11: Healing Traumatic Injuries

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 sessions help to unstick the brain and begin the process of repairing damage....

30 min
Forgiveness and Letting Go
12: Forgiveness and Letting Go

Forgiveness-and its associated health benefits-begins with a cognitive decision and can be promoted with both cognitive and behavioral strategies. Delve into the fascinating scientific research on forgiveness, identify maladaptive strategies that are holding you back, and create an A.C.T.I.O.N. plan....

31 min
Digging Deep and Finding Meaning
13: Digging Deep and Finding Meaning

Move beyond searching for explanations for why painful events happened, instead turning your thoughts to what those events mean in your broader perspective and how your reactions can be intentionally shaped using CBT. See how CBT can provide tools to support positive shifts in perspective and help you see the bigger picture....

29 min
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medicine
14: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medicine

Recently, there has been growing acceptance of CBT as part of the treatment for medical illnesses, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease to cancer. Discover the pivotal role that cognitions and emotions can play in empowering patients and helping them manage their physical maladies....

30 min
Staying on the Wagon
15: Staying on the Wagon

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 by the CBT skills you've learned in previous lectures....

31 min
Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition
16: Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition

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 them to healthy eating and exercise habits....

31 min
Behavioral Therapy for Chemical Addictions
17: Behavioral Therapy for Chemical Addictions

Review the basics of substance use disorders-alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs-and what second- or third-wave CBT therapies can offer people who suffer with addiction. Add community reinforcement approach (CRA) to your CBT toolkit and see how it can be more successful than 12-step recovery programs....

32 min
Getting a Good Night's Sleep
18: Getting a Good Night's Sleep

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) to fall asleep faster and wake more rested....

32 min
Mastering Chronic Pain
19: Mastering Chronic Pain

Both cognitive and behavioral factors influence the experience of pain and the intensity of suffering. Learn how psychological factors can alter the experience of pain, look at mind-body factors that can alleviate or exacerbate chronic pain, and take out the CBT toolbox to see how it can be applied to physical, rather than emotional, hurt....

31 min
Building and Deepening Relationships
20: Building and Deepening Relationships

Relationships are vital to our health and happiness. Explore the intricate world of human relationships, study the unwritten rules of social interactions, and discover how CBT can help you think through difficult situations without letting your emotions get the best of you....

32 min
Constructive Conflict and Fighting Fair
21: Constructive Conflict and Fighting Fair

Go beyond the one-on-one therapist-patient scenario and look at CBT's approach to couples' therapy, focusing on communication, conflict, empathy, respect, and intimacy. Meet Michael's wife as she joins her husband in Dr. Satterfield's office to talk about Michael's anger and their relationship....

32 min
Thriving at Work through Behavioral Health
22: Thriving at Work through Behavioral Health

Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressors. Examine best-selling books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win Friends and Influence People and see where they line up neatly with CBT-and where CBT offers a better way to achieve success and happiness in the workplace....

33 min
Developing Emotional Flexibility
23: Developing Emotional Flexibility

Peer into the lives of people who have thrived in the face of adversity-why do some people flower while others wilt? The keys to flourishing are flexibility and resilience. Complete your CBT toolkit with a list of ten ways that you can develop and sustain personal resilience....

31 min
Finding the Best Help
24: Finding the Best Help

Round out the course with a look at Carol, Maria, and Michael's progress. Then, Dr. Satterfield gives you his personal recommendations for finding a quality therapist, making the most of your sessions, evaluating your progress, and knowing when to end your therapy sessions....

38 min
Jason M. Satterfield

Doing a comprehensive course on mind-body medicine has been a lifelong dream. We can all manage our health and alter our environments. Next up: cognitive therapy tools that can improve health and wellness. Onward and upward!


University of Pennsylvania


University of California, San Francisco

About Jason M. Satterfield

Professor Jason M. Satterfield is Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He earned his B.S. in Brain Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently directs the UCSF Behavioral Medicine Unit, which integrates mental and behavioral health services into adult primary care. Professor Satterfield’s book, A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to the Beginning of the End of Life: Minding the Body, was recognized as a Self-Help Book of Merit by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He served on the Behavioral and Social Science Subcommittee that revised the Medical College Admission Test-work that was recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine and The New York Times. Professor Satterfield is also part of a core interdisciplinary team that is writing a medical textbook based on the biopsychosocial model. He has been nominated for multiple teaching awards at UCSF, and he is often competitively selected to teach at national conferences for a wide variety of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

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