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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Lecture

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain

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Publisher's Summary

Why is it so hard to lose weight, stop smoking, or establish healthy habits? Why do couples argue about the same issues over and over? Why do so many people lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Why is it so difficult to come to terms with a loved one's death, even if it's after a long illness?

The answers to these questions - and the path to lasting change in your life - lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life.

In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. You will explore CBT's roots in Socratic and stoic philosophy, build a toolkit of CBT techniques, and hear about the latest research about its outcomes. Additionally this intriguing and practical course allows you to take on the role of medical student, physician, psychologist, and patient.

Throughout the course you'll explore issues that cause people to seek out therapy. In some cases you'll get to hear Dr. Satterfield working with a patient, and in others you'll be delving into research to find what causes issues and how CBT helps to resolve them.

Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. With the tools in CBT and the desire to make your situation better, you can create lasting change in your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 The Great Courses; 2015 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Becky 29/02/2016
    Becky 29/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting"

    Great presentation. Easy to listen to. It's great to have example therapy sessions to listen in on.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    andrew clift 29/03/2016
    andrew clift 29/03/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant information"

    this is a fantastic guide to anyone who is interested in working on their self or wishes to help others do so

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 05/03/2016
    Brendan 05/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit dull, and slow reading, but interesting info"

    Not what I expected but interesting nonetheless. Useful information for anyone suffering mental illness or stress or in their life and anyone who is struggling. Also useful for students and professionals trying to get into psychology/therapy fields. A little dull at times, but there's some good stuff in there too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jaise 19/01/2017
    jaise 19/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book and we'll presented"

    brilliant book and one that I will listen to time and time again for reference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Weir 12/10/2016
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    "Fascinating study of modern Psychology"

    A very well structured study of the history and current modern approaches to Psychology. Narrated by an expert in the field but delivered in a way that is easy to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Wilson 12/07/2016
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    "Amazing - great book"

    This book to a heavy complex subject and made it truely enjoyable and practical to understand. Truely a standout for the narrated books I have listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 05/04/2016
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    "Better than self help"

    Great research with real strategies. This is profound research to bettering myself and to understanding others.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 16/11/2015
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    "I highly recommend this excellent CBT course"

    Thank you! I thought it was fantastic. I am currently a psych student and this has proven to be a valuable additional resource to my studies. It puts CBT in a practical application nutshell. I will be recommending it to fellow students. My only criticism would be that even though it shared many recommended resources by naming them where relevant, it would have been handy to get them all listed at the end of the course.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Kirby 09/03/2017
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    "absolutely brilliant and easy to listen to."

    Great book that plays lots of actual sessions and lets you watch actual patients progress.

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    "Very informative."

    The narrator is great & it is easy to listen to. The information is interesting.

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  • Stephanie-Samantha
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    9/01/16
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    "Great addition to my counseling practice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book to psychology practitioners and motivated clients. It is well organized and well read. I listen while I do my daily exercise (walking). I often end up writing emails to myself to remember to look up certain topics when I arrive home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a difficult question to answer because I like it all so much. I think the narration was particularly outstanding. The narrator is straightforward and cites references or appropriate links when needed. I have found some audible narrator of scientific information try to be funny or cute, and it ends up distracting from the narration. This is not the case with Dr. Satterfield.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Jason M. Satterfield – was your favorite?

    Himself. He narrates the book based on his own research.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • G. Taylor
    11/09/15
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    "Not what I was looking for."

    I found it somewhat boring. There's good information here but listening to the exchanges between the therapist and the patient didn't seem like the best way to present it. There's nothing terribly wrong with this. It just didn't interest me.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
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    "Total waste of time"
    What disappointed you about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

    This book is extremely broad and has no depth at all. The title "Techniques for Retraining Your Brain" is total garbage. It gives you surface level knowledge of a range of ailments. A quick Wikipedia search for each of these different ailments would be much quicker and much more fruitful.

    From this book I was expecting to learn how to recognize negative thoughts, and then learn strategies to rationalize them so they aren't debilitating to one's mood or self-esteem. I got none of this. Here is a breakdown of each lecture:

    -This is what depression is.
    -This is how many people it affects.
    -CBT can help with this. (But no information on HOW)
    -Here's a really boring example of a patient talking about depression.
    -Here's more surface level information about depression BUT NO COGNITIVE STRATEGIES to deal with it.
    -Replace depression with whatever other ailment he's talking about in a different lecture and you have the whole course summed up.

    I can't seem to grasp why anyone would see this as useful unless you're in an extremely low state and just need something to get you out of bed. Perhaps this could be that push to get some meaningful help?

    I'm reading "Feeling Good" right now by David Burns and the first 10% of this book gives more information than this whole "course".


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Talk about COGNITIONS!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performances?

    Definitely not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    362 of 417 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    22/07/15
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    "A solid introduction to CBT"

    The Author/Narrator has a very kind tenor, this guides the entire course. The course is systematic, switching from symptom to symptom to break up any monotony. Numerous cases and recordings from actual therapy sessions are used as the primary teaching tool throughout the course. This provides context for the ideas and techniques being presented. This is an over arching introduction into what a course of CBT may look like. If you are interested in learning more about psychology in general, and in being exposed to techniques to help with the turmoil of life, this is a good start.

    75 of 92 people found this review helpful
  • Damien M. Wilson
    Petaluma, CA
    11/12/15
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    "I just couldn't get into this...."
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Jason M. Satterfield?

    Of course. One book does not an author make! It's possible that I just didn't appreciate this example.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

    The moment when the author tried to engage experiment subjects by asking them to answer questions while being recorded.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performances?

    Yes, but if I experienced the same result, I'd avoid his books in future.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I'm fascinated by Neuropsychology, but the openly promotional manner in the way this book opened probably put me in a skeptical mood as a reader.


    Any additional comments?

    There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary 'padding' out in the initial chapters that just turned me off this book. The author was trying to illustrate key points by using real subjects. This effort should be commended, as the change in narrator helped maintain appeal. Sadly, the subjects were either poorly chosen, or the editing of these elements of the book was omitted in the final version. As an e-reader, I need the sound to be clear, distinct, and entertaining. Brevity and interweaving concepts throughout the e-book is the key to readers keeping interest.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Broadnax
    2/11/15
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    "I'm so glad this was an audio book!"

    This course had a lot of information, but it was interesting and insightful. Also easier to grasp in small chunks. Very helpful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ken DV
    Cancun
    28/08/15
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    "Just not my thing"

    I figured the knowledge imparted would be more generally usable but unless one plans to provide therapy it's not the most interesting book.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • buyerinca
    1/08/15
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    "Absolutely wonderful!"

    The author did an incredible job presenting this info. He was extremely clear, informative, and unbiased. He often presented CBT in a wider context in terms of what other approaches were available and what the research supported. I always felt like he was an incredibly smart honest objective teacher whose ultimate goal was simply giving people the best tools available and was open about what is yet to be fully understood.

    His voice is unbelievable! It's so kind I could've listened to him reciting 100 bottles of beer on the wall! Thankfully the content was just as excellent.

    The case studies were really interesting and a nice way to see CBT at work in someone else's situation.

    Highly recommend.

    36 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • P
    North Carolina
    26/08/15
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    "So personable and full of grace"

    Professor Satterfield clearly knows his business and believes in it. He believes that people can be better. I really enjoyed the personal interviews and learned a lot from his patients. It is a hopeful course and a useful one

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    16/07/15
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    "The therapy sessions drive the message home"

    I found the therapy session scenarios very helpful. They helped me understand the CBT concepts in question. Additionally, I found the advice on selfhelp tools such as apps and books and questions to ask a potential therapist very beneficial.

    48 of 66 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma
    22/07/16
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    "impressively interesting"

    As i am studying a counselling diploma, i was looking for a better understanding of CBT. I could not have asked for more! Everything was explained so clearly and thoroughly and the examples were a great way of seeing how the techniques are put into practice.
    I really wish there were more audible books like this!! Driving will not be the same without it!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    31/10/16
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    "A Great guide to self-help and more ..."

    a very helpful and revealing book , it helped me a lot in understanding ,myself and some of the people around me better , I'll probably listen to it again . thanks

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • T
    21/06/16
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    "really useful information that actually work! I"

    I recommend this to anyone who wants freedom peace or wishes to find grace and courage

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    23/08/16
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    "Very good reading"

    At first I thought that it was to technical to me, but it was pretty good during the lecture.
    The narrative is simple, full of researchs and tips. Really enjoyed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. R. Volpe
    UK
    25/10/15
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    "Very good cbt course"

    Really comprehensive and engaging hearing cbt in action with the case studies, will be listening again.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Parke
    22/07/16
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    "I was sad when it was done"

    The best book I have ever had from the start I was locked in. It was very insightful and eye opening. It's just a most read. I am all the better for having listened and will be starting all over again. A joy.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Aravis
    19/09/16
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    "Amazing course - both theory and practice"

    This is one of the best non-fiction audiobooks I have ever purchased, and hands-down better than any self-help book I have ever used. (I include even David Burns' classic Feeling Good, which is great but takes a lot more effort to get into and apply). Professor Satterfield strikes a wonderful balance between very clear and concrete practical guidance for daily life and setting out the theoretical underpinnings of the CBT model and carefully explaining the evidence base for the various techniques. The case studies are very illuminating and Professor Satterfield does a great job of avoiding a reductive or overly schematised picture of the challenges of human existence within the CBT framework. Highly, highly recommended.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • David Conway
    24/09/15
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    "A must for anyone wanting to learn CBT"

    Excellent and accessible
    Great narration while delivering helpful advice. Recommend to anyone with family or friends needing help or indeed for yourself.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    12/10/15
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    "Very good"

    it's one of them books that would be helpfull to anyone that listens to it and is narrated very well too

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Mirenda Rosenberg
    Ireland
    20/07/15
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    "Clear and practical explanation of CBT"
    If you could sum up Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent resource.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent lecture series. The course outlines CBT in a clear, understanble way. Additionally, it also utilises real life examples. I can't recommend enough.

    52 of 77 people found this review helpful

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