How Do I Deal With This? Coping Skills

OSH 863 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course description:  This course teaches coping skills to handle stressful life events more effectively.  Negative events happen to everyone, but some people do a better job of coping with these stressors.  You will learn and practice skills such as problem-solving, challenging negative thoughts, assertiveness training and anger management.  You will also have the opportunity to learn several relaxation techniques.  After this course, you should be better prepared to deal with life’s challenges. 

Week 1

Introduction to coping skills; How thoughts influence reactions; Relaxation Techniques.

Week 2

Identifying unhelpful thinking; Challenging inaccurate negative thoughts; Relaxation Techniques.

Week 3

Stress management; Identifying stressors; Understanding the impact of stress on your body; Learn basic ways to cope with stress (e.g. pleasurable activities, the 3 A’s, etc.);  Relaxation Techniques.

Week 4

Types of coping: Emotion-focused vs. Problem-focused coping; Five steps of problem solving; Relaxation Techniques.

Week 5

Improving communication skills; Assertiveness training; Relaxation Techniques.

Week 6

Increasing social support; Anger management; Relapse prevention; Relaxation Techniques.


SUGGESTED READING: The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 6th Ed. (2008) by M. Davis, E. R. Eschelman & M. McKay, $15.98


Instructor: Dr. Judith McCalla


This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020