Crash Course in Stoicism

A ten-minute introduction to Stoic philosophy and psychological resilience-building.

Are you ready to begin? This is a lightning introduction to Stoic philosophy, which will take you just a few minutes to complete. If you want to quick overview of Stoicism, this is the best place to begin. You'll also get access to some surprise bonus resources such as reading lists and references to other information to get your studies started. We've deliberately made this as short and sweet as possible because it's a "crash course" - a starting point. We'll direct you toward other resources if you want to learn more, which we assume you probably will. Update: Over 1,000 people have enrolled on this course since it was launched on 7th July 2017.

Goal: To develop an understanding of what Stoic philosophy is and how it can be helpful in modern life.

Duration: Approx. 10 min.

Price: Free of charge. (Estimated value $49.)

Start: Anytime (continuous intake)

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand what Stoic philosophy is
  2. To be able to identify some of the key figures in the history of Stoicism
  3. To understand two of the main Stoic psychological techniques and their benefits


Here's some feedback kindly offered by students who have already completed this course:

This is both fun and beneficial. Can we put it in every congressman's mailbox?tpetrocci
Thank you for this course. It really piqued my interest in Stoicism and provides great resources for learning more. Paul LaFleur
This is a great introduction to Stoicism by Donald Robertson. I recommend reading his books Stoicism and The Art of Happiness and The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Both of these books have helped me develop Stoicism as a philosophy for a better way of living and have inspired me to study CBT as a career path. Mark Husher
Thank you Donald for this free course which is a short but very comprehensive introduction to Stoicism. Familiarising myself with The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and focusing on meaningful passages was the start of my Stoic journey a few years ago. Having experience of your SMRT course on two previous occasions I can highly recommend them. Alison McCone

Your Instructor

Donald Robertson
Donald Robertson

Donald is a trainer and author, with over twenty years’ experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. He was born in Scotland but worked as a psychotherapist for twenty years in London, England, where he ran a training school for therapists, before emigrating to Canada to focus on his writing and developing new approaches to psychological skills training. Donald is the author of five books on philosophy and psychotherapy, as well as having contributed chapters to four other publications. You can contact him via his website.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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