121 – Putting Positive Psychology into Practice

What Works and What Doesn’t
Jonah Paquette

Although the field of mental health has traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” the newer subfield of positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.” In doing so, we buffer against a variety of mental health difficulties for clients, and may even enhance a broad range of physical health outcomes. This workshop draws from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, and cutting-edge neuroscience. You’ll consider:

  • Common barriers to happiness and strategies for fighting clients’ negativity bias, including savoring positive experiences and cultivating strengths
  • The impact of happiness on health, relationships, creativity, and job performance for clients as it relates to treatment
  • The 10 key evidence-based principles that may lastingly increase happiness and well-being
  • Specific exercises for encouraging forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion to boost resilience in clients
  • How to integrate practices from positive psychology into your current practice


Jonah Paquette, PsyD, works for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he’s the director of clinical training for a postdoctoral residency program. He’s the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jonah Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jonah Paquette is a member of the; American Psychological Association; and the California Psychological Association.

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