Although the field of mental health has traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.” By tapping into our client’s internal strengths, we can boost resiliency and increase well-being and fulfillment. In doing so, we buffer against a variety of mental health difficulties, and can even enhance physical health. In this workshop, drawn from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, and cutting-edge neuroscience, you’ll explore:
- Strategies that help clients fight their negativity bias, including savoring positive experiences and cultivating strengths
- The impact of positive emotional states on health, relationships, creativity, and job performance
- The key brain regions linked to well-being, and how positive neuroplasticity can help strengthen them
- How to integrate exercises into your practice that encourage forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion
Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is the Director of Clinical Training for a large program at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being, and The Happiness Toolbox.