Jonah Paquette — Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Jonah Paquette, August 19-23, 2019
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being
August 19-23, 2019
Although the field of clinical psychology has traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” the newer sub-field of positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.” In this experiential seminar, participants will learn about the nature of happiness, and discover how positive psychology can help us to increase happiness both in ourselves and in our clients in a powerful way.
For most individuals, the desire to be happy is universal and ubiquitous. Indeed, numerous surveys around the world, spanning various cultures, have found that personal happiness ranks at the top of what people want most in life. And yet despite the importance we place on it, many individuals find lasting well-being to be frustratingly elusive. In fact, some studies suggest that rates of personal happiness may even be declining in recent years.
Whereas the question of happiness has historically been left to fields like philosophy and theology, the past decade has witnessed an explosion of research offering evidence-based findings in the areas of happiness and well-being. Positive psychology has shed newfound light on the pursuit of happiness, and offers clinicians a valuable supplement to traditional approaches in their work with clients.
In this seminar, participants will explore what it means to be happy, why happiness is so important, and why it can often feel so hard to come by. We will then explore 10 research-based principles for lasting well-being, drawing from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, and cutting-edge neuroscience. In addition, we will introduce and put into practice over 50 evidence-based tools and techniques that can easily be implemented into clinical practice.
Through discussion, lecture, clinical vignettes, and small group work, you will learn to harness these breakthrough findings and transform your clinical work.
Happiness: What is it really, and why does it matter?
It’s good to be happy: The impact of personal well-being on health, longevity, and career success
Roadblocks to happiness: Why is well-being so elusive?
Principle 1: Gratitude
Principle 2: Kindness and Altruism
Principle 3: Mindfulness
Principle 4: Self-Compassion
Principle 5: Connection
Principle 6: Optimism
Principle 7: Forgiveness
Principle 8: Savoring
Principle 9: Harnessing Strengths
Principle 10: Finding Flow
Additional Concepts of Note
Applying Positive Psychological Interventions to Clinical Populations
Making it stick: Creating a Happiness Maintenance Plan
In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and wellbeing with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you.
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What our alumni are saying:
"Jonah is a marvelous presenter. His positivity, knowledge, enthusiasm, organization re materials while mixing up the presentation with video clips, quotes, his humor and his experiences all made this a fabulous learning experience."
"Truly enjoyed Jonah's course: knowledgeable, open, engaging, sense of humor, kindness…a gifted speaker and educator."
"Jonah repackaged many elements of happiness in a way that makes it organized and accessible in my mind!"
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This course has been approved by the ASWB NJ CE Approval Program for 15 Clinical Social Work Practice credits.