Happiness in Dark Times: The Role of Positivity When under Great Distress


Instructor: Maria Sirois, PsyD

This workshop is part of the Innovators in Clinical Practice series.
Recent research in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience demonstrate our ability to increase optimism, reduce chronic negative thinking, elevate meaning and strengthen connection, all of which contribute directly to increased resilience. This workshop will offer research and practical tools for clinicians working with patients/clients in states of grief, upheaval, illness, and/or chronic anxiety/depression to both acknowledge suffering while creating foundations of positivity. This program addresses a chronic need in patient/client populations of every age: how to create foundations of hope and resilience while under chronic or acute stress. Recent increases in dep/anxiety in young adult and elder populations as well as some evidence of rising trends of isolation indicate a clear need for this approach.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define Resilience from a positive-psychology perspective
2. Examine assumptions of resilience from diverse perspectives including, but not limited to gender identity, race, age, religion, sexual preference and class.
3. Describe Post-Traumatic Growth
4. Examine Appreciative Inquiry as a perspective and a practice
5. Explain Growth Mindset
6. Apply Optimism as an intervention for chronic anxiety, depression, pain, sadness
7. Apply Character Strengths to moments of moderate to high stress, including loss
8. Summarize Positive Psychology-Based Approaches
9. Discuss clinical implications for an integrated positive-psychology based interventions for diverse populations

Program Code: HDT6
Credits: 6
Fees: $150 ($75 for Fellows, Interns, & Students)

About the Innovators in Clinical Practice Series

William James College presents two exciting learning opportunities that offers participants thought provoking learning with a talented mental health professional. These programs provide a day long and/or an immersive online learning experience with innovative thinkers and practitioners who challenge our assumptions and encourage us to think in new ways about our work and our theoretical perspective.


  • When

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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