Practical Applications with Young People and Families
There are two complementary strategies for improving the well-being of people. One is to relieve what is negative in life; the other is to strengthen what is positive. Mainstream psychology focuses largely on the first strategy; positive psychology emphasizes the second. In less than a decade, positive psychology has caught the attention of the academic community and increasingly is successfully utilised by helping professionals to improve the overall wellbeing of the people they work with.
Positive psychology approaches balance practice so that they are as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of people fulfilling as with healing pathology. The value of positive psychology is to complement and extend the problem-focused psychology that has been dominant for many decades. Its focus is on potential, and it aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals, families and communities to thrive.
In this highly engaging workshop Dr Denise Quinlan will introduce positive psychology models and techniques that are of particular relevance to work with children, young people and families.
Some of the key areas that will be discussed include:
- The science behind positive psychology and why it has proven to be so successful
- Positive psychology’s links to positive youth development and resilience, emotions research and cognitive and social neuroscience
- An introduction to positive psychology concepts that build, promote and develop well-being including adopting a strengths focus, mindfulness, savouring and gratitude.
- Why relationships and social connection are vital for wellbeing at all ages, and how positive emotions and experiences contribute to wellbeing.
- An exploration of a suite of practical positive psychology techniques and tools that can be used to facilitate well-being which have applicability across a range of professional settings
- How Positive Pyschology interventions can be applied when risk and vulnerability are present
Dr Denise Quinlan specialises in the science of well-being. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD focused on well-being in education. She lectures in positive psychology for an Australian-based Diploma of positive psychology and a Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy at IE University in Spain. She has published in international journals and authored multiple chapters on topics relating to positive psychology and resilience. Denise is the creator of the ‘Awesome Us’ strengths programme which was recently piloted in New Zealand schools. Denise speaks with an engaging energy and clarity on this topic that will ensure participants leave equipped with practical strategies that can be incorporated immediately into their existing practice framework.
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'Dr Quinlan is a fantastic speaker. I would highly recommend this seminar. Educational and insightful with realistic and practical tools to be used in the work place. Just brilliant.'