At our core, we all wish to be happy. Most of our major life decisions – where we live, who we marry, how we work – are made with the goal of happiness in mind. Yet for many of us, happiness can feel harder and harder to come by these days. Depression, anxiety, and stress run rampant – taking an enormous toll on us as individuals, families, workplaces, and society. But exciting changes have started to take place, with tremendous implications for changing our lives. Over the past decade, 2 emerging fields – positive psychology and neuroscience – have begun to offer us hope for lasting change. This workshop synthesizes these approaches in a practical, easy-to-use manner.
Join positive psychologist and author Jonah Paquette, Psy.D. for an exciting experiential workshop focused on the science of well-being and the ingredients of a meaningful life. Weaving modern advances in neuroscience with strategies for lasting well-being, this workshop will provide you with the necessary skills to transform your clinical work. Learn how practices like gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, self-compassion, awe, and more – can create lasting changes to our level of well-being and even improve our physical health. Even more, learn how these approaches can, over time, create lasting changes in our brain thanks to the power of neuroplasticity. In doing so, we can combat stress, reduce burnout, improve our relationships and job performance, and foster greater physical and emotional health. Through hands-on practice, didactic presentation, and time for reflection, you’ll learn how to expertly apply these skills into your life and your work. By attending this program, you’ll be equipped to implement these approaches into your clinical practice, starting immediately.
a). Articulate the benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and job performance.
b). Explain and apply the concept of the negativity bias, as it pertains to clients struggling with depression or anxiety.
c). Administer specific practices to cultivate gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, and connection – and understand how to integrate these practices effectively into treatment.
d). Explore specific areas of the brain linked to positive emotional states, and learn techniques to increase neuronal firing to these regions in order to create lasting change through the process of positive neuroplasticity.
e). Practice specific techniques to regulate the central nervous system and stimulate the vagus nerve, to help promote feelings of calm, safety, and peace.
f). Explain how awe and wonder impact our brain and nervous system, and how these experiences enhance our psychological and physical health.
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jonah Paquette, PsyD
Material Author(s): Jonah Paquette, PsyD
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