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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN PRACTICE
The international Positive Psychology movement, which was initiated by Seligman nearly two decades ago, continues to capture the attention of people around the world as a ground-breaking discovery in the understanding of the human psyche. Despite still being a relatively new field, it continues to be an important development in psychology, using scientifically proven methods to try and understand what makes people flourish and their life worth living. As the name suggests, this study or way of thinking focuses on positive thoughts, positive emotions and positive traits and a deeper understanding of this.
Traditionally, in the study and treatment of mental health, clinical psychology has focused almost entirely on illness and suffering and what breaks the human condition. It has long since been standard practice to try and tackle the negative aspects of one’s life, i.e. their emotions, personality traits or destructive relationships. While Positive Psychology’s aim is not to disregard the traditional way of looking at and treating mental health and analysing human suffering, its focus is rather on the study and understanding of wellbeing, happiness, optimism, altruism, courage, love, flow, personal strengths, creativity and imagination for personal and professional development. In this, there is the belief that a more holistic and realistic view of the human experience can be understood. Out of his interest to discover what made a life one worth living, Seligman came up with his PERMA model, which comprises 5 elements that make up the basis of what positive psychology is all about. These 5 elements include positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. He postulates in his theory that these elements all contain three important properties; they contribute to well-being, people pursue them in all cultures and they are measured and defined independently from each other. In essence, Positive psychology is the study of the processes, conditions and traits that contribute to the flourishing and optimal functioning of humans.
Our upcoming conference on “Positive Psychology in Practice” will focus on cutting-edge science and the practical application of Positive Psychology Interventions in healthcare, education systems, organisations and communities. The aim of this event is to gain a better understanding of what Positive Psychology actually is, the study and science behind it and how to apply it in your practice. Plenary sessions will be interspersed throughout the day with question and answer sessions and panel discussions. The meeting will provide a valuable opportunity to network, share knowledge and ideas, and consider collaborative projects.
With numerous topics ranging from the understanding of the basis of positive psychology, to mindfulness and to how to overcome difficult circumstances and turn them into positive experiences, there is something to interest everyone. The concurrent workshops, spearheaded by experts in their field, deal with gaining the skills and tools for practical application of positive psychology.
7 CPD Credits