ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Professionals interested in increasing the happiness of their clients are invited to an introductory workshop on Applying Positive Psychology in Professional Practice to be held at St. Bonaventure University.
The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Hall of Fame Room in the Reilly Center on campus and Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology at the university, will lead the presentation. The workshop is open to all professionals but may be of particular interest to counselors, educators, development staff, psychologists and human resource personnel.
Through hands-on exercises, participants will be introduced to the most useful theories and studies on positive mental health. Participants will acquire assessment skills to identify positive personality traits, strengths and talents, and intervention skills to increase the happiness of clients. Participants will receive hard copies and file copies of the tools and instruments used in the workshop and each will receive a copy of the Harvard Medical School’s Report on positive psychology.
Individualized certificates of participation will be given to each participant. This workshop is equivalent to four hours of professional development training.
Walker has been teaching courses and doing research on positive psychology for more than a decade. His principal area of expertise is social psychology. He has published a variety of articles and papers on topics such as rumor and gossip, social forms of flow, and psychological well-being. He has been invited to speak on the results of his research on student well-being at national and international conferences, most recently at the United Nations. He is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
The registration fee is $70 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants; the registration deadline is Friday, July 27. To register, call Yvonne Peace at St. Bonaventure University weekdays at (716) 375-2192 or (716) 375-2675.
About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.
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