SIPPA Student Mentoring and Professional Development Event
The Fifth World Congress was a huge success and was an excellent opportunity for researchers, scholars, and students to learn about new developments in the domain of positive psychology. The Student Division of IPPA (SIPPA) hosted workshops and presentations related to their student mentoring program. See what the Executive Team of SIPPA had to say about the World Congress, below.
SIPPA’s Mentor and Professional Development event paired mentees with two mentors of their choice. During 30 minute sessions, mentors fostered conversation by preparing a workshop or facilitated discussion related to their field of expertise. Conversations ranged from implementing character based education into higher education, scientific advances in positive psychology, the graduate school experience and utilizing positive psychology, positive clinical psychology, and more! Small groups allowed mentees to have personal and developmental conversations with seasoned positive psychology practitioners, educators, researchers, and students alike. Mentees expressed leaving the event feeling inspired and excited to grow the field of positive psychology. One mentee from Tokyo, Japan noted, “This unique event made the trip to the World Congress worth it.” We welcome mentees to share their experience of the event in the comments section below.
“SIPPA’s executive team is proud to report our Mentor and Professional Development event was a sold-out success at the World Congress in Montreal. Students were able to spend quality time with leading professionals who continue to grow and inspire future generations in the field of positive psychology. Mentees were represented from around the globe, including, Spain, Japan, Australia, and Columbia. Positive psychology is truly going global! We want to send a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all our mentors and mentees, who without them, this event would not have been the success it was.”
Sierra Trudel, Mentoring Co-chair, SIPPA
“As President Elect, I couldn’t be happier with the student and executive team passion and support for IPPA’s Student Division at the World Congress. It was wonderful to bring our community a little closer and to learn so much about how we can grow and develop our division.”
Keith Cowley, President-elect, SIPPA
“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your participation at the SIPPA’s Anual Business Meeting, as well as SIPPA’s Mentoring Event at the World Congress.
And also, my thanks to my executive team, that I know how much time and effort they invested, to not only get the project done but also to ensure the quality of steps of the process.
Students all over the world are valued members of our team, and I truly appreciate their contributions, please ensure to visit SIPPA’s website for mentoring and student speaker series and other news.”
Alireza Memarian, President, SIPPA
“The World Congress provided a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded students passionate about positive psychology. SIPPA was well-represented, especially in providing a valuable mentoring experience where young students could learn directly from some scholars at the pinnacle of the field!”
Alex Landry, Conference & Special Events Co-chair, SIPPA
“It was unfortunate I was not able to attend the WC personally and a great opportunity missed. I would like to congratulate the IPPA for the immense success and the SIPPA team for their efforts during the WC. I was in touch with the events through SIPPA’s amazing executive team. I am looking forward to all the videos of the WC and enthusiastically waiting for the 6th World Congress.”
Arun Gurung, Communication Chair, SIPPA
SIPPA event speakers
Kim Cameron, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Most often when individuals receive personal feedback received from other people on survey instruments, they primarily focus on the lowest scores or the areas in which they need to improve. It is difficult for people to use others’ feedback to highlight strengths and areas of competency. This workshop focuses on a survey feedback process that provides individuals with behavioral information regarding their strengths and unique competencies–the Reflected Best-Self Feedback process.
Keith Cowley, SIPPA President-Elect, University of East London
How do you apply positive psychology as an MSc student? Focus is your best friend! Keith will present an informal talk on the many ways to apply positive psychology as a student in the field and how to focus your academic journey, followed by a Q&A session.
Stewart I. Donaldson, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
In the 17 years since the inception of the movement, the field of positive psychology has grown tremendously. This session on Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology will showcases the wide range of new theories, research, applications, and explorations in what can be termed “the next wave of positive psychology,” presenting novel findings and theories that acknowledge and mainstream sensitivity to real-world issues, adversity, culture, and context, in fresh new ways.
Attendees will explore how character strength development can be integrated into college-level courses. We will focus on the “Special 7” character strengths (Curiosity, Grit, Zest, Optimism, Social Intelligence, Gratitude, Self-Regulation) thought to be critical to K-12 student success, and will discuss how other strengths (e.g., Integrity, Judgment, Kindness) could play a pivotal role within higher education.
Ary Maharaj, M.Ed., H.BSc.; Project Coordinator – Flourish, University of Toronto Scarborough
Format: Facilitated discussion
Hear from a current Canadian graduate student who has been lucky to have spent the last 2 years implementing research at the forefront of positive clinical psychology into clinical programming and data-driven policy endeavours in order to hopefully better the mental health of students (15-24) across the country.
Tayyab Rachid, Ph.D., C.Psych., IPPA Clinical Division President, University of Toronto Scarborough
Format: Facilitated discussion
Grounded in the science of strengths and positive psychology, this presentation will share insights, from advances and setbacks, of ways to understand and advance the promising field of positive clinical psychology. The presenter will also share clinical anecdotes which sustained his commitment and quest to find the better and intact aspects of his clients.
Robert Vallerand, Ph.D., University of Quebec in Montreal
Format: Facilitated discussion
Is academia for me? What does it take to be a university professor? What is the job of a university professor anyway? Is it any different when conducting research in positive psychology? In this session, Professor Vallerand will attempt to answer questions people may have on academic life, including but not limited to research. He will be happy to share his experience as a scientist in the field of positive psychology with participants and encourage them to develop their own views of the field.