As positive psychology has developed and matured as a field, questions have arisen around ensuring that best practice is being followed. This issue is particularly pertinent in terms of its applied dimensions, such as the provision of positive psychology interventions by students and graduates of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) programs. At the 2019 World Congress of Positive Psychology, the first edition of ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice was presented. Since its launch, the guidelines have been translated into ten additional languages: Greek, Turkish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Persian, Spanish, Danish, French, and Arabic. The Guidelines are conceptualized as an iterative process developed and improved through feedback from the positive psychology community. In this webinar, join the authors who will offer an overview of the Guidelines, including the history of their inception and the process taken to elicit feedback from IPPA members and key stakeholders for the soon to be launched iteration two. We will then outline where the Guidelines may move to next and hear from some of the translators who will share their impressions and thoughts about future developments.

Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice

Date: May 3rd, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm ET

Location: Zoom

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Speaker Names, Titles, Institutions and Emails: 

Aaron Jarden, Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Director of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program; Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne;

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.; Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Faculty; University of Toronto Scarborough;

Annalise Roache, MSc, PCC; Director, The Coaching Toolbox and Doctoral Candidate;

Tim Lomas, Ph.D.; Senior Researcher for the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation;

Speaker Bios: 

Associate Professor Aaron Jarden is Director of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. He is a wellbeing consultant, social entrepreneur, has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter. He has previously been a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He is past president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, also co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing amongst others.

Dr. Tayyab Rashid a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). For more than 15 years, Dr. Rashid has worked with individuals experiencing complex mental health issues including severe depression, debilitating anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and PTSD using a culturally contextualized strengths-based therapeutic approach. Dr. Rashid has also worked with individuals experiencing severe trauma, including with 9/11 families, survivors of Asian Tsunami of 2004, with refugee families and journalists who have worked in high conflict zones and with survivors of mass shootings. His work has been published in academic journals, included in textbooks of psychiatry and psychotherapy, and has been featured in the media. His book Positive Psychotherapy (2018), co-written with Martin Seligman, is considered one of the most comprehensive clinical resources in the field and has been translated into 10 languages so far. Dr. Rashid won the Outstanding Practitioner Award (2017) from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and Chancellor Award (2018) from the University of Toronto.

Annalise Roache is a positive psychology practitioner, credentialed coach and mentor who has worked in one-to-one and group settings for the past 15 years. She completed a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London where she conducted an expressive writing randomised control trial testing PPI’s to ameliorate wellbeing and depression. She is undertaking Doctoral studies at Auckland University of Technology, where her research explores; Lay Theories of Wellbeing in New Zealand Adults. Investigating what laypeople believe wellbeing is, and what makes it better and worse for them. Her study aims to amplify the voice of laypeople and is uncovering some interesting similarities and differences to well-known wellbeing theory and models. She is an active member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology Association and recently completed a term as Development Co-Lead for the IPPA Student Division, overseeing the development of the Career and Professional Development webinar series.

Tim Lomas is a senior researcher for the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation, where his main role involves working with Gallup to explore non-Western perspectives on wellbeing. Tim completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012, with his thesis focusing on the impact of meditation on men’s mental health (combining cognitive neuroscience, narrative, and ethnographic analysis). From 2013 to 2020 Tim was a lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London. Since 2013, Tim has published over 70 papers and 11 books relating to wellbeing, involving topics including linguistics, systems theory, neuroscience, mindfulness, Buddhism, gender, art, and cross-cultural enquiry. His work has been featured in articles in prominent publications including TIME, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. His current main area of research involves creating a lexicography of untranslatable words relating to wellbeing (see for the latest on the project). His latest book, entitled Happiness, will be published in 2021 by MIT Press (as part of their Essential Knowledge series).

About IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is a global membership organization of thousands of academics practitioners, clinicians, students who advance the science and practice of positive psychology. Members enjoy regular educational webinars with experts, a virtual library of tools and articles, an online member community, and more.

The field of positive psychology focuses on the study and practice of positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make all individuals and groups thrive.

The Work and Organizations Division is a subset of IPPA members who are interested in studying and applying positive psychological concepts in organizational settings. The Division offers several ways for members to learn and connect throughout the year, including; 

  • Virtual meet-ups
  • Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge
  • Research Digests & Dialogues between researchers and practitioners

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