Positive Clinical Psychology: Case Study Challenge 

IPPA’s Positive Clinical Division

World Congress 2019


The Positive Clinical Division of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) invites you submit case studies that showcase applications of positive clinical psychology in addressing a variety of clinical concerns.

  • Share your story of how complexities of human difficulties can be better understood through the bi-focal lens of strengths and symptoms
  • Share your story from your clinical roster—recent or remote—that brought to life what positive emotions, characters strengths, positive relationships, meaning and goals can do to heal complexities of symptoms and specific disorders
  • Share your story of how positive psychology ideas, strategies or skills helped you and your clients find paths that paved the way towards resilience and wellbeing
  • Share your story that stands out for you. One that had a turning point for you or your client, that convinced you about the therapeutic potential of positive resources of clients
  • Share your story that could speak to the larger community of positive psychology practitioners who would benefit from your clinical guidance, wisdom, and care
  • Share your story which may not be a picture-perfect case of healing, but which captures the spirit of two individuals striving together towards the goal of growth from the inevitable challenges of life

A Few Guidelines to Consider: A good case study has some elements. Please make sure your case study includes:

  • Client’s Story: Your case starts with the story of the client, history of their presenting concerns, relationships, and relevant milestones, and is culturally contextualized
  • Initial Presentation: Your case includes a snapshot of the client’s presenting concerns. These could be informed through frameworks such as the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) or ICD (International Classification of Diseases). However, if your clinical practice doesn’t include a formal DSM or ICD based diagnosis, you are welcome to describe the presenting problem in most commonly understood terms. You are welcome to include a description of their strengths as well.
  • Assessment: Describe your assessment approach. A formal assessment (e.g., DSM or ICD based diagnosis) can be helpful but is not essential as not all clinical facilities, nor all clinicians, diagnose their clients. Nonetheless, if you used any additional assessment tools (e.g., self-report measures to ascertain the severity of distress, character strengths or level of wellbeing), please include this information.
  • Case Conceptualization: Describe how you integrated your client’s story, presenting concerns, and assessment into a coherent biopsychosocial perspective to conceptualize the case.
  • Treatment or Interventions: Please describe what specific positive psychology techniques, strategies, exercises or skills you used to target the presenting issues and promote wellbeing. Please mention your rationale and empirical basis of the intervention utilized. Please mention any adaptation you made to meet clinical and cultural considerations. Were there any additional therapeutic elements which supplemented your approach, such as medication, exercise, diet, or social support?
  • Outcome: What impact did your treatment or intervention have on your client? How did they respond? Did you or your client face any barriers in terms of implementing the treatment?


  • December 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019Submissions invited
  • May 1-15, 2019: Submissions reviewed by the Positive Clinical Division Executive Clinical Council
  • May 15, 2019: Five finalists announced
  • June 15, 2019: Confirm Presentation at WC 2019 (in person or pre-recorded)
  • July 19-21, 2019: Five finalist case studies presented at the Positive Clinical Division’s Programming hour
  • August 2019: Case studies posted on the Positive Clinical Division’s website and invited to be published in Positive Clinical Psychology: An International Perspective


Who can participate?

We invite members of IPPA, including the Positive Clinical Psychology Division and other students and professional division members, as well as clinicians with expertise in other modalities but who are interested in applying positive psychology to participate. Members of IPPA’s Executive Committee and the Positive Clinical Psychology Division’s Executive Clinical Council are ineligible.

Who will judge the entries?

Members of the Executive Clinical Council will review all entries and through a blind review using a clearly defined rubric/criterion, will select the top 3-5 entries.


To submit an entry please log into the IPPA Engage member community.