DESCRIPTION:

The Clinical Division of IPPA is delighted to offer an online peer consultation platform. Consistent with American Psychological Association (APA)’s ethical code, this platform aims to provide practitioners a shared context that fosters a healthy and respectful dialogue and discourse. Through online discussions, the platform also aims to develop a nuanced, inclusive and evidence-based understanding of the application of positive psychology principles to enrich professional practice.  

Applying positive psychology to clinical practice is a relatively new approach, so it can feel isolating to do this work without the support of colleagues. Therefore, IPPA’s Positive Clinical Psychology Division offers an online positive psychology clinical peer consultation group.

The purpose of the group is to provide practitioners who are currently seeing clients/patients with a platform to explore how they use positive psychology with their clients/patients. It is intended to be a safe space for collaboration and innovation.

Group members will engage in a process of positive consultation, which involves working from a broad positive psychology perspective that takes into account both what is problematic or difficult and what is working well in the therapeutic processes and in the lives of clients/patients. We will also be focusing on one another’s strengths and competencies.

This group will connect IPPA members in meaningful learning and development of new knowledge for the field.

Group members may include:

  • Practitioners* who are licensed to practice psychotherapy or counseling in their jurisdiction by their regional licensing boards or professional colleges/associations and currently seeing clients/patients.
  • Advanced students in practitioner* graduate programs who are currently seeing clients/patients.
  • *Practitioners might include neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, Master’s-level counselors, counseling psychologists, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

Spaces are limited. There are two groups, one at 9:00 am EST and one at 5:00 pm EST, both on the third Wednesday of each month. Groups run from September until November and then again from January until June. The groups will be led by Jennifer Brownstein, Psy.D., and Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D., both of whom are licensed psychologists in their respective jurisdictions.

HOW TO JOIN:

If you are an interested IPPA member, please submit:

  • Your name
  • Your background area (e.g., social work, clinical psychology)
  • Your credential(s)
  • Whether or not you are currently seeing clients
  • The country where you live and
  • Why you would like to join this group
  • Your availability for when you can participate (i.e., 9:00 am EST and/or 5:00 pm EST); please let us know all of your availability

Please submit your interest to clinicaldiv@ippanetwork.org addressing Jennifer Brownstein and Margarita Tarragona. You will need to sign a participant agreement that includes an statement on ethics and confidentiality.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is a peer consultation group, not a supervision group. Therefore, we provide support but we are not responsible for the actions of group members. In accordance with APA’s ethical code (Appendix 1), members will not disclose identifying information about their clients/patients in this setting. We recognize that members may need resources beyond the positive peer consultation group to meet their professional needs, therefore we will encourage members to seek other appropriate expert advice or consultation outside of this group, to address ethical or other professional concerns, when necessary. Recordings of the consultation group are prohibited.

Appendix 1.

ETHICS CODE:
4.06 Consultations

When consulting with colleagues, (1) psychologists do not disclose confidential information that reasonably could lead to the identification of a client/patient, research participant, or other person or organization with whom they have a confidential relationship unless they have obtained the prior consent of the person or organization or the disclosure cannot be avoided, and (2) they disclose information only to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation. (See also Standard 4.01, Maintaining Confidentiality.)