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Pre-Congress Workshops and Master Lectures offer opportunities
for advanced learning and rich interaction with leaders in our field. 
 

Registration Information

We are pleased to feature leading presentations on positive psychology broadly, as well as special sessions on the themes of organizations, education, health, coaching, practice, and research methods and design.

90-Minute Lectures & Workshops

Professional: $85
Student: $40

3-Hour Lectures & Workshops

Professional: $170
Student: $80

 

Schedule for Thursday, June 25th

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Master Lectures

FredricksonBarbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Individual Differences in Prioritizing Positivity:  New Measures and Findings (1.5 hours)

 Abstract:  This is a workshop for researchers interested in expanding their toolkit for measuring individual differences related to the pursuit of happiness.  Professor Barbara Fredrickson will share recent research she has conducted with former doctoral student, Dr. Lahnna Catalino, on the new concept of prioritizing positivity.   Attendees will be exposed to a recently validated brief self-report measure of the concept and will learn about its behavioral and mental health correlates.   Divergent validity will be demonstrated relative to prior measures of Valuing Happiness.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 20 years.  She is currently Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the PEP Lab (www.PositiveEmotions.org).  She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  Her books, Positivity (2009, Crown) and Love 2.0 (2013, Penguin) have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Barb’s research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NCI, NIA, NCCAM, NIMH, NINR), reveals how your positive emotions were sculpted by the discerning chisel of Darwinian natural selection to serve as life-giving nutrients for growth. Her innovative contributions have been recognized with numerous honors, including the inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the inaugural Christopher Peterson Gold Medal from the International Positive Psychology Association.

Barb’s scientific work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education and business to healthcare, the military, and beyond. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. She has been invited to present her research at the White House and for the Dalai Lama and she is President-Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association.

 

Shane Lopez, Ph.D.Shane Lopez, Ph.D.
Turning a Good Job into a Happy Life (1.5 hours)

Abstract: The central message of this workshop is a product of 100 years of other people’s deep thinking about work, 50 years of Gallup research on good jobs, and the last year of me interviewing some of the most vibrant, happy people I’ve ever met. The idea is simple,yet it should change almost everything we do to prepare ourselves and others for careers: 

Happiness depends on the goodness of our jobs, and those good jobs are made not found.

Through my favorite stories of the people who have turned good jobs into happy lives, I introduce you to illuminating research and five proven strategies that give you the directions you need to make small changes to your job and big changes to your over all well-being

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want – including a good job and a happy family.

Dr. Lopez is Gallup Senior Scientist in Residence and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. As chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, he has measured hope in over a million people. This measure of hope, engagement, and wellbeing taps into the hearts and minds of U.S. public school students to determine what drives achievement. (It is available at no cost to any school or district interested in using it to start a hope conversation in their community). Dr. Lopez is the director of the annual Gallup Wellbeing Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders, and decision makers to discuss the issues that determine happiness and health.

He researches the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall wellbeing and collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues. He specializes in hope and strengths enhancement for students from preschool through college graduation, advocating a whole-school strengths model that also builds the strengths expertise of educators, parents, and youth development organizations. Dr. Lopez has provided strengths mentoring to thousands of college students, including academic, career, and life planning, and he advises schools, colleges, and universities on these issues. He is coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer.

Pargament copy Kenneth Pargament, Ph.D.
Cultivating the Spiritual Dimension in Life:  A Vital Aspect of Positive Psychology (1.5 hours)

Abstract: This workshop is designed to provide participants with ways to cultivate spiritual resources in their lives.  We will begin by describing spirituality through the use of metaphor; spirituality is first and foremost a way of seeing the world more deeply.  Research suggests that people who see the world through a sacred lens experience several benefits, such as the ability to draw on whatever they hold as sacred as a reservoir of valuable resources throughout life’s ups and downs.  Based on this understanding of spirituality, we will describe several concrete ways to cultivate spirituality in the context of helping relationships. These include:  (a) methods for creating a spiritual dialogue; (b) ways to help people access their spiritual resources, such as meditation and meaning-finding; (c) and methods for helping people broaden and deepen their spirituality, including their capacity to see sacredness in their lives.  This workshop will integrate up-to-date research in the field along with examples from clinical and community practice.

Kenneth Pargament is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Pargament has been a leading figure in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals.  He has published over 200 articles on religion and mental health. He is author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. He is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. Dr. Pargament has consulted with several foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Army, the World Health Organization, and the John Templeton Foundation. He was Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. His awards include the William James Award for excellence in research in the psychology of religion from Division 36 of APA and the Virginia Staudt Sexton Mentoring Award from APA for guiding and encouraging others in the field. He was awarded the 2009 Oskar Pfitzer Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in recognition of his research and practical efforts to understand and enhance the links between religion and mental health. He received the National Samaritan Center Award in November, 2012 in honor of his contributions to human health and growth, and was awarded an honorary doctor-of-letters from Pepperdine University in 2013.

Robert Emmons, Ph.D.Robert Emmons, Ph.D.
The Paradoxical Effects of Trying to Be Grateful and Other Counterintuitive Findings from the Science of Gratitude (1.5 hours)

Abstract: Gratitude encircles much of what we do and who we are.  Its power derives from a need that is deeply entrenched in the human condition—the need to give thanks.  Across the life-span, research has shown that gratitude generates a positive ripple effect through every area of our lives, potentially satisfying some of our deepest yearnings—our desire for happiness, our pursuit of better relationships, and our ceaseless quest for inner peace, health, wholeness, and contentment. A variety of empirically validated “positive activity interventions” to increase one’s level of gratitude have been developed, yet recent research suggests that the very practice of trying to become more grateful can actually backfire. I will explain the reasons for this and how we can overcome it.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis where he has taught since 1988.  He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine.  He is the author of nearly 175 original publications in peer‑reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin) and his newest Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass).  A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.  His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness in both adults and youth, and how they are related to human flourishing. His interests also include the psychology and spirituality of grace as it relates to human flourishing.

Workshops

Monica Worline, Ph.D.
ORGANIZATION
Bring Your Organization to Life! Creating a Culture of Curiosity, Courage, Compassion, and Celebration (1.5 hours)

Abstract: We spend the vast majority our lives in organizations – schools, workplaces, hospitals, places of worship, just to name a few – than can leave us feeling at the end of each day a little bit more alive or a little bit more dead. It is not overly dramatic to say that organizations kill us (e.g. did you know that medical errors are the third largest contributor to mortality in the US?) or, as some of our research participants have told us, that organizations save our lives. If you are interested in bringing your own organization to life, or if you coach and consult with others who aim to create organizations that bring out people’s best, this workshop is for you. We will begin with an understanding of the fundamentals of “positive culture” and look at real-life examples of extraordinary organizations that bring people to life in a variety of ways. Then we will spend our time learning and engaging in practical techniques for cultivating four kinds of aliveness in organizations: curiosity—as a form of mental aliveness; courage—as a form of moral aliveness; compassion—as a form of emotional aliveness; and celebration—as a form of collective aliveness. We will conclude with helpful take-away ideas about how these four fundamental aspects of positive culture contribute to resourceful growth, innovation, and resilience.

Monica Worline, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist, researcher, writer, and award-winning teacher whose work is dedicated to the mission of enlivening organizations through courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and cultivating cultures that bring our best to life. Monica is an interdisciplinary scholar who draws on the arts and the humanities to inspire insight as well as scientific evidence to inform creative and grounded leadership and managerial practice. Currently based in Silicon Valley, Monica is engaged in bringing the tools of ethnography and in-depth action research to partner organizations dedicated to fostering innovative work practices and building positive cultures. As a steward of culture, Monica has engaged in a multi-year collaboration with HopeLab, a technology think-and-do tank dedicated to fostering resilience and well-being. As President of Vervago, Inc., Monica has consulted with many of the world’s most respected organizations and actively works with the top 20 of the NASDAQ 100. As a researcher, Monica is a founding member of CompassionLab, a research collaboratory dedicated to investigating compassion at work. Monica is currently a collaborating scientist at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and an affiliate faculty of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. Monica holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. with distinction and honors from Stanford University.

Porath_ChristineChristine Porath, Ph.D.
ORGANIZATION
Creating Sustainable Performance: Thriving at Work (1.5 hours)

Abstract: According to a Gallup poll, 71% of employees see themselves as disengaged; less than 20% of employees see themselves as flourishing in their work. Employees seek something more—they want a job situation that enables them to thrive. By crafting a culture where employees thrive, you’ll enhance performance, retain talent, and reduce health care costs. I’ll discuss what you can do to enable your people to thrive and consider best practices.

Next, we’ll focus on how you can thrive with improved energy management.Research shows that employees can learn to improve their energy capacity and replenish their resources to increase their physical, emotional, and mental resilience (Loehr & Schwartz, 2004; Schwartz & McCarthy, 2007). I’ll discuss what can be done to enable more your thriving at work—focusing on how to build your energy capacity.

Christine Porath is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Prior to that, she taught at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. Her research focuses on leadership, organizational culture, and change. She focuses not only on the effects of bad behavior, but also how organizations can create a more positive environment where people can thrive; and how individuals and organizations benefit.

Christine is co-author of the book, The Cost of Bad Behavior. Her research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Consumer Research, and other journals and books.

Christine frequently speaks and delivers workshops for organizations and conferences. Her work has been featured worldwide in over 700 television, radio and print outlets. It has appeared on 20/20, Today, FoxNews, CNN, BBC, NBC, msnbc, CBS, ABC, and NPR. It has also been included in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, and NY Times.

Before getting her Ph.D., she worked for International Management Group (IMG), a leading sports management and marketing firm. Porath received her Ph.D. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from College of the Holy Cross.

 

Dutton1Jane Dutton, Ph.D.
ORGANIZATION
The Power and Possibilities of High Quality Connections at Work  (3 hours)

Abstract:  This workshop engages you with research findings and practical applications of the idea of high quality connections at work. We will explore the reasons to care about high quality connections at work for individuals, teams and for work organizations as a whole. We will identify distinctive pathways for building high quality connections. We will engage you with practical tools such as the high quality connection audit and the task enabling exercise (TEE) as means of fostering awareness and developing strategies for improving high quality connections at work (and beyond). I hope you will join me in an interactive workshop designed to inspire and equip with knowledge about the power and possibilities of high quality connections at work.

Jane E. Dutton is the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology at the, University of Michigan and Professor of Psychology. She does research, teaches and works with organizations on issues related to how to bring out the best in employees and in organizations. She studies and writes about how people build high quality connections, how people craft their jobs, compassion at work (http://www.thecompassionlab.com/)  and how they construct self-identities that are strengthening. She is a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations (http://www.centerforpos.org/) at the Ross School of Business.

She has won research and teaching awards and has written more than 100 research papers and monographs(http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/janedut/). She leads workshops, builds intervention tools for bringing out the best in people (http://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/tools/), teaches in executive programs on positive leadership, and loves doing research, teaching and change around the general topic of positive leadership.

 

Lea Waters, Ph.D.

Lea Waters, Ph.D.
POSITIVE EDUCATION
Positive Psychology goes to school: Lessons from the field of Positive Education (1.5 hours)

Abstract: Student well-being has become a focus of international education policy as represented in the inter-agency initiative between WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, Education International, Education Development Center, Partnership for Child Development and the World Bank ‘Focusing Resources for Effective School Health’ (FRESH). With the challenge for schools to turn well-being policy into practice, positive education offers scientific evidence that enables schools to build wellbeing in students, staff and the community.

Associate Professor Lea Waters will share her experience of working as a researcher and organisational psychologist in implementing positive education with over 100 schools in Australia and Asia. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, reflection and small group discussion and will follow a science-practitioner approach.

This workshop will:

  • Highlight key research findings coming through the field of positive education with respect to promoting student and staff wellbeing
  • Present the scientific evidence that links wellbeing and academic achievement
  • Discuss successful frameworks to turn schools in ‘Positive Institutions’
  • Provide practical steps for how to embed positive education into the classroom and co-curriculum.
  • Give ‘Best Practice’ examples of Positive Education in primary and secondary schools

Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Lea a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the APS College of Organisational Psychologist. Lea holds an Affiliate position with Cambridge University’s Wellbeing Institute in the United Kingdom and the Centre for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan in the United Kingdom. She is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 4th World Congress of Positive Psychology.

Lea is internationally recognised for her research and has published and presented in the United Kingdom, Canada, U.S.A., Asia and Europe. She has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapter as well as speaking at over 100 academic conferences. She is a regular contributor to the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Lea was named the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Educator of the Year in 2004, received an Australian University Individual Teaching Excellence Award from the Prime Minister in 2007 as well as team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office for Teaching and Learning in 2013.

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Afton Hassett, Ph.D., Joel Milam, Ph.D, Sarah Pressman, Ph.D.
POSITIVE HEALTH
Incorporating Health Measurement into your Positive Psychology Research (1.5 hours

Abstract: This workshop reviews common strategies for assessing health-related factors that are relevant for positive psychology researchers.  The presenters will provide an overview of common health assessment strategies including:  self-report questionnaires (e.g., health-related quality of life, mood and affect), clinical measures (e.g., disease progression, disease specific measures), and biomarkers (e.g., neuroimaging, cortisol, cytokines, telomeres).   Examples and the Pros and Cons of different assessment strategies and considerations for different study populations (e.g., patient burden, vulnerable populations) will be discussed. Observations about working in medical settings and the use of appropriate study designs will also be presented. Each section of the workshop will include time for participants to discuss their own experiences and concerns with each assessment strategy.

Afton Hassett is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. As a principal investigator at the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, I conduct highly collaborative research related to exploring the role of cognitive, affective and behavioral factors in chronic pain populations. We have published studies exploring positive affect and affective balance in patients with fibromyalgia; health-related quality of life in adult and pediatric lupus patients; and subjective well-being, as well as valued life activities in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Our current research delves into the role of positive affect and subjective well-being in over 1000  chronic low back pain patients; neuroimaging analysis of positive affect and pain sensitivity; and the prediction of good surgical outcomes (knee and hip arthroplasty) using positive affect and life satisfaction. The most exciting and innovative positive health research we are conducting involves the evaluation of resilience factors in sparing premature cellular aging in patients with chronic pain (telomere research). Funding sources include the National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Sarah Pressman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.  She received her MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Social, Personality & Health Psychology, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Pressman seeks to understand how positive emotions are beneficial for objective physical health and the possible mechanisms by which positive feelings “get under the skin” to influence biology. To date, these have included immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and behavioral pathways. Dr. Pressman is especially interested in the role of positive psychosocial factors in buffering negative stress processes.  Dr. Pressman has received numerous awards for her work included the 2014 Early Career Award in Health Psychology from APA’s Division 38, and the 2015 Early Career from the American Psychosomatic Society.
Joel Milam, PhD, is an assistant professor of research at the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He is also a faculty member of the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research and the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research encompasses the field of positive health psychology, examining the roles of positive and protective psychosocial and behavioral factors that can influence health and wellbeing. This includes health promotion interventions and the positive psychosocial and behavioral changes in response to major life events/stressors/disease. He has examined these changes among adolescents and adults, including ethnically diverse and clinical (e.g., persons living with HIV, cancer) populations. He is currently involved with several projects examining behavioral interventions among people living with cancer & HIV/AIDS. One of these projects, among childhood cancer survivors, includes posttraumatic growth and health behaviors in response to a cancer diagnosis. Other projects include safer sex and medication adherence interventions.

Jeffrey Auerbach
COACHING
Coaching for Executive Well-Being (1.5 hours)

Abstract:  In this workshop you will learn techniques to enhance executive well-being based on a model that compliments the Emotional Quotient Inventory Well-Being Indicator.  Whether you use the EQI2.0 inyour coaching or not the model’s focus on positive self-regard, optimism, self-actualization and interpersonal relationships lends a practical roadmap for well-being coaching conversations.  Theauthors research indicates that a high percentage of executives report being physically depleted lendingimportance to the practice of well-being coaching.  How these well-being coaching conversations unfoldin executive coaching will be discussed and specific techniques that are research informed to manage positive self-regard, optimism, self-actualization and interpersonal relationships will be shared.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Auerbach, MCC, began coaching in 1986. He designs and delivers executive coaching programs, wellness coaching programs, internal coaching programs to build a coaching culture, and emotionally intelligent leadership programs globally. Although based in California, he has worked with clients in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore and Korea.

Auerbach serves on the International Coach Federation Global Board of Directors, recently holding the office of Vice-President. He has also served as both President, and for five years as an International Board Member of the Association of Coach Training Organizations, an organization that has had a long strategic relationship with the International Coach Federation. He has served on the ICF Governance Workgroup, and also served on the Editorial Board of Coaching: International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. An expert on emotional intelligence in the workplace Dr. Auerbach is a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences on peak performance and emotional intelligence.

Auerbach is the author of the classic coaching book, Personal and Executive Coaching, as well as, Seeing the Light: What Organizations Need to Know – The State of the Coaching Industry Report, and the editor of Building Competence in Personal and Executive Coaching. His upcoming book (2014), co-authored with Dr. Sandra Foster from Stanford, is Positive Psychology and Coaching: Applying Science to Executive and Personal Coaching.

Other professional involvement includes: two years as the Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology Conference; four years as a Steering Committee Member of the American Psychological Association Healthy Workplace Awards; and Steering Committee Member of the Executive Coaching Summit. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Chicago School of Psychology, and Antioch University.

Auerbach is particularly passionate about the power of coaching, emotional intelligence and positive psychology to uplift humanity.

Schueller_StephenStephen Schueller, Ph.D.
COACHING
Designing, Deploying, and Evaluating Behavioral Intervention Technologies for Positive Psychology (3 hours)

Abstract: Increasingly technologies, including mobile phones, computers, tablets, and sensors, are being applied to support behaviors that improve health, mental health, and wellness. A cursory search of the Internet, iTunes app store, or Google Play store reveals tens of thousands of different resources that promise the potential of increasing happiness and improving one’s functioning. Few of these resources, however, get used, and most do not contain principles drawn from evidence-based practices. This workshop is designed for both researchers and practitioners and will cover how these resources can be designed, how they can be used in practice, and how they can be evaluated for effectiveness (in both research and practice).

The development and evaluation of behavioral intervention technologies requires the integration of methodologies and technical skills from a range of disciplines including psychology, computer science, and engineering. This workshop will describe methods for integrating conceptual principles from psychological theory (e.g., cognitive and behavioral therapies) with technological features to create interventions that are engaging and are useful. Commonly used methods adopted from agile development will be demonstrated that include identifying the needs and roles of various stakeholders and the technologies needed to accomplish those tasks (e.g., Internet vs. mobile interventions; native vs. web apps). This workshop will introduce attendees to usability methods to ensure that intervention components are easy to use and meet their intended purpose. Dr. Schueller will discuss issues in the deployment and evaluation of behavioral intervention technologies, including participant management, risks, and software maintenance, will be discussed. The presentation will include a demonstration of existing behavioral intervention technologies for positive psychology.

Stephen Schueller, PhD is a research assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University and a faculty member of Northwestern’s Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITS). His research interests focus on the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of Internet and mobile-based interventions for the treatment and prevention of depression and the promotion of positive mental health. He currently holds a K08 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and investigate a mobile app to be used in cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression. He edited the recently released Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions and serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology where he was the guest editor on a special issue on Behavioral Intervention Technologies for Positive Psychology.

Algoe.SaraSara Algoe, Ph.D.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHOD
Methods for Studying Positive Psychological Processes in Social Interactions and Ongoing Relationships (1.5 hours)

Abstract: It is well-documented that relationships and happiness go hand-in-hand. New research has begun to unpack this association, using methods from experimental social psychology and relationship science to identify specific social behaviors and specific positive emotions that may independently influence social life for the better. For example, recent research on shared laughter as well as experienced and expressed gratitude has been conducted in the context of ongoing relationships; this work has illuminated understanding of how each of these constructs contribute to relationship quality independent of closely-related processes. Such basic research is needed to inform translation as well as application. Yet several practical, methodological, and theoretical issues make rigorous research in the relationship domain seem daunting. In this interactive workshop, I will walk participants through conceptual issues and theory on dynamic interpersonal processes using illustrations from my own basic research, practical considerations related to studying dyads, as well as methodological and statistical techniques to increase the strength of inference.

Sara Algoe received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, at the University of California, Los Angeles; she subsequently completed postdoctoral training in psychophysiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Algoe’s expertise spans emotions, interpersonal relationships, and health psychology. Specifically, her research focuses on understanding the basic emotional and interpersonal mechanisms through which people capitalize on opportunities from the social environment; she uses this information to guide predictions about how and why these moments can accumulate for long term intrapersonal and interpersonal functioning.

 

Carlos Mora, Ph.D.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS
Measuring Positive Constructs (3 hours)

Abstract: The workshop will discuss the challenges that arise when the researcher attempts to quantify subjective concepts that have, for most people, an individual meaning (think about what happiness means to you and to a close associate). Since positive psychology features a rather large number of subjective concepts, those challenges are particularly relevant in positive research. Advances in survey methodology, data bases, and foundations of measurement offer valuable tools to confront the challenges.

To illustrate the measurement process, we will use a real-life example of a comprehensive measurement system developed by Humana, a large health management organization, to measure well-being.

The contents of the workshop are as follows:

1. Foundations of measurement as a numerical representation of features of the world, and the relationships among those features.

2. Survey techniques as a systematic effort to reduce the error band around the information surveys provide. The role of behavioral items versus opinion items.

3. Understanding the relationship between positive constructs and business outcomes like cost, productivity and engagement.

4. Feedback reports at the individual and organizational unit level.

5. An inventory of barriers that hinder and enablers that propel progress on positive constructs.

6. The creation of an actionable space to help individuals and managers improve performance in positive constructs.

Dr. Mora holds a PhD in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan. He specializes in the theory and application of mathematical models in organizational settings, particularly its uses for decision making andprogram evaluation. Dr. Mora has developed measurement models for schools, hospitals, and manufacturingorganizations. Dr. Mora is the president of Determinant, a consulting firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that providesstatistical analysis services to public and private organizations. He is also affiliated with the Center for PositiveOrganizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan. He is involved in a comprehensive indicator system ofwell-being.

 

TayyabRashidTayyab Rashid, PhD, C.Psych
CLINICAL
Positive Psychotherapy (PPT): Nuances of Clinical Applications 
(1.5 hours)

Abstract: Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) is a therapeutic approach which systematically builds positive emotions, character strengths, meaning, positive relationships and intrinsically motivated accomplishments with an assumption that overtime, these positive resources may help clients to deal with psychiatric distress effectively. Participants will:

  • Learn specific exercises which integrate strengths with symptoms, resources with risks, and weaknesses with values, in order to understand clinical complexities in an integrated way
  • Learn about therapeutic nuances of assessing, acknowledging and amplifying positives without dismissing, avoiding or minimizing negatives.
  • Learn about positive impact of PPT exercises on the clinicians to ward off clinical burnout and compassion fatigue.

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health and Wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).  His expertise include positive clinical psychology, especially working with clients experiencing symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and, borderline personality disorder. Dr. Rashid developed and validated Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) under the mentorship of Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rashid has trained mental health professionals and educators internationally. Dr. Rashid is current co-chair of the Post-Secondary Student Mental Health, a Canadian initiative,  and also directs award-winning program Flourish (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/projects/flourish/) at UTSC.  Dr. Rashid, consults with several non-profit organizations and has worked with 9/11 families, Asian tsunami survivors and flood relief workers in Pakistan. Author of numerous scholarly papers, book chapters and recipient of several honors, Dr. Rashid’s work has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, TEDx and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). www.tayyabrashid.com