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Introduction to The Science of Well-Being:
Oct 14 2016 • 12:00 PM
We hope you can join us for a fascinating eight-month class held on the 2nd Friday of the month beginning October 14, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
Cosponsored with The New Hampshire Psychological Association
During their 60 years of combined experience the husband and wife team of psychologists, Sher Kamman and Kirke Olson, began to feel something was missing in their life and work with clients. It began with a nagging discontent with the medical model and a narrow focus on healing psychopathology and trauma. While they felt it certainly was helpful and rewarding to assist people to heal from illnesses, it did not seem to be enough and the work could be draining. Almost fifteen years ago these seeds of discontent led them to study with Marty Seligman, PhD as he began his journey with positive psychology, and Dan Siegel, MD who was beginning his work with interpersonal neurobiology. Kirke had a long-term off-and-on meditation practice and Sher a life long interest in spirituality, which made it an easy transition to the study and practice of mindfulness.
During the past fifteen years of study, Sher and Kirke have come to passionately believe that therapy is far more than helping people fix what is wrong with them, it is helping people find and amplify what is right with them. For more than a century therapists have been doing a great job helping millions of people fix what is wrong by helping them heal from depression, anxiety, trauma, and much more. But, not being depressed is different from being happy; not feeling anxious is not the same as being relaxed. Healing, curing, problem solving, and alleviating symptoms all resolve negative states, but now we are beginning to understand what fosters well-being and flourishing.
They invite you to join them on a journey combining the research from positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness. A journey that will likely change your perceptions of your life, your clients, and your clinical work.
We are living in the middle of an explosion of research about the brain, positive psychology, and interpersonal relationships. This rapid expansion of knowledge is having and will continue to have a powerful effect on all of the health disciplines. It is difficult for practicing professionals to find the time to learn this information and separate the wheat from the chaff. It is even more difficult to apply it with clients. This eight-month training series both teaches the information and gently guides professionals while they apply it.
This eight-month training will incorporate didactic and experiential learning, as well as opportunities for case consultation. It also includes numerous handouts in notebook form for reference later. Everything we do and talk about will be evidence based. For example, there will be homework, because neuroscience shows it helps learning.
1. Define well-being using its five elements (P.E.R.M.A.)
2. Apply evidence based positive psychology exercises including: “Me at My Best Story,” “Reflected Best Self Letter,” And “Gratitude Journaling.”
3. Utilize a standardized strength assessment tool to apply with clients (VIA Signature Strengths Survey).
4. Recognize Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory and the power of positive emotions to build resilience and improve problem solving
5. Describe how neural networks develop habits (“what fires together wires together”).
6. Describe how mirror neurons work in the client therapist dyad.
7. Apply evidence based mindfulness exercises and understand the neuroscience supporting mindfulness.
You can earn 16 CE credits by completing this course.
Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, skip March, Apr 14, May 12, June 9.
$700 payable in two $350 payments (other arrangements are possible)
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This program is cosponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and The Positivity Company. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all New Hampshire licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.