Understanding and Practicing Positive Psychology

New! Filmed Fall 2021

Presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |    Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until Oct 28, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on October 21, 2022. 

At our core, we all wish to be happy. Most of our major life decisions – where we live, who we marry, how we work – are made with the goal of happiness in mind. Yet for many of us, happiness can feel harder and harder to come by these days. Depression, anxiety, and stress run rampant – taking an enormous toll on us as individuals, families, workplaces, and society. But exciting changes have started to take place, with tremendous implications for changing our lives. Over the past decade, 2 emerging fields – positive psychology and neuroscience – have begun to offer us hope for lasting change. This workshop synthesizes these approaches in a practical, easy-to-use manner.

Join positive psychologist and author Jonah Paquette, Psy.D. for an exciting experiential workshop focused on the science of well-being and the ingredients of a meaningful life. Weaving modern advances in neuroscience with strategies for lasting well-being, this workshop will provide you with the necessary skills to transform your clinical work. Learn how practices like gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, self-compassion, awe, and more – can create lasting changes to our level of well-being and even improve our physical health. Even more, learn how these approaches can, over time, create lasting changes in our brain thanks to the power of neuroplasticity. In doing so, we can combat stress, reduce burnout, improve our relationships and job performance, and foster greater physical and emotional health. Through hands-on practice, didactic presentation, and time for reflection, you’ll learn how to expertly apply these skills into your life and your work. By attending this program, you’ll be equipped to implement these approaches into your clinical practice, starting immediately.

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Happiness 101

  • And ancient and timeless goal, with a modern dilemma
  • What is happiness?
  • Why happiness matters — impact on health, brain, relationships
  • Myths, Misconceptions, and Barriers

The Brain Science of Positive Change

  • Why focus on the brain?
  • Overview of key systems and regions
  • Key brain regions and neurotransmitter systems linked to various states of well-being
  • The role of the vagus nerve in emotional well-being
  • Positive self-directed neuroplasticity: using the mind to change the brain


  • The impact of awe on our brain and body
  • Practices for becoming more awestruck


  • Effects on Mental Health
  • Impact on Physical Wellbeing
  • Practices to cultivate gratitude


  • Benefits of Compassion
  • Skills to become more compassionate


  • The 3 ingredients for self-compassion
  • How self-compassion changes our lives


  • The toll of a wandering mind
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • Practices for cultivating mindfulness

Savouring the Good

  • How amplifying positive moments enhances well-being


  • How positive social connection helps physical and emotional health

Cultivating Strengths

  • The 24 signature strengths model
  • How harnessing strengths creates flow states

Lifestyle factors that impact well-being

  • Sleep
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Articulate the benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and job performance
  • Explain and apply the concept of the negativity bias, as it pertains to clients struggling with depression or anxiety
  • Administer specific practices to cultivate gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, and connection – and understand how to integrate these practices effectively into treatment
  • Explore specific areas of the brain linked to positive emotional states, and learn techniques to increase neuronal firing to these regions in order to create lasting change through the process of positive neuroplasticity
  • Practice specific techniques to regulate the central nervous system and stimulate the vagus nerve, to help promote feelings of calm, safety, and peace
  • Explain how awe and wonder impact our brain and nervous system, and how these experiences enhance our psychological and physical health.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Jonah Paquette, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness (PESI Publishing, 2015), a self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the field of happiness research, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), a research-based self-help workbook, provides easy-to-use handouts and worksheets designed to increase happiness and life satisfaction. His forthcoming book, Awestruck (Shambhala Publications, 2020), will explore the science of awe, and how moments of wonder benefit our physical and emotional health.

Dr. Paquette is a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he serves as the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training. Spanning 20 medical centres and consisting of nearly 200 mental health trainees, it is the largest non-governmental training program in the United States. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country and internationally. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counselling centres, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente. For more information about Jonah and his work, please visit www.jonahpaquette.com.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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