Practicing Positive Psychology to Treat Anxiety, Depression, Pain, PTSD, Addictions and Stress-Related Symptoms

Presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

Live Streaming July 25 - 26, 2022


12 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on July 25 – 26, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recored footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until August 29, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on July 24, 2022. 


IN PERSON: This event is also being offered as an in person workshop. For more information and registration, please CLICK HERE

LIVE STREAM: Please see below information for details and registration.

For many of us, happiness can feel harder and harder to come by these days, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted our lives in unprecedented ways. Depression, anxiety, and stress run rampant – taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, workplaces, and society. With that in mind, there’s been no time as important as right now to cultivate the skills we need to enhance well-being and happiness in both ourselves and our clients. 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 2-day 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.

Day 1:

Happiness 101

And ancient and timeless goal, with a modern dilemma

Understanding the three “happy lives”

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

Positive self-directed neuroplasticity: using the mind to change the brain


Awe & Wonder

Understanding an often-misunderstood emotion

The impact of awe on our brain and body

Practices for becoming more awestruck



The Effects of gratitude on Mental Health

Impact on Physical Well-being

Practices to cultivate gratitude



Benefits of Compassion and Altruism

Skills to become more compassionate



The 3 core ingredients for self-compassion

How self-compassion changes our lives


Day 2:

Psychological Richness

How novel and challenging experiences enrich our lives

Practices to increase psychological richness



The toll of a wandering mind

Benefits of mindfulness

Practices for cultivating mindfulness


Savoring the Good

How amplifying positive moments enhances well-being


Facilitating Post-traumatic Growth

Core features of PTG

Strategies to facilitating PTG following hardship



How positive social connection helps physical and emotional health


Cultivating Strengths

The 24 signature strengths model

How harnessing strengths creates flow states


Happiness Lessons from Around the World

How cross-cultural research points to different pathways to well-being


Lifestyle factors that impact well-being




  • Articulate the benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and job performance
  • Employ research-backed approaches to effectively treat common mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Explain and apply the concept of the negativity bias, as it pertains to clients struggling with depression or anxiety
  • Apply strength-based approaches to treat trauma, including the cultivation of post-traumatic growth
  • 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
  • Explain how the practice of savouring can enhance well-being, and harness the power of positive neuroplasticity
  • Apply mindfulness-based approaches to common mental health problems, and understand the benefits of mindfulness to our mental and physical health
  • Formulate strength-based treatment plans and utilize them to boost resiliency in your patients
  • Teach clients how to integrate positive psychological skills into their lives in a practical way
  • 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

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits