The “Wow” Effect & Fostering Well-Being

Presented by Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours | Approved for CEU’s


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until November 4, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close on October 28, 2024. 

The “Wow” Effect: How Awe and Wonder Make Us Happier, Healthier and More Connected (3 hours) 

What do you feel when you gaze up at the Milky Way, see a beautiful rainbow, or stand before a mountain that seems impossibly high? This feeling – often complete with goosebumps and a shiver down our spine – is known as awe. And as it turns out, this under appreciated and often misunderstood emotion holds an important key to a happy, meaningful, and healthy life. This interactive workshop will explore the exciting new science of awe, and how the moments that make us go “wow!” impact our immune system, brain functioning, social connection, physical health, stress levels, and much more.

Fostering Well- Being: A Stength-Based Approach to Change (3 hours)

While most mental health approaches focus on addressing deficits and treating psychopathology, recent research has begun to shed light on the core principles for well-being, and how we can harness these skills towards lasting positive change. Combining neuroscience and positive psychology, participants in this workshop will learn about some of the key brain systems linked to well-being, and how to strengthen these through positive self-directed neuroplasticity. In addition, we will explore how specific skills such as compassion, gratitude, savouring, and self-compassion can improve our physical health, social connections, and overall functioning. We’ll also explore some of the common myths related to happiness, and discuss factors that help explain why happiness can feel so hard to come by.

The “Wow” Effect: How Awe and Wonder Make Us Happier, Healthier and More Connected (3 hours) 

  • Describe and define the experience of awe in concrete terms
  • Explain the effect of awe on social relationships and connection
  • Describe the link between awe and compassion

Fostering Well- Being: A Stength-Based Approach to Change (3 hours)

  • Identify the key benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, and interpersonal relationships
  • Articulate the concept of the brain’s negativity bias and its importance
  • Administer specific practices to cultivate self-compassion, create flow states, identify and utilize strengths, and savour positive experiences
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, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, international speaker, and writer. He is the author of four books including Happily Even After (PESI Publishing, 2022), Awestruck (Shambhala Publications, 2020), The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), and Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI Publishing, 2015). His writing aims to provide both clinicians and the public with practical, research-backed strategies to foster greater well-being and connection in our everyday lives.

In addition to his clinical work and writing, Jonah offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of well-being and conducts workshops and keynotes around the country and internationally. He is a frequent media contributor, and is the co-host of the popular psychology podcast “The Happy Hour.”

Jonah’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, outpatient medical centers, and private practice. He previously spent over a decade in healthcare leadership at Kaiser Permanente where he helped run a large mental health training program spanning 20 medical centers. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and well-being with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you. To learn more about Jonah and his work, visit

More information:

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$269.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates and student discounts are available. Please contact for more information.

  • 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

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