We are a problem-oriented culture, one that pays a great deal of attention to what is wrong in our lives. We spend far less time paying attention to all the positives– the experiences in which we feel most alive, the places where we have been resilient in the face of adversity, the times when we feel joy. And we pay a price for gravitating towards the negative. Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about amplifying our authentic well-being. It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. By placing attention on positive experiences and feelings (such as gratitude and enjoyment), we can actually think more effectively and expansively. And people who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health. In this workshop, we will explore how Focusing (a process which you will be taught) can be used to enhance and deepen your “positivity.” In the workshop, we will personally reflect on five different pathways to wellbeing, and we will conclude by discovering and working with our signature strength.
Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D. a longtime Focusing Coordinator and psychologist in private practice, She has been teaching Focusing internationally for 3 decades. She is also on the Faculty of Lesley University as an adjunct professor and trains therapists in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. She writes and teaches on the crossing of spirituality, health, positive psychology and Focusing.
Full day—10 to 4:30 p.m.
6 CEU credits available for Social Workers and LMHC.
Cost is $75. You may pre-register at www.arlingtoncenter.org or pay at the door by cash or check.