Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Webinar Series

July 10th, 2018 - 12pm-1pm EST

Presenter: Alesya Courtnage, MA, RP, PhD (student)

Topic: Hope Speaks: Integrating the language of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Hope Theory

Webinar Description: 

The literature from the field of positive psychology has been highly influential in positioning hope as dominant in conversations about how people navigate difficult times, and the presence of hope is recognized as being intimately connected to the human capacity to endure. However, the question of whether and how hopeful thinking can be increased within a clinical therapeutic context remains largely unexplored. Using Snyder’s Hope Theory as a backdrop, this presentation will examine how Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) intentionally amplifies hope and hopeful thinking by asking purposeful questions that increase motivation and expand possibilities for success. Participants will have the opportunity to view examples of SFBT in clinical settings. Future research questions, as well as the possible micro and macro level impact of including SFBT in the dialogue surrounding hope theory will be discussed.

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Alesya Courtnage Biography:

Alesya Courtnage is originally from Winnipeg, MB, Canada and brings the pragmatism of the Canadian Prairies to her work. Alesya received a Masters of Arts degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001 and has been practicing as a psychotherapist in different mental health settings ever since. In 2008 Alesya attended her first workshop in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and fell in love with the hope, optimism and respect that drives this style of therapy. Alesya's passion for the Solution Focused Approach has led her to both lead and attend trainings around the world. She travels throughout Canada providing seminars on this approach to mental health agencies, professional associations and conferences. Alesya has received training in Europe from the leading Solution Focused minds in the world and has begun pursuing her own research and publication projects while completing a PhD in Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University. Alesya has worked in the public mental health sector for many years and continues to be amazed at people's resilience, strength and ability to work through even the most challenging situations.

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