Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Pre-Conference Workshop: Positive Psychotherapy (PPT)

  • 16 Jul 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


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Positive Psychotherapy (PPT)

An experiential workshop on clinical application of Positive Psychology in Clinical Settings with Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., C.Psych, University of Toronto


Positive psychotherapy (PPT) is a therapeutic approach, based on the premise that strengths can effectively ameliorate symptoms.  PPT integrates symptoms and strengths; vulnerabilities and values; risks and resources. It actively builds optimism, love, gratitude, zest and curiosity with an assumption that overtime, strengths will accumulate to enhance resilience and life satisfaction, which in turn can buffer against future psychological distress.  Specifically, PPT posits that amplifying character strengths, cultivating positive emotions, pursuing meaning, fostering positive relationships and achieving intrinsically motivated accomplishments may help clients to deal with psychiatric stress. PPT has been tested through eight randomized pilot and three non-randomized studies with a number of clinical conditions with promising results. It is currently being applied in randomized studies with borderline personality disorder and psychosis.  Without dismissing, minimizing or avoiding negatives, the participants of this workshop will learn clinical applications of identifying and using positive resources such as positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment to encounter symptoms and engender well-being.

More about Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health and Wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).  His expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, positive education, post-traumatic growth and multicultural counseling. Author of numerous scholarly papers and recipient of several honors, Dr. Rashid has trained mental health professionals and educators internationally and consults with several non-profit organizations. He has also worked with 9/11 families, Asian tsunami survivors and flood relief workers in Pakistan. Tayyab's work has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, TEDx and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation(CBC).


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