But most therapists haven’t followed the research and don’t really understand what it reveals. In this workshop, we’ll consider the meaning and ramifications of Positive Psychology, distinguishing between momentary pleasure and deeper, more selfless forms of happiness--altruism, gratitude, spirituality--that tap into a larger, future-minded sense of a meaningful life. You’ll learn about the power of “Mitzvah Therapy”--the therapy of good deeds--to enhance clients’ ability to get past self-involvement by helping others. We’ll explore an approach to therapy that rejects the use of pathologizing terminology in favor of a language of possibility, hope, individual character strength, and personal longing directed toward inherently worthwhile goals. (This session will continue with Workshop 308.)
Bill O’Hanlon, M.S., travels and teaches internationally and has written or cowritten 31 books. His most recent is Quick Steps to Resolving Trauma. Sign up for his e-mail newsletter to get a free copy of his book A Lazy Man’s Guide to Success.