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(NEW) Online Training – Positive Psychology: Enhancing Lasting Wellbeing. During Challenging Times

May 2 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (ET) $189, 6 CEUs Presenter: Jonah Paquette, PsyD Virtual Event,

For years, surveys from around the world have shown that happiness tops the list of what most people want most in life. And for centuries, philosophers and theologians throughout the world have sought to answer the ancient and timeless question of how to build a happy and meaningful life. Even the Dalai Lama reminds us that “the purpose of life is to be happy.” Yet despite the importance we place on happiness, research has shown that rates of happiness have been on the decline for many around the world, spanning geography, demographics, and socioeconomic factors. And with hardship and trauma facing us seemingly constantly at home and abroad, how can we even begin to become happy amidst all these challenges?

These questions, and more, will be explored in this enriching hands-on course. Participants will learn to see happiness as a multifaceted and layered phenomenon, drawing on research from all around the world. After gaining an understanding of what happiness is and why it can feel so elusive, participants will explore 12 core principles for psychological well-being that can be cultivated during good times and bad. Merging fields like positive psychology, neuroscience, and longitudinal research on happiness and well-being, this course will provide attendees with practical skills to combat depression and anxiety and foster lasting well-being in their clients and themselves.

Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the link between psychological well-being and positive outcomes across other domains of life.
  • Describe the impact of gratitude on physical health, including its effect on inflammation and the immune system.
  • Explain the impact of happiness on health, relationships, creativity, and job performance for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  • Describe the importance of social connection on physical and psychological well-being.
  • Apply simple, effective strategies that help clients increase gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion, savoring, and other positive psychological skills.
  • Integrate strategies for increasing post-traumatic growth following hardship.


8:45 – 9:45 am

  • Review the 3 core ingredients for well-being, cross-cultural understandings of happiness, and key roadblocks to psychological well-being

9:45 – 9:53 am             BREAK

9:53 – 10:53 am

  • Key principles for well-being: Awe and Gratitude

10:53 – 11:00 am          BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 pm

  • Key principles for well-being: Connection, Psychological Richness, and Compassion

12:00 – 1:00 pm           LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00 pm

  • Key principles for well-being: Self-Compassion, Strengths, and Flow

2:00– 2:08 pm              BREAK

2:08 – 3:08 pm

  • Key principles for well-being: Mindfulness and Savoring

3:08 – 3:15 pm               BREAK

3:15 – 4:15 pm

  • Key principles for well-being: Meaning and Posttraumatic Growth
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