Apr 7 – Positive Psychology


Positive Psychology in Practice:

Applying the Science of Thriving to Our Work as Practitioners


Workshop Information

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Sign-In: 9:00am – Workshop: 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: College Park City Hall – City Council Chambers: 4500 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740

Cost:     $149 early registration through March 31

$165 late registration after March 31 $135 group registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Sara Oliveri, MAPP, MCLC

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 Maryland and DC CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Sara Oliveri coaches people to live happier lives and to operate happier organizations. She is a life coach & speaker based in Washington, D.C. and one of fewer than 400 people in the world to earn her master’s degree in positive psychology. Sara was recently voted Best Life Coach in Washington DC, in the City Paper.

She is a former adjunct faculty member at George Mason University where she taught “Understanding Human Happiness and Well-being.” Sara gave a popular TEDx talk on “The Two Steps to Lifelong Happiness.” And in 2015, She helped launch the American School of Professional Life Coaching DC, where she now trains others to become certified life coaches! Sara’s life coaching practice is part of the Moksha Living mental wellness team.


Workshop Description

Positive Psychology is a cutting-edge field in the science of psychology that was founded on the belief that people want to live in a way that is not just functional – but that is meaningful and fulfilling. Positive psychology posits that human beings want to cultivate the best parts of themselves and that the building blocks of psychological thriving require a separate set of tools from the solutions that classical psychology has already developed that are effective for solving psychological problems.

Positive psychology seeks to understand the thought patterns, behaviors, and environments that facilitate human flourishing. And of course, the next logical question is – once we understand those patterns, can they be taught to others in order to create flourishing. Happily, the answer is yes!

This course is designed to teach you some of the most foundational positive psychology research and practical approaches to applying this research in your work with clients in order to become a practitioner who not only helps clients become fully functional – but who also gives them the tools to thrive.


Workshop Objectives

1.  Understand the research and discovery of positive psychology.

2.  Learn the science behind optimism and how to help your clients think more optimistically.

3.  Learn how to help clients decrease self-blame and feelings of worry or helplessness.

4.  Practice conducting an entire session based upon the science of positive psychology.

5 . Guide clients toward the practices that are proven to boost thriving.

6.  Help clients cultivate positive relationships.

7.  Apply the science of positive psychology to your direct relationship with clients.


Workshop Agenda


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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. In addition, our workshop are approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  These credits are typically also accepted by the Maryland Psychology Board, Maryland Board of Professional Counselors, the Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners, and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **