Enhancing Clinical Practice with Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the study and practice of what works.  Building on ancient philosophies and 20th century humanistic teachings, the practice of positive psychology guides us in methods for moving beyond problem resolution to use of research-based strategies to help people foster resilience and to thrive.  

This workshop will explore how positive psychology complements and enhances typical behavioral health work.  Through didactic presentation and small group and other experiential exercises, participants will learn a framework for establishing their own and clients’ well being and happiness.  The presentation will explore the roots of positive psychology and describe the contributions that positive psychology has and can make to behavioral health practice. Participants will be introduced to practical applications of positive psychology interventions for use across different clinical scenarios, and explore how they interrelate.  Immediately useful for work with clients and application in systems of care, participants may also discover paths to their own improved happiness.



Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Time: Sign-In: 9:30am EST – Workshop: 9:45am-1:00pm EST

Location: Online, Live, Real-Time & Interactive – Cat I CE Credits (same as in-person!)

Cost: $69 early registration through April 16

   $79 after April 16, 2022

  $55 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW

CE Credits: 3 Category I MD and DC Social Work CE Credits (same as in-person) – See below for credit details


Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW has over 30 years of experience in direct practice, supervision, program leadership, consulting, and higher education.  In 2015 she completed a year-long course in positive psychology, which she has subsequently woven into almost all aspects of her life. As a social worker, she approaches her work with relational, systems, and social justice lenses.  For much of her career she has engaged in advancing practices to support mental health recovery, including reducing stigma and experiences of oppression for people living with significant mental health conditions.  Elizabeth is experienced in workforce development, project management, and curriculum design for delivery in person and virtually.  She is a skilled clinician and teacher with special interest in trauma-sensitive approaches, mental health recovery, and workforce resilience.  More recently she has gained expertise in use of competency-based simulations as a powerful tool for practice-based learning. Currently, when she is not on a trail, volunteering in her community, or enjoying her family, she spends time as an independent consultant and an adjunct faculty at Simmons University School of Social Work.



CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.

Workshop Objectives

  1.  Gain knowledge about the definition, origins, and fundamental concepts of positive psychology; comparing these briefly with historical approaches to BH treatment in general
  2. Learn a framework for organizing positive psychology approaches and interventions
  3. Practice use of one or two interventions
  4. Describe how to create new habits for implementing interventions effectively

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