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Real Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions

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Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric
Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Oct 14, 2015
Media Type:
Online Learning


Although the field of psychology has traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” the newer sub-field of positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.”

It was almost 10 years ago that I was first exposed to positive psychology and began using it in my clinical work. I immediately felt invigorated and energized, and quickly saw my skills expand and transform in ways I could not have imagined. I’m excited to share with you some of the latest developments in this approach to therapy, and I am confident that you’ll find them as clinically beneficial and worthwhile as I have.

In this experiential seminar, you’ll learn about the nature of happiness, and discover how positive psychology can help us to increase happiness both in ourselves and in our clients in a powerful way. You’ll be trained in 7 scientifically-proven principles for lasting well-being, backed by years of research.

Finally, you’ll be taught over 35 empirically-validated interventions to boost happiness in yourself and your clients.

Drawing from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy, and cutting-edge neuroscience, this seminar will teach you the latest in the field of happiness and provide you with the tools necessary to enhance your clinical practice.

You will learn how to apply tangible and concrete tools to clients suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and a host of other difficulties. Through discussion, lecture, clinical vignettes, and small group work, you will learn to harness these breakthrough findings and transform your clinical work.


I. The Science of Happiness

  • What is happiness, and why is it important?
  • Benefits of being happy on your:
    • Health
    • Longevity
    • Relationships
    • Job performance
    • Income
    • And more…

II. Roadblocks to Well-Being

  • Common myths of happiness
    • “I’ll be happy when…”
  • The limited effects of:
    • Money
    • Physical attractiveness
    • Geography
    • Age
  • The “Unhappy Brain”
  • Hedonic adaptation: Gravity for happiness

III. The Seven Paths to Lasting Happiness

  • 7 proven principles, drawn from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, neuroscience, and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • The 7 Paths:
    • Gratitude
    • Kindness and Altruism
    • Mindfulness
    • Self-Compassion
    • Connection
    • Optimism
    • Forgiveness
  • Mental, physical, and life benefits of each path
  • 35 techniques to foster these principles of well-being

IV. Clinical Implications

  • Apply tools to address:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Substance abuse
    • Relationship problems
  • Case examples
  • Creating clinical breakthroughs
  • Small-group/in-vivo exercises

V. Making it Stick: Maintaining Happiness

  • Personalizing a happiness plan
    • Tailoring the interventions based on client strengths, preferences, and needs
  • How to turn happiness into a habit
    • 7 tips for creating lasting happiness
  • The “Happy Brain”
    • Apply the latest neuroscience to promote lasting happiness


  • Summarize the clinical benefits of positive psychology.
  • List common roadblocks to personal well-being and strategies to overcome them.
  • Describe the impact of happiness on our health, minds, and bodies.
  • Explain 7 scientifically-proven principles for happiness.
  • Apply over 35 proven tools to boost well-being, drawn from positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and neuroscience.
  • Utilize key skills to address depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other clinical issues.


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General Credits

This course is available for 6.0 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. 



Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.'s Profile

Jonah Paquette, Psy.D. Related seminars and products

Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker and author. He is the author of Real Happiness (PESI Publishing, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), offers readers an array of easy-to-use handouts and exercises designed to enhance happiness in a lasting way. His latest book, Awestruck, explores the psychological and health benefits of awe and wonder.

Jonah is also the assistant regional training director for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, where he helps to manage a large mental health training program spanning over 20 medical centers. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Jonah offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of well-being and regularly conducts professional workshops around the country. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured in print, online, and radio outlets. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and wellbeing with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Jonah Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. He receives compensation as a consultant and trainer. Dr. Paquette receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He is an author with Shambhala Publications and receives royalties. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Jonah Paquette is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the Marin County Psychological Association.


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

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