We provide a variety of personal and professional development programs in one-hour sessions as well as half and full-day retreats. The following is a sample of the topics we cover based on the science of positive psychology.
In this session, we explore the foundational model for wellbeing based on research by psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. In this model, the letters of the acronym PERMA represent positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment, which interact to create a fulfilling life. Opportunities for reflection and discussion allow participants to apply the model to their own personal and professional lives and to understand how balancing them can bring greater wellbeing.
In this session, we explore the research on positive emotion and how it improves our functioning and builds resilience. We look at Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's broaden and build model of positive emotion, which demonstrates that feeling good creates psychological and social resources that can support us in the future, resulting in more positive emotion, in an upward spiral. We introduce the benefits of positive emotion on the body's central nervous system and consider how cultivating positive emotion contributes to the parasympathetic state.
In this session, we explore why relationships are so important to wellbeing. Based on the research of Dr. Jane Dutton, we consider what constitutes a high-quality connection with other people and how we can utilize these strategies to build trust, enjoyment and cooperation with others. Ultimately, these interactions can lead to greater productivity and engagement at work, as well as stronger bonds with family, friends and community.
In this session we explore what it means to feel engaged in our lives, at work and at play. We explore Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's theory of flow, the psychological state we experience when we are deeply involved in an activity, and how we can cultivate flow state. We also look at how strong relationships and meaningful work and personal commitments contribute to engagement.
In this session, we explore how we understand our lives and what is happening to us is important to our wellbeing. Building off the work of Dr. Victor Frankl, we consider why the way we interpret the meaning of life's events is more important than the events themselves. We introduce the idea of post-traumatic growth and how revisioning a painful experience can help us to identify protective factors and silver linings that help us find peace with our past and build resilience for the future.
In our culture of achievement, how do we consider accomplishment as a part of our wellbeing? Why is accomplishment and achievement important to feeling good and how do we keep this element of the PERMA model in balance? We will explore the ideas of Dr. Angela Duckworth about "grit" and the power of perseverance to help us stay the course to attain our goals in the face of challenge.
In this session, we learn about how painful experience and psychological injury impacts our mental health and the functioning of the central nervous system. We consider the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to heal the body through yoga, breathwork, meditation and retraining the autonomic nervous system response. We explore ideas about post-traumatic growth, including revisioning painful experience to identify protective factors and silver linings to help us make peace with the past and move into greater resilience.