Pre-conference workshop sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 at the ELTE Conference Center before the Opening Ceremony of the ECPP Conference.
You can sign up for these workshops in the ECPP registration system. Please indicate the title of the chosen workshop in the Note section.

Half Day Session

Tuesday, June 26

Facilitators:

Márta Csabai
Márta Csabai
Professor of Health Psychology and Head of Department
Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology Department
Director of the Applied Health Psychology Postgraduate Programme
University of Szeged, Hungary
Short Bio Publications
Peter J. Schulz
Peter J. Schulz
Professor for Communication Theories and Health Communication at the Faculty of Communication Sciences
Director of the Institute of Communication and Health
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland
Short Bio Publications
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Learning outcomes:

  • introduction of some possible ways of fostering health empowerment and well-being
  • methods for the measurement and the improvement of health literacy
  • cross-cultural measurement and methods for the support of internet health information use
  • introduction of a communication training software
    (Experiencing the therapeutic relationship A tutorial for the development of relational skills, developed by Marta Csabai et al)

Background:

Taken into account the Health Empowerment Model of Schulz & Nakamoto (2013), empowerment can be defined by four dimensions, namely relevance (meaningfulness), competence, impact and self-determination. The crucial issue is whether fostering health empowerment and information use increases patient and consumer’s wellbeing.

Content:

This workshop will bring together papers and interactive modules that focus on theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of health empowerment in connection with health information use and client-provider communication, as seen from the perspective of positive psychology.

Full Day Sessions

Tuesday, June 26

Learning outcomes:

Learn how positive psychology interventions can be boosted through the use of tangible tools like LEGO.
Get introduced to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® a research based facilitation tool using LEGO® to create positive narratives and metaphors

Background:

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® provides a tangible method to apply positive psychology interventions through use of Lego model building. Individuals and groups use metaphors and narratives to express deeper held thoughts and through shared sense making the method offers coaches and facilitators a framework that fits with their existing positive psychology toolbox and know how.

Using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® allows you to challenge the idea that external ‘experts’ must be brought in to identify problems, and to propose solutions. On the contrary, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® begins with the assumption that the answers are ‘already in the room’, and invites participants to ‘think with their hands’ to build their understandings of well-being related issues.

Content:

Get ready to what might be the most interactive session at ECPP 2018.

Through brief talks and lots of LEGO building you will learn how LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can be used to create a more experiential positive psychology intervention for groups and individuals. From the outside, a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® session may just look like playing with Lego, but you will learn, by using LEGO yourself, how the method offers a structured process that elicits deep thinking, powerful story telling, authentic collaboration and sense making of complex challenges that organizations, businesses and communities face.

Presenters:

Ilona Boniwell
Ilona Boniwell
CEO of Positran
Principal Lecturer and MAPP Programme Leader at Anglia Ruskin University
Short Bio CV Publications
Mads Bab
Mads Bab
CEO of Gnist
Short Bio Gnist
Wednesday, June 27

Facilitators:

Lisa Vivoll Straume
Lisa Vivoll Straume
Ph.D. Psychology
Academic Director / MIND
Profile Publications
Rune Sagør
Rune Sagør
CEO / MIND
Profile Publications
Karina Anderssen Aas
Karina Anderssen Aas
MA Science in Counselling
Mental trainer / MIND
Profile Publications
Tim Rudi Veiteberg
Tim Rudi Veiteberg
MA Human Resources Management
Executive coach
Profile Publications
Håkon Tveiterås
Håkon Tveiterås
MA Psychology / Executive coach
Profile Publications
Benedicte Langseth-Eide
Benedicte Langseth-Eide
Ph.D. candidate
Psychologist / MIND
Profile Publications
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Learning outcomes:

Participants will learn a method for spotting, developing and applying strengths and further to build high performing teams that are ready to implement organizational change.

Background:

The speed and complexity of which our world is changing have made change the most pressing leadership priority. Change initiatives like strategic shifts, culture shifts and mergers aim to ensure long-term success and growth. The potential of such changes is high, but so is the risk. It is a widely accepted belief among scientists and practitioners that approximately 70% of all change initiatives fail (se for instance Kotter, 2008; Beer and Nohria, 2000a). Although much has been written about how to overcome the barriers of successful change – people change only if they want to. Strength-based leadership offers hands-on tools for change readiness in creating awareness and competence about personal strengths and values and how they can be applied in different contexts, tasks and relations. Focusing on strengths may also strengthen our self-regulatory mechanisms and build growth-oriented mindsets. Our workshop will guide participants though different practical methods that leaders and consultants can apply to make employees and teams psychological fit for change.

Content:

The workshop is organized with an introductory session on the theoretical foundation of our training, followed by three sessions with practical training on different tools for strength-based development and leadership. The introduction will also set the stage and give the context for the practical training that follows. The first session will give training on how to spot, develop and apply strengths. The second session will teach participants how to build high-performing teams with specific focus on strengthening relations and balancing strengths to context and tasks. The third session will give training on how to approach organizational challenges that require changes with specific focus on re-defining goals and handling conflicts to restore balance and implement changes. After these training sessions, participants will solve a complex business case that require application of new learning.

References:

Beer, M. and Nohria, N. (2000a) Cracking the code of change. Harvard Business Review, 78, (3), pp.133-141.
Kotter, J.P. (2008) A sense of urgency. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

Facilitators:

Itai Ivtzan
Itai Ivtzan
University of East London
Short Bio Profile Publications
Ryan M. Niemiec
Ryan M. Niemiec
VIA Institute
Short Bio Profile Publications
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Learning outcomes:

  • Experience a broad range of mindfulness and positive psychology activities.
  • Learn how mindfulness, meaning, spirituality, and character strengths enhance one other.
  • Practice ways of boosting your mindfulness, strengths, and meaning.
  • Understand the latest research on these various elements of human flourishing.

Background:

Ready for an experience that will be simultaneously meaningful, informative, and practical?

Join positive psychology leaders, authors, and international presenters (and friends), Dr. Itai Ivtzan and Dr. Ryan Niemiec on an adventure through some of the best research and practices in positive psychology. This collaborative workshop has never been offered before so participants should truly be ready for a meaningful adventure.

Content:

Dr. Itai Ivtzan and Dr. Ryan Niemiec will make sense of the exponential increase in the science and practice of mindfulness, offering unique insights that every practitioner needs to know. They will share their research and extensive practitioner background around the best ways that mindfulness intersects with character strengths, meaning, and spirituality. Various user-friendly tips, stories, metaphors, and insights will be provided that practitioners will want to use with clients.

The majority of popular mindfulness programs are deficit-focused, initially designed to remediate stress, improve coping with pain or a medical condition, manage depression and anxiety, and so on. Our focus will be strengths-based in that the work starts with and amplifies positive qualities, and in turn, that positivity is used to manage or reframe stress, problems, and other suffering. Both strength and suffering will be discussed and worked with in this workshop.

The workshop covers three general areas: theory, research, and practice, with an emphasis on the latter. You will engage in several experiential exercises and dyad/small group discussions. These are designed to help you master the key concepts and research and will help you rehearse the ingredients of the practice so you can begin using it with clients, employees, or students immediately.

This workshop is intended to provide an adventurous, creative, and open space, where we learn and grow together, while being mindful and playful.

All participants are strongly encouraged to take the free VIA Survey to attain their rank-order of character strengths prior to the workshop.
Go to www.viacharacter.org

Facilitator:

Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.
Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Health & Wellness Centre
Associate Faculty, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Canada
Short Bio Publications Website
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Learning outcomes:

Despite its name, this workshop on PPT is not only about positives. With the help of case vignettes and video illustrations, you will learn how to conduct a strength-based therapeutic approach that neither dismisses the severity of psychological distress nor naively minimizing clients’ genuine concerns.

Background:

For more than a century, counselling and psychotherapy has been a place where clients discuss their stressors and symptoms, under a bold and largely untested assumption that uncovering childhood trauma, untwisting faulty thinking, or restoring dysfunctional relationships will heal clients. This focus on the negatives makes intuitive sense, but such an approach has largely ignored or minimized the importance of the strengths. Asserting that strengths are as authentic and active ingredients of healing, as symptoms, this pre-conference presents an innovative approach to healing, which offers evidence based strategies that integrate the yin-yang of clients, capturing their complexity, cultural contexts and comprehending their evolving identities on an ever-expanding digital landscape.

Content:

The workshop will provide a comprehensive package including presentation slides with detailed notes, an abbreviated treatment manual with directions about how to conduct a structured PPT, with case illustrations, caveats, and a plethora of resources for each practice and free access to comprehensive positive clinical assessment for clients.

Practices (to be conducted during the workshop)

  • Relaxation and mindfulness
  • Story of Resilience
  • Symptoms & Strengths
  • Open-book & Closed Memories
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Positive Communication
  • Savouring
  • Positive Legacy

Registration deadline: May 31, 2018

There will be 2 types of sessions:
Full day session from 9:00 to 11:30 am and from 12:30 to 3:00 pm
Half day session from 9:00 to 11:30 am or from 12:30 to 3:00 pm

Prices are available here