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Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating Symptoms & Strengths Through Case Studies

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 12:00 AM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) is the therapeutic arm of Positive Psychology. It integrates symptoms with strengths, risks with resources, weaknesses with values, and regrets with hopes in order to understand the inherent complexities of human experience in a balanced way.

Positive Psychotherapy is the clinical dimension of positive psychology which, unlike its names is not just about positives. PPT is about skillful integration of symptoms and strengths, vulnerabilities and potentialities, and ruminations and reflections. This workshop is a compilation of case studies of six most common clinical conditions including depression (uni-polar and bi-polar), anxiety, attentional and hyperactivity difficulties, post-traumatic stress, relationship challenges and borderline personality symptoms. Each case study begins with the narrative of the client, providing participants a snapshot of the clinical concerns for which they sought psychotherapy. With the help of worksheets, participants will have the opportunity to apply PPT framework both individually and in small groups. Each case will include a large group debrief. Throughout the workshop, importance of integrating theory and empirical evidence will be highlighted. 

Three learning Goals

  • Develop case conceptualization skills of integrating positive psychology principles in assessment and treatment of six most common psychological disorders

  • Deepen understanding of accentuating positives in specific clinical conditions to ward off burnout effects on clinicians such as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and feelings of inadequacy

  • Broaden strengths-based clinical skills set for multicultural clients who may not benefit from

  • traditional deficit-based approaches

Web: www.tayyabrashid.com | https://ca.linkedin.com/in/tayyabrashid


Workshop Leader

  Tayyab Rashid   University of Toronto

Tayyab Rashid
University of Toronto

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Dr. Rashid has expertise in positive psychology interventions, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. He has worked for more than 15 years with young adults experiencing significant mental health issues including psychosis, complex trauma, grief, borderline personality disorder, and severe depression.

Dr. Rashid’s work has been published in academic journals and in textbooks of psychiatry and psychotherapy. His book, Positive Psychotherapy, which is written with Martin Seligman, is considered one of the most comprehensive therapeutic resources in Positive Clinical Psychology (PCP). His two positive psychology based programs, Flourish and Strengths-based Resilience, have won innovation awards and large grants. He won IPPA’s Outstanding Practitioner Award in 2017 and University of Toronto’s Chancellor Award for Emerging Leader in 2018.

Dr. Rashid is currently the co-chair of Canada’s National Campus Mental Health Community of Practice and president of the Clinical Division of International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).

Related Publications:

Rashid, T., & Seligman, M. E. P. 2018). Positive Psychotherapy: Clinician Manual. New York: Oxford.

Rashid, T., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2018). Positive Psychotherapy. In D. Wedding & R. J. Corsini (Eds.), Current Psychotherapies (pp. 481-526). Belmont, CA: Cengage.

Uliaszek, A. A., Rashid, T., Williams, G. E., & Gulamani, T. (2016). Group therapy for university students: A randomized control trial of dialectical behavior therapy and positive psychotherapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 78-85.

Rashid, T. (2015). Positive psychotherapy: A strength-based approach. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 25-40.