Therapist's Guide to Positive Psychological Interventions

Positive psychology - essentially the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive - is a relatively new discipline that has experienced substantial growth in the last 5-10 years. Research suggests that the principles and theories from this area of study are highly relevant to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy, and positive psychology presents clinicians and patients with a much needed balance to the more traditional focus on pathology and the disease model of mental health. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the best-researched positive psychological interventions. It emphasizes clinical application, providing a detailed view of how the research can be applied to patients. Covering the broaden-and-build theory, strengths-based therapy, mentoring modalities and more, the volume will provide numerous assessment tools, exercises and worksheets for use throughout the counseling and psychotherapy process.

Mental health clinicians, including psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, and mental health nurses; Researchers in positive psychology and mental health treatment; Professors teaching Positive Psychology, Counseling Skills, or Counseling and Psychotherapy practicum

Hardbound, 200 Pages

Published: June 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374517-0


  • Foreword by Shane J. Lopez

    Chapter 1: What is Positive Psychology and Why is it Important?
    Chapter 2: The Intersection of Positive Psychology and the Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy
    Chapter 3: Positive Psychological Tests and Measures
    Chapter 4: Positive Psychological Interventions
    Chapter 5: Deciding Upon and Carrying Out a Positive Psychology-Infused Treatment Plan

    Bibliography of Useful Positive Psychology Resources


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