Therapist's Guide to Positive Psychological Interventions


  • Jeana Magyar-Moe, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, USA

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.
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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


Book information

  • Published: June 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374517-0

Table of Contents

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