Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Workshops & Events

Positive psychology is a topic area within the field of psychology that seeks to provide scientific answers to the question "What is the good life?" Positive psychology is not a modality for treating psychological disorders. The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) offers learning opportunities about positive psychology through educational events such as workshops and conferences. CPPA does not offer psychological services of any kind. Anyone seeking counseling, therapy or other forms of (mental) health services is advised to consult a licensed (mental) health services professional. Membership in CPPA does not provide members with any credentials or certification to practice, does not qualify someone as a psychologist, or allow them to offer psychological services.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2016
    • 01 Apr 2018
    • Online Immediate Download

    Did you miss our 2nd Educating for Resilience Conference in November 2015? Register now to buy a school-wide license and start building resilient classrooms. This license allows you to share these resources with everyone in your school for a very low price. 


    In November 2015, the Canadian Positive Psychology Association held the 2nd Educating for Resilience Conference. This conference was developed for teachers, counsellors, educators, and positive psychology practitioners who are interested in learning about how to use Positive Psychology to increase resilience in schools. We partnered with Upper Canada College (UCC) and had a complete new line-up of talented and highly inspirational speakers. It was an outstanding day of learning about how to increase resilience in schools for student, faculty, and staff.

    While traditional mental health programs focus on coping with mental illness, Educating for Resilience provides the strategies and techniques to increase positive mental health and fitness - a rapidly growing focus in the teaching community. Register now and start building resilient classrooms!


    Introduction to Positive Psychology

    Presenter: Louisa Jewell, MAPP / President of CPPA

    How to Build Resilience Through Teacher-Student Relationships and School Culture 

    Presenter: Greg Evans, Ph. D. / CPPA Board Member & Dir., the Happiness Enhancement Grp.

    Mindful Educators – Resilient Students: An Experiential Approach to Steadying the Mind, Calming the Heart and Relaxing the Body 

    Presenter: Heidi Bornstein

    The Lens of Character Strengths to Develop Social and Emotional Competencies for Leaners of All Ages! 

    Presenter: Jillian Darwish Ed. D. / President of Mayerson Accademy

    Understanding Kindness in the School Context: Implications for Educators 

    Presenters: Holli-Anne Passmore & John Tyler Binfet / University of British Colombia

    Weaving Positive Psychology into Your Curriculum: Stories from the Front Line

    Panel Discussion:

    The Moments that Make Champions - GRIT

    Presenter: Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP / Author, Speaker & Educator

    • 12 Apr 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Presenter: Emily Esfahani Smith 

    There's an idea in our culture that living a meaningful life is some grand pursuit—that you have to be a spiritual guru or lifesaving surgeon to count your life as meaningful. Actually, that's not true. Each and every person, regardless of who they are and what they do, can lead a meaningful life. The question is—how? Emily Esfahani Smith draws on the new and growing body of social science research, as well as the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people she interviewed, to reveal what the building blocks of a meaningful life are. In this webinar, she'll share with you some key steps and takeaways to help you lead a richer and deeper life.

    Biography: Emily is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Crown). Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, and other publications. Emily is also a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Presenter: Rébecca Shankland 

    La psychologie positive étudie les déterminants du bien-être et les compétences permettant de faire face au mieux aux difficultés rencontrées. La gratitude fait partie des thématiques phares de la psychologie positive notamment parce que les interventions permettant de développer la gratitude sont particulièrement efficaces. L’expression de la gratitude – au-delà de la politesse – augmente la confiance, le sentiment d’être relié aux autres et améliore la qualité des relations. De plus, la gratitude favorise l’orientation de l’attention vers les aspects satisfaisants du quotidien ce qui augmente le sentiment de bien-être des individus, diminue le stress, l’anxiété et les symptômes dépressifs. Comment peut-on développer davantage notre capacité à éprouver et à exprimer de la gratitude ? Comment la gratitude agit-elle sur nos vies ? Cette présentation propose une synthèse des résultats récents dans ce champ et des pratiques concrètes ayant montré des bénéfices en termes de bien-être physique, mentale et sociale.

    Intervenante: Rébecca Shankland, psychologue, Maître de Conférences à l’Université Grenoble Alpes, responsable du Diplôme Universitaire de Psychologie Positive et chercheure au Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Psychologie : Personnalité, Cognition et Changement Social. Elle est également Vice-Présidente de l’Association française et francophone de Psychologie Positive. Ses recherches portent sur le développement et les effets de la gratitude et de la pleine conscience dans le champ de l’éducation, des organisations et des psychothérapies. Elle a publié plusieurs ouvrages sur ces thématiques parmi lesquels Les pouvoirs de la gratitude chez Odile Jacob (2016), La psychologie positive chez Dunod (2014) et Manager en pleine conscience chez Dunod en collaboration avec Lise Peillod-book (2016).

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • Toronto, ON

    The CPPA is proud to work in partnership with the Flourishing Center to bring the Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program to our Canadian community.

    CAPP graduates feel empowered that they know the science behind happiness, well-being and flourishing, so that when people say, “Why should I invest in becoming happier?” Graduates can share facts like, “Research shows happy people are physically healthier, they have stronger social networks, they achieve more and have even been found to live longer.”

    Certification offers personal and professional rewards to the individual who attains it. Because the CAPP program is ICF approved to award CCE hours, coaches receive a total of 36 CCE's upon graduation. Certification validates specialty knowledge, enhances professional credibility, and contributes to feelings of personal accomplishment.

    This certification program consists of seven on-sites (all day Saturday and Sunday) that meet at the Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park and 17 Distance Learning Modules that meet virtually. (The location of the on-site meetings will be announced as the dates get closer.) All On Sites meet from 9am–6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    About the 6 month program:

    • Cost: $4500-$4800 (depending on your payment plan)
    • Meet in person for 7 weekends (9am-6pm) and participate in lively weekly teleclasses.OS 1 (Positivity) 
      • April 29 & 30, 2017
      • OS 2 (Positivity) May 27 & 28, 2017
      • OS 3 (Engagement) June 24 & 25, 2017
      • OS 4 (Relationships) July 22 & 23, 2017
      • OS 5 (Meaning) August 19 & 20, 2017
      • OS 6 (Achievement) September 9 & 10, 2017
      • OS 7 (Vitality) September 30 & October 1, 2017
    • Join the live webinars with renowned researchers in the field of Positive Psychology
    • Receive hundreds of slides and worksheets to customize and share.
    • Enjoy access to continuing education, personal coaching and much more!
    • Exact location: Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park, 3rd Floor, 585 Dundas St. E.

    All On Sites and Distance Learning classes are recorded in case you’re absent, so you never miss the content.

    The facilitator for this cohort is:
    Greg Evans, PhD.

    To learn more and to register, please click here! Early bird registration discount until March 4th!

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Presenter: Dr. Itai Ivtzan 

    Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular interventions in psychology, the interest in which grows year after year. Positive psychology (PP) is the fastest developing branch of psychology, whose expanding journey of investigating human flourishing has attracted great interest. What happens when these two are brought together?

    This webinar will inform you about the fascinating points of convergence between mindfulness and PP. We will explore various mindfulness programs focused on increasing positive variables, such as meaning, compassion, positive emotions, strengths, and gratitude. These programs are flourishing-focused, thereby embodying the spirit of PP. We will also examine how certain popular mindfulness programs are deficit-focused (aimed at decreasing mental illness), and consequently less relevant to the goals of PP interventions.


    Dr Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. It makes his heart sing. He is convinced that if we befriend both psychology and spirituality, and succeed in introducing them into our lives, we will all become super heroes, and gain strengths of awareness, courage, resilience, and compassion. 

    He is a positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He is also an honorary senior research associate at the University College London (UCL). 

    He is the author/co-author of: Awareness is Freedom: The Adventure of Psychology and Spirituality, Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Science of Meditation and Well beingSecond Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life, Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice. For info about his work please visit:

Past events

21 Feb 2017 From Grateful to Great: How Practicing Gratitude Improves Schools and Families
06 Dec 2016 2016 Holiday Party
20 Sep 2016 Three Myths that Start in Education and Misguide us in Life™
07 Sep 2016 Exploring Human Resource Development from a Positive Psychology Perspective: New Insights for Research and Practice
15 Jun 2016 The 3rd Conference on Positive Psychology: Exhilarate!
04 May 2016 Mastermind Webinar: Helping Kids Transform Stress into Success
07 Apr 2016 Second wave positive psychology: Exploring the dialectics of flourishing
31 Mar 2016 Promouvoir la santé mentale et le bien-être des enfants en offrant l’atelier « Parler pour que les enfants écoutent; Écouter pour que les enfants parlent »
09 Mar 2016 Mastermind Meeting: Building Character at KIPP STRIVE Academy
18 Feb 2016 How Research is Helping Solve the Procrastination Puzzle
21 Jan 2016 Éduquer les enfants avec la psychologie positive
01 Dec 2015 Le bien-être en enseignement : comment réussir à le ressentir malgré la complexité du métier?
25 Nov 2015 Flourishing in Schools: Understanding the work of teaching, leading and learning in schools from a positive organizational perspective
07 Nov 2015 2015 Educating For Resilience Conference
06 Nov 2015 VIA Character Strengths – One-Day Intensive for Teachers
14 Oct 2015 The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: Harnessing Human Energy to Create A Positive Organizational Climate
25 Sep 2015 Virtues-based leadership, well-being, organizational citizenship behaviour and performance
17 Sep 2015 Transforming Dialogue ​: 5 Foundational Qualities of Solution Focused Brief Coaching​
07 Jul 2015 4 Week Applied Mindfulness Meditation
25 Jun 2015 Building Organizational Resilience
22 Jun 2015 The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: Harnessing Human Energy to Create A Positive Organizational Climate
17 Jun 2015 Respirer le bonheur, un souffle à la fois: Être présent comme moyen de cultiver le bonheur
12 Jun 2015 Introduction to MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) Workshop
20 Apr 2015 A Three Month Positive Education Journey With Happiness, Laughter and Humour: In the Real World of Grade Seven Students
15 Apr 2015 How To Use Positive Psychology To Build Resilience
25 Mar 2015 La rétroaction orientée vers le changement en milieu sportif : Un outil pour favoriser l’autonomie, la motivation, l’estime de soi et le bien-être des athlètes
26 Feb 2015 Promoting Healthy Relationships to Prevent Bullying
29 Jan 2015 Soutenir l’autogestion de la dépression : Pourquoi et comment redonner du pouvoir aux personnes en rétablissement?
10 Dec 2014 Healthy Hedonism for the Holidays:­ A Lecture and Workshop with Veronika Huta, Ph.D.
26 Nov 2014 Posttraumatic growth: Moving beyond resilience
22 Sep 2014 Should psychological autonomy and not happiness be the focus of positive psychology? A search for the answer
17 Jul 2014 2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology
16 Jul 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: Techniques in Positive Psychology Coaching
16 Jul 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: Positive Psychotherapy (PPT)
16 Jul 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry through an AI Summit Experience
16 Jul 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: Experiential Corporate Training on Positive Psychology
16 Jul 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: Strength Based Resiliency Program (SBR)
25 Jun 2014 Positive Organizational Behavior with Jamie Gruman, PhD.
13 Jun 2014 Laughter and the Discovery of Where to Find True Happiness
09 Jun 2014 Ce qui fait la différence en thérapie, ce n'est pas toujours ce que l'on pense
28 May 2014 Translating hedonia and eudaimonia into practice: How to pursue both enjoyment and personal growth
19 May 2014 Proposing Purpose as a Promoter of Personal Progress
30 Apr 2014 Educating for Resilience with Greg Evans, PhD.
30 Apr 2014 Passer de la prévention à la promotion de la santé psychologi​que au travail : Les leviers d’action pour favoriser le bien-être psychologi​que dans les organisati​ons
26 Mar 2014 What we know about introversion-extraversion as a trait and in momentary behaviour: Implications for well-being
17 Mar 2014 Wisdom and how to get it
26 Feb 2014 Coaching and Positive Psychology with Andrew Soren, CPCC, MAPP
10 Feb 2014 À la recherche de la volonté
20 Jan 2014 The Science of Happiness and Happy Movie Screening with Louisa Jewell, MAPP
13 Jan 2014 Nurturing Resilience in Challenging Contexts: Why Different Factors Predict Well-being Across Cultures and Settings
04 Nov 2013 Educating for Resilience Conference
28 Oct 2013 Un avant-goût de l’Entretien motivationnel
02 Oct 2013 Using Happiness Interventions in Group Settings: The Happiness 101 Series
25 Sep 2013 Become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach - Applied Positive Psychology Interventions
18 Jun 2013 Soutenir l’espoir après un drame, par Brigitte Lavoie
11 Jun 2013 Appreciative Inquiry; A Powerful Approach for 21st Century Leaders
30 May 2013 Positive Policing: The Next Paradigm Shift
08 May 2013 Lesser known Positive Psychology Strategies and Insights
08 May 2013 Annual General Meeting for members
23 Apr 2013 La Bonté Humaine
25 Mar 2013 Practicing Positive CBT - From Reducing Distress to Building Success
21 Mar 2013 Can Online Positive Psychology Exercises Increase Happiness?
05 Feb 2013 L'intervention orientée vers les solutions
30 Jan 2013 Stress Hardiness: Thriving Under Pressure
18 Dec 2012 Le Bonheur de Vieillir: Une approche « positive» du vieillissement
28 Nov 2012 Defensive Pessimism Implications for Positive Psychology.
25 Oct 2012 L'Optimisme, Quelle Complexité?
11 Oct 2012 Working with Appreciative Inquiry
20 Jul 2012 First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology
27 Apr 2012 Nature Relatedness and the Happy Path to Sustainability
23 Feb 2012 You Don't Define Me: Coping and Well-being Among People in Marginalized Groups with Dr. Steven Mock
27 Jan 2012 Applying Positive Psychology Interventions with Dr. Tayyab Rashid

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