Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Workshops & Events


Upcoming events

    • 12 Jun 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CSI Regent Park: Room 02 - 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON

    Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop:

    June 12, 2015


    Facilitators: Eileen & Rainer Beltzner

    Work Shop Description:

    How do you typically react to difficulties in life such as work stress, rejection, physical problems, or financial hardships? Do you instinctively fight uncomfortable experiences or find fault in yourself when things go wrong? What if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad – as you would do for others? Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It’s the heart of mindfulness. Research has shown that it boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. In the full MSC Training program developed by Kristin Neff Ph.D. and Christopher Germer Ph.D., you learn how to: 

     Stop being so hard on yourself

     Understand the empirically supported benefits of self-compassion

     Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness 

     Handle difficult emotions with greater ease 

     Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism

     Manage caregiver fatigue

     Transform your relationships, both old and new 

     Practice mindfulness and self-compassion exercises in everyday life

    In this introductory session, participants are provided with an opportunity to experience several exercises, as well as one of the key meditations – the Mindful Self Compassion Break, used in the MSC program. It will also include an opportunity to learn more about the full MSC Training Program, links to MSC resources and, becoming a qualified MSC Teacher. 

    *Light Refreshments to be Served*

    More About Our Speakers:

    Eileen Beltzner:

    Eileen is a Social Worker, an Empathy Fatigue Recovery and Prevention Specialist, and a trained MSC teacher. She is an author and a published researcher. In 1989 she received the “Mary Neville Award” for her work in the areas of prevention and early interventions in children’s mental health services. Her interest in self-compassion began in 2009 while she was researching components that might prevent or reduce empathy fatigue in healthcare providers. Since 2009, Eileen has been incorporating self-compassion practices in her work with teachers, health-care professionals and other clients. She became a trained MSC teacher so she could teach other professionals about MSC’s therapeutic value, not only for the people they serve but for themselves as well. In January 2015 this intention became a reality and Eileen taught, along with her husband Rainer, the first 8-week MSC course ever to be offered in this part of Canada.

    Rainer Beltzner:

    Rainer is a seasoned business professional, consultant, teacher, board director and retired KPMG partner who, over the past four decades has experienced the realities of large corporate structures, politics and interpersonal conflicts on a national and international basis. Throughout his career, he has mentored clients, staff and friends as they struggled with business, career and personal challenges. Rainer completed a five-day intensive mindful self-compassion (MSC) program with Kristin Neff Ph.D. and Christopher Germer Ph.D. and personally experienced its benefits. Rainer continues to expand his knowledge about and experience with mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and mindfulness-based emotional intelligence. He completed his formal MSC teacher training with Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Steve Hickman and Michelle Becker through the University of California, San Diego, Centre for Mindfulness and is recognized as a “Trained MSC Teacher”. Rainer has co-presented the full 8-week MSC training program as well as introductory MSC workshops.

    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • 24 Jun 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Ontario

    The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: Harnessing Human Energy to Create a Positive Organizational Climate


    June 22nd- 24th, 2015

    8:30 - 5:00 pm


    Facilitator: Maureen McKenna

    This highly experiential workshop will engage you in learning about the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), an approach, philosophy, and process for igniting innovation through strength-based inquiry and high engagement.  Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a change-initiative process that Dr. David Cooperrider (creator and thought leader of AI), calls “a positive revolution in the leadership of change.”  A key output from this positive revolution is the ability to source human energy through consciously taking an AI approach to change. AI is experiencing tremendous growth based on the sustainable impact it is having in business, education, healthcare, communities, non-profit and government institutions.

    This limited enrolment workshop is designed for consultants, coaches, leaders, organizational & community facilitators, and change agents - anyone who want to spark engagement and innovation in their organizations and communities. It provides a foundation for the practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI); an approach, philosophy, and process for igniting innovation through focused inquiry and high-engagement. 


    For more information, download the brochure here.




    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • 47 Queen's Park Crescent East Toronto, ON M5S2C3

    Transforming Dialogue ​: 5 Foundational Qualities of Solution Focused Brief Coaching​ 

    September 17 & 18, 2015

    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Facilitator: Haesun Moon

    Workshop Description:

    What kind of dialogues do you hear throughout your day in and around you? When was the last time that you had a purposeful and uplifting dialogue with another
    person whether at home, at work, or at school? Suppose you are engaging in more of those dialogues with your family, friends, and colleagues, what difference would that

    ​make for you and others? Solution Focused Brief Coaching is a framework for purposeful dialogue that promotes positive growth and builds on one's preferred future within individuals, groups and organizations. The key aspects of coaching focuses on possibilities, preference and progress of the client so that their

    preferred future may be actualized in the unique solution-building process of "creating a vivid memory of the future". With this approach, people often experience a profound​ paradigm shift which allows them to create a meaningful and manageable forward-moving process and enjoy a positive shift in confidence, motivation and self-perception. The elaboration of solution focused dialogue includes various applications in schools, workplaces, leadership, and organizations.  

    This two-day module introduces the foundational principles and techniques of Solution Focused Brief Coaching in a highly experiential and dialogic method. In-class activities include real-time coaching demo and peer coaching practice using solution-focused dialogue. Participants will learn how to have solution-building dialogue in both personal and professional settings while exchanging feedback, fortifying rapport, and generating client-directed outcomes and strategies. This overview provides a foundation for all other modules, and participants will learn how they can apply the Solution Focused dialogue model in coaching, managing, consulting, and training applications.

    More About Our Speaker:

    Haesun Moon

    Haesun describes her life as "full of pleasant surprises" meeting many practitioners, searchers and researchers, and some skeptics with good questions that provoke meaningful dialogues. She is the Program Director of Solution Focused Brief Coaching Program at University of Toronto, and she also works in Organizational Development & Leadership at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As one of Canada's leading educators and advocates for Solution Focused Brief Coaching, Haesun teaches locally and internationally working with senior managers and executive level leaders on broad range of organizational topics including change management and performance evaluation. Creating small shift in dialogues at work, at school, and at home to bring about positive changes in people through intentional use of language is Haesun’s area of expertise and passion, and she contributes by research, facilitation, and coaching. Haesun is also a dog lover and an amateur musician.

    • 07 Nov 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Upper Canada College 200 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto, ON, Canada

    The Canadian Positive Psychology Association is thrilled to announce the 2nd Educating for Resilience Conference. This conference is for teachers, counsellors, educators, and positive psychology practitioners who are interested in learning how to use Positive Psychology to increase resilience in schools. This year we are partnering with Upper Canada College (UCC) and have a complete new line-up of talented and highly inspirational speakers. We have taken into account all that we have learned from our previous conference in 2013 and are using that to ensure that this year's conference is bigger and even more successful than the last! 

    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.

    A Look At Our Preliminary Program

    An Introduction to Positive Psychology

    Louisa Jewell, MAPP - Preseident of the CPPA, will start off the Conference with an Introduction to Positive Psychology. This interactive session will present an overview of positive psychology and the benefits of applying positive psychology in an educational setting.

    How to Build Resilience Through Teacher-Student Relationships

     and School Culture

     In this practical session with Greg Evans, PhD.,

     he will discuss what positive psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology have to say about what underlies the most supportive and successful teacher-student relationships                                                   

    Supporting Change and Growth with Mindfulness and Compassion

    In this workshop, Laurisa Dill, Psychotherapist and Director of the Mindfulness Clinic, will  explain how mindfulness-based compassion practices can help strengthen a secure emotional base from which to broaden and build on positive experiences. She will share practices that reduce stress and promote mental health. 

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

    In this presentation Jillian Darwish, Ed.D., President of the Mayerson Academy, will examine how learners of all ages have built social and emotional competencies through an appreciative focus on personal, signature, strengths as defined in the VIA classification.

    Understanding Kindness in the School Context:  Implications for Educators

    This presentation from Holli-Anne Passmore and John-Tyler Binfet PhD., from the University of British Columbia will discuss a recent study about Canadian students and how they understand kindness at school. This talk will provide educators with insights into kindness and practical strategies for enhancing students' kindness.

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

    A 1-hour panel discussion consisting of a group of invited educators and teachers to share their practical applications of positive psychology in schools

    The Moments that Make Champions

    Caroline Adams Miller, a world-renowned coach, author, speaker and educator in the fields of empowerment, change, well-being and the science of goal accomplishment will be delivering a thrilling keynote presentation on "grit" to wrap-up the conference.

    Register before October 1st for Early-bird rates!

    Our Pre-Conference Workshops to be announced soon!

Past events

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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