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

    • 14 Oct 2015
    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Ontario

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


    October 14 & 15, 2015

    8:30 am - 5:00 pm


    Facilitator: Maureen McKenna

    The traditional Appreciative Inquiry (AI) foundation workshop has been redesigned to increase knowledge retention by providing a 100 day action based learning cycle, which includes pre-work, the two day experiential workshop and three group coaching sessions.

    This highly experiential learning program 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.

    Voice of Past Participants: 

    “I flew the Atlantic to study appreciative inquiry with Maureen (‘Mo’) McKenna. It was absolutely the right thing to do. Mo brings a moving depth of knowledge and experience of appreciative inquiry to this training, along with a sensitive, insightful and focused approach to her teaching. Mo displays a special combination of heart and courage in her work that make her influence and her capability very rate. Mo’s work helped me feel confident and clear about the importance of AI along with understanding how I can move forward with it in my own work.” 

    ~~Piers Worth PhD ‘Reader’ in Psychology – Bucks New University – United Kingdom 




    • 06 Nov 2015
    • Centre for Social Innovation, Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON

    Educating for Resilience: Pre-Conference Workshop

    Facilitator: Jillian Darwish 

    In a recent Psychology Today article, resilience was described as “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes”. In our increasingly turbulent and demanding world the need for resilience has likely never been more clear.  But what does it look like to cultivate resilience?  To answer this question, we will take a deep dive into one of the essential elements of positive psychology, that of character strengths.  Character strengths reveal “who you are,” at your core and include capacities for thinking, feeling, willing, and behaving. They reflect what is best in you and can be viewed as part of your positive identity. 

    We will examine character strengths through the lens of the VIA Survey, a self-assessment tool created by Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson.  VIA is the only scientifically validated and freely available online tool to assess character strengths and have been taken by 2.6 million people in more than 190 countries. 

    In this highly interactive workshop participants will build their understanding of the concepts and research related to character strengths, explore their own character profile and signature strengths, understand how to capitalize on personal strengths and develop strategies and a plan to apply their unique character strengths to expand learning, motivation and performance in the face of challenges.  Participants will leave with a plan to be at their best every day!

    One Day Workshop

    1. Overview and Welcome
    2. What are Character Strengths?
      Introducing the concept of focusing on “what is right with people” and the supporting research for the VIA virtues and values 
    3. Why Consider Character Strengths?
      Exploring how individuals can be at their best through a review of character strengths research.
    4. How to Recognize Character Strengths?
      Examining what character strengths look like in practice
    5. What Are My Character Strengths and How Do They Work?
      Engaging in personal reflection based on individual VIA reports and plan for leverage and application opportunities 
    6. Conclusion  
      Moving forward with a plan to be at your best every day!

    More About Jillian Darwish

    Jillian currently serves as president of Mayerson Academy, a professional learning services firm dedicated to transforming individual, team and organizational performance through extraordinary learning experiences, making it possible for everyone to be at their best every day.  Prior to her current role, Jillian has held leadership positions across the education sector, including work in philanthropy, public television, service agencies, higher education and the K-12 system. In her work at KnowledgeWorks, a national education foundation based in Cincinnati, she led the development of a highly regarded and internationally distributed future trends publication, consulted and advised hundreds of organizations across the education sector to construct future-oriented organizational visions and strategies, developed multiple state collaborations to transform education, and created a robust, state-wide, teacher-to-teacher learning community. In her former roles, Jillian led teams to create widely distributed multimedia educational products and services, and received national recognition for the design and implementation of an organizational learning system.  She is an award-winning educator who has delivered more than a hundred national and regional keynotes and panel discussions on innovation, the future of learning, and character strengths to build social emotional competencies and vibrant organizational cultures for learners of all ages.

      • 07 Nov 2015
      • Upper Canada College 200 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto, ON, Canada

      The Canadian Positive Psychology Association is thrilled to offer 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.

      Early-bird rates have been extended to October 22!

      An Introduction to Positive Psychology

      Louisa Jewell, MAPP - President 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.


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

      In this workshop Heidi Bornstein will explore the benefits of mindfulness for both teachers and students. She will share simple effective practices that can be incorporated into daily life to reduce stress and increase mindful compassionate awareness. 

      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.

      See Details of Our Pre-Conference Workshop!

      Refund Policy: If a refund is required, 10% of your registration fee will be deducted from your refund for processing fees. After October 7, 2015 no refunds will be granted. You may transfer your registration to someone else at any time.

    Past events

    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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