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

    • 14 May 2016
    • 30 Oct 2016
    • Toronto, ON

    “Research shows that…” Does this line grab your attention?  Well research shows that (pun intended) you’re not alone.  People are more drawn to headlines or paragraphs that start with “Research shows that….” Why? Because with science comes power.

    The CPPA is proud to work in partnership with the Flourishing Centre to bring the 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.

    About the 6 month program:

    • Cost: $4500-$4800 (depending on your payment plan)
    • Meet in person for 7 weekends (9am to 6pm) and participate in lively weekly teleclasses.
      • OS 1 (Positivity) May 14-15, 2016
      • OS 2 (Positivity) June 25-26, 2016
      • OS 3 (Engagement) July 23-24, 2016
      • OS 4 (Relationships) August 20-21, 2016
      • OS 5 (Meaning) September 17-18, 2016
      • OS 6 (Achievement) October 1-2, 2016
      • OS 7 (Vitality) October 29-30, 2016
    • 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!

    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: 
    Louisa Jewell MAPP

    To learn more and to register, please click here!

    Want to learn more about positive psychology? Sign up for our free one hour Introductory Master Class at!

    • 15 Jun 2016
    • 17 Jun 2016
    • Niagara-on-the-lake, ON

    The 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology (a.k.a. Exhilarate 2016) will enthusiastically promote the science and practice of positive psychology along with lots of easy-to-use research-based applications that you can take back and implement right away.

    Click here to visit the conference website and register now!

    The conference environment will nurture collaboration and communication among researchers, practitioners, teachers and students in Canada and around the world. Be prepared to network and enjoy conversations that span all different types of disciplines, converging on one main theme; A passion for positive psychology. We have extended our lowest Super Early Bird discount rate one last time until Thursday March 31st to accommodate our fabulous speakers and presenters! This is your last chance to register at our best price and join hundreds of others at the biggest Canadian Positive Psychology event. For all the details and to register with the Super Early Bird rate, click here to visit the conference website.

    Learn, network, and relax all at our 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology at the beautiful White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake! White Oaks is over 65% SOLD OUT! Don't wait if you want to stay onsite to experience the Exhilarate 2016 at its fullest! For more details, click here to visit the conference website and be sure to use our special rate links to book your accommodations and transportation needs.

    Come and contribute to enhancing individual and community well-being and quality of life by sharing positive psychology knowledge and applications in one of Canada's most beautiful areas, Niagara on the Lake. Looking forward to seeing you all in June! Live it, Learn It!

    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Click here to register for the online webinar.

    The positive psychology focus has been growing in popularity in the organizational and management fields. As President of the Work and Organizations Division of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), Meg has witnessed considerable energy around the area, as evidenced by growth in membership that quadrupled in the first year. Positive approaches to Human Resource Development such as employee engagement, strengths-based talent management, creating an attractive organizational culture, job crafting, engaging differences, and virtuous downsizing are prime areas for growth, through organized inquiry and practice. This webinar will offer fresh perspectives on how HR professionals can employ positive psychological and strengths-based approaches, theories and methods to revolutionize HR practice. 

    More About the Speaker

    Meg is Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of Human Resources Programs at Claremont Graduate University. She serves as the President of the Work and Organizations Division of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and Co-Founder and Associate Director of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA). She recently developed the first Master’s level concentration in Positive Human Resource Development at CGU. Her research areas include positive work relationships, strengths-driven evaluation, and diversity in positive psychology. For the past 12 years, Meg has also served as a strategic management and organizational development consultant to a variety of non-profits and institutions. 

Past events

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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