Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Workshops & Events


Upcoming events

    • 13 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online

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    Sue Stephenson isnt kidding around when she says educators need to lighten up and love what they do to create caring, healthy classrooms. This free webinar will feature her work with 5 grade seven teachers, their principal, vice-principal and, of course, their students as they take a novel approach to mental health and positive education. If youre an educator or a parent working with positive psychologythis webinar is for you! Sue was the founding principal in the year 2000 of North Kipling JMS, a school with about 900 students in Toronto District School Board and has maintained a close relationship with it ever since she retired and reinvented herself as a speaker and author. Two years ago, she was invited to be a visiting author to share her latest book Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour with the grade seven students. That project continues under the umbrella of the Mental Health and Well-Being TDSB initiative.  The three-month positive education project culminates in a Stand-Up Comedy Showcase that was featured on CBC television last year.

    This webinar will share the key findings of the experience including: how to be resilient in tough times, what are my signature strengths and how can I best use them, what good does laughter do for my body, mind and soul, and how are humour and comedy different?

    More about our speaker

    Susan (aka Sue) loved going to school so much (no kidding around) that she became a Family Studies teacher, then an educational consultant, and then a principal always passionate about universal success for all kids.

    Sue leads a dynamic Canadian company called, focusing on mental health promotion, positive education and trust. As a former VP and Principal in Toronto, Sue has continued her exemplary 35-year career as a speaker and author of four books. Kidding Around: connecting kids to happiness, laughter and humour is her most recent book.

    She is an award-winning presenter and credits much of this to her unique sense of humour and ability to connect directly with populations on critical issues. Her webinars, keynotes, workshops are warmly welcomed by a wide variety of audiences in corporate, community and educational settings where she cleverly combines laughing with learning a foolproof recipe for a living room, classroom or a bored room. Sue has a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto. She is a contributing member of the Canadian Association of Positive Psychology, the World Laughter Tour and the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • 17 Apr 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Ontario

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


    April 15th-17th, 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.




Past events

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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