Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Workshops & Events


Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    Webinar Topic:
    Should psychological autonomy and not happiness be the focus of positive psychology? A search for the answer


    Monday, September 22, 2014
    1:00 - 2:00 pm, EST

    Dr. Valery Chirkov

    This presentation will provide an analysis of the role that autonomy plays in facilitating people’s happiness, resilience, wisdom, creativity, personal growth and integrity.  It will be argued that autonomy and not happiness or other outcomes should be the target of positively oriented humanistic psychologists.  A short historical analysis that includes writings of the Greek Stoics philosophers, the Chinese Taoist sages, and works of Baruch Spinoza and Immanuel Kant will identify the roots of modern understanding of the nature of psychological autonomy.  Dr. Chirkov will discuss major components and level of functioning of psychological autonomy and will also hypothesise the psychological mechanisms of its execution. A fundamental component of psychological autonomy is a set of self-generated values, as a person’s life goals, and moral principles, as the ways of actualizing these values. Other constituents of autonomous functioning are person’s feelings and desires as well as demands of the society and culture. To be autonomous a person has to be aware of these components, reflect on them, and then make a decision of how to use them in particular situations.  Thus, mindful awareness, reflections and decision making comprise three levels of autonomous functioning. Dr. Chirkov will also discuss practical application of the proposed approach to help people to reach happiness, acquire resilience and achieve optimal functioning.


    More about our webinar speaker:

    Dr. Valery Chirkov is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.  His research interests are related to the topic of psychological autonomy, human agency and self-determined motivation.  Special attention is paid to the role socio-cultural environment plays in facilitating or impeding these capacities in humans.  The most recent publication on this topic is the book chapter: Chirkov, V. (2014). The universality of psychological autonomy across cultures: Arguments from developmental and social psychology. In N. Weinstein (Ed.), Human motivation and interpersonal relationships: Theory, research, and applications. (pp. 27-52). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.  Another topic that currently attracts his attention is the new developments in the philosophy of sciences and their application for social and psychological researcher. Specifically, he is interested in the philosophy of critical realism and its relevance to research on culture, psychology and human motivation.  He is working on the textbook on this topic.


Past events

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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