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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Using Positive Psychology to Build Positive Emotions

April 9, 2010
Berkeley, CA

This one-day seminar will offer attendees a path toward a happier, healthier life.

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This one-day seminar will offer attendees a path toward a happier, healthier life. Drawing on cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology, renowned UC Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner will share research-tested methods for cultivating and sustaining positive emotions such as amusement, love, and happiness, and he’ll explore the myriad long-term benefits of positive emotions, from better health to a more optimistic outlook on life. What’s more, Dr. Keltner will discuss how attendees can help nurture these emotions in children, spouses, co-workers, clients, and others. He’ll also promote a deeper understanding of people who experience too much or too little positive emotion, such as those suffering from mania, schizophrenia, depression, or autism.

This seminar will also feature a presentation by Barbara Fredrickson, a leader in the field of positive psychology. Dr. Fredrickson will share lessons learned from her trailblazing research on “positivity,” which has discovered that when people experience positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones, they reach an emotional tipping point: They naturally become more resilient to adversity and effortlessly achieve what they once could only imagine. Her studies show that building positive emotions can enhance relationships, improve health, relieve depression, and broaden the mind. Dr. Fredrickson’s presentation will give attendees the research-tested tools they need to see new possibilities in life, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and truly flourish in life.

Learning Objectives
Identify the long-term benefits of positive emotions
Diagnose disorders characterized by too much or too little positive emotion
Cultivate positive emotions in oneself and sustain a positive mindset
Help others build positive emotions and enjoy the corresponding mental and physical health benefits

Agenda
(All sections led by Dacher Keltner unless otherwise noted) 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Registration and check in
9:00 - 10:15 The evolution and neuroscience of positive emotion: What are positive emotions and why do we have them?
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Dysfunctions in positive emotion: Too much or too little
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:45 Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., on boosting your “positivity” ratio
1:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 3:15 How to cultivate positive emotions and sustain a positive mindset
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:45 How to cultivate positive emotions in children, families, workplaces, and communities

Continuing Education
Course approval for Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Counselors and Nurses

This seminar is approved for 6 CE hours. 

Continuing Education is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Psychologists R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.  (6) hours.

Social Workers CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.

Marriage and Family Therapists CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors Provider approved by CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0210 for (6) CEHs.

Occupational Therapists: Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of attendance for 6 CE hours.

Nurses - CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP12224, for (6) contact hours.

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