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The Practice of Positive Psychotherapy

Date: 5/9/2014 - 5/10/2014
Course #: 03424485
Physicians   $380.00
All Others   $280.00
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza @ Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
Director(s): Christopher K. Germer, PhD|Judy Reiner Platt, Ed.D.|Ronald Siegel, PsyD
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May 9 ‑ 10, 2014
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Offered by: The Department of Psychiatry
Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization

Course Directors: Christopher Germer, Judy Reiner Platt, and Ronald D. Siegel

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What does it take to be truly happy? Until recently, mental health professionals have focused almost exclusively on treating psychopathology - helping people move from states of unusual distress to ordinary levels of well-being. The objective of this course is to offer clinicians updated information on the growing field of positive psychology and its clinical applications. Positive psychology seeks to identify through empirical research what makes people happy and resilient. Participants will gain an understanding of the core findings of the science of happiness and its application in psychotherapy. They will learn specific interventions that have been shown to increase well-being. Interactive learning formats, such as questions and answer sessions, panel presentations, case-based discussions, and didactic lectures will engage the learners and help them to develop new strategies that they can apply in clinical practice.


At the completion of this course you will be able to: outline the science of happiness; describe the neurobiology, strengths, and weaknesses of happiness and resilience; foster resilience after trauma and physical illness; explain self-compassion to clients; and give examples of how to integrate positive psychology strategies and interventions into clinical practice. This course is intended for all health and mental health clinicians, educators, researchers and others interested in bringing tools for enhancing resilience and well-being into their practice and lives.

[Program Schedule]

Fostering Resilience and Well-Being

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
7:45 - 8:30 Registration at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
8:30 - 12:45 Morning Program
Moderator: Christopher Germer
Converging Paths to Well-Being: Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Psychotherapy
Ronald D. Siegel
Is Happiness Always a Good Thing?
June Gruber
The Four Signals: A Roadmap to Finding Passion and Purpose for a Meaningful Life
Bill O'Hanlon
12:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 5:00 Afternoon Program
Moderator: Ronald D. Siegel
Challenges to Well-Being: Understanding Behavior, Emotion, and Decision Making
Francesca Gino
Strategies to Help Stay Positive after Physical Illness
Julie K. Silver
Raising Moral and Happy Children
Richard Weissbourd
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
8:30 - 12:45 Morning Program
Moderator: Ronald D. Siegel
The Neurobiology of Resilience
Elizabeth Hoge
Healing Invisible Wounds: Helping Our Patients Find Hope and Recovery in a Violent World
Richard F. Mollica
Recognizing and Mobilizing the Resilient Capacities of Trauma Survivors
Mary R. Harvey
sSelf-Compassion for Emotional Resilience
Christopher Germer
12:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 5:00 Afternoon Program
Moderator: Christopher Germer
Appreciation and Inquiry in Psychotherapy Supervision
Claire Fialkov, David Haddad
Bringing Positive Psychology into Clinical Practice
Robert Haas
Spirituality and Positive Psychotherapy: Clinical Considerations
Constance DiStasi Hillman

Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.

[General Info]


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement and mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 14 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 7 credits per day for a total of 14 continuing education credits.

Social Workers and Family Therapists: Application has been made to the Collaborative of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the CT, MA, and RI Chapters of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for a total of 14 continuing education credits, 7 credits per day.

Counselors and Educators: The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is an Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Cambridge Health Alliance solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 14 clock hours, Provider #5444, and is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation and PDP Educator accreditation for a total of 14 credits.

Nurses: The American Nurses Credentialing Center, Commission on Accreditation, accepts continuing education from the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) toward recertification. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, verifies that this course is a planned, organized learning experience designed to augment the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for the enhancement of nursing practice to the end of improving health care to the public as mandated by Massachusetts Regulation 244 CMR 5.00 toward relicensing requirements. This course offers a total of 16.8 hours.


This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • patient care
  • medical knowledge
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • professionalism


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Physicians' Fee: $380 (USD)
All Others: $280 (USD)

Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express) can be made online via the REGISTER NOW! link above.

Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School and mail with registration form to Harvard Medical School - Department of Continuing Education, PO Box 417476, Boston, MA 02241-7476. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration an email confirmation from the HMS-DCE office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including: registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.


By phone 617-384-8600, Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM (EST) or by email at: hms-cme@hms.harvard.edu.


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


A handling fee of $60 is deducted for cancellation. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or fax one week prior to this activity. No refunds will be made thereafter.


All sessions will be held at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Rooms in Boston are limited; you are urged to make your reservations early. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 426-2000 or (800) 225-2008 until April 16, 2014. Please specify that you are enrolled in this course to receive a conference rate.

Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration. For airline reservations contact the HMS Travel Desk toll free 1-877-4-HARVMD (1-877-442-7863) Monday - Friday 9 AM - 8 PM (EST). From outside the U.S., Canada and Virgin Islands, please call 617-559-3764.


Faculty, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Founding Partner, Appreciative Action, Boston
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance; Private practice and supervision, Arlington; Author: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Co-editor: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Associate Professor, Negotiation, Organization, and Markets Unit, Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Faculty: Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School and Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative, Harvard University; Recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Management; Featured in The Economist, New York Times, Newsweek, Psychology Today, and others; Author of numerous publications on both psychology and management including Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan
Director, Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University; Director, Experts in Emotion Interview Series; Awards include: Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science; Early Career Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology; Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD); and Outstanding Junior Faculty, Yale University; Author of over 60 publications including Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides
Private Practice, Boston
Faculty, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Founding Partner, Appreciative Action, Boston
Founding Director (retired) and Senior Psychologist, Victims of Violence Program, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director and Co-Curator, Violence Transformed; Publications include: Sources and Expressions of Resilience in Trauma Survivors: Ecological Theory, Multicultural Practice; The Rape Victim: Clinical and Community Interventions
Co-Founder, New Leaf Coaching and Training, Marshfield
Psychiatrist and Investigator, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Recipient of awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Harvard Medical School, and the National Institute of Mental Health; Author of numerous articles on anxiety disorders
Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Recipient of awards from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association; Fulbright New Century Scholar; Visiting Professorship, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; Author of over 160 publications including: Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World
Motivational speaker, teacher, and coach; Recipient of many achievement awards; Numerous appearances on TV (including Oprah and Today), newspapers, radio programs, and podcasts; Author of over 50 articles and chapters, and over 35 books including: The Therapist's Notebook on Positive Psychology; The Change Your Life Book; Change 101; Do One Thing Different; A Guide to Possibility Land
Director, Division of Continuing Education, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance; Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance; Faculty and Board of Directors, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy; Books include: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain; Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; Sitting Together: A Clinician's Guide to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (in progress)
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals; Co-Founder, Oncology Rehab Partners; Recipient of numerous awards including Lane Adams Quality of Life, American Cancer Society; Author/Editor of many publications including: What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope; After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger; Chronic Pain and the Family; Understanding Fitness: How Exercise Fuels Health and Fights Disease; You Can Heal Yourself: A Guide to Physical and Emotional Healing after Injury or Illness
Faculty: Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Founder/Co-Founder: ReadBoston; WriteBoston; and The Making Caring Common Project; Advisor on family policy and school reform to city, state, and federal governments; Author: The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (New Yorker top 24 books of 2009); The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America's Children and What We Can Do About It (American School Board Journal top ten education book of all time)

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