Positive psychology is the study of human strengths and well-being. This site includes information about positive psychology research, teaching, and practice as well as events, strengths based books, and resources.

  • The latest edition of the Section on Positive Psychology newsletter, Positive Psychology: Theory and Application is now available. This edition contains Section updates and great articles by section members. Check it out here.
  • Be sure to take a look at Past Chair Jeana Magyar-Moe’s post about using the “Positive GAF scale” on the Section on Positive Psychology’s Facebook page!
  • We invite you to check out the Resources page to our website, and take a look at the great information we have. If you have some materials that you would like to add to the Resources page, contact Brian Cole (bpcole[at]gmail.com).
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Proposals are now being accepted for a Student Poster Session co-sponsored by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), Division 17 Sections, and the Division 17 Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS). Poster proposals may be empirical studies or theoretical considerations relevant to Positive Psychology. The first author on the proposal must be a student (or have completed the project while a student or intern) and must either be an affiliate of Division 17 or sponsored by a Division 17 member.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal on Positive Psychology research, more information is available here.

This year’s convention will take place in Washington, DC from August 7th to August 10th.

Submission Deadline: March 24th.

Positive Psychology- Tal Ben-Shahar

April 16, 2013
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Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, Harvard professor, Bringing Happiness to Life

April 14, 2013

Note: Lecture begins at 22 minutes 30 seconds. More about professor Tal Ben Shahar here: http://www.talbenshahar.com/talbenshahar/Bio/About/ Online positive psychology courses are offered here: http://www.talbenshahar.com/talbenshahar/OnlineCourses/

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Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology Conference Keynote

April 13, 2013


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What is Positive Psychology?

April 12, 2013

“What is Positive Psychology?” A “white board animation” sponsored by Test Prep Gurus. Written and Produced by: Nick Standlea Animation Technique Development… Video Rating: 4 / 5 Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and editor of Harvard Health Publication’s special health repo…

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Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology (Ted Talk)

April 10, 2013

Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner.

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