News & Update

Did you miss the Positive Education Division (IPPAEd)’s pre-conference at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology, or IPEN’s World Positive Education Accelerator? You are in luck! IPPAEd is holding a virtual panel webinar to hear from Division members and leaders who will share what they learned or presented at both conferences. Update: Watch the recording of the panel discussion below! If you are not yet an IPPA member and want to take advantage of learning opportunities such as this one year-round–including webinar series, our Divisions program, and more–consider joining IPPA today ! We intend to have several of these webinars ...
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Engaging Education – Let’s Make It Happen!  Exploring Science and Practice-Based Opportunities. A pre-conference at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP 2018) June 26-27, 2018 at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary Presented by IPPA’s Positive Education Division (IPPAEd) Around the world, concerns are growing about students’ abilities with 21st century skills, mental health problems, and lack of motivation to learn. Engagement is a common problem across all levels of education. How can we make education more engaging for students and educators, ensuring that schools are preparing young people for successful futures? ...
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The Clinical Division is excited to share that Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR), a University of Toronto Scarborough program led by Division President Tayyab Rashid, was a recent recipient of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS)’ Innovation Award. The award recognizes an innovative program or service that exemplifies excellence and serves as a model for other CACUSS member institutions.   Authored by Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., Afroze Anjum, Psy.D., Jane Gilliam, Ph.D., and Ruth Louden (Editor) M.Ed., M.E.S., SBR teaches students evidence-based skills to boost their resilience and enhance their overall well-being. ...
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IPPA’s   Positive Clinical Psychology Division  is piloting a six-month, online “positive psychology peer consultation group” starting in March 2018, and is seeking licensed professionals and graduate students to participate. Applying positive psychology to clinical practice is a relatively new approach. This group will aim to provide a safe space for colleagues to support and learn from each other, and through online discussions,  will develop a nuanced, inclusive and evidence-based understanding of the application of positive psychology principles to enrich professional practice.   Interested participants must apply by  February 21, 2018 ...
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The following volunteer job opportunities are available immediately with the editorial team of IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division publication, Chronicle of Advances in Positive Health and Well-being . Research Reviewers invited.  Reviews are needed of submitted research articles, abstracts, and extended abstracts (published research articles).  Volunteer research reviewers will work in coordination under the Research Editor. Based upon areas of expertise, reviewers will evaluate submission acceptability using a rating scale. Reviewers will be asked to review approximately two to three submissions within a three week turn-around time. Interested ...
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“ This conference (ECPP) is a wonderful example of the quiet steady work the world is crying to know more about. ” – Donald Officer The 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology , Budapest, took place from June 28-30, 2018. IPPA Positive Health & Wellness Division leaders and members offered individual and collaborative workshops, symposia, and keynotes around the theme of Positive Psychology for Flourishing in Times of Transition. A Positive Health and Medicine symposium led by Dr. Svala Sigurðardóttir, M.D . ( Iceland/Denmark), titled Is Medicine Ready for Positive Psychology? Innovative Research from the Front Lines of Positive Health ...
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Living the Forgiving Life: Implications for Health and Well-Being with Dr. Loren Toussaint  A webinar sponsored by IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division September 25*, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Register Here *September 26 in some countries Living a forgiving life has positive implications for one’s health, well-being, and longevity. This webinar will focus on three areas that will improve people’s ability to incorporate forgiveness into their lives. First, we will define forgiveness and show common misconceptions that get in the way of forgiving. Second, we will  connect forgiveness to its primary health benefits and show how forgiveness ...
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Living the Forgiving Life: Implications for Health and Well-Being with Dr. Loren Toussaint  A webinar sponsored by IPPA’s Positive Health and Wellness Division. Held on September 25, 2018.   Living a forgiving life has positive implications for one’s health, well-being, and longevity. This webinar will focus on three areas that will improve people’s ability to incorporate forgiveness into their lives. First, we will define forgiveness and show common misconceptions that get in the way of forgiving. Second, we will  connect forgiveness to its primary health benefits and show how forgiveness can confer its health advantages. Third, we will review leading ...
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Editorial Team

Frederick Brown, Editor-in-Chief Members of the editorial team have dedicated considerable enthusiasm, work, and insight. I would like to thank Deputy Editor Lisa Miller, and Associate Editors Kathi Norman, Elaine O’Brien, Noémie LePertel, Kim Sibille, and Alina Yarova. Lisa Miller, Deputy Editor Kathy Norman, Associate Editor Elaine O’Brien, Associate Editor Noémie Le Pertel, Associate Editor Kimberly Sibille, Associate Editor Alina Yarova, Assoc
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Members of IPPA’s Work and Organizations Division are in the process of electing a new President-Elect. Four applicants for the position have posted their biographies and statements of purpose online .  Division members will have two weeks (until August 26, 2018) to review these applications and ask questions of the applicants in the comments section of each applicants’ post. One the review period ends, division members will be emailed a link to vote for their new leadership. Division members are strongly encouraged to participate in this important process! Log into the website, read the candidate applications and ask questions in the comments section. ...
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IPPA’s professional and student divisions are fast becoming the primary vehicle through which members can connect, learn and contribute to our field year-round. We are seeking candidates for multiple volunteer roles within divisions. We are currently recruiting candidates for the following elected Officer roles: President-Elect, Work and Organizations Division Secretary, Work and Organizations Division President-Elect, Positive Clinical Psychology Division President-Elect, Positive Health and Wellness Division Secretary, Positive Health and Wellness Division President-Elect, Positive Education Division Secretary, Positive Education Division ...
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This year, IPPA will introduce a new online platform for its members to connect with each other and engage with the larger global positive psychology community. The Work and Organizations Division is currently recruiting two volunteer Community Leads to join the leadership team to help establish, maintain, and grow community engagement on this platform. The Community Leads’ responsibilities will include: Leading the discussion and establishment of user guidelines, and moderating online fora to uphold those guidelines Tracking usage and user interest Managing existing online content Identifying potential new content areas and features Communicating ...
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IPPA’s Work and Organizations Division is welcoming applications for its 2018 election cycle.  Two elected positions are available:  President-elect  and  Secretary . Each office holds a 2-year term, beginning in August 2018. Job descriptions and desired applicant qualifications are listed here . Candidates should have an active IPPA membership at the time of application. To apply for the elected positions, IPPA members must first ensure that they have opted in to join the Work & Organizations Division ( see details ).  All candidates will submit a brief bio and statement of purpose, which will be shared with members online, and participate in a virtual ...
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The Work and Organizations division currently has two great opportunities for you to get involved with the leadership team. Apply by May 15, 2018 for the following positions: Work & Organizations Division President-Elect Responsibilities include: Supporting the Division President in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the Division by providing continuity to established programs and by formulating future programs. Assuming the responsibility of the Division President in his or her absence  Accepting responsibilities delegated by the Division President, such as overseeing special projects and being a committee member/project team liaison ...
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IPPA is  accepting abstracts  to present at the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia in 2019! The deadline to submit is October 31, 2018. There are five presentation formats: individual presentations, symposia, conversation hours, workshops, roundtables, and posters. You will also be asked to categorize your abstract in one of the 13 Congress tracks: Body and Brain: Biology, Methodology and Basic Science Cool Topics Emotions Global Perspectives: Systems, Culture and Communities Individuals and Families: Flourishing across the Lifespan Meaning Motivation, Well-being, and Coaching Positive Clinical Applications ...
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In December 2017, IPPA Work & Organizations Lead Bijal Choksi talked with positive psychology researcher Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. and Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Liberty Global, to discuss how the "power paradox" plays out in organizational settings, and what employees and managers can do to be aware of and counteract leader susceptibility to the corrosive influence of power. When you are finished watching, check out the one-page summary digest on the power paradox. If you are hungry for more, watch Dacher Keltner's recent Positive Psychology Leader Series webinar, The Power Paradox: How We Gain ...
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The Positive Health and Wellness Division is conducting a foundational assessment of the research that has been published in the field, and we would love your help! This literature review project is an ongoing initiative that aims to capture the breadth of knowledge available around the world about how positive psychology constructs can improve the health and wellness of individual lives. This project will help develop an understanding of how the field continues to evolve within the larger domain of positive psychology. We have developed a multi-dimensional literature review procedure which allows volunteers to explore topics that align with their interests ...
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Positive Work and Organizations: Research and Practice ( PWORP ) is the bi-annual newsletter of the Work and Organizations Division of IPPA. There are a number of open opportunities to contribute to this publication. Submit your work for Issue #4 : Previous issues of PWORP featured empirical and conceptual scholarship as well as literature reviews, philosophical commentaries, and evidence-based discussions from junior and senior academics, and practitioner experts. Categories for submission include theory and research briefs, practice briefs, interviews with experts, book reviews, and news and announcements. Read the full submission guidelines here ...
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IPPA 5th World Congress by Giselle Timmerman, IPPA WOD President The Work and Organizations Division of IPPA hosted an invited conversation at the 2017 World Congress to bring together leaders of academic and professional communities to discuss broad-level developments and cutting-edge issues in the field of positive work and organizations. I moderated the session along with six Division supporters who each brought distinct perspectives to the conversation: Kim Cameron, Stewart Donaldson, Greg Hennessy, Michelle McQuaid, Marisa Salanova, and Robert Vallerand. Engaged Conversation Hour Audience I believe it’s critical for our members to be ...
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IPPA World Congress | Montreal, QC, Canada by Gregory Hennessy, IPPA WOD President-Elect At any given time during the Congress there were usually about a dozen sessions to choose from, presented in a variety of formats and covering a wide range of topics. Choosing a session involved weighing the options and making tough choices. So it was terrific to see the room filling up on the final morning for the finals of the inaugural Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge (POIC or Challenge). The W&OD leadership team would like to share a few thoughts, as we reflect on the Challenge and look ahead to Melbourne.   First and foremost, congratulations ...
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