Integrating Positive Psychology Interventions With Social–Emotional Learning

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. provide resources and programs that represent the integration of positive psychology and social–emotional learning.
  2. identify positive psychology interventions that can be used in the explicit instruction of social–emotional learning skills.
  3. describe the commonalities and differences between positive psychology interventions and social–emotional learning.


Today’s youth face a rising number of economic, social, and health stressors, requiring psychologists to work efficiently to promote positive mental health and resilience rather than prioritize individualized treatments. This session proposes the integration of positive psychology interventions (PPIs) and social–emotional learning (SEL) including strategies to teach appropriate social skills and promote positive relationships and personal happiness (subjective well-being). Participants will learn Tier 1 classroom-level strategies that upregulate positive emotions and downregulate negative emotions.



Jasmine L. Gray, University of South Florida
Danielle R. Ahrendt, University of South Florida
Talia E. Shuman, University of South Florida
Bethany A. Goodhue, University of South Florida


Shannon M. Suldo


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