Reconceptualizing Student Wellness: An Exploration of Positive Psychotherapy

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the benefits of utilizing a positive psychology lens in school settings.
  2. learn about the theoretical framework and components of positive psychotherapy, a positive psychology intervention designed for clinical populations.
  3. build confidence in being able to effectively implement positive psychotherapy in their respective settings.


Positive psychotherapy (PPT) is a promising Tier 3 positive psychology intervention for individuals displaying symptoms of psychopathology. While traditional mental health care focuses on reducing mental illness, PPT recognizes the importance of increasing subjective well-being to achieve complete mental health. This presentation will share the benefits of implementing positive psychology interventions in schools, discuss the components and evidence-based benefits of PPT, and provide resources for implementing PPT in various settings.



Letty L. DiLeo, University of South Florida
Hannah Gilfix, University of South Florida
Myesha M. Morgan, University of South Florida
Danielle R. Ahrendt, University of South Florida


Bethany A. Goodhue, Katrina Scarimbolo, Shannon M. Suldo

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