Applying Positive Psychology Interventions Through a Trauma-Informed Lens

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. provide an overview of changes to the understanding of life circumstances on life satisfaction.
  2. explain why positive psychology interventions still benefit students who have experienced adverse events.
  3. demonstrate how we can utilize trauma-informed principles within positive psychology.


Trauma can impact youth everywhere and at any time. Providing students support under a trauma-informed framework can impact their ability to experience positive psychological changes and safety. We can provide trauma-informed supports utilizing evidence based positive psychology interventions in any tier. Participants in this presentation will increase knowledge of the factors that impact happiness, posttraumatic growth and the connection to positive psychology, and how to provide positive psychology supports within a trauma-informed framework.



Katrina Scarimbolo, University of South Florida
Alexis D. Taylor, University of South Florida
Andrea C. Guarnieri, University of South Florida
Tajaney L. Pinnock, University of South Florida


Jasmine L. Gray, Myesha M. Morgan, Alexis C. Elvy, Gabrielle C. Francis


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