Let's Talk About Mental Health Promotion—Not Just Prevention

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about recent research in areas such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, student happiness, student strengths, gratitude, etc.
  2. understand the basics of dual-factor model of mental health.
  3. learn about best practices in mental health promotion (not just intervention).
  4. learn about how a dual-factor model can transform the delivery of school mental health services.


This presentation will demonstrate how the practice of school psychology can fundamentally be changed by focusing on mental health promotion. That is, making good things happen, as opposed to stopping bad things from happening. Participants will learn about the dual-factor model of mental health which focuses on promoting well-being and how to implement the PERMA theory. Resources on innovations in mindfulness, meditation, yoga, student happiness, student strengths, and gratitude will be shared.



Philip J. Lazarus, Florida International U.
Shannon M. Suldo, University of South Florida
Beth Doll, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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