Incorporating Positive Psychology Practices in Comprehensive School Mental Health Services

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify evidence-based and promising programs and practices for promoting students’ subjective well-being through universal, targeted, and intensive interventions that cultivate positive emotions about the past, present, and future and that strengthen relationships.
  2. define key constructs within the field of positive psychology, including subjective well-being (i.e., happiness), character strengths, and a dual-factor model of mental health.
  3. understand how positive psychology fits in with other services in a multitiered system of supports for student mental health.


A complete continuum of mental health supports fosters all students’ subjective well-being, with extra supports for students with diminished subjective well-being. This session will describe evidence-based positive psychology interventions at each tier; describe programs and practices that evoke positive emotions about the past, present, and future; increase engagement through using signature strengths; and strengthen relationships.



Shannon M. Suldo, PhD, University of South Florida


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