Workshop 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Positive Psychotherapy: Integrating Symptoms & Strengths Through Case Studies (#10)

Tayyab Rashid 1
  1. Health & Wellness Centre, Associate Faculty, Graduate Program in Psychological Science‚Ä®, University of Toronto , Toronto, ON, Canada

Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) is the therapeutic arm of Positive Psychology. It integrates symptoms with strengths, risks with resources, weaknesses with values, and regrets with hopes in order to understand the inherent complexities of human experience in a balanced way.

Positive Psychotherapy is the clinical dimension of positive psychology which, unlike its names is not just about positives. PPT is about skillful integration of symptoms and strengths, vulnerabilities and potentialities, and ruminations and reflections. This workshop is a compilation of case studies of six most common clinical conditions including depression (uni-polar and bi-polar), anxiety, attentional and hyperactivity difficulties, post-traumatic stress, relationship challenges and borderline personality symptoms. Each case study begins with the narrative of the client, providing participants a snapshot of the clinical concerns for which they sought psychotherapy. With the help of worksheets, participants will have the opportunity to apply PPT framework both individually and in small groups. Each case will include a large group debrief. Throughout the workshop, importance of integrating theory and empirical evidence will be highlighted. 


  • Develop case conceptualization skills of integrating positive psychology principles in assessment and treatment of six most common psychological disorders

  • Deepen understanding of accentuating positives in specific clinical conditions to ward off burnout effects on clinicians such as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and feelings of inadequacy

  • Broaden strengths-based clinical skills set for multicultural clients who may not benefit from

  • traditional deficit-based approaches