Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Workshops & Events

Positive psychology is a topic area within the field of psychology that seeks to provide scientific answers to the question "What is the good life?" Positive psychology is not a modality for treating psychological disorders. The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) offers learning opportunities about positive psychology through educational events such as workshops and conferences. CPPA does not offer psychological services of any kind. Anyone seeking counseling, therapy or other forms of (mental) health services is advised to consult a licensed (mental) health services professional. Membership in CPPA does not provide members with any credentials or certification to practice, does not qualify someone as a psychologist, or allow them to offer psychological services.

Upcoming events

    • 21 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual

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    Date: Thursday October 21st, 2021 
    Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm (EST)
    Host: Taylor Pigott
    Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Hughes, PhD 
    Topic: Goal pursuit, performance, and well-being in educational contexts: A motivational analysis of optimal functioning.
    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has quickly become a driving force in K-12 education with emphasis on 5 core competencies that help with self regulatory and interpersonal skills (CASEL, 2015). Embedding SEL in school curricula has helped to decrease bullying and aggression, and increase positive classroom climate (Vaillancourt, 2020).  
    Likewise, these Social Emotional Assets (SEA) in young adulthood have been found to be predictive of engagement in university studies, sense of belonging on university campuses, thriving in the face of marginalization and crises, and coping through anxiety (Hughes, Waly, & Donovan, 2019). In this talk I will discuss the development of the SEA adult measure, and the most recent research findings and new directions for understanding thriving in emerging adulthood. 


    Dr. Kathleen Hughes is a tenure-track Instructor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Calgary. She completed her MA and PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa with her core research focused on shyness, social anxiety, and educational outcomes. Her postdoctoral work at the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick examined an assets-based approach to literacy and educational intervention. She is now the Director of the Social Emotional Assets lab and currently supervises an ambitious team of undergraduate researchers. 

    • 04 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Where: Online

    Date: November 4, 2021

    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. EST

    Cost: FREE

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    Workplace well-being has increasingly become a top priority for many organizations. The Canadian Workplace Well-Being Awards (CWWA), presented by the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA), aim to honour and celebrate Canadian organizations that are going the extra mile to nurture the mental health and well-being of their employees with excellent workplace well-being practices and initiatives.


    Join leaders from across Canada to celebrate positive psychology in the workplace.



    ·    Get to know the 2021 award winners and their workplace well-being initiatives


    ·    Learn from a panel of well-being leaders about best practices that notably improve employee well-being, engagement, and happiness


    ·    Confirmed panelists:


    ·    Mary Ann Baynton, Workplace Relations Specialist

    ·    Dr. Michelle McQuaid, Founder, The Wellbeing Lab

    ·    Jennifer Paylor, Learning, Talent and Culture Specialist, Capgemini North America

    ·    Andrew Soren, Founder & CEO, Eudaimonic by Design


    ·    Panel Moderator: 


    ·    Louisa Jewell, Founder & President, CPPA


    ·    Gain access to the 2021 Well-Being Lab’s National Survey Results


    Registration is free


     by November 2, 2021 to receive your event link.


    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thank you & keep well.

    CWWA Committee 2021

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