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Event: Webinar 

Date: Thursday 20th May, 2021 

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm (EST)

Topic: La thérapie d’acceptation et d’engagement, de la théorie à la pratique

Host :  Michele Baiocco

Presenter: Valérie Courchesne, Ph.D.


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Description: 

Dans ce webinaire, nous ferons un survol des principes de la thérapie d’acceptation et d’engagement et les participants seront amenés à expérimenter ces principes à l’aide d’exercices qui sont souvent utilisés en clinique. Il sera donc entre autres question d’acceptation des émotions, de défusion par rapport aux pensées, d’action en lien avec nos valeurs et de pleine conscience.


Joignez-vous à nous pour découvrir comment les principes de l’ACT peuvent vous aider dans votre vie quotidienne!


Biography: Valérie Courchesne, Ph.D. Psychologue


Valérie Courchesne est psychologue clinicienne et chercheure post-doctorale au département de neurologie et neurochirurgie de l’Université McGill. Elle a complété son doctorat Recherche et intervention à l’Université de Montréal en 2017 et poursuit maintenant ses recherches dans le domaine de la santé mentale en autisme. Ses projets misent sur l’intégration et l’utilisation des forces cognitives autistiques pour favoriser le développement et le bien-être des autistes et de leur famille et ce, tout au long de leur vie. Valérie pratique également la psychothérapie auprès d’adolescents et d’adultes ayant des problématiques de santé mentale diverses et intègre les principes de l’ACT dans sa pratique depuis plusieurs années.



Event: Webinar 

Date: Thursday April 15th, 2021 

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm (EST)

Host: Emeline Wyckaert 

Presenter: Marine Miglianico & Catherine Cimon-Paquet, M.Sc.

Topic: Douance à l’âge adulte : perspectives issues de la psychologie positive


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Description :

Depuis quelques années, la douance fait l’objet d’une couverture médiatique grandissante au Québec. Les articles mentionnant des termes tels que surdoués, zèbres, haut potentiel, double exceptionnalité se multiplient. Pourtant, la douance demeure encore méconnue et les recherches portent surtout sur les enfants. Or, ces enfants identifiés comme doués deviennent des adultes qui ont de grandes forces et qui vivent parfois des défis. 

Ce webinaire vise à démystifier la douance à l’âge adulte en présentant différentes théories et constats issus d’études scientifiques. L’accent sera mis sur les liens entre les conceptions de la douance et la psychologie positive. La théorie du flow, la désintégration positive, la quête de sens et la reconnaissance des forces seront abordées. Les invitées présenteront des pistes de réflexion afin de mieux comprendre la douance ainsi que des pistes d’intervention afin d’aider les adultes vivant avec la douance à s’épanouir et vivre une vie riche de sens.


Biographie: 


Marine Miglianico

Formée en France, au Canada, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis, Marine est passionnée par les déterminants individuels et collectifs du bien-être. Son but : faire rayonner ce domaine de recherche. Marine Miglianico est une psychologue clinicienne spécialisée en douance, en hypersensibilité et dans la gestion des comportements manipulatoires et toxiques.

Marine fait partie du comité exécutif du Regroupement québécois de psychologie positive ayant comme mission le développement de la psychologie positive au Québec. Elle effectue présentement un doctorat en psychologie positive (PhD recherche) codirigé en France et au Québec. Sa thèse porte sur l’utilisation des forces et de l’enquête appréciative en milieu organisationnel. Marine intervient au niveau individuel (avec la psychothérapie positive), groupal et organisationnel (avec l'enquête appréciative).

Marine a enseigné quelques temps au Cégep et a travaillé pour la Clinique universitaire McGill avant de fonder la Clinique de Psychologie Positive de Montréal. Elle donne aujourd’hui des formations en psychologie positive et enseigne à l'École des Dirigeants de HEC Montréal.



Catherine Cimon-Paquet, M.Sc. 

Catherine complète un doctorat en psychologie de l’éducation à l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle s’intéresse particulièrement à la psychologie positive et au développement humain. Ses projets portent sur les antécédents familiaux et individuels du sommeil, de la motivation, de la passion, du bien-être et des différents parcours scolaires.

Catherine est aussi une passionnée de communication scientifique. Elle est la fondatrice du podcast Entropie, qui vise à inspirer les gens à utiliser la science pour transformer leur vie et leur société. Elle contribue régulièrement à différents blogues et publie des vidéos sur sa chaîne Youtube. Enfin, Catherine est une ambassadrice étudiante de la CPPA, du Regroupement québécois de psychologie positive et elle est membre de l’Association québécoise pour la douance. Elle est actuellement financée par les Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture.


Event: Webinar 

Date: Thursday March 18th, 2021 

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST)

Host: Catherine Cimon-Paquet 

Presenter: Jérémie Verner-Filion

Topic: Goal pursuit, performance, and well-being in educational contexts: A motivational analysis of optimal functioning.


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Description: 

Why do some students succeed, while others fail, in their attempt to reach their personal goals? What are the factors that allow them to balance their simultaneous quest for success and happiness? In this webinar, I will discuss some of my recent studies showing how student’s motivation for activities in which they engage outside the purview of their academic endeavors (i.e., passionate activities in university students and extracurricular activities in high-school students) can help or hinder the attainment of their personal goals, their functioning at school and their psychological well-being. 



Biography: 

Jérémie Verner-Filion is a professor at the Educational Sciences Department of the Université du Québec en Outaouais. His research focuses on the psychological and environmental factors that facilitate or hinder the development of children, adolescents, and young adults in school and in other significant spheres, such as extracurricular activities. Specifically, his research focuses on the motivational and self-regulatory processes that allow for the simultaneous attainment of high levels of performance and psychological well-being in educational contexts. 


Event: Webinar

Date: Thursday February 18th, 2021 

Time: 7 - 8 pm EST

Host: Teodora Putnik

Presenter: MGloria González-Morales, PhD

Topic:  Feminist Positive Organizational Psychology: Respectful Engagement for Building Positive Relational Cultures.


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Description:

In this talk, I use a feminist epistemological lens to the study of respectful engagement in lieu of ‘civility’ in the workplace, as the counterpoint of workplace incivility and other organizational deviant behaviors. I build a theoretical framework based upon the positive organizational scholarship (POS) concepts of positive social capital (Bakker & Dutton, 2006), high-quality connections (Dutton & Heaphy, 2003) and the feminist  theory of relational work and practice (Fletcher, 1998).   

 

I will share empirical findings that  support the connections between respectful engagement as an indicator of high-quality connections, and other positive interpersonal workplace behaviors (e.g., OCB,  organizational prosocial behavior, perceived coworker support) and outcomes (e.g., mental wellbeing, affective commitment, job satisfaction).  

 

I will discuss theoretical and practical implications around the idea that positive organizations can be built through respectful engagement and other relational practices (i.e., communal behavior oriented toward relational goals and stereotypically enacted by and expected from women) that facilitate relational cultures and displace detrimental practices of toxic competitive environments (i.e., ruthlessness, endless stamina and emotional toughness) characteristic of masculinity contest cultures (Berdhal et al., 2018), which underlie most organizations.  




Biography:

M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University (California), and the Director of the Worker Wellbeing Lab (research.cgu.edu/worker-wellbeing). Her research has been funded with scholarships and grants, including a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Her studies involve the disciplines of occupational health psychology and positive organizational psychology that focus on stress, work-life issues, victimization, incivility and civility, and positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance. 

 

She is associate editor of Work & Stress Journal, in addition to serving on the editorial boards of Journal of Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Stress & Health, Anxiety, Stress & Coping, and Occupational Health Science.  

 

Her research has been published in some of the world’s top-ranked psychology outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Work & Stress, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She was awarded the 2017 best paper award from the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology for her research on respite workplace interventions to foster employee well-being, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology Best Paper Award 2017 & 2018 for her intervention study to reduce abusive supervision. 

 

Dr. González-Morales has more than 15 years of experience consulting for organizations from Canada, Europe, and U.S. organizations in different sectors (i.e., government, healthcare, hospitality, non-for profit, energy, manufacturing). As executive director of Organization & Management Solutions (2013-2020), she has led more than 20 consulting projects in diverse areas of practice: competency modeling and recruitment & selection systems, organizational development & change, needs analysis, performance management systems, engagement surveys, leadership & team development and training.  



Event: Webinar

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time: 7 - 8 pm EST

Host: Malka Hershon 

Presenter: Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Topic: Nurturing Resilience: Finding the Personal Qualities and Social Supports We Need to Thrive (Even during a pandemic)  


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Description:


Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience is much more than just personal ruggedness in the face of adversity. It is instead a reflection of how well individuals, families, educators and employers work together to create opportunities for us to find our way to the resources we need for well-being while making those resources available in ways that we experience as meaningful. Based on Dr. Ungar’s research around the world and his clinical practice, this presentation uses examples from his new book Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success to explore how those who help others can avoid burnout and maintain their own career and life resilience when stressors pile up at home and on the job. Twelve factors that make us more resilient as adults will be discussed, along with practical tools participants can use to find the resources they need to cope successfully in culturally and contextually relevant ways, even during a pandemic. Dr. Ungar will also show how these same factors can help the people we work with achieve their life goals, and the value of continuing education as a resource for resilience. Finally, Dr. Ungar will talk about vicarious resilience, the positive impact we experience as helpers when we nurture resilience in others. 

 Specifically, this presentation will: 

  1. Show that resilience involves being both rugged and resourced. 
  2. Discuss 12 factors associated with resilience. 
  3. Identify strategies individuals can use to make themselves more resilient, even during times of extreme stress.



Biography:


Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience. Since 2002, Dr. Ungar has directed the Resilience Research Centre, designing multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations such as The World Bank, The Red Cross, and national public health agencies. With over $10M in funded research, Dr. Ungar’s clinical work and research spans more than a dozen low, middle, and high-income countries, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges. Dr. Ungar has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject of resilience and is the author of 16 books for mental health professionals, researchers and parents. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, Working with Children and Youth With Complex Needs, a book for professionals, and Multisystemic Resilience: Adaptation and Transformation in Contexts of Change, an edited volume with over 40 contributing chapters from diverse disciplines. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.


Event: Webinar

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Time: 7 - 8 pm EST

Host: Catherine Cimon Paquet

Presenter: Professor Geneviève Mageau

Topic: How to positively address rule-breaking behaviour in children


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Description:


Parenting and working  with children can be challenging, especially given that children test boundaries and break rules. When children break rules, rule enforcement is essential in promoting socialization (Baumrind, 2012; Grolnick & Pomerantz, 2009).


Yet, exactly how parents can enforce rules without jeporadizing children’s autonomy remains unclear. On one hand, the recommended authority exertion strategy (i.e., mild punishment defined as aversive non-physical sanctions) is associated with negative outcomes shown to hinder child autonomy and internalization. On the other hand, classic autonomy-supportive behaviors (e.g., providing rationales) seem less effective than mild punishments to elicit compliance (Patterson & Fisher, 2002).

The present research focuses on the link between parental constraints and transgression-induced problems to distinguish logical consequences (i.e., parental constraints that directly address transgression-induced problems) from mild punishments, as a promising alternative to foster both child internalization and compliance. A series of studies have shown that logical consequences present significant advantages over mild punishments in terms of cognitions and emotions known to promote child internalization. Importantly, logical consequences seem as effective as mild punishments to prevent future child transgressions. The importance of considering the nature of parental constraints in rule-breaking contexts will be discussed.




Biography:

Genevieve Mageau is a professor at the Université de Montréal, and co-leader of the How to Project (with Mireille Joussemet), which evaluates the parenting program How to talk so kids will listen & how to listen so kids will talk. Her recent work focuses on the definition, determinants and outcomes of autonomy support in hierarchical relationships (mainly parent-child interactions), with an emphasis on the interplay of autonomy support and structure across domains of socialization.


Event: Webinar

Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Time: 7pm EST

Host: Lisa Gervais

Presenter: Nicola Edwards

Topic: The Career Challenge Mindset


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Description:


Our current career system where we pick one thing to do for the rest of our lives is broken. In fact, one job title for life is not feasible anymore. We need a new system that focuses on meaning through solving problems, tackling challenges, and creating opportunities. I would like to show you a tool that facilitates these conversations, the results of which foster feelings of hope, increased ability to handle change, and intrinsic motivation.




Biography:

Nicola Edwards is a Flourishing Centre CAPP and APPC graduate and is currently working on a Master’s in leadership at the University of Guelph's Lang School of Business. She is a career advisor and coach with the Experiential Learning Hub at the University of Guelph as well as a career coach at CareerMojo.ca. Her mission is to support students and clients in understanding their strengths while helping them discover their unique pathway to meaningful work.



Event: Webinar 
Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Time: 7pm EST
Host: Alexandra Smedmor
Presenter: Dr. Lara Aknin
Topic: Helping and Happiness


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Description:


Although humans are often accused of being cold, selfish, and solitary creatures, a growing body of research demonstrates that people not only engage in generous behaviour, but they appear to experience pleasure from doing so. In this talk Dr. Aknin will present research supporting the hypothesis that spending money on other people (prosocial spending) can lead to greater well-being than spending money on oneself. Data will span various ages, communities and cultures from around the globe, personal histories, and methodologies to demonstrate the generalizability and robustness of this effect.



Biography:


Dr. Lara Aknin is a Distinguished Associate Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, former Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a co-editor of the World Happiness Report. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Aknin’s research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of happiness and prosocial behaviour. Most of her work examines how generous behaviour makes people feel.


Her research has been published in various academic journals, including Science, Nature Human Behaviour, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science and Perspectives on Psychological Science, and has been covered in international media outlets such as the CBC, CNN, Maclean’s Magazine, Forbes, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6a21v6wAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Lab website: http://www.sfu.ca/psychology/research/hhl/

Twitter: @lbaknin


Event: Webinar conducted in French
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 10h EST (10:00am EST)
Host: Rémi Thériault
Presenter: Stéphane Dandeneau
Topic: Pleinement conscient, sans le savoir : L’activation implicite de la
pleine conscience et ses effet le sur stress social 



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Description:

La conceptualisation habituelle de la pleine conscience consiste en l’idée qu’on doit la pratiquer, qu’elle est apprise et qu’un certain investissement en temps et effort est nécessaire. Or, certains auteurs suggèrent que la pleine conscience est une capacité inhérente aux humains. Ainsi, cette présence attentive et sans jugement serait déjà « en nous » et pourrait donc faire l’objet d’une activation implicite par des méthodes souvent utilisées en psychologie sociale. L’objectif de la présentation consiste à présenter un aperçu des études qui montrent, a) que l’activation implicite de la pleine conscience permet de mieux faire face à différents stress sociaux tant au niveau psychologique que physiologique, b) que les personnes qui n’ont pas une forte habitude de pleine conscience sont ceux qui bénéficient le plus de l’activation implicite, et c) que malgré sa subtilité, l’activation implicite de la pleine conscience ne permet pas de contrevenir à la résistance psychologique reliée à l’insatisfaction corporelle chez les femmes. Sans trop parler des détails techniques des études, nous vous proposons d’être présent, sans jugement, afin de faire l’expérience pour vous-même du potentiel de cette nouvelle technique.    


 Biographie

Stéphane Dandeneau, Ph. D. est professeur titulaire de la section sociale et  personnalité au département de psychologie à l’Université du Québec à  Montréal. Après avoir reçu son doctorat en psychologie sociale de  l’Université   McGill, M. Dandeneau a complété un stage postdoctoral au  Centre de   recherche de la culture et de la santé mentale à l’Hôpital général juif. Il   s’intéresse à la résilience sociocognitive, c’est-à-dire aux processus cognitifs   automatiques et inconscients qui permettent aux individus de faire face aux   menaces et aux défis sociaux dans leur environnement. Ils étudient les   processus cognitifs se rapportant à l’estime de soi et à la manière dont nous   pouvons développer de bonnes « psychabitudes », c’est-à-dire des habitudes de pensées automatiques qui permettent de bâtir une meilleure estime de soi et de contrer le stress social plus efficacement. Il s’intéresse aussi au rôle que joue le contexte culturel et socio-environnemental dans le développement et la mise en action de processus et mécanismes de résilience.


Event: Webinar
Date:
 Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 
Time:
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Host:
 Andrea LeFebvre
Presenter:
Dr. Marlene Best
Topic: Relationships: Keeping Balanced Through Connection 


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Description


University studies can be a very long, task-focused, and potentially lonely process for students. In this webinar, Keeping Balanced Through Connection, Dr. Marlene Best will present some key current research and practice, informed by attachment and emotion science, to create and maintain safer relational havens and a more secure interpersonal base from which to live our personal and professional lives. This practical presentation will focus on how to foster and nourish closer emotional connections with important others (friends, partners, family) in your life.


Biography

Marlene Best, PhD, C.Psych, is a registered psychologist in Ontario, and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). She has in private practice in Ottawa and is a Part-Time Clinical Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her passion, as well as her clinical and teaching focus, is on how attachment theory can guide, make sense of and help us improve interpersonal relationships.



Event: Webinar
Date:
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time:
8:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Host:
Rémi Thériault
Presenter:
Professor Richard Koestner
Topic: The Motivation Equation: How goals can be used to motivate ourselves (and sometimes others)


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Description


In this webinar, Dr. Richard Koestner, professor of Psychology at McGill University, will explore factors that interfere with our capacity to successfully attain personal goals. After outlining common errors made in goal-setting, Dr. Koestner will describe recent research that suggests there are three little-known secrets to setting personal goals. The presentation is designed to provide practical information for use in your professional and personal lives.

Biography

Richard Koestner is a professor of Psychology at McGill University where he has conducted research on human motivation for over 30 years. Richard Koestner has published over 150 scientific articles and his recent work focuses on how to effectively select, pursue, and (sometimes) disengage from personal goals. Richard received the 2007 Canadian Psychological Association award for excellence in teaching and training. He also won Principal’s Prize for excellence in teaching from McGill University (2008).







Past Event: Webinar
Date:
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Time: 8:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Host: Lisa Gervais

Presenter: Sabine Bühlmann

Topic:  Four tools for students to reduce anxiety and increase confidence during exams 


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Description
Going through exams can be very stressful if you don't know how to calm your mind and reduce your anxiety. In this webinar, meditation teacher and life and success coach Sabine Bühlmann will teach four effective tools to help keep you calm and centered in stressful situations. Join us for this very practical session that will help set students up for success.

 

Biography


Sabine Bühlmann is a life and success coach and meditation teacher. Based in Toronto, she maintains a private practice as a life coach and teaches meditation and the success principles to individuals and at the corporate level. Her passion is to teach people a clear system how to live their best life and how to reduce anxiety and bring more joy into their lives.



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