Collie Conoley and Jane Close Conoley of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will sign copies of their new book Positive Psychology and Family Therapy: Creative Techniques and Practical Tools for Guiding Change and Enhancing Growth on Sunday, May 3, from 2-3 pm at Chaucer’s Books. The event is free and open to the public. Chaucer’s is located at 3321 State Street in Loreto Plaza (at State & Las Positas). For more information call 805-682-6787.
Positive Psychology and Family Therapy (Wiley 2009) is an affirming guide equipping family therapists to effectively incorporate positive psychology within their practices. The next step in the evolution of family therapy, positive psychology has enabled family therapists to help families – whatever their form – to build upon their strengths, overcome dysfunction, and move to new levels of harmony and thriving. Positive Psychology and Family Therapy integrates positive psychology into traditional family therapy, presenting therapists with best-practice wisdom and evidence-based clinical tools to help turn dysfunctional or troubled families into flourishing families.
Contributing a unique perspective to the field that combines the research, practice, and theory associated with the latest in positive psychology and family therapy, Positive Psychology and Family Therapy equips therapists to cultivate virtues, such as empathy, kindness, responsibility, involvement, social justice, work ethic, teamwork, purpose, and volunteerism.
Filled with homework assignments and exercises that integrate positive techniques and interventions, this book establishes and promotes the family as the basic building block of the individual and the community. Offering therapists with no previous introduction to positive psychology a solid foundation, this text includes essential discussion of family interventions and techniques that demonstrate positive family therapy, as well as case examples that bring the concepts covered to life in real and accessible scenarios.
Authors Collie Conoley and Jane Close Conoley draw from their years of experience working with families to offer an integrated, practical approach that allows family therapists to use positive psychology principles effectively within their practices. Both are Fellows of the American Psychological Association and are widely published. Between them they have authored or edited 24 books and written 41 book chapters and 69 refereed journal articles.
Collie W. Conoley is a Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. Jane Close Conoley serves as Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara.
[Collie Conoley and Jane Close Conoley are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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