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Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic

Positive Psychology uses your strengths to overcome roadblocks and engage in a more joyful, courageous, meaningful life! A good life is more than decreasing problems. Dare to thrive!! The purpose of the Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic is to provide services that help build strong, healthy individuals and families in our community, as well as provide state of the art research and training in applied Positive Psychology. Positive psychology interventions focus on accomplishing goals (not focusing on problems) by enhancing strengths to achieve solutions. The Positive Psychology Clinic offers workshops and presentations on building and sustaining positive emotions including happiness, gratitude, hope, forgiveness, and meaning in life.

Outreach/Education

  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Building and maintaining a positive outlook/attitude
  • Positive parenting
  • Positive leadership

Wellness Check-ups

  • Life/job coaching
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Promoting resilience

Research

  • The role of positive emotion in psychotherapy
    • Subjective well-being
    • Self-compassion
    • Hope
  • Cultivating meaning in life in psychotherapy
  • Evidence-based approaches to positive psychotherapy

Mission

The mission of the Positive Psychology Clinic is to facilitate existing human strengths that promote meaningful, engaged, enjoyable life. Experiencing ongoing well-being and preventing future mental health problems is our goal. Grounded in the science of positive psychology, the psychological services promote individual, family, and community thriving. Prevention and remediation services include cultivating courage, creativity, optimism, interpersonal skill, faith, work ethic, hope, honesty, perseverance, and the capacity for flow and insight.

Director

Dr. Heidi Z. Zetzer is the director of the Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic. You can find Dr. Zetzer’s bio here. 

Selected Presentations

Letting Go of Grievances: Forgiving without Forgetting

Three Good Things (GEE 3): Gifts, Grace & Gratitude

Put the Pie in the Sky on the Plate in Front of You: Building Hope in Today's World

HEROics in Organizations: The Benefits of Positive Leadership

Cultivating Hope and Optimism in Treatment

What's It All For? The Role of Purpose, Meaning & Coherence in Cultivating a Meaningful Life

Psychotherapy Bulletin: "What Are You Not Willing to Pay Attention to?" Meaning in Life and ACT