The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic launches an updated website

Thursday, July 9, 2020
screen shot of Positive Psychology Clinic web page

The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic (CAPPC), a part of the Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic, has launched an updated website with an abundance of resources.

“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 information and training in applied Positive Psychology,” according to the new website. “Positive Psychology uses your strengths to overcome roadblocks and engage in a more joyful, courageous, meaningful life.”

Visitors to the CAPPC site can learn how to identify and experience positive emotions such as joy, serenity, gratitude, hope, and love as well as access articles, presentations, and research papers about positive psychology.

The site also contains new and timely content, including a Black Lives Matter solidarity statement that recognizes the importance of Black survival and thriving, a Black Wellness and Allyship resources page, and a COVID-19 blog that offers coping strategies.

The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic was made possible by a gift from Marshall Ackerman, whose wife, Carol, was the clinic’s namesake. The Ackermans, longtime supporters of the Gevirtz School, also provided funding for the construction of the Education Building (the fourth floor outdoor space is named the Ackerman Terrace in their honor).

The CAPPC is directed by Dr. Heidi Zezter, who served as the long-time director of the Hosford Clinic from 2006-2020. Zetzer is also a teaching professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology. She teaches practicum and supervision courses, supervises student clinicians, offers psychotherapy to community clients, and provides education programs on positive psychology, evidence-based practice, cultural competence, and supervision.

Also on the CAPPC team is Graduate Assistant Meg Boyer, a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include the integration of positive psychology in psychotherapy, interpersonal processes in emotion regulation, and the therapeutic value of psychological assessment.

[Heidi Zetzer and Meg Boyer are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at george@education.ucsb.edu]