Celebrating IPPA 2023 | Wholebeing Institute

This summer time, I had the nice pleasure of attending the 2023 IPPA Convention in Vancouver, BC.  I used to be there as a poster presenter, representing the IPPA Scientific Division’s Peer Group, which is led by CiPP alum Dr. Margarita Tarragona. Our group’s poster was a collaboration of voices. In co-creating it, we sought for instance how our peer group had utilized Barbara Fredrickson’s Broaden and Construct Principle of Constructive Feelings in the course of the pandemic.  

The core thought of Fredrickson’s analysis is that optimistic feelings are strongly linked with resilience in instances of stress. Our poster consisted of two case research supplied by every practitioner inside our worldwide group. For Case 1, practitioners named the feelings they skilled on account of their ongoing involvement with the peer group, in addition to the methods the peer group had supported their well-being as clinicians engaged on the entrance traces of psychological well being. Case 2 illustrated particular optimistic psychology interventions that practitioners utilized with their purchasers, together with the outcomes.

My colleagues from the IPPA Scientific Peer Group included Dr. Margarita Tarragona, CiPP alum Dr. Nancy Kirsner, Dr. Helene Moore, and Dr. Lorraine Gahles-Kildow. It was a pleasure to be with friends as we shared about our group’s work and engaged with the various different poster presenters and convention contributors. Whereas we developed our analysis, the group supplied a secure haven and served as a type of laboratory for peer mentoring. We met on a month-to-month foundation for a wealthy change of concepts, receiving real-time supervision from one another as we drew from the wealthy repository of instruments from the sphere of resilience and optimistic psychotherapy. Hope was ignited in our group and created an upward spiraling impact as concepts had been sparked. This positivity impact led to outward spirals, as evidenced within the work that was being accomplished with our purchasers and teams. The poster was a approach to shine mild on every of the utilized practitioners and exhibit how optimistic psychology interventions impacted clinician well-being as they served their populations. 

In our IPPA summary, Dr. Gahles-Kildow spoke for many people in her description of the bi-directional nature of optimistic feelings when they’re strategically induced, as they had been in our group: “The expertise of the month-to-month optimistic psychology group produced broaden-and-build results that went from the group to me, and from me to my purchasers, and others … The results unfold farther than I’d have imagined, and I’m ever grateful for this expertise.”


The Wealthy WBI Tapestry

Many WBI alumni, college, and buddies have attended previous IPPA Congresses, and the 2023 convention was no exception. Strolling by means of the conference heart, attending workshops, wherever I went, I bumped into acquainted faces. Dr. Maria Sirois was there to current her signature work on resilience and converse on a panel about youth psychological well being. WBI visitor college Dr. Dan Tomasulo was featured in each the scientific division displays and the spirituality division.

CiPP alum Pninit Russo Netzer facilitated with Dr. Michael Steger on subjects associated to which means, and WBI cofounder Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar joined Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky on a panel titled “Speaking Constructive Psychology to Large Audiences.” Along with college, there have been a sea of CiPP faces from previous packages in attendance, from the various cohorts relationship again to CiPP1 in 2013. I even met a number of audio system from our JCC/WBI Constructive Psychology Hour, who I had solely met just about as much as that time.

A spotlight for me was seeing CiPP3 alum R. Lisle Baker offered with the IPPA 2023 Excellent Practitioner Award. This explicit award is given in recognition of those that advance the observe of optimistic psychology. Lisle, a professor who teaches Constructive Psychology for Attorneys at Suffolk College Legislation Faculty, has offered at prior IPPA conferences about his work in serving to persuade the American Bar Affiliation to incorporate well-being as a part of the interpretation for a brand new legislation college curricular normal on skilled identification. Throughout CiPP3, Lisle’s closing undertaking targeted on lawyer identification and well-being. Impressed by key ideas of empathy and compassion, Lisle envisioned how he would introduce optimistic psychology into the Management and Character Strengths course he was creating for Suffolk.  

WBI college students work on a closing undertaking as a part of their completion of the Certificates in Constructive Psychology. That is known as the “perpetually undertaking.” As I noticed Lisle on stage along with his colleagues, I recalled the subject of his closing undertaking from years again and the seed that had been planted at the moment. To see him honored and acknowledged in such a significant means was elevating.  Accepting the award, Lisle mentioned: “How we educate new attorneys issues to all of us as a result of attorneys are the guardians of our liberties, our livelihoods, and our surroundings. We’d like them to be at their absolute best after we need their assist.” 

The convention was replete with breathtaking scholarship. For me, essentially the most compelling facet was the appliance of the analysis, and essentially the most satisfying half was the expertise of being in a neighborhood full of dedicated people, all working to be their absolute best whereas serving the work ahead.  


Congratulations to the 2023 IPPA Award Winners! 

The picture additionally options award winners from 2021, who had been unable to attend a reside convention that yr.

2023 Award Winners

  • Christopher Peterson Gold Medal Award: Richard E Boyatzis, PhD
  • James Pawelski Constructive Catalyst Award: Leona Brandwene, MAPP, PCC
  • Raymond D. Fowler Service Award: Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD
  • IPPA Excellent Practitioner Award: R. Lisle Baker
  • IPPA Early Profession Researcher Award: Saida Heshmati, PhD
  • IPPA Fellow: Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD
  • IPPA High Dissertation Award: David R. Cregg
  • Dissertation Award Honorable Point out: Dr. Nicole Casali
  • Dissertation Award Honorable Point out: Christa T. Mahlobo, PhD
  • Dissertation Award Honorable Point out: Michela Zambelli, PhD

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