Happiness 101 June 6th – August 8th, 2015

We are very excited to have found a new Teaching Assistant!  Debra Patterson has joined the Happiness 101 team and is eager to helping the next group of students to becoming Happier!

The dates for the next semester of Happiness 101 are: June 6th through August 8th, 2015.  We will skip the weekends of July 4th and July 25th (in observation of Pioneer Day). Classes will be held on Saturdays from noon to 2pm.  The exact location of the class is only revealed to students who have been accepted into the class but we can tell you it will be located in the Salt Lake City area and will have easy access to freeways and public transportation.

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for the next semester, get your application in as SOON as possible.  You may find all the details you need at the Happiness 101 link.

If you have any questions, E-mail me at frank@saltlakementalhealth.com

 

Frank Clayton CMHC

The Happy Therapist

 

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Happiness 101 We are very excited to be on the lookout for a new member of the Happiness 101 team!   Before the next semester of Happiness 101 is scheduled, we need a Teaching Assistant.   The primary job of the Teaching Assistant is to ensure that students are following through on their home work and to help put together the report cards.

Requirements:

  • Has never been a client and never intends to be a client.
  • Competent with Facebook and E-mail.  Excel experience preferred.
  • Happiness 101 graduate (preferred but not required).
  • Reliable and good follow-up skills.

This is a volunteer position.  If you are interested, please E-mail me as soon as possible.  frank@saltlakementalhealth.com

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I looked into Second Life a few years ago. According to this TED video, it continues to grow. I have looked at several YouTube videos as well. People can actually create things in Second Life and then sell them for real money. I saw one YouTube video that they are helping people to cure social anxiety with Second Life. I think there are a lot of possibilities and evidently the possibilities are growing by the day. They evidently are teaching classes there as well. Happiness 101 comes to Second Life? I suppose anything is possible – in Second Life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/the_inspiration_of_second_life.html

Frank Clayton LPC

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Looking on the bright side of having a small audience at the University of Utah (because of the mandatory Ethics class going on at the same time), I took advantage of the more intimate audience to introductions. Discussion flowed easily back and forth. Everyone had a great time. I went off on a couple of rips, which is fun for me to have the latitude to do. I truly enjoy teaching the basics of Happiness to new people. It was a great time.

Frank Clayton LPC

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I am thoroughly enjoying teaching this semester of Happiness 101. This particular class has demonstrated an especially high degree of motivation. Many of the students reported going WAY above and beyond even though the class challenges students a lot of home opportunities (work). Most of the students are reporting (in one way or another) that they are seeing a great difference and we’re only two classes into an eight week course. I feel truly blessed to be able to pass along the amazing findings of positive psychology – especially when the students are so eager to learn. I feel fortunate to be part of it.

Frank Clayton LPC

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This class is truly chock-full of outstanding people. They are engaged and enthusiastic. They stayed after! As I listened to their stories tonight, I know in my heart what’s coming for them; that their lives are about to get better, that coping skills will be learned, self-esteem will be healed and happiness will improve. Several students said they felt like they’d won the lottery by being accepted into the class. While I get it, I still feel like the most fortunate one in the room, for I get the privilege of teaching Happiness 101.

Frank Clayton LPC

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Positive #3: Lynn Johnson. There are very few people in Salt Lake that speak the language of Positive Psychology. One of them is Lynn Johnson. He goes about the country teaching mental health professionals about Positive Psychology. Yesterday we had breakfast together. We shared things we have learned recently, so we both learned something. He strongly encouraged me write up a report that proves (with scientific measurements) the effectiveness of Happiness 101 and submit it to the Positive Psychology community for publication. He stressed the importance of contributions not just made by academics but people like he and I that can offer a report from the front lines (so to speak). An amazing prospect and one I had never before considered. Honestly, more than anything, it was just nice to spend quality time with someone who gets it. Today I am thankful to have spent one-on-one time with Lynn Johnson.

Frank Clayton LPC

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I am so excited about the new class beginning tomorrow. I love teaching new people. It really feeds me. Thanks to Broadview University we’ll have 22 people in the class. I am also very happy to have Liz as the teaching assistant. It’s been a very long road for her but she’s made it! I have also implemented something new into the program. ‘Can’t wait!

 

Frank~The Happy Therapist 

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Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Day two of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association was simply amazing.  I learned SO much!  At one point I laughed to my friend “Teacher!  My brain is full!”  Here’s a report of the day’s events:

It began with Ed Deci speaking about self-determination and its relationship to positive psychology – in other words: the self-fulfilling prophecy.  He showed scientific proof that believing that you are doomed and things will never get better can actually bring that about.  Using a simple analogy (of my own), if one is drowning and they really don’t think anyone will come to rescue them, they can behave based on this belief by not paddling and dying before help could arrive.  But Deci really wowed the crowd when he reported that studies repeatedly proved that external rewards kill off intrinsic motivation.  For instance, when we try to control our children either by giving them a reward for doing well (the carrot) or punishing them when they do not do well (the stick), we inadvertently are hindering our child’s innate love of learning!  You can bet I will be blogging more about this. Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

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