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1 Applications of Applied Positive Psychology for Youth– at-Risk in Public Mental Health Settings Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA How Families Flourish

2 Objectives Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Determine how positive psychology inoculates against future mental health problems Identify essential activities that foster a flourishing family Diagnose mistakes that floundering families make Learn to activate core character strengths Understand why a Family Charter is essential to family well-being Develop recovery and support plans with tangible objectives and outcomes

3 Preventing future episodes of mental health problems using positive psychology “The Psychology of Well-Being” Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Applied Positive Psychology has been proven to Significantly prevent depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder diagnoses across a two-year follow-up period among children with high levels of baseline symptoms (Gillham, Hamilton, Freres, Patton, & Gallup, 2006) Significantly prevent effects of disruptive behaviors 24 to 36 months after the intervention (Cutuli, 2004; Cutuli, Chaplin, Gillham, Reivich, & Seligman, 2007) Over 20 additional studies have similar results Findings based on the Penn Resiliency Project, which uses CBT, problem –solving, resilience training, social intelligence, communication skills and relaxation. This program is being used in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

4 How is “How Families Flourish” different from the Penn Resilience Project? Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Increased involvement with the child caring system Emphasizes family and care-giver involvement Helps family identify and exercise character strengths Works with youth already involved in the public mental health system Incorporates prevention strategies into the individualized recovery plan Teaches long term self care and resiliency

5 Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Tasks for Optimal Family Functioning

6 Promote good self-esteem and well-being Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

7 Communicate respectfully Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

8 Manage anger Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

9 Articulate meaning and purpose Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

10 High engagement Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

11 Support optimism Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

12 Deepen resiliency Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

13 Teach the relationship between thoughts and feelings Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

14 Avoid automatic thinking Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

15 Extinguish learned helplessness Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

16 Practice mindfulness Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

17 Reinforce self determination Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

18 Increase family vitality Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

19 Extend positive relationships Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

20 Generate positive emotions Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

21 Forgive others and don’t hold grudges Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

22 Confront a crisis head-on Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

23 Put outcomes in perspective Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

24 Characteristics of floundering carers

25 Talking too much Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

26 Allowing temper tantrums Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

27 Terroristic threats Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

28 Inconsistency Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

29 Arguing about discipline Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

30 Kids as chattel Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA

31 Tasks for Optimal Family Functioning Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Deepen family and individual resilience Understand the relationship between thoughts and feelings Avoid automatic thinking Extinguish learned helplessness Practice calming and focusing (mindfulness) Teach self determination

32 Tasks for Optimal Family Functioning Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Increase family vitality Extend positive relationships beyond the home Generate positive emotions in the family Forgive others and don’t hold grudges Confront a crisis head-on Put outcomes in perspective

33 Tasks for Optimal Family Functioning Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Characteristics of Floundering Parents or Carers Talking to much (nagging, pleading, lecturing) with no real consequence Allowing tirades or temper tantrums Tears of frustration or angry outbursts on the carer’s part (manipulation) Terroristic threats or threats of physical abuse Inconsistency Arguing about discipline in front of a child Treating your kids like you own them

34 Identify, access and reinforce individual character strengths Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA S ix Universal, Culturally Agreed Upon Sets of Strengths Strengths of Wisdom Strengths of Courage Strengths of Love and Being Loved Strengths of Justice Strengths of Temperance Strengths of Transcendence

35 Wisdom Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths to acquire and use knowledge Love of Learning Judgment Curiosity Originality Perspective

36 Courage Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths to accomplish goals in the face of opposition Integrity Bravery Persistence Vitality

37 Humanity and Love Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths for befriending and tending to others Generosity Loving and being loved Social and Emotional Intelligence

38 Justice Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths that build community Teamwork Fairness Leadership

39 Temperance Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths that protect against excess Forgiveness and mercy Self control Humility Prudence and discretion

40 Transcendence Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Strengths that connect us to the larger universe Appreciation Gratitude Hope Spirituality Humor

41 Why does every family need a Family Charter? Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Increases strong family attachment Improves harmony and co-operation in the household Offers guidance and clear understanding of what is expected of each family member Teaches Responsibility Justice Temperance Kindness Gratitude Hope Wisdom Resilience Self determination

42 Components of The Family Charter Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Family Mission Statement A brief summary of family objectives How do we want our family to operate? How do we accomplish that? Family Rules Consequences Rewards Chores

43 Developing Treatment Plans That Work Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA The program provides specific, attainable, realistic and measureable goals and objectives Works seamlessly at the meta-level across all child caring agencies and planning consortiums Provides a prevention element that exceeds focus on present symptomology or crisis that precipitated involvement in MH or Child and Family Services intervention Reduces future involvement in public mental health system by teaching a practical tool set that reinforces self determination and resiliency

44 Clinical Settings Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Community mental health clinics Time limited groups for adults and youth Family therapy and custody restoration programming Intensive family intervention programs out-of-clinic Psychiatric residential treatment facilities Juvenile youth detention centers Youth adjudicated to MH services and supports Foster care education for at-risk youth

45 For more information Copyright 2012 Daniel Trussell, Ph.D. How Families Flourish.com Alpharetta GA Contact Daniel Trussell, Ph.D., MBA, LPC, NCC The text this program is based on, How Families Flourish by Daniel Trussell, is available at major book retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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