Helping patients be well
(versus ‘not sick’)
Many healthcare visits are psychosomatic in nature and have no root in a physical ailment. Studies show that when patients have higher subjective wellbeing their perceptions of physical pain are lower, negative affect is decreased, positive emotional experiences rise, they have more energy, and on a daily basis they attend to their basic needs better.
Our 6-week positive psychology intervention program is designed for healthcare patients who struggle with pain, depression, and other ill-defined symptomatology.
In this program, patients practise empirically validated skills, such as how to generate positive emotion, identify their character strengths, engage with goals and participate with life, establish better social connections, find purpose, and use their talents effectively. This program can be effective in reducing healthcare costs.
Character Strength Development for Medical Professionals (and new recruits)
A new area of research is showing that the development of character strengths in medical professionals has positive outcomes in terms of collegiality, organizational culture, physical health and burnout, subjective wellbeing, and work engagement, with evidence to support better patient outcomes too.
We tailor character strengths development programs specifically for medical professionals, who are known to score very high in judgement, fairness, and integrity, among other characteristics. Assessment of their strengths, activities, discussion, and other means of exercising these assets are the focus of such programs, which can be useful CPD additions, and are also useful for the induction and organizational support of new medical recruits.