SDS Seminars Online

Working with Character Strengths (Ability to Love and Be Loved)



Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology as introduced in 1998 by Professor Martin Seligman, but it has quickly developed a large following amongst practitioners around the globe. It concentrates on studying and promoting positive human functioning, and developing effective interventions that help to support thriving individuals, families, and communities. Positive psychology aims to go beyond just treating mental illness, and pursues making everyday life happier and more fulfilling.

A practical application of positive psychology is to assist clients in identifying their “signature strengths” and to guide them in practicing these strengths in new ways in order to increase and sustain their well-being. Psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches as well as various other psychological and medical professionals, are using methods and techniques derived from Positive Psychology to work with a wide variety of individuals and groups: whether they be clients with a range of psychological difficulties or those wishing to simply thrive within a work context or in their personal lives.

This video series is an attempt to present practitioners with a clear overview of Positive Psychology principles, its methods and processes and give them guidance about its everyday use with a variety of clients.

In this video you will see an exclusive interview with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham, who answers the most common questions that are asked by practitioners who are working in positive psychology field and explores the ways of dealing with the common problems and difficulties that they might be facing in their work. Then you will watch a live session in which Paul Grantham works with a client whose signature strengths include the ability to love and being loved. You will see how to introduce this topic to the client step by step, a topic which is not always easy to explore. The session is followed by a reflective discussion with further practical recommendations. The video finishes with the client’s feedback and reflections on the experience.

This video material is a part of a training series on Positive Psychology that concentrates on introducing it to the viewer through a combination of demonstration, discussion and reflection. The video series is designed as a TRAINING TOOL for everyone who works with clients and wants to learn more about this evidence-based effective therapeutic approach. Suitable for therapists, coaches, teaches, and everyone involved in caring professions.

Course tutor

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with extensive NHS, Social Services and training experience. He has written on a range of therapy and helping issues. An extensively informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Seminars Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Video
  • Online Test
  • Personalised Certificate for 1 CPD Hour

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