SDS Seminars Online

Working with Character Strengths (Working with Gratitude)



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.

You will see an exclusive interview with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham, who explores such important features of Positive Psychology as “virtues”, “character strengths” and “signature strengths” and outlines in detail the clinical benefits of expressing gratitude and other altruistic behaviours. Then you will watch a live session in which Paul Grantham works with a client whose signature strengths included gratitude. You will see how to introduce gratitude exercises to the client step by step.

The session is followed by an in-depth discussion with further practical recommendations for therapists on how to use gratitude exercises with their clients. 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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