A Deeper Diver into Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting Students and Teachers Emotional Well-Being
Introduction to the Well-Being Promotion Program (WBPP), An Evidence Based Tier 2 Program to Increase Happiness among Adolescents in Need
Program Description: This virtual follow-up course in positive psychology interventions in the schools will prepare school mental health staff to provide an evidence-based positive psychology intervention—the Well-Being Promotion Program (WBPP)—to students in grades 3 – 12. Participants will become familiar with the WBPP intervention manual within the book, Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools. The book provides an overview of the correlates, benefits, and assessment of happiness; the theory behind the WBPP intervention targets and specific activities; goals and activities within each of the core and follow-up sessions; and an in-depth example of how a school mental health team implemented the WBPP at an example middle school. A detailed appendix with reproducible forms includes session protocols that outline planned activities for use by interventionists, as well as student handouts, fidelity checklists, and 1-page parent handouts for each session. Participants will learn to apply evidence-based strategies for increasing youth happiness through implementation of the WBPP.
Cost- Free to GASP Members & $25 for Non members
Note- Virtual Hosting Link will be sent to registrants morning of presentation
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this half-day professional development, attendees will have knowledge in each of the following areas:
A. Prepare school mental health staff to provide an evidence-based positive psychology intervention—the Well-Being Promotion Program (WBPP)
B. Participants will become familiar with the WBPP intervention manual within the book, Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools
C. Understand the theory behind the WBPP intervention targets and specific activities; goals and activities within each of the core and follow-up sessions
D. Follow an example of how a school mental health team implemented the WBPP at an example middle school
E. Become familiar with the reproduceable forms and protocols used in implementing the program with fidelity.
Presenter Information- Shannon Suldo, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2004. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida and continues to provide school-based mental health services to youth in the Tampa area. She has extensive research and clinical experiences in school-based mental health services, including: establishing empirical links between student mental health and academic success; conceptualizing and measuring student mental health in a dual-factor model that considers psychopathology and well-being; evidence-based positive psychology interventions for promoting positive indicators of student well-being; schoolwide strategies to identify youth with mental health problems; and factors that limit and facilitate school psychologists’ provision of school mental health services. She also studies the stress, coping strategies, and mental health of high school students in accelerated courses, and is Principal Investigator of two large federal grant to identify and build factors that predict success among students in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. She has published more than 70 studies that convey findings from her research on how to assess and promote complete mental health. She is the author of Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools, a 2016 book within the Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, and co-editor of Fostering the Emotional Well-Being of our Youth: A School-Based Approach, a 2021 book published by Oxford.