ERIC Number: EJ1216520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy: An Integration of Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy
Winter Plumb, Evelyn I.; Hawley, Kathryn J.; Boyer, Margaret P.; Scheel, Michael J.; Conoley, Collie W.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v47 n2 p223-233 2019
This article introduces the empirical support for and theoretical tenets of Goal Focused Positive Psychotherapy (GFPP), a comprehensive, evidence-based, psychotherapy model. GFPP's approach emerges from positive and social psychology research, and is informed by psychotherapy research from the common and contextual models. Its interventions focus on idiosyncratic and multiculturally-attuned client factors, particularly client strengths and goals, in an effort to increase subjective well-being and facilitate the client's experience of a meaningful, satisfying life. Enhanced client well-being provides more robust and abundant resources for proactively addressing presenting concerns without requiring intensive focus on client deficits, symptoms, or trauma. The mechanism of change is positive emotion, as informed by the broaden-and-build [Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. "American Psychologist," "56"(3), 218-226. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.56.3.218] biopsychosocial model. The therapeutic alliance creates a healing context cultivated through a focus on hope, strengths, and client-centred experiences of self-determination.
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Evidence Based Practice, Well Being, Intervention, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Trauma, Counselor Client Relationship, Emotional Experience, Psychological Patterns, Life Satisfaction, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism
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