On September 27th, Dr. Joan Painter officially retired and although we are sad to see her go, we know she will savour the joys of retirement! Joan was with the MAPP team for quite some time, leading the way for accessible stats and pioneering the MAPP Distance Learning programme. It goes without saying that Joan will be missed terribly by the team, and of course her students.
And as we say goodbye to one member of staff, it is with great pleasure we welcome our new MAPP Lecturer Dr. Francisco Eiroa-Orosa. Francisco is a Clinical Psychologist from Madrid, having completed his clinical training in Hamburg, Germany. We really look forward to working with Fran and moving positive psychology to the next level!
The new MAPP term started September 20th with our 8th and largest cohort to date. We sadly say goodbye to the leaving Cohort 6 and full timers, but will have lots of celebrations over graduation. We wish them all the best for what they go on to do ‘Post-MAPP’.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at a day long lecture series at the Defence Academy, focused on Personal Resilience 2013074-BHNS_Personal_Resilience_56251_U. Nic Marks from Happiness at Work (http://www.nicmarks.org) presented on the importance of happiness in occupational settings and Chris Cullen, from the Oxford Mindfulness centre (http://oxfordmindfulness.org/about/people/mindfulness-teachers/) presented an extended workshop on Mindfulness. My presentation focused on the concept of Posttraumatic growth within military contexts and is available to download in publications section. Thanks again to John Parr for the opportunity to work with such inspirational people.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the first book on the physical aspects of well-being has now been published! My new book is an amalgamation of all the ways in which the body contributes to our happiness and flourishing. The book spans several biological perspectives (e.g. genetics and positive neuroscience) whilst also delving deeper in the sociological and anthropological side to connecting with our bodies.
Overall, I am so happy that this aspect of well being is finally being recognised and look forward to pushing the research forward.
Former Msc. Graduate Majella Greene has taken London by storm with Urbanwoot which offers courses, classes, a pop up shop as well as an innovative “Salons” where individuals sit to discuss a topic of interest related to flourishing in urban environments. Check out the website for more information!
We are so excited to welcome Dr. Tim Lomas to the MAPP team!
Tim has a wealth of experience and knowledge within the area of positive psychology and we can’t wait to have him on board.
I have just returned from a fascinating conference in Leuven, Belgium. The conference brought 6 expert speakers from around the world to speak on topics of child adversity and resilience. The conference raised important issues and suggestions for future research and practice within the area of child abuse and neglect. A huge thank you again to Dr. Peter Adriaenssens and the team who organised the conference and really made us feel very welcome.
Our third edition of PPQ is now available online. Check out our positive psychology conference focused feature as well as reviews and articles from current and previous MAPP students.
Last week, with several other experts, I took part in a fabulous RED magazine group interview and photo shoot for their Christmas health feature. Look out for it this December! More links to follow…
At the end of September, we finalised our work with the Mind Croydon Boxercise initiative. We had a fantastic year working with the team and achieved above and beyond our original objectives. We aim to publish a further 2 pieces of work from the data collected in addition to the 2 pieces already in press or published. For those interested, please email me to get a hold of the final publications. Our thanks to Richard Pacitti and his team for all their hard work and dedication to the project