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Positive Psychology - spirituality

Juanita has come in for therapy for a month now. She seems to have trouble staying away from using marijuana. She feels guilty about quitting and restarting and puts herself down a lot. She is afraid of losing her boyfriend if she quits smoking and is afraid that she won't find someone else. She doesn't like her job, but feels she is much better than the job she is at. Her mom was critical of her growing up and her dad was not around. She did graduate from school, and was good in math and biology, but did not go to college.

Explain the concepts of positive psychology for her.

Examine the goals of positive psychology and explain how this approach will help Juanita obtain sobriety, focusing specifically on the concerns and dissatisfactions she has expressed.

Design at least two exercises based on positive psychology for Juanita to work on in between counseling sessions.

Explain spirituality to Juanita, emphasizing the differences between spirituality and religion.

Examine how spirituality and positive psychology can work together to help Juanita achieve her goals.

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Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and weaknesses that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives (www. Ppc.sas.upn.edu).

(1) Explain the concepts of positive psychology for her.

Positive Psychology is focused pm three primary concerns: (a) positive emotions, (b) positive individuals, and (c) positive instructions. The notion of understanding positive emotions refers to being content with the past such as (1) happiness in the present and hope for the future. Understanding positive individuals involves the study of strength and virtues such as the capacity to love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, teamwork, purpose, tolerance and nurturance (Draggongong, 2014).

(2) Examine the goals of positive psychology and explain how this approach will help Juanita obtain sobriety, focusing specifically on the concerns and dissatisfactions she has expressed.

The goal or Positive Psychology the goal is to bring individuals back from a negative state of emotions to a balanced normal state. The focus is on improving any strategies or remove barriers, and/or difficulties that prevents understanding or learning. For instance, exceptional ability can be operationalized as evolving understanding of the brain and its relationship to learning. Thus, the role of the educational psychologists (EP) is predominately problem-focused to improve any strategies in achievement and to remove barriers such as hearing deficiencies, and social and emotion and behavioral difficulties (p. 30). Exceptional ability can be operationalized as an evolving understanding of the brain and its relationship understanding of the brain and its relationship to learning (Norma, 2013). Thus, the belief is held that expectations that increased knowledge of the genetics reflects human ability; and provides a concise account of ...

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This solution discusses Positive psychology and spirituality/religion as treatment strategies for substance abuse.

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