February 28, 2014

Positive psychotherapy pioneer to lecture at UAB

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Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who co-developed “positive psychotherapy,” will give a free, public lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at 9 a.m. Friday, March 14, in the UAB School of Education, Room 230, 901 13th St. South. His visit is being supported by a grant for counselor education, kinesiology, and health education in the Department of Human Studies at the School of Education.

Rashid, who gave a TEDx talk at the University of Toronto Scarborough last year, serves as a psychologist and researcher at UTSC. His expertise includes positive clinical psychology, strength-based resilience, post-traumatic growth, multicultural psychotherapy and positive education.

Rashid completed his clinical training at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he developed and empirically validated positive psychotherapy with Martin Seligman, Ph.D., founding father of positive psychology and one of the leading experts in the field of optimism and well-being. His research has been lauded, published in several peer-reviewed journals, and also featured in The Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today, among others.

Rashid has presented and trained mental health professionals and educators internationally, from Princeton University to the University of Paris. He has also worked with trauma victims including the survivors of the Asian tsunami, 9/11 terrorists attacks and floods in Pakistan.

While at UAB, Rashid will also conduct a workshop for counselor education and the Community Counseling Clinic. For more information, go to www.uab.edu/education/humanstudies.  

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