I’m just back from the American Psychological Association’s 118th Convention in San Diego this year. It’s the annual gathering of the tribes, where the latest in psychological research, education, and practice is shared. As the saying goes, if it’s August, therapists cannot be found. But options for connecting to a source of support extend beyond the consultation room. There is a powerful role to be played by support groups, online as well as face-to-face, and numerous self-help tools now employ both online and offline components.
The presentation I attended the first day of the convention highlighted ongoing research and discussion ranging from support group participation to self-guided cognitive training in the Mood Gym, to positive psychology’s approach: “teaching happiness.”
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