Marie-Josée Shaar, MAPP, CPT, CWCC
Wellness/Motivational Speaker, mjshaar.com
AAOHN 1.05 | AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0 (advanced)
Today, there is more interest for blending positive psychology into wellness programming than ever before. More people are realizing that expecting tangible results by simply offering a few food and exercise campaigns is outdated. This highly interactive and engaging session will introduce three work-relevant positive psychology interventions and four concrete ways in which a wellness professional can apply each single-handedly, possibly with little to no budget. On top of these 12 fully developed applications, a few additional ideas will be sprinkled throughout the presentation. I will also discuss where you can find support in your organization to help fuel your cause, leading to a clear direction on where to begin your efforts. This strategy-packed session will send you home with solid tools for action.
MJ Shaar is one of the most sought-after experts applying positive psychology to health promotion. Trained by the National Speakers Association, she is one of the first 50 in the world to obtain a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. She studied directly under Martin Seligman, the Founder of the field. She then served as Seligman’s Assistant Instructor and was quickly demanded as a Curriculum Developer and/or Guest Lecturer at various other academic institutions, including University of East London (UK), Hitotsubashi University (Japan) and Temple University (PA). In recent years, MJ has worked for prestigious wellness companies, including WELCOA, Wellcoaches, National Wellness Institute and Health Enhancement Systems. She also facilitated sessions for small and Fortune Companies, including Starwood Properties, Kiewit and Kaiser Permanente. One of her most interesting crowds was a group of 150 US Superior Court judges. MJ has worked in 10 countries over 4 continents and her trainings have been delivered in 4 languages so far- and more are on the way. She co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, which appeared on the Amazon Healthy Living Bestseller list many times in the US and in Canada. MJ also occasionally contributes to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. MJ takes great joy in her work, which is her true calling, but her proudest accomplishment is to be the mother of her wonderful little James.