Learn the power of positive psychology at seminar

By Brooks Schaefer - Staff Reporter



Learn how to use the power of positive psychology to improve your life at this week's First Friday Leadership Institute 

Dr. Michele Ribeiro, a psychologist and counselor at Oregon State University will present the workshop at 2 p.m. on March 3 in the Mt. Olympus room of Building 8. 

The name of this workshop is "Transforming leaders through positive psychology," and will teach students the key theories of positive psychology and how to apply them in leadership opportunities. 

The goal is to teach students to implement ideas such as "examining purpose, capitalizing on strengths, and understanding the importance of a growth mindset in grit and perseverance," the event's organizers say.   

This will be accomplished via interactive exercises involving bringing these theories to practice. 

Every workshop is extremely interactive, said Iesha Valencia, director of the Center for Leadership and Service.

"You're not just sitting in a chair listening to someone talk for two hours," she said.  

The First Friday Leadership Institute, as the name implies, takes place once a month on the first Friday of that month. 

It is "… a series of workshops where students can either come to one… or come to all of them but every time they leave the workshop they are leaving having learned… practical leadership skills that can be implemented in different areas of their life," Valencia said.   

Valencia said First Fridays is "… a pretty popular program.  We get anywhere from 70 to 90 students to attend each workshop."

 Valencia encouraged students to attend this upcoming workshop.

"It's a pretty friendly program, so it's very common for people to make friends through attending this program," she said. 

In addition, it is possible to get a certificate for this extra-curricular involvement to put on your resume from attending five or more of these workshops. 

Learn the power of positive psychology at seminar

Learn how to use the power of positive psychology to improve your life at this week's First Friday Leadership Institute.


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