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Better than OK: Moving from Illness to Happiness

The traditional goal of mental health treatment has been to alleviate symptoms, rather than promote health and happiness. This course provides professionals the opportunity to learn about positive psychology and explore the science of happiness.

Key Program Information
Series Focus on Mental Health
Next Session June 1, 2023
Related Program

Moving beyond “neutral” 

From Freud’s view, the best that neurotic human beings can achieve is “ordinary unhappiness,” to the common assumption that happiness is simply what you get when you get rid of what’s bothering you. Behavioral science has been slow to apply scientific principles to the study of what makes a life worth living. All this is changing, however, and today we’re beginning to understand the principles behind what makes people feel better than “just OK.”

This workshop will provide you with suggestions so you can help your clients move beyond “neutral” in their lives, using findings from neurophysiology, research data from “Positive Psychology”, and observations from the new science of happiness. The course will also focus on what makes people mentally healthy, fulfilled, and satisfied — not simply free from misery.

Workshop topics:

  • Mental health— What is it and who says so?
  • What is positive about positive psychology?
  • What keeps us from being happy?
  • Is happiness possible?
  • How can I help my clients, my friends, my family, and myself be happier?
A young woman hold an umbrella in the air with a happy expression on her face.

Who should attend

Health and human service professionals such as nurses, hospice care workers, social workers, counselors, and therapists

Instructors

  • Headshot of David Mays

    Dr. David Mays (MD, Ph.D.) is a forensic psychiatrist and directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI for 13 years. He serves on the clinical faculty at UW–Madison. Dr. Mays is the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Dane County, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He has treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings with co-morbid substance use problems for 20 years. He is a seasoned clinician and highly sought-after presenter.

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 2 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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Details

Delivery format:
Online

Final registration deadline:

Fee

Standard fee:
$70.00

Fee includes instruction and course materials.

Discounts

A 15% discount is available for participants who register for all three Focus on Mental Health programs.