POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY FOR SUDENTS
Dr. Janet Schrager, a clinical psychologist, and Mara Stewart, a psychology major at Dartmouth College, offer positive psychology workshops to high school and college students to improve their well-being and academic success. Both certified as positive psychology practitioners, the duo teaches students empirically proven positive psychology tactics to improve resilience, reduce negative self-talk, develop growth mindsets, reduce stress and anxiety, and more. They especially emphasize positive psychology tools that are proven to improve academic performance.
Dr. Schrager and Mara combine hands-on activities, empirical data, and collaborative discussions to create an ideal balance between lecture, discussion, and practice activities. Dr. Schrager’s thirty years of experience working as a clinical psychologist with high school students, combined with Mara’s youthful energy and ability to relate to the stress and academic pressures of high school and college students alike, make these two an effective, perfectly complementary teaching pair.
"I attended a positive psychology workshop, offered by Janet Schrager and Mara Stewart, that was part of a community wellness afternoon at my school. Attendees were asked to take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths in advance of the session and to bring our assessments to the workshop to learn how to use our top strengths to improve our lives. Dr. Schrager and Mara concentrated on teen-focused scenarios designed to help students learn techniques to develop a positive mindset and to reduce stress. They presented this information in a way that people of all ages could apply to their lives. The concepts of growth mindset versus fixed mindset and how positive psychology concentrates on strengthening what is right with you rather than fixing what is wrong with you were an “aha” moment for me. The techniques suggested for using positive psychology to improve one’s life and “build a good muscle for happiness” are easy to remember and put to use, i.e. recording your wins, expressing gratitude, and viewing situations as opportunities, rather than threats.I highly recommend this workshop.”