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ABOUT TAYYAB RASHID, Ph.D.
Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. is the Director of Applied Research for the Values in Action Institute, a position he balances with his post as psychologist with the Toronto District School Board.
He is co-developer of Positive Psychotherapy with Dr. Martin Seligman, one of the leading experts in the field of depression, optimism and positive psychology.
Tayyab is a trainer in positive interventions with the Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he completed his pre-and post-doctoral clinical training with Marty Seligman, During this training, Tayyab devised and empirically tested a new treatment for depression called Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) which treats depression by building positive emotions, character strengths and meaning.
He has extensively taught and trained a wide variety of professionals including educators, mental health professional and business executives in USA, Canada, Australia and Pakistan in Positive Psychotherapy.
He has also worked with Asian tsunami survivors and 9/11 families.
His research has won several awards and has been published in peer-reviewed
scientific journals and has also been featured in Wall Street Journal,
Psychology Today, Globe & Mail and Toronto Star. Tayyab
guest edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology, May 2009 issue,
exclusively devoted to positive interventions for clinical disorder.
Positive Psychotherapy by Tayyab Rashid [From Rashid, T. (2008). Positive Psychotherapy. In Lopez, S. J. (Ed.) Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.]
For more than a century, clients have gone to psychotherapists to discuss
their troubles, relying on the largely untested belief that discussing
troubles is curative. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people attend
workshops, retreats, camps, and courses, engaging in numerous brands
of psychotherapy, mostly to repair wounds, deficits, and disorders.
In all of these interventions, positives are rarely the focus and never
are they systematically so. Therapies that attend explicitly to the
strengths of clients are rare. One
PPT is an approach that explicitly builds positive emotions, strengths, and meaning in a client's life to undo psychopathology and promote happiness. In this chapter I argue that psychotherapy needs to go beyond negatives and also should cultivate positives.
Story of Growth from Loss by Tayyab Rashid
OTHERS(S) - Optimism and Hope
340 Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths by Tayyab Rashid & Afroze Anjum University of Pennsylvania © 2005, Tayyab Rashid
Articles/book chapter citations:
McGrath, R. Rashid, T., Peterson, C & Park, N. (2010).
Is Optimal Functioning a Distinct State? The Humanistic Psychologist,
38, 159 - 169