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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY APPROACH FOR WORKING WITH OLDER ADULTS - Evidence-based techniques for health professionals to assist in decreasing depressive symptoms and increase well-being in older patients.

Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Jun 10, 2020
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Focusing on the negatives in life is a hallmark characteristic of depression that reduces subjective wellbeing in people of all ages. By contrast, expanding this problem-centered focus to one that also includes a person’s strengths, and the things that are going well in their life, reduces depressive symptoms for the individual and increases their subjective wellbeing.  Positive psychology is a strength-based, well-researched branch of psychology (i.e. it is not positive thinking) that provides strategies to catalyze such a shift in focus.

 Numerous studies over the last few years have shown that positive psychology interventions significantly reduce depressive symptoms in and increase wellbeing in older adults. The research results, coupled with the ease of application of positive psychology strategies, place positive psychology interventions in a prime position to be used by a broad range of health professionals and allied health professionals working with older adults.

This session will look at the practical application of evidence-based positive psychology interventions with older adults, including the use of signature strengths, savouring, autobiographical memory, gratitude, and forgiveness. The session will include audio-visual material and practical examples. Participants are also   encouraged to practice techniques. Throughout the sessions, there will be time for questions of how positive psychology techniques can be incorporated into participants’ practice.


“Positive psychology provides useful and evidence-based strategies to help older adults widen their focus from being problem-centred to include their personal strengths and aspects that go well in their lives.”  Renata Porzig-Drummond


Feedback form Renata’s recent presentations to health professionals:

“Renata’s enthusiasm, attention to detail, going over and beyond expectations made it an absolute pleasure.”

“The enthusiasm, knowledge on this subject and in general, and engaging teaching ability to teach made this an enjoyable and valuable training. Thank you!”

“Renata’s enthusiasm makes such a difference to the training. She is a very knowledgeable and positive trainer.”

“Renata was very encouraging of us to ask questions and engaging with her in a way that knowledge was fantastic and contributed to everyone’s learning. She was approachable and fair. Just great!”

“Renata’s knowledge and experience is impressive! She was well prepared, approachable and helpful throughout.”

“A very interesting topic – Renata was so helpful in terms of information and responding to questions.

Renata answered questions and managed the room skilfully. She created a wonderful learning environment and I learned so much to take into my practice.”



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Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the University of Adelaide, the Professional Development People, and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $66 

Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event. 

Attendance Certificate for 2 hours of interactive training.  

Additional​ viewer: $33 

Watch the event with the Primary Participant as part of a group (on same device)

Attendance Certificate for 2 hours of interactive training.    


This seminar provides 2 hours for CPD points.   

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You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Understand key concepts of positive psychology.
  2. Relate these concepts in the lives of older adults.
  3. Use evidence-based positive psychology techniques that have been shown to decrease depressive symptoms and increase subjective wellbeing in older adults.


  • Brief overview of key positive psychology concepts, including signature strengths, savouring, gratitude, forgiveness, optimism and positive emotions.
  • Overview of positive psychology techniques used effectively with older adults.
  • Applying interventions that decrease depressive symptoms, as well as increase subjective well-being and positive emotions, in older adults

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

Medical and allied health professionals, counsellors, psychotherapists
and social workers working with ageing patients and those working in aged care

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