Promoting Student Happiness

Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools

Shannon M. Suldo

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July 22, 2016
ISBN 9781462526802
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273 Pages
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Promoting Student Happiness is a good addition to any school social worker’s repertoire, especially for focusing on improving students’ sense of well-being and satisfaction through interventions with students, families, and teachers. Each session of the curriculum can be used individually and is appropriate for use in a social work office or classroom.”

School Social Work Journal

“Integrating positive psychology interventions with other evidence-based mental health practices and delivering such programming in a multitiered framework has promise. This is an idea whose time has come. This is an excellent book with broad appeal and potential for significant positive impact. It could be adjunctive reading in any graduate program in which positive psychology is addressed. It is highly recommended that this book become part of any school psychology graduate programming, teacher training program, as well as in programs for school administrators and other support personnel.”

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

“An extraordinary resource for school psychologists and other school mental health professionals. Suldo very competently makes the case that happiness lies at the core of psychological wellness and that the promotion of well-being is an effective agent of intervention. The book meticulously organizes the evidence for the manualized Well-Being Promotion Program and other high-quality interventions that are ecological, family-focused, and integrated within comprehensive school mental health services. All of these strategies are eminently ‘doable’ because Suldo’s rich appendices provide copies of measures, the manual for the Well-Being Promotion Program, and multiple other tools that enable practitioners to immediately translate the concepts into practice. This would be a great text for a course preparing school psychology students to deliver evidence-based interventions in schools or clinics.”

—Beth Doll, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“This superb book provides school mental health professionals with invaluable practical guidance for fostering children’s subjective well-being. It presents broad-based techniques for implementing positive psychology interventions in the classroom and family contexts, including ways to integrate them into multi-tiered systems of support. An absolute 'must have' for anyone interested in promoting and protecting well-being in youth.”

—Carmel Proctor, PhD, Director, Positive Psychology Research Centre, Guernsey, Channel Islands

“The landscape and challenges of student life are changing quickly and the most successful students are armed with knowledge of their strengths as well as tools for building resiliency and happiness. Suldo's book is unique in offering extensive reviews of assessments and programming together with an actual, proven program protocol that practitioners can pick up and use. I am eager to use the Well-Being Promotion Program in my small groups and individual counseling sessions, and to help incorporate Suldo’s important efforts into my district’s existing social–emotional learning work.”

—Jennifer Leverentz, SSP, NCSP, school psychologist, Twin Groves Middle School, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

“This book synthesizes available scientific work into one reliable source while offering practical guidance on how to improve student well-being. Detailed program plans, well-being measures, and parent and teacher notes are sure to stimulate the delivery and evaluation of school-based well-being programs—what a gift to school staff and researchers, and ultimately to the young people whose lives will be improved as a result. Finally, we have a commonsense, thorough approach to promoting youth well-being. Suldo skillfully dovetails the research and practitioner perspectives with a systems framework for promoting sustained benefits. She has given us a solid building block for future work in the field.”

—Dianne Vella-Brodrick, PhD, Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

“I love the proactiveness of Suldo's approach. Promoting subjective well-being in the school is a refreshing contrast to traditional, more reactive school-based psychological services.”

—Dawn Donner-Chambers, LPC, school counselor, Oregon School District, Wisconsin