The European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP) was established in 2002 and was first held in London, England and have continued in Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark and Russia. The 8th ECPP was held last year from June 28th until July 1st in Angers, France.
The purpose of the ECPP is to offer discussion, engagement and learning on numerous topics within the field of positive psychology. A number of keynote speakers offer their perspectives on the field, their latest research and ultimately how they believe positive psychology can make a profound impact on the world.
Below, Antonella Delle Fave discusses what the conference embodies:
Training for Your Best Possible Self: The Content and Structure of the ECPP
Positive psychology is about becoming one’s best possible self, following the path true to one’s authentic happiness.
The ECPP seeks to ascertain how positive psychology can change a multitude of aspects in life, from the optimal functioning of a child, to one’s health and success in the workplace. Topics fundamental to this subject are addressed and aid in the development of the science of human flourishing.
The third wave of psychology, in particular, is highlighted at the ECPP, with concepts such as mindfulness and flourishing frequently discussed. The conference seeks to provide attendees with the skills required for flourishing and the knowledge required to share this with others.
Another area of focus for the ECPP is child development and positive education. Positive psychology aims to equip children with skills and tools that can enable them to cope with life’s challenges through implementing their own strengths.
The ECPP’s Hands On Learning Approach
The ECPP also features activities for attendees, the purpose of which is to engage in and apply concepts learned through first-hand experience. This philosophy is inherent in positive psychology, and thus the ECPP encourages action, not just thought.
The conference ensures variation in content and delivery, by providing a multitude of different topics and alternating sessions of keynotes speakers, symposium, workshops and social events. This structure ensures a variety of discussions and experiences that will challenge and engage attendees.
The impact of the ECPP is significant, as attendees are trained in a positive and facilitating environment that ensures they are up to date with current literature, workshops, and topics that they can implement in their work or studies.
Presenting Their Latest Ideas: Past ECPP Keynote Speakers and Their Purpose
The range of speakers at the conference is broad, from doctors to professors and researchers. All the speakers have Ph.D.’s and vast experience and are well equipped with their empirical research and specialized knowledge. Exposure to this breadth of expertise is a real opportunity to get informed, network with fellow positive psychology practitioners and find skills to flourish in your chosen field and personal life.
At the last ECPP, Barbara Fredrickson discussed the application of broaden and build theory, addressing how easy it is to utilize the concept within our daily lives to strengthen our resilience and optimism.
While Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi provided a riveting talk, delving into the potential for humans to work contentedly if they work in an area of their passion.
Another keynote speaker was James Pawelski who asked the seemingly simple question what positive psychology is? This term, while appearing obvious, is rather ambiguous and is one that requires definition which Pawelski aimed to provide. Here is James Pawelski conducting a lecture at Harvard which covers the topic of positive psychology:
Take Home Message
Ultimately, the European Conference of Positive Psychology is an organization that endeavors to provide their attendees with the ability to expand their awareness and flourishing in all aspects of their life. From integrative activities and hands-on workshops to informative and inspiring lectures from experts, the ECPP is the epitome of a positive experience.