Additional Information for P-IBT Course Registrants

This page contains infomation that will help you plan for your week in New Hampshire and prepare yourself for this innovative 5-day workshop. Use the links in the left-most grey box to navigate to the information you need.

 

Monday August 15 - Friday August 19, 2022

  • Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments

  • Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 am | includes breakfast and refreshments


Hotel Room Blocks

We have room blocks reserved in two hotels near the University of New Hampshire:

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
Rate: $269 USD per night
Dates Available: Sunday August 14th - Friday August 19th, 2022
Reserve a Room in this Hotel (limited availability)

Durham Holiday Inn Express
Rate: $179 USD per night (includes breakfast buffet, internet, and parking)
Dates Available: Sunday August 14th - Friday August 19th, 2022
Reserve a Room in this Hotel (limited availability) use Group Block ID# NCS


Driving Directions to UNH

From Boston, MA (Driving Time: ~90 minutes)

  • Follow I-95 North to Exit 4 in N.H. (N.H. Lakes and Mountains/Spaulding Turnpike).
  • Exit 4 off 95 North is a left-hand exit. Continue North on the Spaulding Turnpike over Little Bay Bridge to Exit 6. Use left lanes of exit ramp to turn left at signal onto US 4 West.
  • Follow US 4 West approximately 6 miles to NH 155A exit.
  • At bottom of exit ramp turn left onto NH 155A (Main Street)
  • Follow NH 155A (Main Street) past a short stretch of fields to the UNH campus. Follow campus wayfinding signage to your destination and/or visitor parking. Main Street continues straight through (second leg) of roundabout bringing you to the center of campus, Campus Crossing, and downtown Durham.

From Portland, ME (Driving Time: ~60 minutes)

  • Follow I-95 South to Exit 5 in N.H. (Spaulding Turnpike).
  • Continue North on the Spaulding Turnpike over Little Bay Bridge to Exit 6. Use left lanes of exit ramp to turn left at signal onto US 4 West.
  • Follow US 4 West approximately 6 miles to NH 155A exit.
  • At bottom of exit ramp turn left onto NH 155A (Main Street)
  • Follow NH 155A (Main Street) past a short stretch of fields to the UNH campus. Follow campus wayfinding signage to your destination and/or visitor parking. Main Street continues straight through (second leg) of roundabout bringing you to the center of campus, Campus Crossing, and downtown Durham.

From Concord, NH (Driving Time: ~45 minutes)

  • Take NH 101 East to Exit 7 (Epping/Route 125).
  • Continue north on NH 125 to the Lee traffic circle.
  • Drive east on US 4 to the NH 155A exit (the first Durham exit) then turn right toward Durham.
  • Follow NH 155A (Main Street) past a short stretch of fields to the UNH campus. Follow campus wayfinding signage to your destination and/or visitor parking. Main Street continues straight through (second leg) of roundabout bringing you to the center of campus, Campus Crossing, and downtown Durham.

From Manchester, NH (Driving Time: ~45 minutes)

  • Take NH 101 East to Exit 7 (Epping/Route 125).
  • Continue north on NH 125 to the Lee traffic circle.
  • Drive east on US 4 to the NH 155A exit (the first Durham exit) then turn right toward Durham.
  • Follow NH 155A (Main Street) past a short stretch of fields to the UNH campus. Follow campus wayfinding signage to your destination and/or visitor parking. Main Street continues straight through (second leg) of roundabout bringing you to the center of campus, Campus Crossing, and downtown Durham.


Airport Information

Four commercial airports serve Durham and the surrounding area:


Course Materials:

  • P-IBT workbook

  • Access to electronic copies of materials

  • START National Online Training Series (NOTS) access for one year (a $1,500 value!)

  • 20% discount on 2023 START National Training Institute registration

Course Outline:

Knowledge Base
Monday through Tuesday morning

  • History of Positive Psychology

  • PERMA Theory of Well-Being

  • Positive Psychotherapy (IBT History/Intro)

  • P-IBT (Research, Theory and Practice)

  • P-IBT (+HOPE Research)

P-IBT Application Skills
Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning

  • Yalom’s Therapeutic Factors

  • Strength Spotting

  • P-IBT 4 Stage Model

  • Cognitive Networking

  • Horizontal and Vertical Self-Disclosure

  • Doubling Exercises

  • Auxiliary training

  • Role Reversal

  • Strength Atom

  • Virtual Gratitude Visit

  • Affirmation and 38 element review

  • Resilience Training

  • Active Constructive Responding 

  • The Acting Cure and video feedback.

Positive Supervision
Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon

  • Caregiver’s Fatigue Syndrome

  • Strength Identification and Spotting

    • Feedback Opportunity

    • Weekly or Biweekly

    • Individual and Brief

    • Four Parts: Follow up, People, Facility, Responsibilities

  • Active-Constructive Responding

  • Best Possible Self

  • Three Good Things and Why

  • Positive Gossip

  • Gratitude

  • Celebration

Review, Reflection, Q & A, and Planning for the Future
Friday morning

  • Creating a Support Network —The Reciprocity Ring®

  • Q & A Review, Plan, and Evaluation, Closing Ceremony


Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify 3 key moments in the history of the positive psychology movement, including Learned Helplessness, Learned Optimism, & Martin Seligman’s contributions as APA president.

  2. Identify and describe the development of the 5 areas of PERMA model by Martin Seligman. (Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, Achievement)

  3. Examine the fundamental use of character strengths as an untapped driver of achievement and well-being

  4. Describe how positive interventions can be used in clinical and non-clinical populations and demonstrate a method of increasing gratitude

  5. Utilize a variety of evidence-based interventions to improve human flourishing, resilience, and positivity in themselves and others

  6. Distinguish the difference between fixed versus growth mindset

  7. Describe and demonstrate the work from resilience training and how it works together with positive emotions

  8. Describe and apply positive interventions used in positive psychotherapy

  9. Identify the four stages of the P-IBT model and describe what takes place in each stage

  10. Describe the use of therapeutic factors within the IBT model

  11. Explain the evolution of Positive-Interactive Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT) model

  12. Describe and utilize how positive interventions are employed within the Positive-Interactive Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT) model

  13. Demonstrate action methods designed to facilitate positive psychotherapy as modified for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs

  14. Recognize indications and contra-indications for the use of various action methods

  15. Modify techniques for working with traumatic reactions

  16. Describe and examine learned hopefulness

  17. Examine the use of strength-spotting and affirmation of therapeutic factors

  18. Demonstrate the skills necessary to implement Positive Supervision to improve staff well-being


About Dan

Psychologist, Professor, Speaker, Author

Daniel Tomasulo is an American counseling psychologist, writer, and professor and the Academic Director and core faculty at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and was formerly the Director of the New York City Certification in Positive Psychology for the New York Open Center. He is also a Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology special section Positive Psychology.

Sharecare* honors Dr. Tomasulo as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression, and was also recently honored by Teachers College, Columbia University with their 2021 Teaching Award.

His clinical specialization is in psychodrama and sociometry, with an academic specialization in intellectual disabilities. Tomasulo developed Interactive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) and later Positive-Interactive Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT), forms of group psychotherapy for people with intellectual disabilities, and coauthored the American Psychological Association’s first book on the subject: Healing Trauma: The Power of Group Treatment for People with Intellectual Disabilities (2005) with Nancy Razza. Tomasulo is also the author of: Action Methods in Group Psychotherapy: Practical Aspects (1998), Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir (2008), American Snake Pit (2018), and Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression (2020).

His most recent book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, is hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Flourish, adds: “This is the best go-to book on how to use hope to relieve your depression.”

Dan is certified as a trainer, educator, and practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and is the 2017 winner of the International Positive Psychology Association’s Avant-Garde Clinical Intervention competition for the Virtual Gratitude Visit (VGV) and the 2019 winner of the case study competition for his research using psycho-dramatic methods to deliver positive interventions.

Dan's passion is Positive Psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

*Sharecare is online health and wellness site launched in 2010 by Jeff Arnold, founder of WebMD, and Emmy-award winner Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications.