IPPE seeks to inform public policy

Published: Monday 10th November 2014

IPPE seeks to inform public policy at NSW Parliament House

National Psychology Week, 9-15 November 2014, is an Australian Psychological Society (APS) initiative which aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives.

The Sydney branch of APS is hosting a research conference at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday 11 November, 2014. The audience will include mental health practitioners, the general public, and the media, as well as members of Parliament during their breaks. The Institute of Positive Psychology and Education’s (IPPE) Professor Joseph Ciarrochi will be co-presenting a session entitled ‘Psychological change across the lifespan’ at 1.50pm.

Professor Ciarrochi argues, “Science has taught us so much about how to help people develop healthy habits and well-being, and yet this science is rarely getting converted into practice. I hope to bring some of the most important findings to the attention of members of Parliament, the public, and the press.”

Professor Ciarrochi is a leading academic at IPPE, and will be showcasing his research on identifying character strengths that promote social, emotional, and physical well-being, and performance. He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and many books, including the best-selling, Get out of your mind and into your life teens, and the widely acclaimed, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: the Seven Foundations of Well-Being. His newly released book—Weight Escape--applies Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to promoting positive health behaviour and weight loss.

To see more information on the National Psychology Week Research Conference, or to register, please follow this link.