The Clinical Division of IPPA is delighted to offer an online peer consultation platform. Consistent with American Psychological Association (APA)’s ethical code, this platform aims to provide practitioners a shared context that fosters a healthy and respectful dialogue and discourse. Through online discussions, the platform also aims to develop a nuanced, inclusive and evidence-based understanding of the application of positive psychology principles to enrich professional practice.  

Applying positive psychology to clinical practice is a relatively new approach, so it can feel isolating to do this work without the support of colleagues. Therefore, IPPA’s Positive Clinical Psychology Division proposes a pilot of an online positive psychology clinical peer consultation group.

This group will provide a platform to share knowledge and practice. The group may become a catalyst for future research or other collaborative projects between group members.

The purpose of the group is to provide practitioners with a platform to explore how they use positive psychology with their clients. It is intended to be a safe space for collaboration and innovation. Depending on members’ interest, we may come up with common goals and later decide to collaborate on research or create clinical positive psychology educational videos.

Group members will engage in a process of positive consultation, which involves working from a broad positive psychology perspective that takes into account both what is problematic or difficult and what is working well in the therapeutic processes and in the lives of clients. We will also be focusing on one another’s strengths and competencies.

This group will connect IPPA members in meaningful learning and development of new knowledge for the field.

Group members may include:

  • Practitioners who are licensed to practice psychotherapy or counseling in their jurisdiction by their regional licensing boards or professional colleges/associations. (Neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, masters in counseling, counseling psychologists, social worker, school psychologist, school counseling, marriage and family therapist, masters in counseling)
  • Advanced students in clinical and counseling graduate programs.

We aim to have maximum 10 participants in the initial pilot. If there is overwhelming interest we may consider operating two groups simultaneously. The pilot group will be led by Jennifer Brownstein, Psy.D., Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D. and Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., all of whom are licensed psychologists in their respective jurisdictions.

PILOT GROUPS: All groups will meet for one hour each month for six months 

(7-8pm EDT). 

GROUP A: (7-8pm EDT) March 14 (orientation), April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15

GROUP B: (7-8pm EDT unless otherwise noted) March 21 (orientation), April 25, May 30, June 27 (5pm), July 25, August 22

Group A: Led by Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D. co-faciliated by Dr. Jennifer Brownstein
Group B: Led by Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D. co-facilitated by Jennifer Brownstein


If you are an interested IPPA member, please submit:

  • Your name,
  • Your credential(s)
  • The country where you live and
  • Why you would like to join this group.

Please submit your interest by February 21, 2018 to addressing Jennifer Brownstein and Margarita Tarragona. You will need to sign a participant agreement that includes an statement on ethics and confidentiality.




This is a peer consultation group, not a supervision group. Therefore, we provide support but we are not responsible for the actions of group members. In accordance with APA’s ethical code (Appendix 1), members will not disclose identifying information about their clients/patients in this setting. We recognize that members may need resources beyond the positive peer consultation group to meet their professional needs, therefore we will encourage members to seek other appropriate expert advice or consultation outside of this group, to address ethical or other professional concerns, when necessary. Recordings of the consultation group are prohibited.

Appendix 1.

4.06 Consultations

When consulting with colleagues, (1) psychologists do not disclose confidential information that reasonably could lead to the identification of a client/patient, research participant, or other person or organization with whom they have a confidential relationship unless they have obtained the prior consent of the person or organization or the disclosure cannot be avoided, and (2) they disclose information only to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation. (See also Standard 4.01, Maintaining Confidentiality.)

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