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The Joyful Brain

Presented by Jonah Paquette, PsyD

Presenter Bio

Jonah Paquette, PsyD. is the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. In this role, he helps run the largest non-government training program in the United States, comprising 200 plus trainees across 20 medical centers. In addition to his work at Kaiser Permanente, Jonah is the author of three research-based self-help books: Real Happiness, The Happiness Toolbox, and Awestruck. His work focuses on the science of well-being, and the habits that can help all of us become happier and healthier in life. Jonah provides trainings to both clinicians and the general public around the United States and internationally and is a frequent media contributor on topics related to well-being and happiness

Although the field of clinical psychology has traditionally aimed to “fix what’s wrong,” the newer sub-field of positive psychology instead helps us to “build what’s strong.” In this seminar, attendees will learn about the nature of happiness, and discover research-backed methods from positive psychology to help lastingly increase happiness both in ourselves and in our clients. Part 1 of this 3-part series focuses on foundational elements of understanding well-being, including operationalizing the concept of happiness, exploring some of the barriers that get in the way, presenting the health benefits of increased well-being, and reviewing some of the key brain regions and systems related to the experience of happiness.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key benefits of happiness to our physical health, emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, and job performance
  2. Discuss the concept of the negativity bias, as it pertains to clients struggling with depression or anxiety
  3. Reference specific areas of the brain linked to positive emotional states, and learn techniques to increase neuronal firing to these regions in order to create lasting change through the process of positive neuroplasticity

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

  • Lecture
  • Audio/Visual
  • On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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