What is a positive psychological intervention?
Positive Psychological Interventions (also known as Positive Psychology Interventions-PPIs) are theoretically-grounded and empirically-validated instructions, activities, and recommendations that are designed to enhance wellbeing (Lomas, Hefferon & Ivtzan, 2014).
Psychosocial interventions for mental health and substance use disorders are interpersonal or informational activities, techniques, or strategies that target biological, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, social, or environmental factors with the aim of improving health functioning and well-being.
- The psychosocial approach looks at individuals in the context of the combined influence that psychological factors and the surrounding social environment have on their physical and mental wellness and their ability to function.
- Psychosocial Assessment Interview. An assessment that assists clinicians to engage with young people and assess their psychosocial needs is essential because of the high prevalence of mental health and/or substance use problems in young people.
- The term psychosocial refers to an individual's psychological development in and interaction with their social environment. Psychosocial treatments (interventions) include structured counseling, motivational enhancement, case management, care-coordination, psychotherapy and relapse prevention.
There are several approaches to psychotherapy — including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and other kinds of talk therapy — that help individuals work through their problems. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist.
- The five major perspectives in psychology are biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive and humanistic. Each perspective provides its own view on the roots of why you do what you do.
- A-Z of types of talking treatment
- Art therapy (see Arts therapies)
- Bereavement counselling (see our pages on bereavement)
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling (see Couples and relationship therapy)
- Drama therapy (see Arts therapies)
- Some of the main skills that will help you in the counseling profession include:
- Listening Skills.
- Social and Communication Skills.
- Boundary Setting.
- Critical Thinking.
- Business Management.
For more information about the different types of therapies, click on the name of the therapy below:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
- Interpersonal Therapy.
- Mindfulness-based Therapies.
- Psychodynamic Therapy.
- Group Therapy.
- Emotion-Focused Therapy.
- Family Therapy.
- Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
- If you want to try a talking therapy, ask your GP. Lots of GP surgeries provide counselling or therapy services on the NHS. If counselling or therapy isn't available at the surgery, your GP may refer you to a local psychological therapies service. You may also be able to self-refer for counselling or therapy.
- In humanistic therapy, there are two widely practiced techniques: gestalt therapy (which focuses on thoughts and feelings here and now, instead of root causes) and client-centered therapy (which provides a supportive environment in which clients can reestablish their true identity).
Updated: 6th October 2019