I know of what I speak. In June 2013, the Mamaroneck police arrested me for impersonating a police officer. I was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar. In the ensuing seven days, I was fired from my position as executive director of a prestigious institute and ridiculed by the press as “the Road Rage Rabbi.” My world collapsed.
I then spent several months paralyzed on a couch with depression. But I persevered and thrived once again, becoming a social worker. A factor tipped the scale in my favor; I discovered Positive Psychology. Positive psychology studies the strengths that make us fulfill our potential. Knowing my strengths allowed me to overcome my negative thoughts and move forward. My goal is to share my experience and the lessons I’ve learned with the world in hopes of moving the mental health community from stigma to dignity.
Using Strength Science for Team-Work and Personal Development.
Each team or group member will take the VIA (Values in Action) instrument and receive a personalized “strength
report” of their 24 strengths. We will begin the workshop with a short introduction to Positive Psychology. Following the introduction,
the team or group will engage in a dynamic workshop, including interactive games, role-playing, scenarios, and case studies. Team members will learn how to express and harness their mutual strengths generating excitement, creativity, cooperation, and respect.