All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Last week, Point School Puerto Rico (PSPR) Coordinator of Business Development, Tracey Bachrach, presented at the annual National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs conference. Tracey’s presentation was on the importance of cultivating well-being in a program setting. The well-being principles discussed in Tracey’s presentation are thoughtfully and intentionally carried out through PSPR’s positive psychology informed program.
According to Martin Seligman, “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”
There are five pillars of well-being that can be used as pathways towards a flourishing life:
- Positive Affect: Emotions that have a supportive and encouraging impact on well-being.
- Engagement: The process of becoming absorbed by an activity associated with feelings of fulfillment and joy. Relationships: Studies show that having meaningful relationships is closely tied to happiness and life satisfaction and that feeling connected socially is a major contributing factor to positive well-being.
- Relationships: How you receive and perceive support from others.
- Meaning: The search for, and presence of, a higher purpose in life.
- Achievement: Having goals and aspirations leads to a greater sense of accomplishment which, in turn, leads to numerous positive outcomes.
Point School Puerto Rico uses a positive-psychology-informed model to encourage their young men to develop character strengths, intrinsic motivation, and positive self-identity in order boost themselves into a healthy and flourishing adulthood.
About Point School Puerto Rico
Point School Puerto Rico is a hybrid gap year program for young men, ages 18-22. PSPR integrates traditional gap year components such as cultural immersion, island activities, and volunteer experience with well-being support so that young men have the opportunity to build their positive self-identity through career, interest, and personal exploration based on strengths. PSPR hopes to provide each young man with positive introspection that will boost intrinsic motivation, resilience, and self-efficacy as they transition into college and/or adulthood.