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NASP-Fishful Thinking Partnership

NASP is partnering with the Fishful Thinking program to promote the relationship between positive psychology and children’s positive outcomes in school and life. As skilled home-school collaborators, school psychologists can provide parents and educators the Fishful Thinking tools and activities to teach children (ages 5-12) to use optimism to overcome life’s obstacles, persist in the face of adversity, and transform setbacks into manageable challenges. The program is based on the research of Karen Reivich, PhD, co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project and a research associate in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The five ingredients of Fishful Thinking are: Optimism, Resilience, Goal Setting, Empowerment, and Emotional Awareness.

School psychologists play an integral role in schools ability to promote the use of prevention and resiliency activities such as the Fishful Thinking program. Through our partnership with Fishful Thinking, NASP is working to help school psychologists help parents and teachers use positive communication with their children and connect with other adults to find solutions that encourage the development of happier, healthier, more resilient children.