Seminar Detail

Positive Psychology and Yoga Certificate Course: 2019 Alaskan Cruise for Clinicians
Cruise Ship
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - Saturday, August 17, 2019
Course Description:

Immerse yourself in the clinical benefits of Positive Psychology to improve your clients and mental well-being – all while you cruise to Alaska. Earning 12 CE hours has never been more relaxing or transformative!

PESI is once again offering the incredible continuing education cruise experience in August 2019! Imagine yourself sailing through the Inside Passage and into the Gulf of Alaska as you earn continuing education credits. It’s a learning atmosphere most clinicians only dream about, but now it’s your time to relax, earn credit and enhance your therapeutic skills.

While on the ship, you will attend three continuing education sessions with Jonah Paquette, PsyD, a Positive Psychology author and expert. In addition, Kelly Paquette, PsyD, RYT 200, will show how to use breath and body techniques to increase your client’s well-being and combat depression and anxiety. Kelly will also lead three optional yoga classes on the mornings prior to the education sessions.

Over the course of the cruise, you’ll experience first-hand the life-changing practices of mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, yoga, positive neuroplasticity, and more. You’ll learn research-backed approaches to help relieve depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and trauma in your clients. This is the perfect setting to deepen your understanding of positive psychology and other clinically-proven skills to enhance well-being. All levels are welcome.

This course schedule leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the exciting ports of call, take excursions into the heart of the wilderness and socialize with fellow clinicians. Leave feeling excited about your Alaskan adventure, as well as re-energized and refreshed about your profession! Register now for this amazing opportunity, staterooms sell out quickly!
PESI 7-Night Alaska Cruise Sailing from Seattle, WA on Princess Cruises, Ruby Princess
(Daily Itinerary Subject to Change)

Pier: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
Check In 1:00pm - 3:00pm (See Travel Summary for Progressive Check In Time)
  • Seattle, Washington: August 10, 2019, Depart 4:00 PM
  • At Sea: Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Juneau, Alaska: Monday, August 12, 2019, Arrive 11:00 AM; Depart 10:00 PM
  • Skagway, Alaska: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Arrive 6:00 AM; Depart 8:15 PM
  • Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Arrive 6:00 AM; Depart 3:00 PM
  • Scenic Cruising
  • Ketichan, Alaska: Thursday, August 15, 2019, Arrive 7:00 AM; Depart 1:00 PM
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Friday, August 16, 2019, Arrive 7:00 PM; Depart 11:59 PM
  • Seattle, Washington: Saturday, August 17, 2019, Arrive 7:00 AM
A valid passport is required.

  1. Inside Cabin – $1,795 per person
  2. Oceanview Cabin - $2,480 per person
  3. Balcony Cabin - $2,835 per person
  4. MiniSuite – $3,145 per person

Note: Pricing includes seminar fee.

Please contact Heidi DesJarlais,, 715-834-2686 at Higgins Travel Leaders for pricing and availability. Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quad rates are available upon request and subject to availability.


  1. Employ research-backed approaches to effectively treat common mental health struggles like depression, anxiety, and stress, drawn from positive psychology and other strength-based methods.
  2. Summarize the notion of positive neuroplasticity, and learn specific methods for creating lasting changes in the brain.
  3. Administer specific practices to cultivate gratitude, compassion, self-compassion, and connection – and understand how to integrate these practices effectively into treatment.
  4. Practice specific clinical techniques to regulate the nervous system and stimulate the vagus nerve, to help promote feelings of peace, safety, and calm.
  5. Summarize the efficacy of mindfulness-based approaches, and integrate these methods into treatment.
  6. Apply strength-based approaches to specific patient populations.
  7. Explore 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.
  8. Implement mindfulness practices to decrease stress and reduce clinical symptoms.
  9. Teach clients how to integrate positive psychological skills into their lives in a practical way.
  10. Teach the components of mindful self-compassion, and discuss its clinical implications with clients.
  11. Apply mindfulness-based approaches to common mental health problems, and understand the benefits of mindfulness to our mental and physical health.
  12. Articulate the concept of the negativity bias in the brain, as it pertains to clients who struggle with depression or anxiety.

Sunday, August 11, 2019
6:00 am – 7:00 am – Early Morning Yoga*/8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Workshop

  • Understanding the nature of happiness – what it is, and what it isn’t
  • The benefits of happiness
  • Roadblocks to well-being – hedonic adaptation, the impact bias, brain-based barriers, and genetics
  • The negativity bias – good for survival, but not for happiness
  • How conscious changes to our mind and behaviors create lasting brain changes
  • Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Learning to use our mind to change our brain

Wednesday, August 14, 20199
6:00 am – 7:00 am – Early Morning Yoga*/8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Workshop

  • Gratitude
    • How gratitude can improve mental and physical health
  • Compassion & Kindness
    • How compassion-based approaches can relieve depression and improve health outcomes
  • Mindfulness
    • The power of the present moment, and its impact on stress, depression and health
  • Self-Compassion
    • How self-directed kindness can relieve suffering, decrease stress, and reduce depression and anxiety
  • Connection
    • How our brains are wired for connection and how close relationships are linked to better health, longer lives, and improved mental health
  • Optimism
    • How fostering hope and optimism can breed success and positive outcomes

Friday, August 16, 2019
6:00 am – 7:00 am – Early Morning Yoga*/1:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Workshop

  • Savoring
    • How maximizing positive experiences change our brain and create lasting well-being
  • Awe
    • How the science of awe can transform our relationships, health, and well-being
  • Cultivating Strengths
    • Harnessing our strengths to increase flow experiences
  • Yogic Breathing Techniques and Chair Yoga
    • Learn to apply research yoga-based practices to target depression, anxiety and stress
    • The impact of yoga-based approaches on the mind, body, and brain
    • Understanding the benefits of yoga for common mental health problems
    • Apply pranayama techniques to help regulate the nervous system

*Yoga Sessions are optional and CE is not available.
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI, 2018), offers readers an array of easy-to-use handouts and exercises designed to enhance happiness in a lasting way. Dr. Paquette is a psychologist and Clinical Training Director for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he oversees the mental health training programs across four medical centers.

In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and regularly conducts professional workshops around the country. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured in print, online and radio outlets. He has a passion for imparting the key findings related to happiness and wellbeing with a broader audience, and he is honored to share these with you.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jonah Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jonah Paquette is a member of the; American Psychological Association; and the California Psychological Association.


Kelly Paquette, PsyD, RYT 200, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor. She is a staff psychologist for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she specializes in both the treatment of trauma as well as the integration of mind-body practices in mental health treatment. A gifted presenter, Dr. Paquette regularly provides trainings to both professional and public audiences on a variety of topics, and is the creator of a popular “Yoga for Emotional Wellness” class for patients in her outpatient clinic. Dr. Paquette’s past clinical experiences have included Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, and her current work at Kaiser Permanente.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kelly Paquette has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kelly Paquette has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 720 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.0 contact hours or 1.20 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This live activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

This activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 12.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.0 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 720 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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