Education and Training

Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is a relatively recent domain of psychology that involves the science and practice of well being and living a meaningful life. Enhancing positive psychosocial characteristics is based on a growing literature related to the empirical benefits of positive emotions and cognitions for individuals, groups and communities. This research has created a paradigm shift towards mental health and health promotion.

The purpose of the seminar series is to introduce evidence from positive psychology as a practice for researchers and clinicians working in clinical settings and underserved communities, often with individuals who have experienced early life stress and trauma. 

Examples of positive psychosocial characteristics addressed in the monthly team seminar include the assessment and development of character strengths, gratitude and forgiveness skills, social emotional learning, self care and compassion, and the role of optimism and resilience in our lives.

Stephanie Evans, PhD, Positive Psychology Seminar Director


Mindfulness Program

The Mindfulness Programs delivers innovative and evidence-based trainings focused on mindfulness, yoga, and compassion that are holistic, culturally responsive, and trauma-sensitive. We train in the community, at schools, non-profits, conferences, and on campus. Our audience includes researchers, educators, clinicians, school administrators, physicians, non-profit staff members, and community members. Our program brings the values of love, care, acceptance, compassion, community and wisdom to those we train and collaborate with. We value community engagement, listening and learning from our partners. We aim to create a more kind and caring society that embraces each other and the planet.  

Mindfulness Values We Aim to Embody

Our program strives to support our partners with wellness initiatives to incorporate best practices of mindfulness and yoga. We believe the inclusion of wellness strategies in schools and organization creates more happiness, vitality, curiosity, and inspiration for all members of the community.

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Mindfulness Theory and Practice

Mindfulness is the practice of concentrated present-moment awareness that is free from judgments or preconceptions, infused with compassion, and full of wisdom. The purpose of this seminar is to bring our research and clinical team together once monthly to experience and learn cutting edge mindfulness practices and to receive state of the field research updates.

The seminar is delivered by members of the ELSPAP Mindfulness Program to support team self-care and professional reflection, continuing education, and to stimulate discussions that bridge the gap between emerging mindfulness and yoga research findings and direct psychotherapy and wellness service offerings in our clinic and to our community partners.

The seminar is coordinated by the ELSPAP Wellness Educator, Veronica Alvarez.

Veronica Alvarez, Wellness Educator

Developmental Trauma

The Stanford Developmental Trauma Special Interest Group (DTSIG) was launched in 2012 by Dr. Victor Carrion to bring together the network of professionals working in the fields of Child and Adolescent Trauma in association with Stanford's Early Life Stress Research and Pediatric Anxiety Program.

Participants include individuals at all levels of training and academic practice. Semi-monthly gatherings are forums to learn from each other, brainstorm with each other, help evolve the field together, share and discuss research, and learn about each others' current and prospective work.

Topics range from innovative brain imaging techniques to therapeutic approaches and community outreach and training.

Susan Mirbach, Special Projects and Outreach Coordinator

Research, Internships, and Fellowships

ELSPAP welcomes students, trainees, and national and international colleagues to join us for research and service internships. Past internship experiences have led to exciting opportunities for training and co-learning. Research interns have the opportunity to be involved in ELSPAP projects, attend ELSPAP lectures, and work with ELSPAP partners and collaborators; additional educational and training experiences are also offered on an individual basis. Research internship opportunities are based on program need and timing.

If you are interested in participating in a research internship with ELSPAP, please complete our application.

Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships in Clinical Psychiatry and Psychology