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Detailed Home Study Descriptions

How to Create Spirit at Work and Flourish

What would it be like to flourish at work? Feel energized, inspired and excited about work? Find meaning and fulfillment through work? To make a contribution? This is spirit at work and the power is within each of us to create it, simply by rethinking work. Research proves that by simply rethinking your work, you can have a profound sense of well-being, renewed enthusiasm for your work and increased job satisfaction. Everything changes with spirit at work.

In this home study, Dr. Val Kinjerski, a leading authority in the field, shares findings from a decade of results-based research, supplemented by the latest findings in the field of positive psychology. This timely and important research shows that anyone can be inspired at work. What matters most is not what work you do or where you work, but how you think about it. Spirit at work is available to everyone and can and should be fostered.

This course is for people who aspire to assess, cultivate, and experience spirit at work. Upon completion of this 6 (or 18)credit Category A, ACSW approved workshop applicable to all social work categories, you will be able to:

  • Describe spirit at work, including the four dimensions that comprise spirit at work.
  • Examine how defining moments impact one's world view and career choice.
  • Explain the four paths to spirit at work
  • Complete the Spirit at Work Scale and compare your spirit at work score to the norm. (18 credit course only)
  • Identify and experience four key actions to foster spirit at work.
  • Create a personal plan to enhance your spirit at work.

Complete the accompanying guidebook for an additional 12 CEUs (18 in total).

Only $99 for 6 credits (includes book: Rethinking Your Work: Getting to the Heart of What Matters). $249 for 18 credits (includes book and guidebook).

Register today and start to rethink how you see, understand and feel about your work.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Access to the post test and reflection essay questions will be made available upon registration.

The How of Happiness:
The Research and Strategies behind Happiness

Happiness is not some magical state of mind that people are born with, blessed with, or lucky enough to stumble upon. It is a way of being that everyone can attain. Regardless of a person's genetics or external circumstances, everyone can choose to be happy by changing and managing the way they think and feel. In fact, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky's groundbreaking research shows that 40 percent of a person's capacity for happiness is within his or her power to change.

In The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky introduces the concept of intentional activities, that is, mindful actions that can be used to achieve a happier life and the research behind them. Included are exercises in practicing optimism, savoring life's pleasures, harnessing individual strengths, and practicing gratitude. Scientific research is used to demystify the many myths about happiness.

This course is for people who aspire to understand, cultivate, and experience happiness. Upon completion of this 12 credit Category A, ACSW approved workshop applicable to all social work categories, you will be able to:

  • Determine your "happiness set point"
  • Use scientific research to demystify the many myths about happiness
  • Understand what contributes to and impedes happiness
  • Explain the traits, behaviors and attitudes of happy people
  • Describe and, using empirical research, support the effectiveness of twelve happiness-increasing strategies
  • Explore how you can incorporate happiness strategies into your practice

Only $139 for 12 credits. To keep costs to a minimum, the book has not been included. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, is readily available at your local library, or for purchase through bookstores or online through Amazon.

Register today and begin to cultivate happiness tomorrow.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Access to the post test and reflection essay questions will be made available upon registration.

Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In other words, what does it take to flourish? This home study is based on the book, Flourish, by Martin Seligman and introduces the theory of well-being and research-based applications that lead to flourishing. The five pillars of well-being are presented: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment (PERMA).

This course is for people who aspire to understand, cultivate, and experience well-being and to flourish. Upon completion of this 12 credit Category A, ACSW approved workshop applicable to all social work categories, you will be able to:

  • Explain the five elements of the well-being theory.
  • Identify one's signature strengths.
  • Identify evidence-based activities to increase well-being.
  • Explain practical applications of the PERMA theory.

Only $139 for 12 credits. To keep costs to a minimum, the book has not been included. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, is readily available at your local library, or for purchase through bookstores or online through Amazon.

Register today and begin to cultivate and enjoy well-being.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Access to the post test and reflection essay will be made available upon registration.

Positivity: Embracing the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions

How do we nurture well-being in ourselves, and those we serve? This home study is based on the book, Positivity, by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and introduces the science of well-being and applications that lead to greater satisfaction and meaning in life. Fredrickson's research focuses on how positive emotions broaden minds and build resources in a manner that leads toward flourishing.

This CEU course is for people who aspire to understand, cultivate, and experience positivity. Upon completion of this 8 credit Category A, ACSW approved workshop applicable to all social work categories, you will be able to:

  • Explain why positivity is more important than happiness.
  • Describe the broaden and build theory of positive emotions.
  • Explain the positivity ratio and its relation to well-being.
  • Identify research-based activities to decrease negativity and increase positivity with oneself and others.

Only $99 for 8 credits. To keep costs to a minimum, the book has not been included. Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Three to One Ration that Will Change Your Life, is readily available at your local library, or for purchase through bookstores or online through Amazon.

Register today and begin to cultivate and enjoy positivity.

Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions.

Access to the post test and reflection essay questions will be made available upon registration.

Kaizen Solutions for Human Services, provider # 1116, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Kaizen Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB Approval Period: August 8, 2009 - August 8, 2012.


Social Workers will receive Category "A" continuing education hours under the ACSW competence requirements for participating in these courses. Other participants should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

 

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Hear what Professionals Say About the Home Studies

"I really enjoyed this course. It came at a perfect time in my life. The material was very relevant to my current personal and professional situation. I found the material very easy to understand and helpful in determining a potential new direction in my life. Thank you Val!"

Peter Vogels, PhD, RSW
Instructor
Social Work Program
Grant MacEwan University

"I really enjoyed this learning opportunity...meaningful, enlightening, affirming, and helpful...thanks so much." "

Barb Biggs, MSW,RSW
Provincial First Link Coordinator
Alzheimer Society

"An interesting course. It was very helpful for me to create spirit at work. "

Lorraine Stauffer
Community Social Worker
The City of Calgary

"I really enjoyed the book. It got me thinking about work as well as life choices not always related to work. I believe it is a valuable resource for assessing where we are and where we want to be. Thank you."

Louise Campbell
Grants Coordinator
Burns Memorial Fund
Calgary