Working Intentionally with Hope in Therapy, a Virtual Talk


Friday, JULY 15, 2022
12:00-1:00PM: Presentation
1:00-1:30PM: Q&A
CST via Zoom

Registered Psychologist and Director of Research for The Hope Foundation Dr. Denise Larsen will explore the power of hope as a source for healing in this virtual presentation, along with colleagues William Whelton, Ph.D., R. Psych., and Rebecca Hudson Breen, Ph.D., MA, BA, BEd.

About the Presentation:

Alongside stories of struggle, pain and difficulty that emerge in therapy lies a powerful source for healing that is often under-utilized. Research indicates that hope plays a crucial, though often unacknowledged role in therapeutic outcomes. There are questions that can respectfully probe the hidden potential in the most challenging of stories. There are tools to uncover the many dimensions of hope, to activate hope and to instill hope. There are strategies for creating options, resources to identify strengths, and even games that release the tension around envisioning the future.

In this complimentary virtual workshop, guest speaker Denise Larsen, Ph.D., R. Psych., along with University of Alberta Educational Psychology Professors William Whelton, Ph.D, R. Psych. and Rebecca Hudson Breen, Ph.D., MA, BA, BEd, will discuss evidence-based hope processes in therapy, as well as how therapists can intentionally work with these processes. Attendees will learn about tools used to foster hope in therapy, the importance of therapist hope, and a new scale designed to identify clients’ hope resources.

Following a 30-minute Q&A at the conclusion of the presentation, clinicians will have the option of earning 1 Continuing Education credit upon successful completion of a course evaluation.

About the Presenter(s):

Registered Psychologist Dr. Denise Larsen serves as a faculty member for the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta and as Director of Research for the Hope Foundation, a non-profit research and community service institute affiliated with the University of Alberta. 

As Team Lead for Hope Studies Central, Dr. Larsen is involved in research that explores hope from both mental health and educational perspectives. As a professor of counseling psychology, she offers a course for graduate and undergraduate students entitled Hope and the Helping Relationship, and as a researcher, she is especially interested in the application of hope within professional care-giving interactions. Dr. Larsen speaks regularly at local and international conferences and has published articles on the use of hope in various settings. As a registered psychologist, she also maintains a limited counseling practice, where she employs hope-focused methods.