The Mental Health Gym approach to behavior change was not created in a vacuum. It was born out of a background in cognitive-behavioral therapy & built from ideas articulated and researched by leading thinkers in the field of positive psychology – such as Martin Seligman, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Ed Diener. It has been refined at our office where new concepts are added and adjustments have been made. This website and the companion e-book, “What Can Go Right?” is the end result of a process that works, and that is why I am happy to share it with other helpers and their clients and patients. I hope that you are excited by these concepts and anxious to try them.
I recognize, however, that more research needs to be done in more settings with different therapists and different populations before the benefits of The Mental Health Gym in building the psychological infrastructure are widely recognized and implemented. I am therefore inviting other mental health professionals to become part of the process of further validating our approach. Research studies are being planned utilizing some of the informal instruments used at our office as well as some standardized instruments – and probably some instruments that haven’t yet been dreamed up.
If you have an orientation toward positive psychology and are working in a setting where you can implement and assess the Mental Health Gym approach as well as the factors that contribute to developing the Type P Personality, I encourage you to become part of our research network. The pay is lousy but the hours aren’t bad, and all research conducted on a multi-center basis will have a co-author from each center. Since playfulness is one of the P’s of the Type P Personality, we expect this process to be both meaningful and fun.
If you are interested in joining our professional research network, please submit your name and contact information. At this point, you are not committing to anything but the opportunity to hear more about our ideas and plans.
Ron Kaiser, Ph.D.