“Happy” vs. Healthy – How Toxic Positivity Could be Affecting Your Practice


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Approved for 1.0 hours of General CLE Credit including 1.0 hours of Mental Illness Awareness.


Toxic positivity is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations and can result in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. Just like anything done in excess, when positivity is used to cover up or silence the human experience, it becomes toxic. By disallowing the existence of certain feelings, we fall into a state of denial and repressed emotions. The truth is, humans are flawed. We get jealous, angry, resentful, and greedy. By pretending that we are “positive vibes all day,” we deny the validity of a genuine human experience. Experts will discuss why we engage in toxic positivity, how and why it’s harmful, antidotes, and how the desire by lawyers to want to solve their clients’ problems can affect their practices.


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Kristie DeBlasio, Ph.D.
Dr. DeBlasio is the Vice President of Ricci Psychology of the Palm Beaches. She provides therapy, assessment, and research in a variety of clinical settings, including mental health clinics, counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers and medical centers. Dr. DeBlasio utilizes a combination of therapeutic techniques, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Pet Therapy. In addition to seeing clinical patients, she provides gifted, learning disability, ADHD, bariatric surgery, and emotional support animal evaluations. She is a member of The Florida Bar’s Committee on the Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers.

Samara Quintero, LMFT, CHT
Samara Quintero is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist practicing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her mission is to help individuals resolve issues that have kept them from having the deeply fulfilling lives that they are deserving of. She specializes in working with trauma, anxiety, depression and relationships issues. Samara’s therapeutic approach is unique in that she incorporates hypnosis, mindfulness, and an overall holistic perspective to create long lasting change in her client’s lives.

Jamie Long, PsyD
Dr. Long’s mission is to change the way people think about mental health therapy. She wants you to know that participating in therapy is a healthy habit and an important part of a balanced lifestyle. Dr. Long is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-owner of The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale, a concierge psychology practice. For over 15 years, Dr. Long has served the South Florida community by supporting its members with personal growth and self-discovery. Her specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and relationship challenges.

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