Collaborative Positive Intervention in an Inpatient Setting

A Case Study


  • Alejandra Sanchez William James College


case study, inpatient, positive psychology



This article entails a case study of integrating Positive Psychology theoretically framed interventions to a non-binary white adolescent with chronic suicidality in an inpatient setting. The article follows the clinicians first-hand experience of developing and implementing collaborative positive interventions as well as the learning process of both the clinician and patient on how effective treatment can present. The step by step incorporation of Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology concepts including PERMA to clinical treatment is highlighted throughout the case study. Patient feedback and shift in symptom presentation is included to note the likelihood of the treatment efficacy. Barriers to treatment due to setting is addressed and exploration into how future studies can explore these barriers as well as considerations for how to work around such limitations. The clinician’s reflections regarding the implementation process as well as take away learning points are included to serve as an example of how strength’s based relational interventions impact therapeutic relationships and result in shifts of patient autonomy, motivation, and engagement. The following article’s word count is 1934.




How to Cite

Sanchez, A. (2023). Collaborative Positive Intervention in an Inpatient Setting: A Case Study. New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice, 2(4). Retrieved from