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Psychology specialists apply their trade in AV


Almost three dozen professionals

The City of Palmdale has announced 35 newly certified professionals in applied positive psychology who will work to boost well being across Antelope Valley. These change leaders were the second cohort in the region to complete the innovative Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program and learn scientifically-backed tools for improving mental health, led by The Wellbeing Lab.

The eight-month intensive CAPP program was approved and funded by the Palmdale City Council using federal ARPA dollars earmarked for community mental health initiatives. Positive psychology leader Louis Alloro and community capacity builder Dr. Talma Shultz taught local leaders from diverse sectors, including business, education, faith groups, healthcare, aerospace, grassroots organizations and more.

Applied positive psychology focuses on the scientific study of human strengths and potential to increase fulfillment. The graduates are now equipped to implement positive psychology interventions through coaching, workshops and community programs. Initiatives aim to reduce anxiety and depression while promoting resilience, meaningful relationships, and a sense of purpose. The CAPP class culminates with participants designing and delivering their own impact projects.

Impact projects from this group include live workshops for schools, workplaces and families, several social media targeted campaigns to leverage a Super Bloom in Antelope Valley, gratitude, and a “rock your wellbeing” rock art initiative in partnership with local parks.

Other positive interventions were designed for Spanish speakers, seniors, teenagers, the unhoused and practitioners who work with the developmentally disabled.

This collaborative effort marks the first applied positive psychology program of its scale in California. The City of Palmdale intends for it to serve as a model for improving emotional health and quality of life across the region.

“We are thrilled to have helped train and certify 35 newly certified wellbeing leaders who will collaborate to make the Antelope Valley a healthier place to live, work and thrive,” said former Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt. “The Wellbeing Lab will continue to empower our community with learning opportunities to grow and leverage our strengths as the graduates work to build a wellbeing coalition in the region.”

The third cohort of CAPP is set to begin in late spring. Interested community leaders should fill out the interest form at and will be notified when applications open in early February.

For more information, contact Deputy City Manager Nardy Lopez at (661) 267-5177 or