Boston University, 1985
Claire Fialkov, Ph.D. is a psychologist and consultant and a core faculty member at William James College. Claire teaches and writes about positive psychology and appreciative models of leadership and organizational training. Claire is a co-founder of Appreciative Action, a consultation practice that focuses on strengthening the capacity of organizations dedicated to creating a healthier and more civil world community (www.appreciativeaction.com). Claire uses strength- and Appreciative Inquiry based approaches to leadership, team building, evaluation, program development, and training to build organizational capacity. Claire consults to non-government organizations (NGO's), healthcare agencies, educational institutions, and local community-based groups. A clinical psychologist for over 25 years, Claire works to help identify and broaden sources of hope and resilience within organizations and communities. She is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), and a member of the Taos Institute.
Dr. Fialkov has received a research grant from the Taos Institute to co-create a curriculum with a Kenyan non-governmental organization (NGO) to build resilience and increase civility and connection the community. This work will appear in the Summer 2015 issue of Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner. Claire has also published research in the APA journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology titled: Appreciative Clinical Training. Please read a copy of the Abstract below.
This article presents a training model that has been used for 4 years in a graduate program in clinical psychology. The specific goal of the training model is to encourage beginning supervisors to identify their character strengths, refocus their attention and memory on the origin of these strengths, and cultivate their character strengths in the service of the supervision relationship. The most common character strengths of a group of clinical psychology graduate students are explored and compared with the general population, because an understanding of the strengths of your students has implications for education and training. Qualitative data are also presented that reveals the following themes: the power of focusing on one's strengths, the value of a strength-based approach, the complexity of strength-based work, and the notion of strengths born from challenge.