Here you will find a one-stop overview of online and offline positive psychology courses, workshops, trainings, webinars, audio tapes, MOOCs and even the Master of Applied Positive Psychology course brought to you by universities, organizations and professionals around the globe.
We like to show you that positive psychology can be learned, and where to go if you want to do it right.
There are a lot of promising training programs out there that will teach you how to apply the principles of positive psychology to every professional domain you can think of. Exciting stuff!
Positive Psychology courses sorted by continent and type:
- North America
- South & Latin America
- Online Learning
- Audio and more
- Ph.D. possibilities
Kripalu Center (MA, USA)
Kripalu Center is offering the chance to obtain a Certificate in Positive Psychology, under the supervision of Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, cofounder and Chief Learning Officer for Wholebeing Institute. The course is organized as a combination of on-campus and online programming, which takes place over eleven months. You’ll become familiar with the theory, tools and research in the field of positive psychology, thus being able to cultivate healthy personal and professional relationships, build affirming emotions and deal with painful emotions, develop positive self-regard and grounded optimism. Overall, you’ll improve your life, by becoming proficient when it comes to leadership, coaching, parenting, and teaching.
Langley Group Institute
The Langley Group Institute runs a Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing in Australia (and New Zealand, UK and Canada with more locations coming soon). The Diploma (10030NAT) offers inspiring, practical and robust training designed for coaches, psychologists, educators and other busy professionals who want to learn how to apply positive psychology in their work and lives, informed by research and best-practice. Featuring university-level content in a flexible, self-paced format, the course combines intensive face-to-face workshops with online learning and work-based activities.
Candidates can specialise in positive coaching, leadership, human resources, education, parenting or community, gaining the knowledge and skill to increase individual, business and collective wellbeing. The course is designed by Sue Langley and facilitated by seasoned positive psychology practitioners. It is the first government accredited Diploma in positive psychology and is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Learning Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Stanford University (CA, USA)
Stanford University organizes a workshop on positive psychology, called ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’. The workshop addresses people who want to grow personally and improve their well-being. Each class includes group guided practice, class discussion and personal reflection.
The course is held every Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8 pm, starting with February 11 until March 11, 2014.
The instructors are Frederic Luskin, PhD, Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project and Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed. Director, Wellness and Health Promotion Services and “I THRIVE @ STANFORD”. Other courses by these instructors include: “The Practices of Happiness”, and “Mind-Body Medicine”.
Here you’ll find more info on Stanford’s positive psychology course. Thanks for the addition to this article Carole!
Harvard University (MA, USA)
There is also a great course in positive psychology taught at Harvard University, namely positive psychology 1504.
If you want to get a better sense of what this course has to offer, you can find extensive information on this course by clicking on the Harvard logo.
University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)
The University of Pennsylvania offers a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, during which you will learn to apply the principles of positive psychology to your professional life.
This program can also prepare you for advanced studies (PhD., M.D., J.D.). The MAPP program gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with a vibrant community of intelligent and well-prepared people, who share your interest in this field of study.
Tip: Check out Dr. Nico Rose’s blog about his experiences with the MAPP program at UPenn!
New York Open Center (NY, USA)
If you want to obtain a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, you can enrol in a course at the New York Open Center. The 6 month-long course (150 hours) is structured in 6 modules: positivity, engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement and vitality.
Each module includes one week on site, one online webinar with a leading positive psychology expert, two tele-classes with online videos and one interview call with a positive psychology practitioner.
The cost for attending this programme is $3,950.
Thank you Emilia Lahti for providing this information.
Claremont Graduate University (CA, USA)
Claremont Graduate University is the first university in the Western United States which offers a PhD and a MA program focused on positive psychology. A ‘Quality of Life Research’ was founded in 1999, since then giving the chance to conduct research on a large number of topics related to positive psychology.
The M.A. program is presented as a ‘co-concentration in positive developmental psychology and evaluation’. The PhD programme concentrates on positive development psychology. Both these programmes aim to emphasize the importance of a better understanding of positive developmental processes and primary prevention, promotion, and optimization, instead of attempting to remediate.
University of Utah (UT, USA)
The University of Utah’s Department of Educational Psychology offers a number of courses in positive psychology, which are open for everyone. For the University’s students, there is the possibility of taking an online course in a semester-based class.
The courses extend either during a whole semester, either half of it. You can choose the course you’re interested in, from the many that are available: Forgiveness and Anger Reduction, Enhancing Happiness & Life Satisfaction, Quality Intimate Relationships, Growing from Traumatic Life Experiences, Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior, Meditation & Stress Reduction, Positive Psychology of Work and Career, Addictive Thinking, Changing Children’s Behavior using Positive Methods, Change Using Positive Psychology, Enhancing Midlife Satisfaction, Resilience After Divorce, Coping with Difficult People.
Positive Acorn (OR, USA)
Positive Acorn offers a positive psychology program, which includes: a series of half hour MP3 talks given by Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, a coaching skills course, an applied positive psychology course, live meetings and coaching opportunities (practice skills with a partner each week).
You might be interested in this program if you work as a coach, manager, human resources professional, psychotherapist, counsellor, educator and you want to maximize your skills, becoming an expert in helping others.
Positive Acorn may be a solution if you are too busy to travel and attend the meetings, by offering distance learning courses.
Canadian Positive Psychology Association (Ontario, Canada)
Canadian Positive Psychology Association organizes regular webinars, conferences and workshops in the field of positive psychology. ‘Coaching and Positive Psychology’ is a hands-on workshop after which you will have practised specific techniques of positive psychology in personal and executive coaching. ‘Educating for Resilience’ is a practical session, during which educators and parents will learn practical evidence-based techniques that can be used immediately in order to improve student resiliency and success.
‘Translating hedonia and eudaimonia into practice: How to pursue both enjoyment and personal growth’ is a workshop whose aim is to discuss some key principles and strategies for pursuing both hedonia and eudaimonia in ways that are fulfilling, in both your personal and professional life. ‘Positive Organizational Behaviour’ is a course during which the participants are going to learn how ‘psychological capital’ can be implemented in organizations to foster productivity, performance, and thriving employees. TIP: Check out the Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology Now on to the positive psychology courses and programs that Europe has to offer…
South & Latin America
Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)
The Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico offers a postgraduate course in Positive Psychology. The objective of the course is to get an insight into the latest research findings on psychological wellbeing. The knowledge obtained in this course can be applied to the students’ professional fields and should improve their own satisfaction, happiness and quality of life. Students from different fields are welcome, such as psychology, education, medicine and others. A bachelor’s degree or higher is required. The course consists of 105 hours of class and the fee for the course is $32,600. For further information you can contact the instructor Margarita Tarragona via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grupos Campos Eliseos (Mexico)
The Grupo Campos Eliseos focuses on collaborative, narrative therapy and positive psychology and offers trainings for psychologists and health professionals and education. ‘Nuevos abordajes en la psicoterapia desde los enfoques colaborativo, narrativo y de la psicología positiva’ is a 10 months course with the different core areas of the Collaborative Approach, Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Meditation and Care Therapy. The course is part of the International Certificate, starts in September and is coordinated by Prof. Nora C. Renteria and Dr. Elena Fernández. You can get further information via email: email@example.com
Executive Master of Applied Positive Psychology (Lisbon, Portugal)
In March 2012, James Pawelski, from Penn University, USA, launched the 1st edition of the Executive Master of Applied Positive Psychology (EMAPP) held in Portugal, at School of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), Lisbon University. 37 students enrolled, from very different backgrounds (economy, law, history, geography, management, psychology, sociology, social service…). Continue to article>>>
The Langley Group Institute runs a Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing in the UK and Netherlands (and Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand).
Positive psychology practitioner Susanna Halonen, also known as Happyologist, offers a variety of workshops and trainings which help you to live your happiest, most passionate life. Her workshops have different focuses but they all seek to help individuals, teams and organisations to find their best performance through numerous positive psychology tools.
Some of her most popular workshops include let your passion drive your performance, how to create a positive personal brand, make the most out of your natural strengths, and how to create positive working habits. She also does guest lectures on the application of positive psychology into your life, career and work at universities. If you’re looking for more one-to-one help, she does offer life coaching seeded with positive psychology tools, which helps you to find your confident self and pursue your true purpose.
City University London (UK)
Why not take one of the positive psychology courses in London, such as the short course at the City University of London?
Generally, positive psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions. You’ll learn how to understand positive emotions and experience contentment about yesterday, happiness in the present day and hope for tomorrow.
You’ll be taught how to look for positive individual traits, like self-control, courage, compassion, curiosity, creativity or self-knowledge. Understanding positive institutions refers to the strengths that help the health of the communities, like justice, teamwork, responsibility, tolerance or parenting. You can apply this knowledge to your workplace, community or family.
If you’re a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a counselor, a coach, a teacher or a professional, and you’re interested in specializing in positive psychology, you might consider following either a long term course, or a MSc Program:
University of East London (UK)
In the course of the University of East London, you’ll learn about the history, theory and basic research methods used in this field, and also how to apply the theoretical principles in your profession. You can either use this information in order to improve your professional skills, or you can go further and change the direction of your career and become yourself a trainer in positive psychology.
Through the courses of this program you will find: ‘Positive Subjective Emotion’, ‘The Psychology of Hope and Resilience’, ‘Pathways of Change’, ‘The Journey of Change’, ‘Strengths-based Development and Engagement’ and ‘Positive traits and motives’. As a psychotherapist, you’ll be taught to identify and nurture your patient’s strengths.
As a teacher, you’ll learn how to concentrate on the children’s aptitudes and their positive traits, helping them to flourish. As a trainer, you’ll teach others about their resilience skills, helping the growth of communities and organizations.
If you prefer the comfort of your room, you can access an online course in positive psychology as well, namely:
Buck’s New University (UK)
The positive psychology part-time course offered at Bucks New University allows its students to explore cutting-edge ideas in this field, as well as a chance to further its development. This course might appeal to you if you’re active in the field of human resources, organization development, psychotherapy, counseling or teaching.
The course encourages proper application of each student’s skills while studying the knowledge and applications of positive psychology. Applying these principles in student’s lives is focused upon, while the base of evaluations consists of personally chosen projects.
Tutors from the university’s own psychology department, as well as guest experts will deliver this course in a professional, engaging and efficient manner.
Check out the MSc Applied Positive Psychology at Buck’s New University‘s website.
Middlesex University London (UK)
Middlesex University London offers a two-week course on positive psychology, called ‘Positive Psychology and Personal Happiness’. The attendants will learn theoretical facts and will practice positive psychology techniques. The aim of the course is to provide you with the tools to a more fulfilling life. You’ll be helped to identify your patterns of thinking and understand the difference between strengths and weaknesses.
So, if you want to gain more from your past, present and future experiences and improve your life, you may be interested in this course. The course is held in London and it costs £390 for UK and EU students and £930 for international students.
Download the outline of this course here: PSY2550 Positive Psychology and Personal Happiness or visit their website by clicking on the logo.
University of Glasgow (UK)
The Department of Psychology within the University of Glasgow provides a positive psychology course for its students. Steve Draper is teaching this course and on his webpage you can find a large amount of resources: articles, audio recordings, textbooks, useful links, and recommendations.
During the course, topics like gratitude, flow, happiness, well-being and health are discussed.
Here are the lecture slides of the course’s first session: PosPsyL4session1.ppt
Positive Psychology Training is preparing a new opportunity for personal development: ‘The Happiness Training Programme Online’. This training is based on ‘The Happiness Training Plan’, the CD which was launched in 2008, by Dr Chris Johnstone. By participating in this programme you’ll be able to: express gratitude, use your strengths, starting having a purpose in your life, live with optimism, increase resilience, improve your personal and professional relationships and much more. The price for this course is £160 (for 8 weeks).
CIPD: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)
CIPD offers a short-course (one day) on Positive Psychology at Work. The course is using a solid research base and examines what we mean by strengths and happiness at work. At the end of the course you’ll be well-equipped with the tools that help you identify and enhance both your own strengths and those of your team and co-workers. The fees for attending this course are: £495 + VAT for members and £545 + VAT for non-member.
Happy Hideaway (UK & Spain)
Happy Hideaway is organizing two exciting workshops on positive psychology, by bringing together Kristen Truempy and Susanna Halonen, both specialists in positive psychology. The first workshop, called Use Your Personal Strengths, is held by Kristen Truempy. Its aim is to help you discover your strengths and guide you through reinforcing and using them in order to raise the level of your happiness. Susanna Halonen is the one who will direct the second workshop, ‘Live Life with Passion’.
If you feel like you have lost your motivation and also that magic sparkle which makes your life special, this workshop probably is going to ‘re-ignite the fire within you’, using inspirational stories and practical activities. Susanna, trainer, speaker and entrepreneur, is currently running her own business. ‘Happyologist’ is a young company whose aim is to assist individuals, teams, and organizations in improving their performance, using the theory and tools of positive psychology. The full price for these workshops is £45.00.
Institute of Child Education and Psychology (Ireland)
Institute of Child Education and Psychology offers a course on positive psychology called ‘Teaching Happiness: Positive Psychology for Behaviour and Learning’. At the end of this course, you’ll receive a Continuing Professional Development Certificate and a Learning Log.
The course includes 5 interactive learning modules (about four hours online study each) and the discussed topics are: how to build capacity for concentration and persistence, encouraging flow and mindfulness, intrinsic motivation for learning and behaviour, encourage self competence and efficacy, the application of positive psychology to prevent stress and burnout, and lessons and habits of highly effective teachers, identifying and understanding signature strengths, build social and emotional literacy, promote learned optimism.
The fee for the whole course is €99.
Maastricht University (The Netherlands) (+Summer courses!)
The program that Maastricht University (one of the best universities in the Netherlands) proposes is intended to offer both a familiarization with the concepts that underlie positive psychology as well as a more profound approach to this field.
A Positive Psychology program at Maastricht University in the Netherlands will start in January 2015. The course takes about 3 weeks (36 hours) and intends to familiarise the students with the main concepts and ideas of positive psychology. Also, it offers the chance to practice a wide range of positive psychology intervention techniques (from simple journaling exercises to mindfulness meditation). Moreover, the program will help you learn how to design a research project on positive psychology.
Through lectures, interactive meetings, practical workshops, group discussions, and student presentations, the attendants will become familiar with the field of positive psychology, being able to successfully apply intervention techniques. Furthermore, every summer there will be two summer courses offered at the University of Maastricht by assistant professor Hugo Alberts.
Positief onderwijs (Positive Education) intends to apply finding from the academic field of positive psychology in the Netherlands, addressing young people in particular. By using the positive psychology model, the educational process becomes more friendly, the youngster increasing his chances to a successful and satisfying life. Positive Education promotes the focus on strengths, positive emotions, involvement, intrinsic motivation, positive relationships, empathy, and resilience.
Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands)
Universiteit Twente is organizing a master programme based on positive psychology theory and research (Positive Psychology and Technology). After graduating from this course, you’ll be able to work as a coach, counsellor or advisor. For the master’s thesis you can conduct a research by examining the effectiveness of some positive psychological interventions on the happiness and well-being of children and adults. Each of the courses included in this programme is offered twice a year.
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Denmark)
Danish Institute for Study Abroad offers a course which combines the study of theory, research and application of positive psychology.
The main topics that are going to be discussed are: positive emotions, flow, flourishing, character strengths, post traumatic growth and mindfulness.
You’ll learn how to apply the principles of positive psychology into different areas, like coaching, psychotherapy, business development.
In order for you to participate in this program, you need to have attended a psychology course at university level.
Aarhus University (Denmark)
Aarhus University organizes a course called ‘Measuring optimal mental states like flow, peak experience, mindfulness and coherence’.
If you want more details about the event, you could send an email to Marianne Hoffmeister (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens (France)
Introduction to Positive Psychology is offered to all fourth year students and is an overview of many of the basic concepts of positive psychology.
Advanced Seminars in Positive Psychology is offered to all fifth year students and is designed as a more in-depth exploration of possible applications in education, psychotherapy, and the workplace.
Oslo Summer School (Norway)
Oslo Summer School provides a course about ‘Positive Psychology and the Challenge of Diversity in Well-being Promotion’, which is held by Professor Antonella Delle Fave from Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy.
The purpose of this course is to offer an overview of the most important theories and interventions areas of positive psychology. If you enrol for this course, you are going to gain an overview of the main theories and constructs developed within Positive Psychology.
You will understand the conceptualizations of well-being at the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary levels; recall differences and similarities in the evaluation of well-being constructs across cultures, social contexts, and life conditions; understand what is the contribution of Positive Psychology at the socio-cultural level, focusing in particular on physical and mental health, multicultural societies, psychosocial maladjustment, and community and social policies. Let’s find out what kind of positive psychology courses Asia has to offer…
Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Hong Kong)
The course Positive Psychology (PSY209) sets its focus on what is right with the human mind, in contrast to the traditional emphasis of psychoanalysis and modern practices on psychopathologies. The goal is to find out what constitutes a fully functional life and enhance the functioning of the mind, personality, emotions and human behaviour.
The aim of the course is to clarify the distinction of Positive Psychology and traditional psychology and to analyse the influences of Eastern and Western perspectives on human wellbeing on Positive Psychology, and get an insight into research techniques valuable for this field. Moreover, it is of great importance to get an understanding of your own strengths and values and acquire knowledge that can contribute to your own wellbeing after the course. For more information visit the University’s website: http://www.hksyu.edu/ or contact Dr Ann Moir-Bussy via email: email@example.com
Jerusalem University (Israel)
The course is delivered by world-renowned Positive Psychology expert and former Harvard University lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.
On the Jerusalem University’s website you have also access to some helpful materials, like videos and articles about positive psychology, such as Introduction to positive psychology and Judaism, Dynamics of personal change & development, Permission to be human, Personal Goal Settings, Mind-Body connection, Self Esteem, Focusing on the positive, new ideas for self improvement, Dealing with challenges, Interpersonal relationships, love and sexuality.
School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)
The DAPP course is based on an integrative approach, giving its students the chance to learn about how a human’s way of thinking, biological traits, social environment, social identity and relationships make him who he is.
The subjects that are going to be discussed during the program are: Foundation Psychology, Introduction to Positive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counselling, Social Psychology, Positive Emotions and Thoughts, Applications of Positive Psychology (I&II).
In order to be able to attend this course you need to have a minimum GCE ‘A’ Level, Diploma or be a mature student. The fee is $7,200. Click on the logo for more information about this course.
Lebanese American University (Lebanon)
The Lebanese American University operates under a charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, it is moreover accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The LAU offers a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. If you chose for the Liberal Arts Curriculum you can have Positive Psychology among others as a potential course. For further information you can contact Dr. Huda Ayyash-Abdo via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TTCo offers leadership programs drawing on the power of Positive Psychology. TTCo’s leadership programs enable leaders, managers and professionals to deploy their strengths confidently, sustain and renew energy and build communities of engaged and committed employees. All programs are designed to inspire leaders to extend beyond ordinary success to develop workplaces of extraordinary performers.
Of TTCo’s six courses, ‘Positive Leadership’ is its flagship program teaching groundbreaking and proven techniques to new and experienced leaders. Positive Leadership brings together Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence and a scientifically based approach to Mindfulness in a series of seminars, retreats, learning circles, community leadership contributions and individual coaching over a period of 8 months. The program’s innovative methodology is challenging, transformational and rewarding. Applying the lessons learned in the Positive Leadership Program will be the genesis for leaders to rethink and address demanding business challenges with renewed energy, clarity and focus.
All of TTCo’s leadership programs feature validated research, innovative methodologies and practical tools and interventions that can be applied immediately.
Other course include:
• Leadership Strategies for Extraordinary Performance
• Positive Leadership Coaching
• Extraordinary Executive Teams
• Coaching Leaders Program
University of Sydney
University of Sydney offers its students the possibility to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. The programme mixes a rigorous theoretical foundation with practical applications. You’ll learn about the history and development of the discipline, the research methods used in this field, and maybe most important, after finishing the course you’ll be able to apply positive psychology principles within coaching, consulting or health-related situations. Moreover the University of Sydney offers several courses in Positive Psychology.
The Philosophy of Happiness (PHIL2647) will discuss the definition of happiness from a philosophical point of view. The answers of several major thinkers from ancient and modern and eastern and western traditions will be evaluated. Also, current psychological research will be taken into account for finding the basis of happiness and possible answers about how to live well.
The Langley Group Institute runs a Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand (and Canada, United States, Netherlands and UK.
Offering seven self paced and flexible modules, the curriculum fits in with daily classroom activities and caters for children aged 5 – 12 years. Students learn about their emotions and how their positive and negative interactions impact themselves and others, and lessons and activities provide opportunities to experience the addictive “feel good” emotions that flood the brain when acting kindly.
The curriculum is designed to become an integral part of academic development, so it assures that kindness is modeled and explicitly taught in the same direct and deliberate way as mathematics and reading. Lessons and activities are aimed at the classroom, home and community, so that the program not only directly impacts students, it also involves and benefits teachers, parents, and the larger community as well. Watch Ripple Kindness’ Youtube Video
University of Melbourne
The Master’s course offered here intends to provide the attending students with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently utilize positive psychology principles. The course emphasizes critical thinking and promotes scientific methods, while empirical research is evaluated in order to find best-practice processes.
The course focuses on engaging the students in a variety of both theoretical and applied tasks, involving them in multiple learning tools such as debates, case studies, journaling, and role plays, as well as encouraging them to apply what they learn to their own daily activities.
At the end of this Master of Applied Positive Psychology, students will possess a solid sense of professional integrity and the necessary knowledge to successfully apply positive psychology.
For more info on this course, visit the University of Melbourne‘s website.
University of Sydney
University of Sydney offers its students the possibility to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. The programme mixes a rigorous theoretical foundation with practical applications.
You’ll learn about the history and development of the discipline, the research methods used in this field, and maybe most important, after finishing the course you’ll be able to apply positive psychology principles within coaching, consulting or health-related situations.
Positive Psychology Institute
The themes of the workshops are:
- ‘A One Day Certificate in Positive Education – Research and Best Practice Applications’ (informs the participants of current research and best practices in the field)
- ‘Positive Psychology in Everyday Life’ (experiential personal-development workshop whose purpose is to assist you in creating a flourishing life)
- ‘Positive Relationships – How to have happy, healthy and fulfilling connections’ (assists you in improving the important relationships in your life – either romantic or otherwise)
- ‘Realise Your Resolutions – How to set and achieve your goals in 2013’ (experiential workshop projected to assist you in setting and accomplishing you goals for the new year)
- ‘Positive Ageing: What to do now to ensure you’re still flourishing then (half-day seminar)’ (main topics: vitality and health; meaning and purpose; social connection and relationships; dementia risk reduction; and resilience).
The Positive Psychology Foundation (South Africa)
The course “How to THRIVE” uses knowledge from the field of Positive Psychology, Motivational Theory and strategies from other fields and research to help you find ways to develop and flourish in live. The workshop is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to discover new positive ways of living and getting energy for everyday life. New insights are given to find ways for good experiences and success in different areas of your life.
How to find and appreciate pleasurable actions and how to deal with negative feelings and emotions, discovering personal strengths and improving your interactions to other people who surround you – a variety of interesting topics will be addressed to improve your life. For information subscription send an email to email@example.com.
VIA Institute on Character (online)
The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. The idea behind the work of the Institute was set by Martin Seligman and Neal Mayerson who were looking for general and universal definitions of “positive individual traits” in association with Positive Psychology. Nowadays, the VIA Classification of character strengths and virtues and the VIA Survey are known and widely used by researchers. Several courses are offered by the VIA Institute:
- Character Strengths at Work: Using strengths to engage employees, clients and students
- Character Strengths at Work – Part 2: Advanced Practice
- Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP)
- Personalized character strengths coaching
- Developing Effective Teams: Using strengths to improve engagement, performance and satisfaction
The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Happy@Work
The course is very flexible, since each class lasts only 60-90 minutes and you can take it at any time during the five-week online course. It is entirely up to you to decide the level of dedication towards the course, since there are no grades, nor any homework evaluations. At the end, when all lessons are completed, you will receive a certificate of completion.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong proudly present to you the first online positive psychology programme tailored for working population in Hong Kong. Funded by the Food and Health Bureau, the programme consists of four sessions, 15 to 30 minutes each. Participants can log in and practise anytime anywhere once a week. And you will find the difference in yourself! Continue>>>
The Whole Being Institute
If you’re looking for a shorter, more focused course, then Tal Ben Shahar’s Introduction to Positive Psychology Course online course might be for you. During this 5-week course, you will understand the basic principles of positive psychology, how to benefit from expressing gratitude and accepting your own and others’ emotions, and how to maintain such changes, eventually transforming them into positive habits.
The course is very flexible, since each class lasts only 60-90 minutes and you can take it at any time during the five-week online course. It is entirely up to you to decide the level of dedication towards the course, since there are no grades, nor any homework evaluations. At the end, when all lessons are completed, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Positive Psychology Training (.co.uk)
Positive Psychology Training offers a series of short courses in this field, which are recommended for both personal and professional growth. The courses can be held in your firm, molded to your organization’s needs.
The options are varied and you can find a course or workshop on almost every particular field you’re interested in: Positive Psychology Masterclass, Happiness Workshops, Positive Psychology at work, Positive Psychology Online, Resilience for the Recession, Positive Leadership Masterclass.
The content of each of these courses will be delivered to you through personal coaching sessions.
If you want to reach a basic understanding of the science of positive psychology and happiness and how it impacts the health and well-being, this online course might be a good option.
At the end of the course, you will be able to: distinguish between myth and fact for happiness and well-being factors (based on research), analyse core concepts of this field like: ‘happiness and well-being’, ‘optimal experience and flow’, ’character strengths and virtues’, ‘learned optimism’, ‘resilience’, ‘mindfulness’, ’kindness’ and ‘gratitude’. You’ll also learn how to apply the PERMA (Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement) Theory of Psychological Well-being.
Zone Positive comes with an online course whose aim is to explore the findings and applications of positive psychology.
You can access this course if you’re interested in actualizing your potential, increasing your productivity and enhancing your overall sense of meaning and fulfillment in life using positive psychology.
Each course consists of an online video (about 60-75 minutes) and you can put it on pause every time you need to do the practical exercises. The price of a course is $58, but there are also some free videos available.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven makes available an online course on ‘Counseling and Coaching in Existential Well-being’.
You’ll be taught to concentrate on physical, social, and personal values, like health, strength, happiness, success, power, belonging, love, integrity, freedom, authenticity, truth, and wisdom, which will help you to obtain the well-being and satisfaction in life.
The whole course extends to about a year. Each participant will decide how to organize the monthly 20 hours of studying period.
University of Missouri
University of Missouri offers you the chance to obtain an Online Master’s Degree on Positive Coaching. This program is addressed to athletic coaches, classroom teachers, club and organization advisers, counselors and administrators and consists of 30 hours of online activity.
UCLA designed an online course, named ‘Happiness: Theory, Research, and Application in Positive Psychology’. During this course you’ll be introduced to the positive psychology theory through lectures, readings, papers, and in-class exercises.
You’ll find out that happiness can be measured and be trained to do that; you’ll learn about the factors which can determine you to become happy, about strengths and virtues, the role of positive emotions, relationships and resilience. The price for this course is $685 and it starts on 31 March 2014.
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International Positive Psychology Association
The ‘International Positive Psychology Association’ offers an alphabetized list of many universities whose faculties have positive psychology classes and also a list with positive psychology faculties.
These two lists are not comprehensive or entirely up do date, but contain a lot of useful information.
The Happiness Training Plan
‘The Happiness Training Plan’ is created by Dr Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar in the form of a self-help audio programme. Its aim is to enhance your level of happiness by using positive psychology techniques whose efficiency is already established. The audio programme is delivered as a CD, condensing a lot of interesting facts about positive psychology into 12 easy-to follow strategies. Each of these 12 strategies requires only about 5 minutes and it’s recommended to listen to the whole CD and after that, to practice only one, maximum two strategies at a time. The CD’s price is (only) £10.
The Science of Happiness
“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.
These courses will give you the theoretical ground in order for you to have a better understanding of how emotions works, but even better, they will teach you how to make changes in your life, family, organization or community. You’ll be able enjoy life more, to be more optimistic, happy and creative, thus improving your health. All you have to do is choose the kind of course that fits you the best and start on your path to happiness.
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