Thank you Luis Miguel Neto & Helena Águeda Marujo (coordinators of the EMAPP) for providing us with the following information about the great EMAPP program at Lisbon University, 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…).
In 2013, the 2nd edition was launched by Michael Steger, from Colorado State University, USA. During this couple of years, and throughout the 3 semesters, the course had, as international faculty or speakers, apart from the two mentioned professors, Antonella Delle Fave, Chiara Ruini and Luigino Bruni (Italy), Carmelo Vazquez, Begoña Larrauri, Valle Flores Lucas and Jesus Damián (Spain), Hans H. Knoop (Denmark), Ruut Veenhoven (Netherlands), Marié Wissing and Michael Temane (South Africa), Chris Kinman (Canada), Carol Ryff (USA), Ilona Boniwel (France), and Miriam Akhtar (UK).
The 12 modules of the course include the following 12 topics:
- Introduction to positive psychology;
- Research and Evaluation Processes in PP;
- PP at the individual level: well-being, happiness and positive emotions;
- Well-being and Society;
- Economy, Politics and happiness;
- Applied Positive Psychology;
- Positive Organizational Studies;
- Appreciative Inquiry and Solution Focus Approach;
- Virtues and Character Strengths;
- Resilience and Post-traumatic growth;
- Human flourishing: education, arts and humanities;
- Positive Nations and Communities.
The impact upon the Portuguese society of the final capstone projects has been very positive, with an array of works that are bringing empirically sounded innovations to corporations, schools, health centres, impoverish communities, and areas such as justice (juvenile delinquency and domestic violence), the elderly, minorities (dwarfs), sports, and discussions around moral and justice societies.
Some of the students have already published their work in national or international scientific journals, and presented in European and World congresses on positive psychology. The 3rd Edition of this Executive Master will open in September 2014 at ISCSP, Lisbon University.”
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