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Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology

6 weeks / 30 hours (5 hours per week)

This in an introductory course in positive psychology (the scientific study of psychological well-being and human flourishing) that will delve into what makes people optimistic, motivated and happy. You will examine the core concepts of positive psychology (PERMA, Flow, etc.) grounded in the scientific evidence of “Why?” You will also explore the practical knowledge and applications of “How?" positive psychology continues to contribute to thriving beings and organizations. By discussing the essential elements of happiness and well-being, approaches on optimism and pessimism will be explored and reframed. You will compare positive interventions and strategies to enhance positive emotions. The importance of health and physical wellness will be addressed as key components to well-being. You will be introduced to the capstone proposal project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand the basic concepts of evidence-based positive psychology theory and research.
  • Assess and explain how positive psychology practices can benefit the individual and communities.
  • Demonstrate a core understanding of positive emotions and its influence on well-being.
  • Differentiate between the ideologies of surviving and thriving.
  • Explore situations/contexts within your workplace to apply positive psychology practices.

“The majority of my clients come with addiction/substance abuse issues, depression, relationship difficulties and workplaces with a negative bias and helping them to see things differently is essential. I have kept a more balanced focus to look for different perspectives on what the clients bring. It helps to provide alternatives to focussing only on the problems brought by clients and fits well with CBT and other strategies in shifting thoughts and emotions.”

Patricia Davies, Private practice specializing in addictions, trauma and lifestyle change

Take this Module as a Stand-Alone Course

Date offered: Jan. 29 to March 9, 2018.

This course is the first module of the Certificate in Positive Psychology, and it can be taken as a stand-alone course. If after completing the course you’d like to continue on with the certificate, you may do so (subject to space availability).

Learning Online

Laurier uses MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn to deliver each module. The course is delivered using MyLearningSpace in an asynchronous mode and is evaluated using a pass/fail grading system. You should be prepared to devote 6-10 hours per week for the completion of all readings, assignments, posts, etc.

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As a student in the Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology course, you will receive a year’s membership with the Positive Psychology Toolkit (the most comprehensive positive psychology resource available) – a $288 value.


Registration is now open for our winter session.

The cost of Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology is $995. 

Laurier alumni, current students and employees, as well as seniors, are eligible for a $95 discount. Email to receive your discount code. You must receive and input your new discount code before proceeding to the payment page to be eligible for the discount; the discount cannot be processed after payment is made.

Are you registering 5 or more employees? Receive a $95 discount per registrant: email to receive your discount code before making your payment.


Signature and Character Strengths

4 weeks / 20 hours (5 hours per week)

The second module will distinguish the differences between signature strengths and character strengths. It will describe how each can be used to increase self-confidence and resourcefulness. Various strength-based tools (such as VIA) will be utilized to identify core attributes that enhance individual pliancy. Strength-building exercises and activities will be demonstrated to encourage the use of character strengths to enhance well-being and encourage positive performance at work. You will begin to identify and define your capstone proposal project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Distinguish and differentiate between signature and character strengths.
  • Experience and apply evidence-based strength building tools and exercises.
  • Identify and define a workplace problem to address as your capstone project.


4 weeks / 20 hours (5 hours per week)

The third module will examine the research and practices of mindfulness and its relationship to engagement. Topics will include a variety of definitions, approaches and research surrounding mindfulness. Further examination and exploration will build upon the influence of meaning on well-being and applied interventions for boosting meaning and engagement. Discussions will include the correlation of mindfulness, meaning and engagement with over-all well-being. You will continue to build and integrate learning towards your capstone proposal project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize and relate the basic concepts of mindfulness, meaning and engagement to well-being.
  • Examine the research about the various definitions, approaches and influence of mindfulness.
  • Understand how meaning and engagement relate to a sense of life purpose.
  • Construct an approach and strategy towards the capstone problem.

Quality Connections

4 weeks / 20 hours (5 hours per week)

The fourth module will examine the influence of positive relationships. Discussions surrounding the need for high-quality connections at work and home will include topics such as trust, empathy, belonging and vulnerability. Components of appreciative inquiry will be used to demonstrate the significance of creating and sustaining positive ties, relationships and resources to reinforce positive mechanisms as individuals, professionals and as a community. You will continue developing and elaborating on your capstone proposal project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Interpret and summarize research findings of the influence of relationships on well-being.
  • Explore and critically compare a variety of relationship boosting interventions.
  • Experience and practice components of the appreciative inquiry process.

A Pathway for Resilience: Growth Mindset

5 weeks / 25 hours (5 hours per week)

The final module will define and describe growth mindset. It will distinguish between the influences of fixed mindset and growth mindset. Discussions will include strategies on how to develop and sustain growth mindset. Applications to transform thinking patterns to encourage environments promoting growth mindsets and its relationship towards increasing one's resilience will also be explored. You will finalize and conclude the program with submission of your capstone proposal project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Define and differentiate between fixed mindset and growth mindset.
  • Connect and select best suited positive psychology practices to develop and sustain growth mindset into personal and professional contexts.
  • Integrate various positive psychology applications into the workplace as demonstrated through submission of the final capstone project.


Positive psychology uses scientific research to understand how we can shift our emotions and thinking from a neutral state to a more positive, flourishing state. It is not an alternate method of treating psychological disorders or mental illness. The Positive Psychology Certificate, offered through the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being, seeks to help students learn how positive psychology principles are used to build resilience, manage emotions and deal with stress, and promote life satisfaction and well-being. The certificate does not provide graduates the authority to practice psychology, offer psychological services, or use the word "psychologist" or "positive psychology" in their title or as part of services they may offer.

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