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Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology

Six weeks / 42 contact hours (seven contact hours per week)

This is 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 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.

This course is the first module of the Certificate in Positive Psychology, and it can be taken as a stand-alone course. Anyone who completes this course as a stand-alone course will receive a Certificate of Completion.  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 seven to 10 hours per week for the completion of all readings, assignments, posts, etc.

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Registration

Registration is now open for our fall 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 cpsw@wlu.ca 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 five or more employees? Receive a $95 discount per registrant: email cpsw@wlu.ca to receive your discount code before making your payment.

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Signature and Character Strengths

Four weeks / 28 contact hours (seven contact hours per week)

The highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using our signature strengths” - Dr. Martin Seligman.

The second module will support learners in developing a clear understanding of their strengths and practical application to life. The learning will focus on building strengths awareness, strength spotting and the benefit of bringing a strength-based approach into relationships. It will also explore the role of flow and strength-based leadership in the workplace.  This learning will illuminate how strength use improves productivity, resilience and wellbeing.  Learners will use tools such as the VIA Total 24 Character Strengths Report, a tool to explore the overuse of strengths and the strength wheel to develop a deeper understanding of self and others. Strength-building exercises and activities will be used to encourage the application of character strengths to enhance well-being and build positive performance. During this module, learners will also begin to identify and define their capstone project.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Develop strengths awareness and the ability to spot strengths in others.
  • Identify the overuse of strengths during times of stress.
  • Develop strategies to apply a strength-based approach at work and home.
  • Experience and apply evidence-based strength building tools and exercises.
  • Understand and discuss how strengths enables individual and collective growth.

Self-Care

Four weeks / 28 contact hours (seven contact hours per week)

The third module in the Positive Psychology Certificate program 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

Four weeks / 28 contact hours (seven contact hours per week)

A growing body of research is illuminating the importance of positive social connections to cultivate critical resources that foster creativity, resilience and citizenship behaviour (Dutton & Heaphy, 2003).  The fourth module in the Positive Psychology Certificate program will examine the influence of positive relationships in one’s life. The module will explore how high-quality connection create a sense of trust, empathy, belonging and vulnerability. Learners will also examine the role of appreciative inquiry and emotional intelligence in fostering positive relationships in all facets of life. We will study these areas from an individual and systems perspective. Learners will leave this module will a deeper appreciation of the role high quality connections and positive relationships play in fostering wellbeing, resilience and productivity. Learners will continue developing and elaborating their 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 the role of appreciative inquiry and emotional intelligence in fostering quality connections.
  • Engage in and critically compare a variety of relationship boosting interventions.
  • Understand the research and application of high-quality connections in all facets of life.

A Pathway for Resilience: Growth Mindset

Five weeks / 28 contact hours (seven contact hours per week for the first four weeks)

The final module in the Positive Psychology Certificate program 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. In the fifth week 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.

Co-creating a Strength-Based Culture

Three weeks / 15 contact hours (five contact hours per week)

The third module in the Positive Education Certificate program will examine how to effectively use character strength research and interventions to enhance educational environments. Discussions will centralize around to effectively support others in leveraging their strengths through language to promote the best in learning and well-being. You will begin to build and integrate learning towards your capstone implementation plan. An introduction to Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to organizational change will help support the facilitation and execution of your implementation plans.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize how affirmative language changes conversations.
  • Understand how to maximize and leverage individual and collective strengths.
  • Construct an approach and strategy towards the capstone implementation plan.
  • Integrate Appreciative Inquiry as a complementary process to support the execution of the implementation plans.

Embedding the Promotion of Well-Being into Education

Three weeks / 15 contact hours (five contact hours per week)

The fourth and final module in the Positive Education Certificate program will examine the influence of positive education on student and organizational outcomes. Discussions will include the examination of successful case studies and examples of positive education in action. Participants will explore and develop ways of creatively integrating positive education strategies and interventions into their day-today routines. You will continue elaborating and finalizing your capstone implementation plan.

Learning Objectives

Through this course you will be able to:

  • Interpret and summarize findings of positive education case studies and outcomes.
  • Explore and critically compare a variety of strength-finding and boosting interventions.
  • Creatively integrate, experience and practice exercises to promote well-being in self and others.
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