Positive Psychology: The Basics


If you are looking for writings that merely tell you to go sniff some flowers and think positively, this may not be the right choice for you. Rather, this course shows how positive psychology complements the traditional focus on pathology with the study of human strengths and virtues and the factors that contribute to a full and meaningful life. Using Seligman’s P.E.R.M.A. Model of Positive emotions, engagement, relationship, meaning, and achievement as a framework, it examines both the research and the theory that underpins it to show how individuals and communities flourish with a positive focus. You will be introduced to Frederickson’s Broaden and Build Theory, Seligman’s learned optimism and positive explanatory style, Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow, The Ripple Effect, and Wong’s P.U.R.E. model. The VIA Survey and Strengths Profile tools for measuring strengths are explained; they may be able to open heretofore closed doors for your clients.



Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: Distinguish between what positive psychology is and what it is not; explain the basic concepts upon which positive psychology is based, and the "side effects" of wellbeing; discuss the aspects of positive psychology that are encompassed in each leg of the P.E.R.M.A. model, including the Broaden and Build Theory, notions of flow, the Ripple Effect, and the P.U.R.E. Model; understand how explanatory style can increase the wellbeing of your clients; recite at least seven ways to create happy habits; name at least ten exercises to identify and develop virtues and strengths.




Level: 1

Duration (hrs): 3

Author: Dr Meg Carbonatto

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