Positive psychology is a branch of psychology focused on the character strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to build a life of meaning and purpose—to move beyond surviving to flourishing. Theorists and researchers in the field have sought to identify the elements of a good life. They have also proposed and tested practices for improving life satisfaction and well-being.
The term “positive psychology” is a broad one, encompassing a variety of techniques that encourage people to identify and further develop their own positive emotions, experiences, and character traits. In many ways, positive psychology builds on key tenets of humanistic psychology. Carl Rogers’ client-centered therapy, for example, was based on the theory that people could improve their lives by expressing their authentic selves. And Abraham Maslow identified traits of self-actualized people that are similar to the character strengths identified and used in some positive psychology interventions.
While there is plenty of overlap, positive psychology has been described as different from other areas of psychology due to its primary interest in identifying and building mental assets, as opposed to addressing weaknesses and problems. The core philosophy as a “build what’s strong” approach that can augment the “fix what’s wrong” approach of more traditional psychotherapy.
Practicing professionals, any degree holder interested in topic or students pursuing higher education.
The Format of the Diploma of Positive Psychology has been designed for busy professionals. The course consists of 4 core courses and a range of assessment activities. The six core modules run over six months in weekends and evenings. Some topics in the courses are delivered as intensive workshop and taught in blocks.The courses are facilitated by practioners and features practical applications of this science that students can put to use immediately to live a full and meaningful life