Positive Psychology Courses: A List of 50+ Educational Opportunities

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It is with great pleasure that we share a comprehensive list of online positive psychology courses, workshops, training, webinars, graduate programs, audiotapes, and MOOCs.

We also include the renowned Master of Applied Positive Psychology course brought to you by many universities, organizations, and professionals from around the globe.

We appreciate that there are so many people who would like to know where to study positive psychology, and we love sharing information on where you can learn positive psychology the right way.

Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Positive Psychology Exercises for free. These science-based exercises will explore fundamental aspects of positive psychology including strengths, values, and self-compassion, and will give you the tools to enhance the wellbeing of your clients, students, or employees.

Online Learning

The best way to start this industrious list is to include the options that are globally accessible. Online learning via online platforms has numerous benefits, some of which include self-paced courses, flexible schedules, access to highly skilled lecturers, and very accessible and open channels of communication.

With that in mind, the first course is highly-acclaimed and presented by one of those highly skilled lecturers.


Mindfulness X©

Mindfulness X© is a complete, 8-session mindfulness training template for professionals. It includes everything you need to deliver high-quality mindfulness training. To meet the rising demand for mindfulness training, and help more people experience the powerful effects of mindfulness, Dr. Alberts decided to teach other practitioners to deliver Mindfulness X.

Mindfulness X© is a complete mindfulness training package for practitioners who want to infuse their coaching, therapy, or teaching with mindfulness. It allows you to personalize a demonstrated, science-based, 8-session mindfulness training and use it to inspire the lives of your clients and students.

It is used and recommended by therapists, coaches, trainers, psychologists, healthcare professionals, HR managers and facilitators.

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Emotional Intelligence Masterclass©

A brilliant course to attend, the Emotional Intelligence Masterclass© will equip you to become an Emotional Intelligence Expert who helps others understand and use their emotions in life-enriching ways.

If you are passionate about helping others improve their lives in meaningful ways, this masterclass is for you because you will master the six most important pillars of emotional intelligence and learn to explain and implement them.

This six-module course is designed to help professionals and is completely science-based.

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Realizing Resilience Masterclass©

Mastering resilience will not only benefit you for the remainder of your life, but being able to teach others how to realize their resilience is a coveted skill to have. If you are passionate about helping others deal with life’s challenges in a more resilient way, this masterclass is for you.

The Realizing Resilience© masterclass consists of 6 modules covering subjects such as positive psychology, motivation, thoughts and actions. The benefits of improving your resilience include: better developed mental health, increased subjective well‐being, enhanced psychosocial functioning, and improved performance in the workplace.

Visit the Realizing Resilience Masterclass©.


Meaning & Valued Living©

The Meaning & Valued Living Coaching Masterclass is an online program for therapists, psychologists, counselors, coaches, and practitioners who want to help their clients find meaning and discover their values.

With increasing rates of depression, substance misuse, suicide, divorce rate, and burnout around the world, feelings of isolation and meaninglessness are more pervasive than ever. To better help clients, patients, students, and employees struggling with these issues, this course will show you how to help your clients find meaning and discover their values, connecting them to their ‘why’ so that they can bear any ‘how’.

As mentioned by a business owner who attended the course “..this knowledge will help to create an atmosphere at the workplace that will allow everyone to experience more meaning and feel more fulfilled at the end of the day.”

Visit the Meaning & Valued Living Masterclass©.


Positive Relationships Masterclass©

The objective of this valuable course is to help others build positive relationships that greatly increase life satisfaction and mental wellbeing in a science-based way. The Positive Relationships Masterclass© is a complete package for anyone who wants to deliver high-quality training and coaching aimed at improving relationships.

This course is an online, fully- comprehensive, science-backed, six-module professional development package created especially for practitioners

Visit the Positive Relationships Masterclass©.


The Science of Self-Acceptance

This coaching masterclass offers essential insights and practical tools for building a healthy, self-accepting relationship with the self. In this course, you will learn how to build a lasting sense of being good enough, regardless of failures, meeting external standards, or gaining approval from others.

The Science of Self-acceptance Masterclass introduces a new, science-based method for understanding and applying positive psychology. Using this method, you will learn and practice the essential skills that practitioners need to effectively help people to create a more accepting and satisfying relationship with themselves.

Visit The Science of Self-Acceptance Masterclass©.


The Flourishing Center (Online Track)

The Flourishing Center (Online Track)

If you want to obtain a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, you can enroll in a course at the Flourishing Center. The 9 month-long course is structured in 6 modules: positivity, engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement and vitality.

This online version of the on-site 6 months program is especially for students from outside of the USA and Canada.

  • Where:  Online.
  • Dates: Several dates.
  • Duration: 9 months.
  • Price: $4,500– $4,800.

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VIA Institute on Character

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The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. The idea behind the work of the Institute came from Martin Seligman and Neal Mayerson who were looking for general and universal definitions of “positive individual traits” in association with Positive Psychology.

Nowadays, the VIA Classification of character strengths and virtues and the VIA Survey are known and widely used by researchers. Several courses are offered by the VIA Institute:

  • Character Strengths at Work: Using strengths to engage employees, clients, and students
  • Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) (also intensive version)
  • Personalized character strengths coaching
  • Developing Effective Teams: Using strengths to improve engagement, performance, and satisfaction
  • Creating a Strengths-Based Life
  • Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice + Learning to Lead MBSP
  • Positive Relationships and Character Strengths


  • Where: Online.
  • Prices: Several.

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Good think logo, broadcasting happinessPositive Psychology Practitioner Certificate

The Positive Psychology Practitioner Certificate (PPPC) is the first course in the history of positive psychology that brings together all of the big names of the field: Barbara Fredrickson teaches Positive Emotions, Lea Waters teaches Positive Education, Ryan Niemiec teaches Strengths, Matthieu Ricard teaches compassion and altruism, Sonja Lyubomirsky teaches Happiness, James and Suzie Pawelski teach Positive Relationships, Suzy Green teaches Positive Coaching, and the list goes on.

The PPPC is taught online, with both recorded and live sessions. It is an applied course, providing you with the tools to offer high-quality positive psychology activities. The course is running through the School of Positive Transformation which is fully accredited by the CPD and upon completion, you will receive a formal certificate of a Positive Psychology Practitioner.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Several Dates.
  • Duration: 12 Months.
  • Price: Several Prices.

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Good think logo, broadcasting happinessBroadcasting Happiness

This eClass covers the science of positive leadership. Subjects such as positive communication, resilience, dealing with negative people and a positive culture are discussed.

The eClass consists of online video lectures and resources in combination with the Broadcasting Happiness book by Michelle Gielan. The course ends with a final call with Michelle herself.

  • Where: Online.
  • Price: Class fee $49 & book: $17,90.

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The Wholebeing Institute

The Whole Being Institute

If you’re looking for a shorter, more focused course, then Tal Ben Shahar’s Introduction to Positive Psychology Course online course might be for you.

During this 5-week course, you will understand the basic principles of positive psychology, how to benefit from expressing gratitude and accepting your own and others’ emotions, and how to maintain such changes, eventually transforming them into positive habits.

The course is very flexible since each class lasts only 60-90 minutes and you can take it at any time during the five-week online course. It is entirely up to you to decide the level of dedication towards the course since there are no grades, nor any homework evaluations. At the end, when all lessons are completed, you will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Anytime.
  • Duration: 5 weeks.
  • Price: $395.

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Positive Psychology Foundations: 8 live webinars from May – June

positive psychology trainingThis course is especially for professionals who want to add positive psychology to their practice or anyone who wants to work on his/her personal development.

Miriam Akhtar & Chris Johnstone lead the 8 live webinars that cover the most important elements of positive psychology, building on Martin Seligman’s PERMA theory of well-being. In addition to the webinars, participants get access to an online resource of videos, articles, handouts and discussion forums.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates May – June.
  • Duration: 8 weeks.
  • Price: € 332.

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RMIT University

RMIT University positive psychologyRMIT University offers an online course on the ‘Happiness and Positive Psychology’, coordinated by Dr. Lydia Ievleva. If you want to reach a basic understanding of the science of positive psychology and happiness and how it impacts the health and well-being, this online course might be a good option.

At the end of the course, you will be able to: distinguish between myth and fact for happiness and well-being factors (based on research), analyze core concepts of this field like: ‘happiness and well-being’, ‘optimal experience and flow’, ’character strengths and virtues’, ‘learned optimism’, ‘resilience’, ‘mindfulness’, ’kindness’ and ‘gratitude’.

You’ll also learn how to apply the PERMA (Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Achievement) Theory of Psychological Well-being.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Yet to be announced.
  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Price(full postgraduate fee).

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Greater Good Science LogoThe Science of Happiness (free)

The Greater Good Center launched this free happiness course in 2014 and since then over 450,000 students have registered. In this course, the roots of a happy and meaningful life are explored through science and practice.

Discover how cutting-edge research can be applied to your own life. It is also possible to follow the course and get a certificate of verification or CE credit hours, but then there is a fee. The course exists of video lectures and ‘homework’ that can be done online and at your own pace.

  • WhereOnline.
  • DatesAnytime.
  • Duration: 8-week course (but 6 months to complete).
  • PriceFree of charge (certificate $169, CE credits: 6 hours: $99, 16 hours: $199).

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Counseling and Coaching in Existential Wellbeing (free)

katholieke universiteit leuvenKatholieke Universiteit Leuven has an online course on ‘Counseling and Coaching in existential wellbeing’ available.

You’ll be taught to concentrate on physical, social, and personal values, like health, strength, happiness, success, power, belonging, love, integrity, freedom, authenticity, truth, and wisdom, which will help you to obtain the well-being and satisfaction in life.

The whole course extends to about a year. Each participant will decide how to organize the monthly 20 hours of studying period.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Anytime.
  • Duration: 12 weeks (6-8 hours per week).
  • Price: Free of charge. (certificate $49).

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University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri offers you the chance to obtain an Online Master’s Degree in Positive Coaching. This 30-credit hour program is perfect for athletic coaches, classroom teachers, club and organization advisors, counselors and administrators.

The courses are spread over the different semesters, so the order will depend on your start date.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Start in August, January, June.
  • Duration: Full-time: one year / part-time: 2,5 years (own pace).
  • Price: $12,494.70.

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MU also offers a 15-credit hour Online Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology. This program emphasizes applied interventions and theory in building thriving individuals, families, communities, and organizations.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Start in August, January, June.
  • Duration: Max. 2 years (own pace).
  • Price: $6,247.35.

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UCLA Extension

ucla extension positive psychology course

UCLA designed an online course, named ‘Happiness: Theory, Research, and Application in Positive Psychology’. During this course, you’ll be introduced to the positive psychology theory through lectures, readings, papers, and in-class exercises.

You’ll find out that happiness can be measured and you’ll be trained to do that; you’ll learn about the factors which can determine you to become happy, strengths and virtues, the role of positive emotions and relationships + resilience.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: 2019 Enrollment Closed; 2020 Dates To Be Announced.
  • Duration: 11 weeks.
  • Price: Currently starting at $795.

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Profit from the Positive Certificate Program

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This program is led by Margaret Greenberg, co-author of Profit from the Positive. This certificate program is for coaches, managers, and consultants who are interested in leadership and engagement content and in how they can also apply positive psychology to their team or organization.

The program includes access to editable PowerPoints and worksheets, which you can customize for your own internal employees or external clients for no fee.

The online classes run over a five-week period, twice per week for 90 minutes each.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Programs are held once per quarter.
  • Duration: 5 weeks.
  • Price: $1,495 USD.

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The Pursuit of Happiness: Bringing the Science of Happiness to Life

the pursuit of happiness ppp

This online certificate program is a three-week course that concludes two live webinars, practical assignments, online discussions and a certification of completion.

The key topics are causes of happiness, fighting depression, a definition of happiness and so on.

  • Where: Online.
  • Duration: 3 weeks.
  • Price: $295 USD (early bird: $245).

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zur institute logoZur Institute: Certificate Program in Positive Psychology

Zur Institute gives you a chance to obtain a certificate in positive psychology.

This program includes courses about the foundation of positive psychology, the new science of happiness, aging, positive cinema and the pros and cons of positive psychology. You can also purchase these courses separately.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Anytime.
  • Duration: Max 3 years (own pace).
  • Price: $234.00.

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School of Coaching Mastery

school of coaching mastery

School of Coaching Mastery is offering the chance to obtain a Positive Psychology Certificate.

This is an 8 hours online course for coaches who are interested in learning more about coaching and positive psychology.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Several dates.
  • Duration: 4 weeks.
  • Price: $595USD.

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Salt Lake Community College

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Salt Lake Community College offers a program in Positive Psychology. You can get a certificate if you complete 5 out of the 10 courses they offer.

In general, this program is about how positive psychology can be applied to personal life and the workplace. For instance, you can follow the course ‘Coping with Challenging People, Enhancing Happiness and Life or Positive Psychology and Change’.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Anytime.

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CQUniversity (Australia)


The Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology course at CQUniversity aims to teach how applying positive psychology strategies can improve the mental health of a society. This course includes topics about positive emotions, relationships, optimism and well-being and resilience of groups, organizations, and individuals.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor degree.
  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: March or July.
  • Duration: full-time: 0.5 year/ part-time: 1 year.
  • Price: Fee differs per enrollment.


Cape Breton University (Canada)

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PSYC3303: Positive Psychology is an open online course offered by Cape Breton University.

This course material covers how to live well and explores exercises that enhance well-being. The instructor is Dr. Peter MacIntyre.

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Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)

Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy (online, Canada)

Laurier’s fully online program is the only Certificate in Positive Psychology offered by a Canadian University. Learn how the scientific research and applied interventions of positive psychology can be used to increase your capacity for resilience, optimism, and health.

Resources include Signature and Character Strengths reports, membership to the Positive Psychology Toolkit© and the International Positive Psychology Association, as well as other online resources.

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Laurier also offers a Certificate in Positive Education. This online module offers the knowledge and skills to effectively support students and institutions to thrive.

Theoretical and practical approaches in resilience, optimism, and well-being are combined. Participants will explore their individual and collective strengths in order to gain an in-depth understanding of how to optimize their organizational culture and to maximize their teaching and learning potential.

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  • Where: Online learning.
  • Dates: September – May.
  • Duration: 10 months.
  • Price: $3,875 CAD.


Colorado State University (USA)


PSY 300 Positive Psychology aims to give more information about the research and theory of positive psychology.

The course includes topics such as strengths, happiness, flourishing, meaning and well-being.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: 2020 Dates to be Announced
  • Duration: 16 weeks.
  • Price: $1,368.

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university of north carolina chapel hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a positive psychology course online through Coursera.

Discussed are the most recent research findings in the field of positive psychology by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. Practical applications are offered so that participants can immediately put the material to use and live a full and meaningful life.

  • Where: Online.
  • DatesAnytime.
  • Duration:6 weeks.
  • Price: Depends on your course subscription.

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North America

The Flourishing Center (Multiple locations, USA, Canada & Online)

The Flourishing Center (Multiple locations, USA, Canada & Online)

If you want to obtain a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, you can enroll in a course at the Flourishing Center (located in 12 cities across the US and Canada, as well as online).

This 240-hour, 6-month training program (or 9-months for the online version) is designed around the model of Flourishing developed by Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology, and enhanced with an added emphasis on physical well-being.

It consists of six modules focusing on increasing Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement and Vitality (PERMA-V™). Graduates integrate and enhance their personal and professional lives through their structured training in flourishing and measurably build their well-being.

Practitioners get slides, worksheets, audio materials, videos and lots of materials to repurpose in the application of PP. CAPP grads can participate in continued education and be trained as coaches, facilitators, and trainers.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: USA, Canada, online.
  • Dates: Several dates.
  • Duration: 6 months or 9 months.
  • Price: $5,995 – $6,495.

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LIFE University (USA)

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LIFE offers a Master’s degree program in Positive Psychology with three tracks: Coaching Psychology, General and Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science.

At LIFE, psychology students study virtues and mindsets year-round, uniquely specializing in both the key theoretical understanding and core skills necessary for professional coaching, as well as training in contemplative science, contemplative studies and contemplative psychology, such as mindfulness meditation and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT).

1. Coaching Psychology:

  • Where: Online & in-person.
  • Dates: Beginning of each quarter.
  • Duration: Three online quarters, with three in-person, quarterly residences.

2. General:

  • Where: Online/in-person. 
  • Dates: Beginning of each quarter.
  • Duration: Three online quarters, with three in-person, quarterly residences.

3. Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science:

  • Where: In-person.
  • Dates: Beginning of each quarter.
  • Duration: Seven face-to-face quarters, including one week-long residential retreat typically taking place in the Summer quarter at the end of the first year in the program.
  • Pricing: Visit here.
  • Entry requirementsVisit here.

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University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)

University of Pennsylvania MAPP

The University of Pennsylvania offers a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, during which you will learn to apply the principles of positive psychology to your professional life. This program can also prepare you for advanced studies (PhD., M.D., J.D.).

The MAPP program gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with a vibrant community of intelligent and well-prepared people, who share your interest in this field of study.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor Degree.
  • Where: Philadelphia (low-residency format).
  • Dates: Apply before March for Fall Admission
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Price:$28,024.

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Claremont Graduate University (CA, USA)

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Claremont Graduate University was the first university in the Western United States that offered a Ph.D. and an MA program focused on positive psychology. A ‘Quality of Life Research’ was founded in 1999, making way for research on a large number of topics related to positive psychology.

Nowadays, Claremont has several MAPP Programs in Positive Psychology: Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation, Positive Health Psychology, Positive Organizational Psychology, and Evaluation. Also, there are two Ph.D. programs: Positive Developmental Psychology and Positive Organizational Psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor Degree.
  • WhereClaremont, USA.
  • Dates, Duration & Price: Differ per program.

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School of Coaching Mastery (Online, USA)

school of coaching mastery The Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program is an ICF-Accredited distance-training that prepares new and experienced coaches for professional careers in positive psychology coaching.

Students also receive assistance in building their businesses. Graduates go on to successfully practice executive coaching, life coaching, wellness coaching, business coaching, speech coaching, and other coaching specialties.

This flexible program has three levels and typically takes six months to two years to complete, depending on the level the student has chosen to join. Our goal is to help you become the best coach possible and have a thriving business. Live classes are small, interactive, and fun; students come from virtually every continent, and new classes start every month.

  • Entry Requirement: None for beginners, Advanced placement requirements vary.
  • Where: Online, USA.
  • Dates: New classes start every month.
  • Duration: Six months to two years, depending on the level.
  • Price: $2,700 to 8,100USD.

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new york open center

New York Open Center (NY, USA)

The New York Open Center offers many (short) programs and seminars in diverse subjects in positive psychology.

Their vision is to create positive transformation in individuals and in the world by offering holistically-based educational programs.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: New York.
  • Dates, Duration & Price: Differ per program.

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Brown University (RI, USA)

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Brown University offers a summer course called Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness.

Topics include mindfulness, happiness, love, creativity, happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, goal setting, love, achievement, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and humor.

The course will focus on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life.

If you have ever wondered what the secrets of happiness are, this is your chance to learn some ways to increase your own levels of happiness. This will be accomplished through lectures, class discussions of relevant topics, small projects, and in-class activities. Assignments include readings, a short written review, quizzes, and small group projects.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Brown University.
  • Dates: July – August.
  • Duration: 2 weeks.
  • Price: Commuter: $3,023 / Residential: $4,191.

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Wilfrid Laurier University (online, Canada)

Wilfrid Laurier University (online, Canada)

Wilfrid Laurier University offers two certificates specific to the scientific evidence and applied interventions of positive psychology: Certificate in Positive Psychology & Certificate in Positive Education.

These certificates explore evidence-based best practices, supporting positive mental health and well-being in workplaces, educational settings and for personal growth and resilience.

Graduates of the certificates will use validated measures of well-being and tested interventions to promote optimal learning and flourishing environments. Activities, assignments and a capstone project help participants apply the different concepts and strategies to their own settings.

The two certificates share the first two modules before splitting into the two streams. The Positive Psychology Certificate is a 23-week program while the Positive Education Certificate is a total of 16 weeks.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Modules start in January and September.
  • Duration: 16/ 23 weeks.
  • Price: $3,875 CAD.

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The Graduate Institute (CT, USA)

the graduate instituteThe Graduate Institute offers a certificate in Positive Psychology, Emotional Wellbeing & Happiness. The goal of this program is to create happier and healthier individuals so that they can contribute to the co-creation of healthier organizations and communities.

The content of the course focuses on qualities like self-awareness, interpersonal awareness, emotional intelligence, resilience, courage, self-esteem, optimism, and wisdom, etc. At the same time, it tries to integrate both positive psychology and a holistic perspective.

  • Entry Requirement: / (For credit: Bachelor Degree with 2.5 or higher).
  • Where: Bethany, USA.
  • Dates: July.
  • Duration: / Price:  $5,481.

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South & Latin America

International Applied Positive Psychology (IAPP) (Chile)

celappa The Latin American Center of Applied Positive Psychology (Celappa, in its Spanish abbreviation) offers a postgraduate course in Applied Positive Psychology.

Celappa is an academic entity founded in Chile with the purpose of providing professional advisory services, research and education within the educational, organizational, clinical and sports areas. The requirements for the course is to have graduated with a degree in Social sciences, Education, or Health. The course is taught in Spanish.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor Degree in Social sciences, Education or Health.
  • Where: Hotel Casino De Talca.
  • Dates: Two days a month on Friday and Saturday.
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Price: 990,000 (Registration 150,000).

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The Brazilian Institute Positive Psychology (BRIPP)

instituto brasileiro psicologia positivaThe Brazilian Institute Positive Psychology (BRIPP) aims to spread positive psychology in theory and practice through creating accessible and relevant content, providing expert education and professional training.

The services include Positive Coaching, Consulting, Leadership Development, Positive Education, Parental Training, access to positive films and media and a monthly study group.

  • Where: Onsite/ online.
  • Dates: TBA
  • Location and Price: Different locations and pricing.


Instituto de Bienestar Integral & Wholebeing Institute (Mexico)

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Instituto de Blenestar Integral and Wholebeing Insitute offer a year-long Certificate in Positive Psychology for the Spanish speaking world.

This extended online and onsite course offers an in-depth, integrated exploration of the science and direct application of positive psychology—the study of individual and societal flourishing. The course is composed of eight online modules and two onsite immersions which take place in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

The program was developed by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Megan McDonough, and Maria Sirois. The online content has been translated into Spanish and the immersions include simultaneous translation. WBI’s and IBI’s faculty are present during the immersions and participants come from all over the world to be part of this one of a kind program.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Online/ Mexico.
  • Dates: To be Announced
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Price: $4,199.

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Instituto Chileno de Psicología Positiva (Chile)

Instituto Chileno de Psicología Positiva

The Chilean Institute of Positive Psychology is offering you several programs and seminars in the field of positive psychology. They also give you the opportunity to obtain a Diploma in Positive Psychology or to follow two different master programs.

1. Diploma in Positive Psychology:

‘Positive Psychology: Fundamentals – Tools – Applications’ is the pioneer program and leader in Chile and Latin America in the training of professionals in positive psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: Academic or professional degree.
  • Where: Santiago.
  • Dates: March-August
  • Duration: 6 two day sessions in 6 months.
  • Price:  1,300,000.

2. Master in Positive Psychotherapy:

MPSP is a post-graduate training and reflection program, unique in its kind, and it’s about what psychotherapy is and should be. Its objective is to provide updated knowledge based on evidence, foundations, concepts, tools and applications of Positive Psychology in the psychological consultation.

  • Entry Requirement: Professional degree, an academic degree in Psychology or Medicine with a specialization in Psychiatry and the ‘Diploma in Positive Psychology’ mentioned above.
  • Where: Santiago.
  • Dates: Not yet announced.
  • Duration: 18 two day sessions in 19 months.
  • Price:  4,972,500.

3. Master in Positive Coaching:

Master in Positive Coaching (MCP) is a highly specialized program designed to accredit professionals as experts in the use and application of positive psychology to the professional practice of coaching.

  • Entry Requirement: Diploma in Positive Psychology or via admission interview.
  • Where: Santiago.
  • Dates: January – August
  • Duration: 12 one day sessions in 15 months.
  • Price:  5,600,000.

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Positive Psychology Training (UK)

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Positive Psychology Training provides courses in positive psychology from leading practitioners in the UK.

These include regular, open courses such as the 2-day Positive Psychology Masterclass, which is delivered by visiting lecturers on the MAPP and Positive Psychology Foundations, a webinar course accessible to anyone worldwide which is based on a PERMA+ model and focuses on positive psychology in practice.

Positive Psychology Training also offers bespoke training and coaching in positive psychology at work, in mental health, resilience, strengths, happiness habits, workplace wellbeing, and education.

The company is run by Miriam Akhtar, one of the first positive psychologists in Europe and a contributor to the World Book of Happiness. She is on the faculty of the University of Lisbon’s Executive MAPP and you can email her for information.

1. Positive Psychology Foundations:

Positive Psychology Foundations (Miriam Akhtar MAPP & Dr. Chris Johnstone) is an online course aimed at people wanting to use positive psychology, either in their work or for their personal development.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: May  – June.
  • Duration: 8 weeks.
  • Price: £295 (early bird: £245).

2. Positive Psychology Masterclass:

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Bristol, UK.
  • Dates:  July & November.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price: £575 + VAT (early bird: £395 + VAT) per two days.


Birkbeck University of London (UK)


The short course Critical Approaches to Positive Psychology focuses on topics as happiness and it causes, the psychology of flow, hope, and optimism, positive self-esteem, and self-efficacy. This course also teaches how you can apply positive psychology to mental health, education and businesses.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: London, UK.
  • Dates: Yet to be announced.
  • Duration: 1 week.
  • Price: £500.

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WorkMad Ltd (UK)


WorkMad Ltd teaches professionals what positive psychology is and how it can be applied in the workplace. WorkMad offers two positive psychology masterclasses in the science of happiness, strengths, and well-being. The workshops can both be useful for personal development and professional development.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Bristol, UK.
  • Dates: May
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price: £575 + vat.

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City University London (UK)

University of London

Why not take one of the positive psychology courses in London, such as the short course at the City University of London?

Generally, positive psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. You’ll learn how to understand positive emotions and experience contentment about yesterday, happiness in the present day and hope for tomorrow.

You’ll be taught how to look for positive individual traits, like self-control, courage, compassion, curiosity, creativity or self-knowledge. Understanding positive institutions refer to the strengths that help the health of the communities, like justice, teamwork, responsibility, tolerance or parenting. You can apply this knowledge to your workplace, community or family.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: City University London.
  • Dates: May.
  • Duration: 10 weeks.
  • Price: £430.00.

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University of East London (UK)

University of east london

The University of East London offers an MSc course called Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology both on campus and distance learning.

This course is one of the very first in the world to combine positive psychology and coaching psychology, with a foundation in research and theory on well-being. The course includes topics such as happiness, positive emotions, strengths, goal-setting, motivation, career guidance and so on.

  • Entry Requirement: Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Minimum 2.1 honors degree, preferably in Social Sciences.
  • Where: University of East London/ online.
  • Dates: September / January.
  • Duration: 1 year 6 months fulltime, 2 years six months parttime.
  • Price: £9,660.

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Buck’s New University (UK)

buckinghamshire new university positive psychology

The positive psychology part-time course offered at Bucks New University allows its students to explore cutting-edge ideas in this field, as well as a chance to further its development. This course might appeal to you if you’re active in the field of human resources, organization development, psychotherapy, counseling or teaching.

The course encourages the proper application of each student’s skills while studying the knowledge and applications of positive psychology. Applying these principles in student’s lives is focused upon, while the base of evaluations consists of personally chosen projects. Tutors from the university’s own psychology department, as well as guest experts, will deliver this course in a professional, engaging and efficient manner.

  • Entry Requirement: 2:1 in a social science degree.
  • Where: High Wycombe Campus and Missenden Abbey.
  • Dates: September.
  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Price: EU: £9,250 / International: £11,000.

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Positive Psychology Learning Ltd (UK)

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Positive Psychology Learning Ltd (PPL) is run by leading positive psychology practitioners and researchers Dan Collinson & Lesley Lyle employed as Associate Lecturers on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course at Bucks New University.

As Academic Partners of Bucks University, they are able to offer a 2-day ‘Introduction to Positive Psychology’ course accredited by Bucks New University which entitles delegates to a 10% discount on enrolment fees including distance learning courses (£900 on the full MAPP program) and counts towards CPD hours.

Bespoke training, coaching and consultancy work is offered in a number of positive psychology topics such as positive organizations, happiness and positivity, workplace well-being, positive aging and resilience at various locations in the UK and also work with International organizations and government departments (currently USA, Middle East, Japan & South Africa).

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Various locations in UK and overseas.
  • Dates: Every month.
  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Price: £650 (Currently offering 50% discounts on the first 6 places of each course).

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Anglia Ruskin University, I-MAPP (Cambridge, UK)

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Unlike standard masters in positive psychology programs that take place in only one location, the I-MAPP program enables students to study applied positive psychology in two prestigious scholastic locales- Cambridge and Paris.

This program is specifically tailored for the advancement of knowledge, research, and skills necessary for optimal positive psychology practice by offering a blended learning design composed of online lessons, research methods, and self-directed study over the span of 1 to 3 years.

While enrolled in the program, students are prompted to select four learning modules from twelve available options, along with one quantitative or qualitative research module, and one major project. Students are given the option of completing their studies either in Cambridge, in Paris, or both locations depending on what modules are selected.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Cambridge.
  • Dates: September / January.
  • Duration: Full-time: January start, 15 months, September start, 12 months / Part-time: January start, 27 months. September start, 24 months.
  • Price: £5,100-10,200.

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University of Bolton (UK)

University of Bolton

The University of Bolton offers a master in Positive Psychology. This program is designed for those who are working or want to work in the field of healthcare and education. This course includes modules about the foundations and practice of positive psychology as well as critical positive psychology and psychology dissertation.

  • Entry Requirement: Honours degree 2.1 or higher.
  • Where: University of Bolton, Deane Campus.
  • Dates: January & September.
  • Duration: 18 months.
  • Price: Not specified.

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Iron Mill College (UK)

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Iron Mill College offers a level 7 programme that is offered part-time over 8 weekends and validated by the Unversity of Worchester.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching programme offers a fresh approach to coaching, starting from a ‘what is right with people’ perspective. Participants will learn to unlock the full potential of individuals and teams by identifying and enhancing their strengths.

  • Entry Requirement: A minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) Honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification and evidence of practice within a relevant professional role.
  • Where: Exeter.
  • Dates: October-May.
  • Duration: 8 weekends.
  • Price: From £1,120.

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Langley Group Institute (UK)

langley group

The Langley Group Institute offers an original course after which you receive an internationally-recognized qualification in positive psychology.

It is for coaches, psychologists, human resource professionals, business leaders, teachers and others who want to build expertise or who are seeking to redesign their personal and professional life in a positive way.

It is a credible training in applied positive psychology below post-graduate level and is informed by research and best-practice. The course enables you to increase individual, business, and collective well-being and offers you practical tools to make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: London, UK.
  • Dates: Start in August.
  • Duration: 6/12/24 months.
  • Price: £4,200.

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Institute of Child Education and Psychology (Ireland)

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The Institute of Child Education and Psychology offers three different Positive Psychology courses for a fee of €99.

  1. Teaching Hope & Optimism: Positive Psychology for Resilience focuses on the key practices for optimism and hope and helps you to cope with adversity.
  2. Teaching Happiness: Positive Psychology for Learning and Wellbeing explores topics as happiness, wellbeing, learned optimism, character strengths, preventing stress and burnout, increasing motivation and mindfulness.
  3. Building Strengths and Creativity: Positive Psychology for learning and living is about coping with everyday challenges and boosting your strengths and creativity.

At the end of the courses, you’ll receive a Continuing Professional Development Certificate and a Learning Log.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: The Institute of Child Education and Psychology.
  • Dates: July – August.
  • Duration: 20 hours of self-paced study.
  • Price: €99.

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University College Cork (Ireland)

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The University College Cork offers a master program called Applied Psychology (Positive and Coaching Psychology).

This program includes modules such as positive psychology and coaching, wellness coaching, positive psychology in group settings, positive organizational psychology and so on. The aim of this course is to train students in helping people to become their best possible selves.

  • Entry Requirement: Undergraduate Honours degree.
  • Where: University College Cork.
  • Dates: September.
  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years parttime.
  • Price: Irish/EU Full-time: €7,950.00 Part-time Year 1: €3,975.00.

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IE School of Human Sciences & Technology (Spain)

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IE Business School is one of the best business school in Europe according to The Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek. They offer an Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Strategy.

This program includes modules in Positive Self-Development, Positive Teams and Organization, Positive Behavior and Business, Positive Economics and Organization Design, Positive Marketing, Negotiation, and Strategy.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor degree or equivalent, English language proficiency.
  • Where: Madrid.
  • Dates: April – May.
  • Duration: 5 weeks on campus for 1 year.
  • Price: €47,200.

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Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

University of maastricht positive psychology

The program that Maastricht University (one of the best universities in the Netherlands) offers include both a familiarization with the concepts that underlie positive psychology as well as a more profound approach to this field.

The course offers the chance to practice a wide range of positive psychology intervention techniques (from simple journaling exercises to mindfulness meditation).

Moreover, the program will help you learn how to design a research project on positive psychology. Through lectures, interactive meetings, practical workshops, group discussions, and student presentations, the attendants will become familiar with the field of positive psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Where: Maastricht University.
  • Dates: July – August.
  • Duration: 3 weeks (36 hours).
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Radboud Summer School (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

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The two-week program Positive Psychology: The Science Behind Flourishing Individuals and Organizations focuses on scientific research on positive psychology and the study of optimal functioning.

Topics included in this course are the application of positive psychology, resilience, happiness, strengths, mindfulness and so on. The course offers a great mixture of theory and practice.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor.
  • Where: Radboud University.
  • Dates: August
  • Duration: 2 weeks.
  • Price: € 610.

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Positief Onderwijs (The Netherlands)

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Positief Onderwijs (Positive Education) intends to apply findings from the academic field of positive psychology in the Netherlands, addressing young people in particular.

By using the positive psychology model, the educational process becomes more friendly, increasing the chances of a successful and satisfying life. Positive Education promotes the focus on strengths, positive emotions, involvement, intrinsic motivation, positive relationships, empathy, and resilience.

  • Entry requirement: Any Teaching degree.
  • Where: Utrecht.
  • Dates: Several dates.
  • Price: From €195.

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Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands)

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Universiteit Twente is organizing a master programme based on positive psychology theory and research (Positive Psychology and Technology). After graduating from this course, you’ll be able to work as a coach, counselor or advisor.

For the master’s thesis, you can conduct research by examining the effectiveness of positive psychological interventions on the happiness and well-being of children and adults. Each of the courses included in this programme is offered twice a year.

  • Entry Requirement: Are you eligible?
  • Where: Universiteit Twente.
  • Dates: September / February.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Price: From €2.060 per year.

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Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Denmark)

Danish Institute for study abroad

Danish Institute for Study Abroad offers a course which combines the study of theory, research, and application of positive psychology. The main topics discussed are: positive emotions, flow, flourishing, character strengths, post-traumatic growth, and mindfulness.

You’ll learn how to apply the principles of positive psychology into different areas, like coaching, psychotherapy, business development. In order for you to participate in this program, you need to have attended a psychology course at university level.

  • Entry Requirement: Attended a psychology course at university level.
  • Where: Danish Institute for Study Abroad.
  • Dates: Fall/ spring.
  • Duration: 4 months.
  • Price: From $19,800.

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Center for Positiv Psykologis (Denmark)

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The Center for Positive Psychology in Denmark offers several courses based on the latest research in the field of positive psychology. The courses are all thought-provoking and provide useful knowledge on topics such as coaching, leadership, personal strengths and motivation and etc.

  • Where: Denmark.
  • Several dates, Duration, and Prices. (Also tailor-made courses).

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Aarhus University (Denmark)

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DPU (Danish Institute for Pedagogy and Education), one of the departments of Aarhus Universiteit, offers a masters in Positive Psychology.

This program gives you a broad perspective on positive psychology including courses on individual strengths and wellbeing, education and management and organization. If you are a manager, educator or if you are working in healthcare, this program is for you.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor or master degree in humanities and two years of relevant work experience.
  • Where: Aarhus Universitet Denmark.
  • Dates: September – June.
  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Price: 103.000KR.

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University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)

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The Section of Personality and Assessment at the University of Zurich, led by Prof. Dr. Willibald Ruch, has been offering courses in positive psychology since 2003.

Currently, basic concepts of positive psychology are fixed parts of the Bachelor’s curriculum in Psychology whereas special courses are offered on M.Sc. level (e.g., on positive traits, or applied positive psychology).

Furthermore, since 2015, a two-semester Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in a Positive Psychology-course (12 ECTS) is offered that focuses on teaching scientifically-based knowledge with regard to basics and applications of positive psychology with a special focus on positive psychology interventions and character strengths. This course is the first course on a university level to be offered in the German-speaking area.

  • Entry Requirement: Master.
  • Where: Universität Zürich Institut für Psychologie.
  • Dates: September.
  • Duration: 2 semesters.
  • Price: CHF 7800.


Positran Consultancy (Goupillières, France)

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Directed by Dr. Illona Boniwell, one of the leading global researchers in positive psychology, Positran serves as a premier consultancy that strives to apply positive psychology to help resolve issues around the globe by providing customized consultations, education, and training to interested parties.

Guided by the belief that focusing on positivity and potential facilitates human flourishing, Positran is dedicated to applying avant-garde positive psychology research findings to real-world settings in order to help clients obtain the highest level of excellence.

Drawing from empirical evidence, Positran provides services in three formats depending on the needs of the client. Services take place in the form of mini sessions, midi workshops, or maxi programs that are spread out over the course of two years.

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european institute of positive psychologyEuropean Institute of Positive Psychology (Spain, Italy, Columbia)

The European Institute of Positive Psychology (IEPP) offers courses (both face-to-face and online) in positive psychology for psychologists, companies, athletes, and individuals. They have several locations in Spain and one in Italy and the another in Colombia.

They provide a free orientation service if you are not sure what course is the most suitable for you.

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Executive Master of Applied Positive Psychology (Lisbon, Portugal)

lisbon university 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 the 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…).

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Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Shue Yan University

The course Positive Psychology (PSY209) sets its focus on what is right with the human mind, in contrast to the traditional emphasis of psychoanalysis and modern practices on psychopathologies.

The goal is to find out what constitutes a fully functional life and enhance the functioning of the mind, personality, emotions and human behavior.

The aim of the course is to clarify the distinction of Positive Psychology and traditional psychology and to analyze the influences of Eastern and Western perspectives on human wellbeing in Positive Psychology and get an insight into research techniques valuable for this field.

Moreover, it is of great importance to get an understanding of your own strengths and values and acquire knowledge that can contribute to your own well-being after the course. For more information contact Dr. Ann Moir-Bussy via email.

  • Entry Requirement: / 
  • Where: HongKong.
  • Date: Semester 1.
  • Duration: 15 weeks.
  • PriceSee website.

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School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)

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The School of Positive Psychology is the pioneer education and training facility in Singapore and Asia, established to promote the art, science, and practice of positive psychology. Apart from providing education and credentialing, they promote research, training, and the dissemination of positive psychology.

Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology

The course introduces students to the study of the human mind and behavior in individuals and groups. Students will consider how aspects of their biology, ways of thinking, social environment, relationships, and social identity combine to make us who we are. Students will be taught the practical side by being exposed to the field of counseling and psychotherapy.

  • Entry Requirement: Diploma holder from Polytechnic or recognized PEI, or 2 GCE ‘A’ Level H2 passes with either KI or GP, or Mature students with a minimum of 2 years working experience holding either: 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits with minimum C6 grade in English or equivalent TE Higher NITEC
  • Where: The School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)
  • Dates: Intakes in Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
  • Duration: 12 months part-time
  • Price: SGD $7,704 w/GST

Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology is designed to educate students on psychology and more specifically on positive psychology at a graduate level. This program looks deeper into practicality and applications rather than just theories to enable students to effectively use and disseminate positive psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: A recognized Bachelor Degree holder or Diploma holder from Polytechnic with a minimum of 5 years working experience can be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Where: The School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)
  • Dates: Intakes in Jan, May, Sep
  • Duration: 6 months part-time
  • Price: SGD $9,523w/GST

Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership

The Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership is a course offered in affiliation with Anglia Ruskin University. Through this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of positive organizational psychology and the various tools and strategies used to deliver high-impact interventions that enhance the psychological capital and optimize the wellbeing of your staff, team or coaching clients.

This program is suitable for psychology graduates, human resource professionals, corporate leaders, life coaches and trainers who will be able to use the skills acquired to influence government, business, education, and communities. We offer a wide selection of modules that allow you to tailor your learning to your career goals.

  • Entry Requirement: A postgraduate level education in a related discipline (with bridging modules GDAPP 02 and GDAPP 05), or a Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology from TSPP, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Business Psychology or equivalent (with bridging modules GDAPP 02 and GDAPP 05)
  • Where: The School of Positive Psychology (Singapore)
  • Dates: Intakes in Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Price: SGD $28,355 w/GST

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HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (Hong Kong)

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The HKU offers you the chance to obtain an Executive Certificate in Using Positive Psychology in Coaching. It is taught in Cantonese with English teaching materials. The program aims to teach students the theoretical and practical fundamentals of positive psychology coaching.

  • Entry Requirement: BA & 2 years work experience / PostGrad & 1 year work experience.
  • Where: HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Campus.
  • Date: To be Advised
  • Duration: 10 weeks.
  • Price: HK $9000.

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The Langley Group Institute

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The Langley Group Institute runs a Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing in Australia.

The Diploma (10653NAT) offers inspiring, practical and robust training designed for coaches, psychologists, educators and other busy professionals who want to learn how to apply positive psychology in their work and lives, informed by research and best-practice.

Featuring university-level content in a flexible, self-paced format, the course combines intensive face-to-face workshops with online learning and work-based activities.

Candidates can specialize in positive coaching, leadership, human resources, education, parenting or community, gaining the knowledge and skill to increase individual, business, and collective well-being. The course is designed by Sue Langley and facilitated by seasoned positive psychology practitioners.

The Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing is a government certified course with recognized qualifications according to the Australian National Regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority. The course is also approved by the British Psychological Society, Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Association and New Zealand Positive Psychology Association.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Australia.
  • Dates: Several dates.
  • Duration: 12 months.
  • Price: AU$7,400.

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tafesa government south australiaTAFE SA offers a Course in Wellbeing and Resilience (10271NAT) as a nationally accredited qualification. The course focuses on the general understanding of the principles and practices of well-being and resilience, supported by research in positive psychology.

TAFE SA also delivers non-accredited professional development to a wide range of industries to improve staff and organization well-being through an application of positive psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Different locations in Australia. 
  • Dates: March, April, May, June. 
  • Duration: 2 days.
  • Price: $60.00.

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University of Sydney

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University of Sydney offers a Coaching Psychology Program, which consists of a master course, diploma and certificate courses focused on coaching in business and organizational settings. Moreover, the University of Sydney offers several courses in Positive Psychology.

1. Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology:

  • Entry Requirement: 3-year Psychology Degree or 3-year Degree in a cognate discipline  & 3 years work experience.
  • Where: Camperdown/Darlington in Sydney.
  • Dates: March.
  • Duration: 1 year part-time.
  • Price: $32,000.

2. The Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology:

  • Entry Requirement: 3-year Psychology Degree or 3-year Degree in a cognate discipline  & 3 years work experience.
  • WhereCamperdown/Darlington Campus in Sydney. 
  • Dates: March.
  • Duration: 1 year full-time/1,5 year part-time 
  • Price: $32,000.

3. The Master of Science in Coaching Psychology:

  • Entry Requirement: 3-year Psychology Degree or 3-year Degree in a cognate discipline with credit average  & 3 years work experience 
  • Where: Camperdown/Darlington in Sydney.
  • Dates: March.
  • Duration: 1 year full-time/ 2 years part-time.
  • Price: $32,000.

4. The Philosophy of Happiness (PHIL2647) will discuss the definition of happiness from a philosophical point of view.

  • Entry Requirement: 12 junior credit points.
  • Where: Camperdown/Darlington in Sydney.
  • Dates: July.
  • Duration: 1 semester.
  • Price: $793

5. Applied Positive Psychology (PSYC4730) teaches how positive psychology can be applied to coaching in work contexts.

  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor Degree.
  • Where: Camperdown/Darlington in Sydney.
  • Dates: March.
  • Duration: 1 semester 
  • Price: $793.

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University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

The Master’s course offered here intends to provide the attending students with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently utilize positive psychology principles. The course emphasizes critical thinking and promotes scientific methods, while empirical research is evaluated in order to find best-practice processes.

The course focuses on engaging the students in a variety of both theoretical and applied tasks, involving them in multiple learning tools such as debates, case studies, journaling, and role plays, as well as encouraging them to apply what they learn to their own daily activities.

At the end of this Master of Applied Positive Psychology, students will possess a solid sense of professional integrity and the necessary knowledge to successfully apply positive psychology.

  • Entry Requirement: Undergraduate degree/professional experience/postgraduate study.
  • Where: Parkville campus in Melbourne.
  • Dates: February.
  • Duration: 1 year full-time/ 1,5 year part-time.
  • Price: $35,968.

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The university also offers a Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology, which includes topics about positive emotions, relationships, engagement, and meaning.

  • Entry Requirement: Undergraduate degree and 2 years’ work experience.
  • Where: Carlton Victoria & Parkville campus in Melbourne.
  • Dates: February – May.
  • Duration: 6 days in three months.
  • Price: $6,432.

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The Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning) focuses on promoting positive learning by exploring research-validated interventions. The emphasis on students with additional needs and on the function of challenging behavior.

  • Entry Requirement4-year education degree (or equivalent) / undergraduate degree & 4th year level education qualification (or equivalent).
  • WhereParkville campus in Melbourne.
  • DatesMay.
  • Duration: 1 year part-time.
  • Price$6,432.

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University of Tasmania

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The course Positive Psychology & Leadership focuses on how to apply positive psychology in the workplace. Topics include leadership, self-management and creating a healthy workplace.

  • Entry Requirement: Graduate Degree.
  • Where: On-campus and off-campus.
  • Dates: July-October.
  • Duration: 6 months.

Price: $2,767.00.

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Positive Difference

Positive Difference

Positive Difference offers a Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology at various locations. The PERMA model from Martin Seligman’s book Flourish, forms the framework for this 2-day intensive course. This course is highly recommended for school teachers and schools, but corporates are also welcome.

  • Entry Requirement: /
  • Where: Different locations.
  • Price: Early Bird: AUD $949, Standard: AUD $1,049, Early Bird: NZD $949, Standard: NZD $ 1,049.

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University of Queensland AustraliaUniversity of Queensland

As part of an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, the University of Queensland offers the course ‘Positive Psychology’. The course focuses on psychological well being and identification of character strengths and virtues that promote ‘flourishing’.

  • Entry RequirementUndergraduate Degree.
  • Where: Brisbane St. Lucia.
  • DatesJuly- November.
  • Duration5 months.
  • Price$2,920.

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Master of Positive Psychology, MAPP (Potchefstroom, South Africa)

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Located at the North-West University on the Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa, this masters program strives to bestow students with knowledge regarding cross-contextual applications of Positive Psychology in order to help enrich the lives of others within the span of four consecutive weeks per year.

The program examines key areas of interest in positive psychology such as positive emotions, the experience of meaning, optimism, and resilience. Students will have the ability to refine their research skills as they explore these topics within the ever-diverse context of human development and culture.

The MAPP program at North-West University strives to uphold the conviction that recognizing one’s strengths and potential is essential to facilitating human growth.

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Audio and More

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International Positive Psychology Association

The ‘International Positive Psychology Association’ offers an alphabetized list of many universities whose faculties have positive psychology classes and also a list of positive psychology faculties.

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The Happiness Training Plan

the happiness training plan

‘The Happiness Training Plan’ is created by Dr. Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar in the form of a self-help audio programme. Its aim is to enhance your level of happiness by using positive psychology techniques whose efficiency is already established.

The audio programme is delivered as a CD, condensing a lot of interesting facts about positive psychology into 12 easy-to-follow strategies. Each of these 12 strategies requires only about 5 minutes and it’s recommended to listen to the whole CD and after that, to practice only one, maximum two strategies at a time. The CD’s price is £10.

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bliss positive psychology app logoBliss – Positive Psychology App

This application features a collection of exercises and interventions that can help you improve your happiness, motivation, resilience, life-satisfaction and other positive mental traits.

Benefit from decades of research in positive psychology by incorporating these exercises into your life.


happier logoHappier – Positive Psychology App

An award-winning mobile app that helps you practice your gratitude skills and find more joy, beauty, and comfort in simple everyday moments.

Develop a gratitude habit that will help you feel more optimistic, sleep better, be creative, productive and less stressed.

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The Science of Happiness

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“The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives.

Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: January.
  • Price: free or €43,- to get the certificate.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created an online course about Positive Psychology. Barbara Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology, teaches this course.

She will share her knowledge of the field of positive psychology in a six-week online course. Included study-topics are positive emotions, love and connection, flourishing, resilience and so on.

  • Where: Online.
  • Dates: Anytime
  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Price: free or €43,- to get the certificate.

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Foundations of Positive Psychology Online Coursepenn positive psychology center

Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman will be launching a MOOCs about the foundations of Positive Psychology.

You can sign up to receive more information about the launch date.

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Summing up

These courses will provide you with the theoretical framework to gain a better understanding of how emotions work, but even better, they will teach you how to make changes in your life, family, organization or community.

You’ll be able to enjoy life satisfaction and become more optimistic, happy and creative, thus improving your health. All you have to do is choose the course that suits you the best and start on your path to happiness.


Take part!

In case you know of any other positive psychology courses, workshops, training, webinars, audio tapes, MOOCs or the like, please let us know by leaving a comment below. Thank you!

Here is more information about Ph.D. possibilities in positive psychology .

Here is more information about MAPP programs.


What our readers think

  1. Mira

    Thanks for such a great list of opportunities to learn Positive Psychology. But one point. Is it MAPP program at UPenn cost $28,024?
    As far as I know, the fee is about $60 000. Please, could you clarify this?

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Mira,
      These values have come from UPenn’s website on this page, which puts the fees for the upcoming fall semester at about $30k. However, these prices may change without notice, so I’d suggest reaching out to the program organizers to confirm.
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  2. David

    Central Queensland University has a progressive Master of Applied Positive Psychology. Starts with a Graduate Certificate, to a Graduate Diploma, finishing with a MAPP. 2 years full-time 4 years part-time.

  3. Ann Olivia varkey ?

    I believe positive psychology has immense scope in improving the health and well-being of individuals ,I hope this field flourishes in my country as well
    #positive psychology? #India??

    • Marwa

      Is it online please
      Am physician from Egyp

  4. Anthony E.

    Living a smart and productive life brings about happiness. But is it really true this positive psychology course is not available in Africa? Such a nice course most of us would like to do.

  5. Salua

    Hello Adm
    I´d be glad if you could add an Institution in Brazil, that offers Courses in Positive Psychology (basic and advanced modules) – Psicotrainer – (Integrated Center of Positive Psychology, Coaching and Emotional Inteligence), where people can get certified with International Certification in Positive Psychology – a partnersip with the European Positive Psychology Association – Besides the course, they offer, all over the year, Worskhops in Positive Education, Positive Health and Positive Organizations/Leaderships.
    By the way, congratulations for this great service you are doing to spread information and help people to find options all around the globe to learn deeply about this infinite and wonderful world of Positive Psychology!

  6. Adityasharu

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  7. Adityasingh

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  8. yinka

    Positive psychology is a much-needed course in Nigeria.I am a PhD holder in health promotion and my focus is mental health promotion and rehabilitation. I can facilitate this course to be in our curriculum at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.Please, how can we go about this?

  9. Anganile Edwin

    Am so happy having these ideas but please you need more expansion here in Tanzania….you at warmly welcome!!!

  10. Fatima

    You don’t have any online courses for South Africa.

  11. Larry Green

    Excellent field of study for me and everyone should have some form of exposure to this.

    • Jessie van den Heuvel

      Happy to hear that Larry!

  12. Parul Agarwal

    Is thwre an institute in India that offers some course in positibe psychology? Id very much like to take it.

    • Deepti

      Nimhans Bangalore

    • sudershan

      There is an organization called Inspiring evolution in Bangalore that does. It is an online course taught in coaching style. It is taught by Baldeep Kaur

  13. Sara

    Would love the newsletter please

  14. Samuel Balate

    I am a Counseling Psychologist from Nairobi Kenya, I wish any of the above universities expend the Positive Psychology courses to our country Kenya. I am even willing to set up or acquire a place to run the courses. There are many individuals asking if it’s offered within the country.
    Please consider us the Kenyans.
    Thank you in advance.
    Samuel T. Balate

  15. Lisa Rangen

    Awesome site! Interested in receiving the newsletter, and it looks like I have to post a comment to do so…so here it is. Thanks!

  16. ana

    hello wanna subscribe myself thanks

  17. Laura Richards

    Thank you for providing this thorough summary on different courses. There is also a wonderful (currently free) podcast available on iTunes called The Positive Psychology Podcast created by Kristen Truempy the ti would recommend.

  18. reach beyond

    could you please let us know about workshops in this area that could be held in the month of july, 2017.

  19. Renata Livramento

    Hi Seph and great team!
    Here in Brazilian Institute of Positive Psychology we have a “Certification Course in Positive Psychology”. This is a on site program, and nowadays we are offering it at 4 cities. Could you please add our course in your list? Our website is http://www.ibrpp.com.br
    Obs: this year we are goint to launch the on line course, I’ll let you know, ok?
    Thank you very much, and congratulations for this great work. I’m a Positive psychology Program’s fan!

  20. Rebecca Jenkins

    There is also a positive psychology paper taught by Waitkato University in new New Zealand 🙂

  21. Maike Baumann

    I would like to point your awareness to the first german Positive Psychology Program offered at university-level.
    Dr. Anke Handrock founded at the private german university “Steinbeis-Hochschule Berlin” the institute “Steinbeis-Transfer Institut für Positive Psychologie und Prävention” und offers certfied courses in Positive Psychology on all levels (german website: http://www.pp-praevention.de/).
    We would be very happy if you included the program on your website, please get in touch for more information.
    With best wishes for a happy new year, yrs sincerely, Maike Baumann

    • Stephanie Diepering

      Hello Maike,
      I would be very happy to add this to our courses page. Thank you for filling us in!! What courses are you offering for the 2017 calendar?

  22. Uzma

    I am Uzma, from Pakistan. I am doing MS in clinical psychology. I started studying about positive psychology just a few months back. I am interested to do masters in positive psychology. Plz guide me about online masters degree or affordable positive psychology programmes in other countries especially turkey…thank you

  23. Josephine kimaili

    thank to keep me updated have learned a lot from positive psychology

  24. Michelle

    Hi Melanie,
    Thanks for your post. Would you be willing to get specific about the kinds of administration issues you and others experienced at UEL? I’m seriously thinking about applying to this program and doing the distance learning option.

  25. Bas

    I consider to start with positive psychology master next year at anglia ruskin university. This one looks really good. Are their people who already have done this master? If so please tell me how it was.
    I also want to look for the best course in positive psychology between may and august. Just to get familar with this subject. If someone has some good information, please provide?

  26. Cameraman

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article.
    Many thanks for supplying these details.

  27. Luisa Plasencia

    There is a Diploma course at Nacional Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, FES Iztacala) taking place since 2009, this year is running the 6th Generation with 240hours of studies on Positive Psychology.
    The Iztacala Group is the organization of this Diploma course. The Group Iztacala is form by researches, families therapies and psychologist with a important background.
    Thank you

  28. jasleen isher

    it’s sad that india is not in the list of countries where this is taught.i m really interested in this.please do tell me if there is any such institute in india that offers this course.

    • Steph Diepering

      Hello Jasleen.
      We are busy refreshing our courses page and will look into the Indian options.
      In the meantime, I would suggest researching the Indian Assocation of Positive Psychology at http://www.iapp.org.in/. Hope this is helpful and watch this space for our updates.
      Best of luck,

  29. Seph Fontane Pennock

    That course is mentioned three times on this page Gemma 😉 Try performing a search using Ctrl + F and searching for ‘Langley’. Sue is a very inspiring woman whom I’ve been promoting from the start. Thanks for the heads up anyways!

  30. Oldooz

    Hi Mr Zolphgharifard.I’m so glad to see a persion name in this page.I’m living in Iran and I have a master degree in cognitive psychology from ICSS.l like to study in online positive psychology master courses.I don’t know which center certificate is valid in Iran and It’s important for me that how much it’s cost.can you help me to find my way?

  31. Sarah Coriat

    Bonjour Steph,
    I would like to share a new adventure: an IMAPP has strated this year at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. It is available part-time or full-time (a year). Each module is a full week. Students choose four modules from the twelve options available, followed by one research module (quantitative or qualitative) and a major project.
    I have started and I am very excited about it. I live and work in France so the format fits fine.
    more info here

  32. Carlos Nunes

    Hello Seph:
    This site is a great resource. Congratulations on the job well done!
    I currently live in Brazil. I am also finishing my degree in Human and Organizational Psychology and looking for professional position.
    I find the material and the insights on Positive Psychology of great value.
    However, On the list of countries and instituitions where Positive Psychology is being taught I failed to see Brazil listed. Do you know if it is being taught or not yet introduced here?

  33. Lillian Rivera

    Saved as a favorite, fantastic web site!

  34. Samuel West

    bookmarked, fantastic blog!

  35. Brooklyn Richardson

    Excellent article, i did read it twice so sorry for this, i’ve passed it on to my friends, so with a bit
    of luck they will get pleasure from it as well.

  36. Jane Wundersitz

    Hi Seph,
    I thought this would interest you and the Positive Psychology Program followers. We have an exciting online wellness expo in Australia coming up for International Happiness Day. It’s called Live Your Happiest & Healthiest Life: Happiness Masterclass 2015. It is a FREE 3-day online wellness expo from 20-22 March 2015, to celebrate the International Day of Happiness (March 20). It includes ten experts from Australia including Tim Sharp from the Happiness Institute. I’m excited to be presenting and am a partner and trainer for VIA. I am sure it will be fantastic.
    Topics include:
    • Science-Proven Secrets to Building Your Happiness
    • Simple Strategies for Healthy, Happy Relationships
    • How to Do Less and Get More Done: Creating More Time For the Things That Make You Happy
    • Strengths at Work – Unlocking the true power in yourself and your team
    • Optimising Your Brain for Happiness: Using Mindfulness & Meditation for Greater Wellbeing.
    You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like – FREE!
    Warm regards,
    Jane Wundersitz

  37. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Greg. You started your comment by asking; “does your institute provide the following education to your students?”. I’m not sure if this is a hypothetical question aimed at all the institutions introduced in this section of the website, or if you asked us (the positive psychology program). Nonetheless, I’d like to clarify that currently we do not provided any training programme. However, I agree with you that any psychology course particularly, any positive psychology course, needs to answer and clarify fundamental questions related to having a positive outlook of life. Fortunately, there are many books, papers and articles on positive psychology that discuss such views, and as far as I know, most positive psychology courses, also cover this important idea. However, we are interest to know how people can access your surely valuable lectures on health psychology. Please let us know about your lectures, books or papers and tell us how enthusiasts can access them. Thank you.


    Due to the fact I correctly understand that I’m not the only person on the planet, and not the only factor that plays a role in how my life unfolds, it is very beneficial that as a psychotherapist I also have an intimate understanding of the human psyche, what life is all about, what to measure personal development and personal value by, and the true role that goals perform.
    There is of course a huge difference between the subject of ‘being taught information on how to work at achieving goals’ compared to the subject of being taught to ‘understanding what life is about’. The difference is that the subject on ‘understanding what life is all about’ actually provides the lessons (education)that allows you to psychologically survive life whilst you go about working on your goals. It provides the lessons that allow you to know what life is always doing for you; the true reason why you are always valuable, why your life is never unfolding incorrectly, and all the lessons that address all the issues people harbor towards life, self and others. Most importantly it shows why being positive has nothing to do with how you act. Your perception and response to situations is governed by your current ‘understandings'(beliefs), and not how positive you try to be.
    Why do people psychologically collapse when their goals no longer appear achievable? It is most definitely not because they are not positive enough about being able to control life, but rather because they incorrectly have their value connected to the fruition of their goal. So, it is more important that students receive a true understanding of what to measure personal value by, so that if need be they will survive reality.
    What does ‘being positive’correctly mean if it is to be useful when it comes to dealing with life?
    a) Being positive that life will unfold the way you want.
    b) Being positive that life is always unfolding how it is meant to? (and it is interesting what the term ‘meant to’ correctly means!).
    Both of these above definitions cannot correlate with reality. Both cannot be correct to how life works. Do you know which is correct?
    Does your course currently provide your students with an education on life that is large enough to provide the lessons on life (the lessons in wisdom) that address all the various issues that arise whilst they go about trying to control how life unfolds. I’ll know if it does simply by being informed to whether or not your lecturers can answer this question:- ‘What is a person’s value correctly measured by?’, plus if they understand why the correct answer to that question is essential for dealing with life whilst working on goals.
    If they cannot correctly answer that question, then your students need to also be provided with access to my lectures. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALTH.
    Love to hear from you. (25 years clinical research and experience)

  39. Mariel

    You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve read through anything like that before.
    So wonderful to discover somkebody with a few original thoughts
    on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that’s needed on the web, someone witth a bit of originality!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words Mariel!

  40. Jennifer Cory

    Seph, what an impressive contribution you have made here. Really well done.
    I am presently a student of the University of Pennsylvania MAPP program, and am happy to answer any questions people may have about that program.
    Kind regards


      Hi Jennifer. Did or does the program provide students with an understanding of what ‘a person’s value is correctly measured by’, and why the correct answer to that question is so important? Or instead are students left still connecting personal value to criteria that could be in jeopardy when they encounter the reality of finding out they are not the only factor that governs how their life unfolds? This just gives me an idea to the depth of the course.
      Thank you.

  41. jayashree Sanghani

    we wre a grup of Pshologists from India working towards reasearch and develpment of positive psycholgy in India Your information has been of great value to us.
    we aare looking at regular support or associtation with any institute .
    I will be travelling to USA in summer I would like to know any instutute offering short summer courses in Positive Psychology which I can attend.

  42. Lilian

    I am doing my PhD in positive psychology at the Open Universiteit Nederland. My research topic is about gratitude

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Cool topic! Could you explain how you found or created a Ph.D. position for yourself underneath this page Lilian?
      I think your perspective might help other people out in their quest of attaining a Ph.D. in positive psychology 🙂

  43. Pallavi Anil Paranjape

    Hi Seph,
    I’m a school counselor and I wish to study Positive Psychology. I like the traditional way of teaching and don’t really connect through online courses.
    Is there any course (diploma/certificate) that I can enroll for in the USA? and Do such universities offer scholarships?

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Pallavi – all the positive psychology programs in the USA that we’re aware of are listed under: North-America.
      Whether there are scholarships that you apply for is something that we haven’t yet looked into. It might be valuable to do so indeed.
      If you find out more about this, will you let us know? 🙂

  44. Lars Nyheim

    You should add all these auduo books:
    – Martin Selignan – Authentic Happiness
    – Martin Seligman – Learned Optimism
    – Martin Seligman – The optimistic child
    – Martin Seligman – What you can change and what you can’t
    – Martin Seligman – Flourish
    – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Flow
    – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Good business: Leadership, flow and the making of meaning
    – Shawn Achor – The happiness advantage
    – Shawn Achor – Before happiness
    – Tal Ben-Shahar – Happier
    – Tal Ben-Shahar – Choose the life you want – 101 ways of creating your own road to happiness
    – Tal Ben-Shahar – Puirsuit of perfect: How to stop chasing and start living a richer, happier life
    – Jonathan Haidt – The happiness advantage
    – Viktor Frankl – Man’s search for meaning
    – Carol Dweck – Mindset
    – Sonja Lyubomirsky – The how of happiness
    – Sonja Lyubomirsky – The myths of happiness
    – Barbara Fredrickson – Positivity
    – Barbara Fredrickson – Love 2.0
    – Diana Whitney & Amanda Trosten-Bloom – The power of appreciative inquiry
    – Christopher Peterson – Puirsuing the good life. 100 reflections on positive psychology
    – Daniel Gilbert – Stumbling on happiness
    – Malcom Gladwell – Outliers
    – Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, fast and slow
    – Daniel Goleman – Emotional intelligence
    – Daniel Goleman – Focus

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your tremendous contribution Lars.
      I think it would be a good idea to start a seperate page for audiobooks to keep things nice and organized. What do you think?

  45. Erin Kuhn

    Hi Seph!
    I studied positive psychology through DIS in Denmark while abroad, and I was thinking of possibly going to graduate school at some point and positive psychology is a field I’m incredibly interested in. Are there any universities that you know of that offer grad programs in positive psych in the US other than Claremont and U Penn? Those are all that I have been able to find, just as you have. Thanks for your help. I have been waiting for a resource like this to appear on the internet for almost 4 years now:)

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Erin – glad to hear we share a common interest and thank you for your kind words!
      From the top of my head, there is no grad program that I can recommend you other than the ones mentioned on this page. I’m sure someone in our Facebook community might have a more satisfying answer to your question though. Please feel free to join our group and pose this question, I’ll help to draw attention to it 🙂
      Hope this helps!

  46. Jane Wundersitz

    Hi Seph,
    We run Positive Psychology workshops and conference presentations in Australia. We have supported many corporations in establishing wellness programs and also bring positive psychology into teambuilding and leadership days. We have recently launched our life lessons in schools.
    Congratulations on building a wonderful resource.
    Best wishes,
    Jane Wundersitz
    Director and Founder

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Wow Jane, looks like you guys have been busy!
      Are you connected to research that is been done within the field of pp somehow?
      Love to hear from you.

  47. Craig Cassey

    Love this list!
    In addition to the courses/programs listed above, I wanted to add one that Georgetown University just started offering. Part of the description is included below and is open to all incoming freshmen.
    “Flourishing in College and in Community”
    Soc 111
    This three-credit multidisciplinary course focuses on flourishing in individuals and communities. Flourishing will be considered as a public health outcome within a framework of individual well-being in college and within a campus community. Evidence-based factors that contribute to flourishing and well-being in individuals and society form the basis of this social science and health science course.
    Students can expect to read scientific studies about resiliency, self-care, health promotion, health behaviors, risk taking, and positive psychology. Students will learn research-based correlations between stress management, life balance, and leadership. Campus climate norms around coping, stress, alcohol and sexual assault, and the prevalence of mental health issues will be analyzed. The class will consider ways to optimize health and relationships, and how to cultivate a successful lifestyle throughout college and beyond.
    Students will observe how the community supports people to be their optimum and authentic selves, and ways that the Jesuit tradition fosters care for self and others. Opportunities for intellectual, spiritual and moral growth are examined through course related enrichment experiences.
    Thanks again for compiling this list! It’s been an asset as I look for Masters programs to apply to!

  48. Katherine Kiosklis

    I am really interested for online master programs in positive psychology but unfortunately i cant find much about it!!Does anybody knows universities that offer online master programs??

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Katherine, interesting question. To be honest, I don’t think that there are any ‘official’ master programs in positive psychology that you can follow. There are some amazing online courses, but they won’t give you a real master’s degree upon completion. Hopefully there will be some sort of online MAPP program offered in the future. However, I do think that real life interaction – especially in studying positive psychology – is of great importance. Some say that positive psychology can be summed up in the following three words: ‘other people matter’. It’s difficult to experience and practice this when you’re studying by yourself. Hopefully some of the other online courses mentioned on this page will be of interest to you! Cheers

      • Heather Bickle

        Seph when you say “There are some amazing online courses, but they won’t give you a real master’s degree upon completion”, what about the UEL distance Ed MAPP…. is it all online and I thought it was a “real master’s degree”… if it is not , can you shed some light on this as I was accepted to the program with the idea that the end result is a master’s degree ….

  49. Juliana

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your site offered us with valuable information to work on. You have done
    an impressive job and our whole group will likely be thankful to you.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Glad I could be of help Juliana. Cheers

  50. J. Goodman Farr

    The University of Utah (USA) offers an online undergraduate certificate in Applied Positive Psychology: https://bit.ly/2HacDSS
    If you take online courses during the summer, you’ll pay in-state tuition. You may be able to complete the certificate in two summers.
    All the best,
    J. Goodman Farr

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you for the info J. Goodman Farr! We’ll update the list soon 🙂

  51. Mridula

    Dear Seph
    This is a great place for those wanting to know more about Positive Psychology.
    I am very keen on doing an accredited course,maybe 6 months-1 year (Diploma/certificate/degree), preferably from a university/ recognized Institute. Very confused….
    Any suggestions from so many mentioned here??
    Regards, Mridula(India)

  52. Clare

    I have found some great information on your site – thank you. But I am particularly interested in the comments about UEL and their MAPP programme. I am due to start the masters there this Friday via Distance Learning. But due to an unexpected price hike of 50% on the day of enrollment it has thrown up a whole load of questions about whether I should do the course or not. It would be amazing if anyone with any insights could send me a message. Mostly I am wondering:
    a) Is UEL’s behaviour re:fees reflective of the organisation and ethics of the whole uni?
    b) Does the fact that it is not accredited by the BPS matter?
    c) If I am looking to gain the skills in positive psychology to support my business and teaching, is it worth doing the masters or could I more cheapily do my own reading and researching and integrate the principles and interventions into my work anyway?
    Any thoughts on this from those with knowledge of UEL and a MAPP programme would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks so much for your help

    • Jos Nierop

      The price hike sounds really strange? I don’t know what happened there but it’s not normal.
      I was also planning to do the MAPP fulltime at UEL, but last minute decided not to because of a few issues: I thought classes would start the 20th but last minute, after already booking my ticket, I found out classes start the 17th. Then I also found out there are not a lot of contact hours (class on saturday 2x a month and sometimes also on friday). I decided to call with the programme leader and he was very kind to explain everything. UEL is not a bad uni, but also not really good. MAPP’s programme leader is an honest, passionate guy and I do believe you will learn a lot by taking this course. He told me it’s particularly useful for professionals, for example teachers or coaches, and not so much for recent grads (me). Why? A ‘positive psychologist’ doesn’t really exist… It probably doesn’t fully prepare me for the job market.
      When I was preparing for MAPP I read the whole study book and also watched the Harvard course by Tal Ben-Shahar. This is quite a lot of work – but now I know quite a lot about positive psychology. I’m from the Netherlands, where tuition is 10x less expensive, so I decided not to go to London last minute, for the reasons I mentioned above. Let me know if you need more information.

      • Clare

        Thanks Jos. I guess I will just have to make the call on whether it is worth it for me. The distance learning course seems to be the only MAPP one I can find, so despite UEL not being rated very highly, it seems my only option. I am a teacher, so it should at least be relevant in that context. I will ring the course leader as you did and have a chat.
        Thanks again,

        • Jos Nierop

          Yes, that’s the smartest thing you can do know. His name is Itai.
          Best wishes

          • Seph Fontane Pennock

            I agree 100% with you Jos and would advise you the same thing Clare. As a matter of fact, I made the exact same decision as you did a couple of years back.
            The Harvard course definitely provides you with a great foundation to get started within the field of positive psychology.
            I’m an autodidact myself, always have been. This not only saved me a lot of money, but it also enabled me to immediately start applying positive psychology’s finding in real life and get involved within the pp-community in the Netherlands at first, and now internationally. Learning about positive psychology – or any other subject for that matter – is great, but applying its findings and adding value to other people’s lifes is something else. I think that’s important to keep in mind. You don’t need to spend ten of thousands of euros to be able to do that.
            I wish you the best of luck in making your decision Clare! Let us know how things work out.

        • Heather Bickle

          Clare, did you end up going with the Distance Ed MAPP from UEL?I just got accepted for the September 2015 start. I would be interested in knowing what influenced your choice!
          Jos, can you explain a little about why you felt this program is not really good? I want to make sure before I send my money this program is a good fit for what I am looking for!

          • Seph Fontane Pennock

            Hey Heather! Good thing you left a comment.
            If you drop us an e-mail, we will try our best to advise you and see which positive psychology course will be the best fit for you 🙂

      • Marieke Remmen

        Hi Clare,
        There may be another alternative for you as well: Bucks New University. I am a Dutch student and have been attending their MAPP programm since the beginning of September, traveling to England one weekend each month. I am very enthousiastic about this smaller university and their personal approach. They are located just about 40 minutes outside of London.
        But you might be interested to know that they are in the process of setting up an online programm as wel. I believe their online ‘introduction to PP’ module started last week.

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Thank you for the update Marieke. Much appreciated.
          What’s the duration of the course that you’re currently following? I’ve heard good stories about Bucks New University, time to check it out for real sometime soon.

          • Marieke Remmen

            The MAPP programme is parttime, one weekend a month and takes two years, or if you wish you may also take three years.
            Some people only attend the first year and obtain a PG Cert.

          • Seph Fontane Pennock

            Alright Marieke, thank you for the additional info and the link!
            Hope you’re enjoying the MAPP so far 🙂

        • Katherine

          Dear marieke,
          I was wondering if you were kind enough to give us more information about that program! Is it a master? How is it possible to attend it if you are not located in London? Is it worth it??
          Kind regards,

          • Marieke Remmen

            Dear Katherine,
            In my year there is even someone flying in from the Middle East. I fly from Amsterdam to London and then take the tube and the train to get to High Wycombe or Great Missenden. I attended an open evening last year before I decided to go for it and I am really having a great time there! So much information and new insights and inspiring people from different backgrounds. It is a MAPP program. And the first module can now be followed online as well. But I prefer to meet other students and share our ideas and knowledgde.
            To me it’s definitely worth it, but it is a personal decision of course. In Holland there is nothing similar.I enjoy the combination of science with a practical approach.

  53. Sara

    Kiran Bashir Ahmed is not only one of the Positive Psychology researchers but also a certified trainer in the respected field.

  54. Johnf660

    Happy to become a customer of this wonderfully inspiring site 😀

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      At this moment we’re operating on a non-profit basis John.
      In the (near) future, we will be offering online courses in positive psychology, so I’ll definitely keep you posted.

  55. Jos Nierop

    This might also be an interesting MSc:
    Does anyone know about it, and the university?
    I’m looking for a professional MSc that teaches me more about positive psychology, the mind-body connection, maybe some positive psychology coaching and consciousness research. Most importantly, I want to become a professional, so learn required skills. The Msc at University of East London is an option but I’m not sure about the quality? Heard some great stories and some not so great stories. Most important concern: does it prepare me for a career?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you for the link to that positive psychology masters course Jos!
      We’ve already discussed your question via e-mail, but I invite anyone else with a perspective on this matter to leave a reply as well 🙂

      • Gary Waterhouse

        Hi Seph,
        I echo the comment by Jos Nierop (July 27, 2014) and would welcome any information via email.
        Kind regards,

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Alright Gary, I can get you in touch with the founders of the MAPP at the University of East London or two really inspiring students who are graduating from this program as we speak.
          They have a wealth of information and stories to share with you and can give you a clear idea about whether this program is what you’re currently looking for.
          Let’s continue via mail 🙂

  56. Amir

    thanks Seph its a great resource for those who are researching in psychology, its a good one just loved…
    here are some more about Positive psychology,

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Amir,
      Nice connecting with you!

  57. Candy Weather

    Hello, just wanted to mention, I loved this article.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks for stopping by Candy 🙂

  58. Emma Rose

    Hi Seph,
    Great overview of all the classes and programs available in PP! I just wanted to add a correction to the Claremont Graduate University program. There is actually a both a Positive Developmental Psychology and Positive Organizational Psychology track for the MA & PhD. Several students in the Positive Organizational Psychology program also pursue MBA dual-degrees at the Drucker school at CGU (like myself!). =)

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks for the correction Emma! This webpages becomes more and more valuable thanks to all of your contributions.
      I just love it 🙂

  59. Giovanni Rodriguez

    Seph — thanks so much. This is a great resource. I am doing research and consulting in this area, and the info you provide here is super helpful.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      So glad to hear that Giovanni!
      Cheers 🙂

  60. Eileen Piersa

    http://www.hapacus.com/ has an online program to learn positive psychology and also has a teacher training program. You can teach online or in-person after you complete the teacher training.
    Thanks for this great list!!!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Eileen!
      Let’s add that one to the ‘Online positive psychology courses’ section 😉

  61. Sophie Francis

    Thanks Seph, great list!
    The Langley Group Institute runs a Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing in Australia, New Zealand, UK (and Canada next year).
    The Diploma offers inspiring, practical and robust training designed for coaches, psychologists, educators and other busy professionals who want to learn how to apply positive psychology in their work and lives, informed by research and best-practice. Candidates can specialise in positive coaching, leadership, human resources, education, parenting or community, gaining the knowledge and skill to increase individual, business and collective wellbeing. Featuring university-level content in a flexible, self-paced format, the Diploma is the first nationally accredited training in positive psychology and is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Learning Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Wow, thank you so much Sophie!
      I’ll be sure to add the course to the list and include a link to your great international learning centre 🙂

      • Sophie Francis

        Thanks Seph. Much appreciated – the more people who know and practice the science behind pos psych, the better!
        I also just found out about this short course starting on 9 Sep 2014. It is created for edX by UC Berkley and featuring leading positive psychology experts Barbara Fredrickson, Paul Ekman, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

  62. Lisa

    Thank you Seph for including our positive psychology curriculum. We’re excited to be helping children be happy and safe at school.
    We also run a community project, inspiring positive thoughts, feelings and actions within society and would welcome your readers stories of kindness.
    Warmest regards
    Lis 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Sure thing Lisa, I’m more than happy to support and promote the great work you’re doing!
      Up till this point, almost every course or program included this list focusses on teaching adults, instead of children. I think that applying and teaching the rich findings of positive psychology can just as well be taught to children, if not even better. 🙂

  63. Braco Pobric

    Hi there,
    I would love to get input from people who know more or graduated the MAPP program at the University of East London (especially interested in Distance Learning) . Thanks a lot!
    Best regards,

  64. Jasper

    Just stopped by to tell you how useful this list has been for me, so thanks. Been looking for an overview like this for a long time.

  65. Jacqueline Boerefijn

    The MAPP program at the University of East London can be done part-time in the weekends. Every month one saturday, and every two months a friday as well. If you live in Europe nearby an airport with flights to London City Airport, it is possible to do besides a job. I needed to leave home 6.30 in the morning from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to be in class at 9 o’clock.
    Even though it was far less expensive back then, I can reccomend the course to anyone interested in positive psychology.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your valuable addition Jacqueline!
      I live near Schiphol, so I will definitely do research into the possibilities. Can’t wait to follow an official positive psychology program to broaden my understanding of this great academic discipline. I’ve done relentless self-study up to now, which is also great, but far less interactive of course.
      Thanks again.

  66. Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

    Thanks Seph – this is a great and valuable resource! A real boon to the PP community and those who are investigating and becoming part of it! Definitely value here for the whole world!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for your kind words Lisa! In case you have a story to share via our platform, you’re more than welcome to! 😉

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much for stopping by and dropping a comment Lisa!
      We’re going to check out #20 of this list to see whether it’s a legitimate course. If not, there are plenty of others to take its place. 🙂

      • Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting)

        Thanks Seph. I know that it hasn’t passed my sniff test in the past. Will be very interested to hear what you find out!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much Lilian!
      I take it that these courses are for Dutch students only?
      We will definitely check out those programs and include them in the next list. 🙂

  67. Loes

    Tal Ben Shahar also teaches a Certificate in Positive Psychology at Kripalu, running from 24 February 2014 until 30 January 2015. It’s an 11 month online course with 2 x 5 days onsite intensives at Kripalu. More info at http://kripalu.org/article/1239. I’m enrolled and can’t wait to get started! 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you so much Loes!
      We’ll include the course in one of the future lists.
      Please stay in touch with us via the website and social media. I would love to hear about your experiences during the course!
      I can only imagine how excited you must be. Tal is such an inspiring person. 🙂

      • Loes

        Thanks Seph, I will! And yes, I’m super excited 🙂
        I signed up for your mailing list, but don’t think I received your “Positive Psychology’s Fascinating Facts” report. Did I miss something?

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          You’re most welcome Loes!
          We’ve decided to send out the Positive Psychology Coaching Manuals (one for the coach and one for the client) as a give away. Meanwhile, we’re still working on the Fascinating Facts eBook, which we will send to our subscribers for free as soon as it’s finished. 🙂
          Please let me know if these manuals and the free materials you’re getting accesss to, are valuable!

          • Loes

            Ah, that makes sense. Thanks again!
            By the way, I’ve added you on G+ and also sent you a LinkedIn request to make it easier to stay in touch 🙂

  68. Miriam Akhtar

    Thank you! I’m honoured that you included the courses I run in positive psychology. I was one of the first positive psychologists in the UK and have been training people from all over Europe in the science. I’m also on the faculty of the EMAPP in Lisbon and a visiting lecturer at the MAPP at UEL. The open course I run is the 2-day Positive Psychology Masterclass. I also run other courses – some for organisations and some are public courses and a community well-being programme The Happiness Habits. Just to correct something above – the course content can additionally be delivered through one-to-one coaching, it is not solely delivered via coaching. I’m also planning to start some online training with The Happiness Training Plan – http://www.happinesstrainingplan.com in September 2014. Will post the details soon.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Great stuff Miriam!
      Of course I’ve included the courses that you run. The programs of the courses that you give look absolutely awesome. I’d love to come and visit you and Chris sometime in Bristol!

      • Caroline Adams Miller

        One of the earliest pioneering programs in Positive Psychology was started by Margarita Tarragona, who has also been one of the major figures in the establishment of IPPA on their Board of Directors. She created a Diploma program in Positive Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and is now spearheading the massive curriculum rollout at Tecmilenio in Juarez, Mexico. I’ve been privileged to teach there on Positive Psychology and goal setting for a number of years, and most of the giants in Positive Psychology have trekked to Mexico to be part of what she has created.

        • Seph Fontane Pennock

          Thanks for the insightful comment and getting me in touch with Margarita via e-mail. 🙂
          I’d love to give your books a read sometime soon.

  69. Luis M neto

    Just to remind you of the non English speaking master and executive master programs in Spanish and Portuguese at the Valladolid’s and Lisbon’s Universities. Positive Psychology belongs to science and science is a universal endeavor, right?
    Positive & warm regards,
    Luis Miguel V Afonso Neto

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      You’re totally right Luis!
      Let’s add those courses as well. 🙂

  70. Louis Alloro

    Awesome resource! Here’s one more program: a certification in applied positive psychology offered now in NYC with virtual components. We welcome folks coming in from around the world! Next cohort starts in March 2014. Plans to launch a course in Philadelphia, PA in October 2014.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Louis,
      That CAPP program that you’re offering looks great, very interesting learning modules.
      Keep us posted!

  71. José Quadros

    I strongly regret that you don´t mention the Lisbon (Portugal) EMAPP. Among our teachers we had James Pawelski, Michael Steger, Antonella Delle Fave (forme IPPA president), Ilona Boniwel, Carmelo Vasquez (IPPA president), Ruut Veenhoven, Luigino Bruni, Christopher Kinman, Miriam Akhtar, Marie Wissing and so mauy others, briliantly coordenatd by Helena Marujo e Luís Miguel Neto. I hope that, very soon, you recognize your mistake. Thank you. José Quadros

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there José,
      Thanks for the information! Fancy seeing Ruut Veenhoven among the teachers, since I know him personally.(great man)
      Let’s not see this omission as a mistake, but simply as an opportunity to make an even more extensive list, which I will. 😉
      It would be nice to get in touch with you so that you can tell me more about the EMAPP course and so that I can adapt the article.

  72. Alan Davidson

    Thank you for that – much appreciated.
    Can you tell me if any of the courses other than Tal Ben Shahar’s is an online course?

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thanks Alan!
      Great question. There are several options:
      1. Harvards 1504 course on positive psychology can be found online. More info: https://bit.ly/2J27G4m
      2. Positive psychology training offers online training in positive psychology, but there are currently no dates planned: https://bit.ly/2kD71HM
      3. Positive Acorn offers live tele-classes, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/2xwnh6T
      This one will be included in the article as well.
      I’m getting a lot of e-mails from teachers and researchers around the globe, asking me to include their university in this list and to include some details on their pp course. This is great, since it allows me to create an ever extensive overview of all the positive psychology courses that are out there. 🙂

    • Emily vanSonnenberg

      Hi Alan,
      An online, 4-unit Positive Psychology course is offered through UCLA Extension. It is next offered this Spring 2014. Check out their website or email me if you have any questions.

      • Seph Fontane Pennock

        Thanks for sharing this opportunity with us Emily!
        I’m getting the sense that NY is well-represented when it comes to positive psychology courses. 😉

  73. Emilia Lahti

    Hi there, Seph! Great job in putting all these together. This is a valuable resource and I can’t wait to pass it on. However, I would have definitely added the Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology offered at the New York Open Center. It is a great course conducted by a bunch of brilliant MAPP graduates (I am not affiliated) as well as other renowned, badass figures within the field : )
    More info here.
    With joy and gratitude

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Emilia,
      It’s so nice to stop by and give my a heads up about this course at the New York Open Center. 🙂
      This list will be subject to constant change. That’s why I invite everyone to share their knowledge about positive psychology courses that isn’t yet included in this article.
      With positive regards,

  74. Nico Rose

    Thanks a lot for the link to my blog… Cheers!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Sure thing Nico, your writing is awesome! I hope to stay in touch with you. You never know what the future might bring. 🙂


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