Course Description

Hours: 12

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning and the conditions that lead to this. While traditional psychology has focused on discovering the causes and effective treatments of mental illness, and has made great advances to this end, positive psychology posits that we can do more. People come to us wanting to achieve more than simply "the absence of depression"; they want to be happy and fulfilled. Research in positive psychology has found that the interventions that lead to this latter state are distinct from interventions that treat mental illness. Positive interventions can be taught for different purposes: they can be a supplement to other therapy interventions, they can be taught in their own right, and/or they can be taught for the purpose of prevention of later psychological problems by building resilience.
Topics studied in positive psychology include factors and interventions that lead to optimism, resilience, well-being, fulfillment, success and authentic happiness. In this interactive Professional Development course, we will review the research findings and the evidence-based interventions of positive psychology that can be applied in counselling and education settings as well as in our own lives. 

Participants will learn:
•    The fundamental concepts of positive psychology and their practical applications.
•    The five pillars of psychological well-being and authentic happiness.
•    How to identify and use "signature strengths" to increase well-being.
•    The "broaden and build" model of positive emotions.
•    Evidence-based interventions that lead to flourishing.

Learner Outcomes



For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This course has already taken place for the current academic year (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025).

The 2025/2026 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course dates will be posted on this website on July 3, 2025.

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