Positive Psychology: building happiness and flourishing

City University London
In Islington (England)

Price on request

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  • Short course
  • Islington (England)
  • When:

Most of us would like to become happier and flourish in life.  This course provides evidence-based techniques to enable you to do this.  You will learn leading-edge ways to develop PERMA: positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, purpose and accomplishment. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your values and learn how CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) can help you become more resilient and move in your valued direction. Weekly classes encourage discussion of these ideas and practical exercises are given to aid self-development. Students also have the option of giving a short presentation in class. You should be able to commit to 2 hours’ work between classes. The two Positive Psychology courses can be taken in either order and no prior knowledge is required.Please note that there will be no class on the 20th of October 2016, and the course will finish on the 15th of December 2016.Positive Psychology short course tutor Tim Lebon discusses how to get more from life, take control and achieve your full potential.Why Choose a City Short Course?Apply positive psychology to your personal and professional life over 10 weekly evening classes with our short course.Through encouragement from the course tutor, students will learn techniques to enable them to realise their full potential, as well assess their individual experiences within the context of positive psychology. Course Information Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply Thursday 6 October 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes (No class on 20 October 2016) ¬£430.00 CS1941 Apply Now Tutor Info Tim LeBon gained a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford and an M.Phil in Philosophy at the University of London. He teaches philosophy, personal development and counselling courses and...

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Where and when

Starts Location
Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB , London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

What will I learn?

The 10 week course will cover the following and will be discussed in further detail during the first class.

Note: This is indicative of likely content and is subject to change

Week 1  Introduction: Positive Psychology, happiness and flourishing

This week will introduce the main themes of the course – What is positive psychology? What do we mean by flourishing? What is happiness?  Martin Seligman’s PERMA model  of flourishing will be introduced. students will be asked to think of a meaningful goal they will work on to achieve by the end of the course.

Reading : Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology:  Introduction

Week 2 Accomplishment & Achievement

We will look at theories relating to how to become an expert, developing a growth mindset, SMART goals. A framework will be introduced based on these ideas to help students achieve their goals.

Core Reading (to be done before this week): Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter   5 (for each week there is reading to be carried out before the class and optional supplementary reading will be suggested )

Week 3   Happiness & Positive Emotions

We will look at the psychology of happiness and positive emotions, including Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build theory and attempt to answer the important question “what makes people happier?”  Empirically-supported interventions which have been shown to make people happier will be described and students will be invited to try them out for themselves.

Reading: Achieve Your Potential  With Positive Psychology Chapters 1 & 2

Week 4 Meaning & Purpose

We will look at the psychology of meaning and purpose, from Viktor Frankl  to Martin Seligman as well as the psychology of kindness.

Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 6

Week 5   Flow

We will look at the psychology of flow – being “in the zone” and fully engaged in what you are doing, based on Csikszentmihalyi ‘s seminal work. We will also look at the connection between flow and using your strengths.

Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 7

Week 6   Positive Relationships

We will look at the psychology of positive relationships – including romantic relationships and friendships and working relationship, drawing on the theories of Sternberg & Gottman.

Reading : Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 8

Week 7    Values and Flourishing

Having looked at the 5 elements of flourishing according to Seligman’s PERMA theory earlier in the course, we will now take a step back and look at flourishing in the round. Students will have the opportunity to engage in values clarification and learn about other theories of flourishing and well-being

Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 3

Week 8   Third Wave CBT: Flourishing through ACT

Students will learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third wave CBT therapy. ACT provides an  evidence-based framework for learning how to actualise your values and overcome emotional obstacles to so doing.

Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 10 (part) and handout

Week 9 Resilience

Students will learn how to overcome adversities, drawing on evidence-based  techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which may include problem solving and cognitive restructuring

Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 9

Week 10 Conclusions

In the final week we will draw together threads from the course and discuss next steps. Students will also have the opportunity to do a short presentation relating to achieving the meaningful goal they set themselves to achieve earlier in the course.

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Teaching and Assessment

  • A short presentation to the class.
  • Answers to weekly assignments.
  • Contributions to class discussions.