The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in
psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst
things in life to also building the best qualities in life.
—Dr. Martin Seligman
In the past two decades, Positive Psychology has emerged and grown, gathering optimistic steam as a bold new approach to studying (and treating) the variances of the human condition.
It began in 2000 when Dr. Martin Seligman, then-president of the American Psychological Association, challenged researchers to consider not only how to prevent and treat mental illness, but also how to help people thrive. The focus, he posited, should not be on deficits and problems but rather, human strengths and well-being.
Since that time, experimental and cross-sectional research has come to better understand the psychological processes that enhance human strength and resilience. These, in turn, help to foster a life characterized by significant engagement with the world—a life lived fully.
This course takes a long and practical view of Positive Psychology. Through lectures, multimedia presentations, and hands-on experiments, we’ll engage in a rigorous examination of the current research in the field, and then discuss how these findings relate to our own life experiences—from triumph to adversity and everything in between.
Throughout the course, participants will gain a more profound understanding of the processes that specifically support human thriving and using this as a foundation, become more adept at employing activities that researchers believe increase life satisfaction, purpose, and meaning.
Amy Gunty, PhD candidate, and researcher, Institute on Community Integration, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, is interested in enhancing the strength and resilience inherent in all people. Her professional activities include the development of thinking styles and arenas for post-traumatic growth, and working with military families, prevention/intervention programs for children and families, and community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed or faxed to: firstname.lastname@example.org | 612-624-5359.
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