PSY6071 Positive Psychology Interventions
While psychology has traditionally focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems and psychopathological issues, the positive psychology movement has shifted its focus to prevention-based interventions. Positive psychology interventions (PPIs) are scientific tools and strategies for promoting happiness and well-being through positive thoughts and emotions. This course covers recent advancements in positive psychology, with emphasis on its application for individuals, families, schools, and communities. Topics covered include PPIs (e.g., savouring, gratitude, kindness, empathy, optimism, mindfulness, and character strengths) that promote individuals’ and students’ well-being and flourishing, resilience, emotional, intellectual and social growth, positive relationships, and health. This course will also provide students with knowledge about the applications of positive psychology in work settings. Students will learn to develop, implement, and evaluate PPIs.