Course Description

This course is 15 learning hours inclusive of 4 hours of interactive online facilitated sessions. It is recommended that learners spend approximately 3-hours per week on this course. 

In this course participants will be introduced to the basic tenets of Positive Psychology. Through exploring Dr. Seligman's PERMA model and Dr. Frederickson's Broaden-and Build theory, you will explore how our brain chemistry affects our mood and mental states, and how these models and theories can be applied to our everyday lives as they are instrumental in our relationships with others. Deepen your understanding of positive psychology by taking this course on its own or taking it as the first course in the Certificate in Building Positive Workplace Cultures.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: What is Positive Psychology?
  • Module 2: Benefits of Positive Psychology
  • Module 3: Seligman's PERMA Model
  • Module 4: Fredrickson's Broaden-and-Build Theory

What You Will Learn

• How to recognize the role of our neurochemistry and how this influences our mood and mental states  
• How to utilize Seligman’s PERMA model as a way of understanding positive psychology 
• How Frederickson’s Broaden-and-Build Theory relates to interpersonal relationships and how this can shape our understanding of positive psychology 


If you have any questions about this course, please send an email to openlearning@dal.ca

Recommended For

  • Anyone currently in a supervisory or leadership role, or those who aspire to such roles, who want to apply the principles of positive psychology to enhance their leadership skills.
  • While focused on the workplace, the skills gained in the program can be beneficial in day-to-day living as well. The application of positive psychology techniques will empower and enable participants to meaningfully shape and influence their respective workplaces using a positive lens. This lens has been demonstrated to foster confidence, promote enthusiasm and broadens resilience.  
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Section Title
Foundations of Positive Psychology
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 02, 2024 to May 07, 2024
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $795.00
Section Notes
This course includes four one-hour synchronous facilitated sessions scheduled on April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00-8:00 pm Atlantic Time. It is recommended that learners sign up early so they can have access to the recommended readings and videos up to a week before the first live session. Those who cannot participate in the facilitated live sessions will be given an alternate assignment to gauge comprehension of the materials. In addition to the one-hour facilitated session per week, learners can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week in reading, watching videos, reflection and assignment preparation. The final assignment will be due on May 7.
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