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 explore intentional approaches that foster more constructive and positive interactions with others including family, friends and co-workers. It will focus on mental health as a way of understanding its impact on others' behaviour and as well as fostering an empathic response to their situation. Learn how to reframe negative situations and realign them in a more constructive manner where possible.   

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Understanding Mental Health of Self and Others

  • Module 2: Communicating Positively

  • Module 3: Understanding the Role of Choice

  • Module 4: Dealing with Negative Situations

What You Will Learn

  • Evidence-based strategies and approaches aimed at creating more constructive and positive interactions with others
  • Conversational strategies that set the stage for more positive and successful interpersonal dynamics
  • Strategies to reframe negative situations and reorient them to more constructive outcomes
  • The role of purpose, meaning and values in shaping our interactions.  


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



The two courses listed below are prerequisites as course materials and exercises in this course build upon prior learning in those courses. If enrolling in multiple courses at once, learners will receive a warning that prerequisites have not been met - please just click “ok” and continue.

Recommended For

  • This course will benefit 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 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.  

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Application of Positive Psychology Principles to Influence Others
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 09, 2024 to Feb 13, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Jan 16, 2024 to Feb 06, 2024
Schedule and Location
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 Jan 16, 23, 30, and Feb 6 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 9.
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