Certificate in Positive Psychology
October 19, 2015–September 30, 2016
Exclusively at Kripalu
Course OverviewThere’s a scientific way to study happiness—it’s called Positive Psychology.
In contrast with traditional psychology that focuses on pathology—alleviating neurosis, anxiety, and depression—Positive Psychology focuses on individual and societal flourishing—on cultivating happiness, strengths, self-esteem, and optimism.
And now there’s a way for you to learn it from one of the field’s leading experts exclusively at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health—through a combination of on-campus and online programming over 11 months, culminating in a Certificate in Positive Psychology.
Learn how to apply Positive Psychology theory, tools, and research to
- Bring about lasting change in individuals and organizations
- Cultivate healthy personal and professional relationships
- Build affirming emotions and deal with painful emotions
- Develop positive self-regard and grounded optimism
- Improve the art and science of leadership, coaching, parenting, and teaching.
You systematically learn the evidence-based process behind positive psychology, and when you graduate, you leave with fully developed tools to help clients—and to expand your professional credibility and visibility.
What Students Are Saying
Because of the unique emphasis on the mind-body connection, taking Positive Psychology at Kripalu is unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s the only place in the world to offer a Certificate in Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar.
Watch this video and see what the students say about the experience.
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How It Works
Following an online introduction, you’ll come to Kripalu to immerse yourself in key Positive Psychology concepts, and explore those concepts in a whole-body way. During the immersion, you connect with a small group of peers who you’ll continue to communicate with virtually during the next eleven months during eight online modules. The lessons are a combination of pre-recorded video lectures, live question and answer sessions via conference call with the faculty, reading assignments, forum discussions, homework, and group work.
You don’t need fancy technology to join the online modules—just access to the web. The virtual classroom is a password-protected website that can only be accessed by course participants. It’s the place to go for your homework, video lessons, reading assignments, and to read or post in the discussion group.
The live question and answer sessions are repeated twice for each module to accommodate different time zones. If you miss a call, or want to participate again, the recordings are posted in the virtual classroom 24–48 hours after the live event ends.
To complete the course, you’ll return to Kripalu for the final immersion, where you’ll present your final project.
October 19, 2015–September 30, 2016
|Module 1 (online) Introduction to Positive Psychology||Five weeks||October 19–November 20, 2015|
|Break||Two weeks||November 23–December 4, 2015|
|Module 2 Onsite Residential Immersion||Five days||December 6–11, 2015|
|Module 3 (online) What is Happiness?||Five weeks||December 14, 2015–January 29, 2016|
|Holiday Break||Two weeks||December 21, 2015–January 1, 2016|
|Module 4 (online) Realizing Dreams||Five weeks||February 1–March 4, 2016|
|Module 5 (online) Change||Five weeks||March 7–April 8, 2016|
|Break||One week||April 11–15, 2016|
|Module 6 (online) Mind-Body Conection||Five weeks||April 18–May 20, 2016|
|Module 7 (online) Relationships||Five weeks||May 23–June 24, 2016|
|Break||One week||June 27–July 1, 2016|
|Module 8 (online) Coaching||Five weeks||July 4–August 5, 2016|
|Break||One week||August 8–12, 2016|
|Module 9 (online) Choice and Co-creating Our Reality (includes final project)||Five weeks||August 15–September 16, 2016|
|Break||One week||September 19–23, 2016|
|Module 10 Onsite Residential Immersion||Five days||September 25–30, 2016|
The lead faculty for the Certificate in Positive Psychology course are Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a pioneer and leader in the field, Dr. Maria Sirois, author of Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness, and Megan McDonough, CEO of Wholebeing Institute. Adjunct Faculty include Megha Nancy Buttenheim and Phoebe Atkinson.
What You Earn
Along with a Certificate in Positive Psychology, you complete an important final project—a presentation you’ve created outlining what you find compelling and important about Positive Psychology. Use this final project as a personal treatise, a declaration that guides your life and/or your professional work. Or use the presentation to share with others in your community to gain visibility and credibility to build your business.
The overall purpose/goal of the program is to systematically understand the evidence-based process behind positive psychology, and, when you graduate, leave with tools that foster resiliency and positivity in yourself for personal development and/or in others to expand your professional impact, credibility, and visibility.
Continuing education credits (CECs) for the in-house modules of the course are pending. Visit our Continuing Education page for information on the accrediting boards that we are affiliated with, although CECs may not be offered for all professions. All participants may request a Letter of Attendance for $10.
You can get many of your questions answered on our CEC FAQ page. For any further questions related to CECs, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.448.3127. For general questions about the program, please see our FAQ.
Watch the Impact
Watch the video to see the impact of the course from a student perspective.
Tuition: $4,450 + technology fee: $150; housing & meals 10 nights, cost based on accommodations.
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