Certificate in Positive Psychology
February 24, 2014–January 30, 2015
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 eleven 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.
February 24, 2014–January 30, 2015
|Module 1 (online) Introduction to Positive Psychology||February 24–March 28, 2014|
|Break||March 31–April 4, 2014|
|Module 2 On-Site Residential Immersion||April 6–11, 2014|
|Module 3 (online): What Is Happiness?||April 14–May 16, 2014|
|Module 4 (online): Realizing Dreams||May 19–June 20, 2014|
|Break||June 23–July 27, 2014|
|Module 5 (online): Change||June 30–August 1, 2014|
|Module 6 (online): Mind-Body Connection||August 4–September 5, 2014|
|Break||September 8–12, 2014|
|Module 7 (online): Relationships||September 15–October 17, 2014|
|Module 8 (online): Coaching||October 20–November 21, 2014|
|Break||November 24–28, 2014|
|Module 9 (online): Choice and Co-creating Our Reality (first three weeks)||December 1–19, 2014|
|Break||December 22, 2014–January 2, 2015|
|Module 9 (online): Choice and Co-creating Our Reality (last two weeks)||January 5–January 16, 2015|
|Break||January 19–23, 2015|
|Module 10 Onsite Residential Immersion||January 25–30, 2015|
The lead faculty for the Certificate in Positive Psychology course are Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a pioneer and leader in the field, and Dr. Maria Sirois, author of Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience from Children Facing Illness. Adjunct Faculty include Megan McDonough and Megha Nancy Buttenheim.
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 available for nursing, social work, certified counselors, psychologists, athletic trainers, yoga teachers and coaches. Visit our Continuing Education page for information on the accrediting boards that we are affiliated with. The first in-house module offers Continuing Education Credits for the following professions for a $30 fee:
RN credits 17.7
SW credits 30.0
PSY credits 18.6
California residents may also get 30.0 hours for BBS (MFT and LCSW). All participants may request a Letter of Attendance for $10.
Information regarding the CECs for second in house immersion will be given to you during the course a few months prior to the immersion.
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 Janis Bowersox, CE Coordinator, at 413.448.3127. For general questions about the program, please see our FAQ.
In partnership with Lesley University, participants can apply for six college undergraduate credits. To apply, e-mail Beth Chambers, Coordinator of Continuing Education at email@example.com and request an application for the course “Positive Psychology” (note: this is not categorized as a certificate course at Lesley).
watch the impact
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Tuition: $3,800 + technology fee: $150; housing & meals 10 nights, cost based on accommodations.
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