Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology

Positive and productive staff. Happy and engaged students. Creative and highly-performing teams. In schools, businesses and organisations, leaders work to create a culture in which productivity, creativity and performance are optimised, and in which hard-working people can thrive. This is the field of wellbeing at work, and it draws its evidence from research in the broader domain of Positive Psychology.

In his book Flourish, Professor Martin Seligman (2011) identifies five Elements of Wellbeing necessary for individuals and organisations to be at their best. They are Positive Emotions, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment, and they form the framework for the Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology we are proud to offer you here.

Conducted over two full days, this course will teach you the conditions and processes that lead to the optimal functioning of individuals, groups and organisations. You will learn how to be at your personal best at home and at work, and how to lead cultural change in your work environment to enhance wellbeing and improve performance. By synthesising research in the field of Positive Psychology, supported by current thinking in education, neuroscience, organisational management and leadership, the course provides comprehensive coverage of the key theories and concepts that are transforming workplaces and classrooms across the world.

This course is both a professional and personal learning opportunity. While you will be able to immediately apply what you learn at work, your new understandings will also magnify your self-awareness and self-esteem, enhance your personal relationships, strengthen your resilience and invigorate your sense of purpose in life. It is likely you will experience several transformative moments throughout the course, and will have many opportunities to share your insights with your group.

The course is an academic one, but it is also a practical one, grounded in the application of research findings to real-world contexts. Participants can expect to be well equipped with deep knowledge and practical strategies to make a positive difference in their chosen profession.

Participation in this course is highly recommended for:

Calendar (2018)

We are pleased to provide you with multiple opportunities to engage in professional development in a city near you.

Please note the possibility of completing short courses in Applied Positive Psychology and Positive Leadership in the same week at the same venue. As well, note that our July courses have been timed to coincide with the mid-year school holidays.


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Thursday 01 - Friday 02 March Brisbane Register
Thursday 15 - Friday 16 March Sydney Register
Thursday 10 - Friday 11 May Brisbane Register
Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May Sydney Register
Thursday 24 - Friday 25 May Melbourne Register
Thursday 12 - Friday 13 July Gold Coast Register
Thursday 16 - Friday 17 August Sydney Register
Thursday 23 - Friday 24 August Melbourne Register
Thursday 01 - Friday 02 November Melbourne Register
Thursday 08 - Friday 09 November Brisbane Register
Thursday 15 - Friday 16 November Sydney Register

New Zealand

Date Location Register
Thursday 02 - Friday 03 August Auckland Register

Course venues

Our course venues have been carefully selected to provide you with a premium professional development experience - to optimise your engagement and learning and, simply, to ensure you have a great time! Combine one or two of our courses with our discounted accommodation rates in some of Australia and New Zealand's most iconic hotels, and return to work with renewed energy and purpose.



Gold Coast



Course organisation

Module 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology

Module 2: Cultivating positivity

Module 3: Embracing engagement

Module 4: Building positive relationships

Module 5: Finding meaning

Module 6: Pursuing accomplishment

Course structure

The course is delivered over two consecutive days from 8.30am - 4.30pm each day.

Day 1

Day 2

Course fee and inclusions

Course fee

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Australia (AUD) $949.00 $1,049.00
New Zealand (NZD) $949.00 $1,049.00

Recognition of learning

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to our Professional Development Library, a collection of resources to consolidate and extend your knowledge Positive Psychology and to use for training purposes within your organisation. These resources include:

Other inclusions

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Our recommendation

With the Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology, you get two days of professional training in the science of optimal functioning along with an extensive collection of supporting resources so you can share your newly-acquired knowledge with your colleagues.

For best results, we suggest having several of your high-performing people complete the course so that they can form a team to lead sustainable cultural change in your organisation.