Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology
Positive and productive staff. Happy and engaged students. Energised and highly-performing teams. In educational, health,
corporate and community organisations, leaders at all levels 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 positive education, neuroscience, mindfulness,
positive organisational practices and positive leadership, the course provides comprehensive coverage of the key theories
and concepts that are transforming workplaces and classrooms across the world.
For wellbeing leaders, the neuroscientific evidence is clear. Learners better retain information and hence achieve more
highly in the presence of positive emotions and positive relationships. Staff perform better, are more willing to innovate,
and work more collegially in an organisation in which Positive Psychology is woven into the culture.
The Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology is an academic course, but it is also a practical course, grounded in
the application of research findings to real-world contexts. You will be empowered with a deep knowledge of each of the
Elements of Wellbeing identified by Professor Martin Seligman in his PERMA Model of Wellbeing. As well, you will gain
a solid understanding of the science of neuroplasticity, the identification of strengths, and the practice of mindfulness.
The knowledge and practical strategies embodied in this course (with its accompanying resources) will provide a firm foundation
for the positive cultural change you have envisioned for your organisation.
The course is also a 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.
The Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology was very informative. I really enjoyed the practical manner in which
the information was presented. Rob was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the content had real academic integrity.
— ANGELA DUNN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, DARAMALAN COLLEGE
I feel empowered, energised, and ready to implement the strategies that I learnt. I am so grateful for the opportunity
to attend this course and connect with other like-minded people from such a wide range of experiences. I loved the
course and didn't want it to end!
— NATALIE GHERADIN, PRINCIPAL, FRANCES PRIMARY SCHOOL
A fabulous introduction to Positive Psychology. Rob was wonderful! I will integrate this into my practice.
— JASON CAMPBELL, PSYCHOLOGIST, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
Fantastic. Great two days. Really enjoyed.
— PAUL WHATUIRA, EDUCATION AND WELFARE OFFICER, WESTS TIGERS RUGBY LEAGUE
Very rarely are we given the opportunity to experience extremely well researched and coherent material in a concise,
entertaining and truly worthwhile series of presentations. By far the most informative and literally life-changing
PD programme of the past ten years!
— CHRISTOPHER GEORGE, ENGLISH TEACHER, THE SOUTHPORT SCHOOL
I would highly recommend this course for those in wellbeing and leadership positions. The content and delivery is wonderful
and something all schools should invest in.
— KT, COLLEGE WELLBEING OFFICER, SAINT CATHERINE'S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
Positive Difference created opportunities to network concepts, thoughts and processes regarding the psychology of individualised
change. I would highly recommend the course to any education department wishing to ignite culture.
— JAMIE WEINERT, TEACHER, MACKAY NORTHERN BEACHES STATE HIGH SCHOOL
The course was an opportunity to connect with people who had fantastic work experiences with wellbeing and mindfulness.
It gave me an understanding of work to do in my space and a pathway to follow.
— SAMANTHA HUTCHINSON, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, GAVEN STATE SCHOOL
I really enjoyed the Positive Difference course. I learnt a great deal that I will be able to utilise in the school
environment. I have left the course with a wealth of knowledge and feeling very energised. The food was fantastic
— K POTTS, STUDENT WELLBEING AND PASTORAL CARE OFFICER, ST WILLIAM'S SCHOOL GROVELY
Thank you Rob for delivering such an informative, well-researched course with zest and vigour! I appreciate the cards,
Power Points and other resources.
— ANGELA AMEDEE, SOCIAL SKILLS TEACHER, CAMP HILL STATE INFANTS AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
The academic base for this course was a great plus. I am learning a wealth of information that will allow our school
community to formulate a wellness plan that is evidence-based! This is by far the best professional development I
have ever done!
— MH, WORKPLACE WELLBEING CAPABILITIES TEAM LEADER, DENISON STATE SCHOOL
The course content is great for your own wellbeing and for sharing with staff. Rob is a very entertaining presenter,
very "positive". The venue was beautiful and the catering was good with lots of food and drinks.
— GERRI SIMPSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, ST ANDREW'S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
A great introduction to Positive Psychology with clear support and ideas to implement for student and staff wellbeing.
The course is also a tool for self-development and reflection.
— REBECCA WATSON, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: STUDENT WELLBEING, KINGAROY STATE HIGH SCHOOL
The course has me feeling excited and energised! I have so many ideas of how I will take the learnings back and apply
them to my practice. Thanks Rob!
— NICOLE SHANKS, FAMILY AND WELLNESS COACH, ACHIEVE POTENTIALS, MACKAY
The Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology provided an excellent consolidation of many years of reading around
Positive Psychology. A very affirming course that is conducted in a warm and engaging atmosphere.
— MP, PASTORAL LEADER, MT ST MICHAEL'S COLLEGE
Already having a sound understanding of the benefits and principles of Positive Psychology, I found the course insightfully
refreshing and engaging.
— SUSAN AHERN, HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL, TOWNSVILLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
The course was amazing. I'm so energised and can't wait to get back to school and implement the strategies learnt.
— JORDAN GRANT, HEAD OF HOUSE: SHORTLAND 5-8, NEWCASTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
I have been looking at various aspects of Positive Psychology over the past few years. This course has tied it together
for me. My thought processes are much more cohesive and I certainly understand the various theories much better.
— ALISON PATRICK, RELIEVING ASSISTANT OF PRINCIPAL WELLBEING, CAMBRIDGE GARDENS PUBLIC SCHOOL
Thank you for inspiring us to “bounce forward”. I feel empowered, valued and capable to make a positive difference
in personal and professional lives.
— CATHY, RELIEVING HEAD OF TEACHER WELFARE, NORTHMEAD CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
A fabulous consolidation of theories. A great course to reflect on your own strengths and how to consolidate Growth,
Flow, and Values. Rob's knowledge was outstanding and this is one of the most valuable courses I have done.
— LOUISE SMAILES, HEAD OF TEACHER WELLBEING, RUTHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL
Outstanding coverage of concepts. I thoroughly enjoyed discussing principles of Positive Psychology. The course helped
to provide a good overview of several threads that I had some understanding of previously, but which I hadn't integrated
into a coherent framework.
— LAWRENCE MCDONELL, TEACHER, CAMBRIDGE GARDENS PUBLIC SCHOOL
Excellent! Lots of easily-relatable concepts and tools I can readily apply in my business.
— MARK ALLEN, PRINCIPAL, MALANDA STATE SCHOOL
Awesome suite of strategies to improve the positivity in our workplace.
— MI, MALANDA STATE SCHOOL
Thank you for a wonderful two days. The content, explanations and elaborations were very informative and comprehensive.
The course built on my knowledge and I am very grateful that I was able to attend.
— WENDY FOX, MALANDA STATE SCHOOL
Thank you for this fantastic course. It was jam-packed full of inspiring, useful information. I am excited to begin
implementing this into my teaching.
— TANIA CANNINGS, LEARNING AND SUPPORT TEACHER, ELDERSLIE PUBLIC SCHOOL
The course absolutely delivered on all aspects promised. It was exactly what I needed for both my professional and
personal life. A great academic introduction to Positive Psychology, rich in content and resources.
— SHARON COMBEY, HT: WELLBEING, HASTINGS SECONDARY COLLEGE
Participation in this course is highly recommended for:
- School Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Year, Heads of House, Boarding Housemasters and other school wellbeing
leaders who want to introduce the language and strategies of Positive Psychology to students, parents and staff;
- School teachers who want to create highly positive and productive classrooms based on relational learning;
- Human Resources personnel, line managers, department heads and change agents who want to nurture a collaborative culture,
or support staff through strategic change;
- Educational leaders and business owners who want to optimise their organisation's work environment to best utilise their
- Community service workers, social workers, NDIS practitioners, and support staff who seek strategies to enhance their
personal resilience and wellbeing;
- Counsellors, Guidance Officers and coaches who want to add Positive Psychology interventions to their toolkit of effective
strategies to help their clients cope with challenges and flourish; and all
- Lifelong learners who seek personal growth, want to enhance their employability, or are keen to attain knowledge and
skills they can apply in personal and community-related roles.
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
|Thursday 01 - Friday 02 March
|Thursday 15 - Friday 16 March
|Thursday 10 - Friday 11 May
|Thursday 24 - Friday 25 May
|Thursday 12 - Friday 13 July
|Thursday 16 - Friday 17 August
|Thursday 01 - Friday 02 November
|Thursday 08 - Friday 09 November
|Thursday 15 - Friday 16 November
|Thursday 02 - Friday 03 August
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.
The course is delivered over two consecutive days from 8.30am - 4.30pm each day.
Course fee and inclusions
|New Zealand (NZD)
- Save $300 per person when you register by Wednesday 16 May 2018.
- Prices are inclusive of GST.
- We are pleased to offer several convenient
Recognition of learning
- A Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology will be awarded at the end of Day Two in recognition of course completion.
- Participants will gain certification for 12 hours of professional development in Applied Positive Psychology.
- Additional hours of professional development may be claimable for recommended pre-course work and post-course work.
- For educators, the course develops APST 1.2.3, 3.5.3, 4.1.3, 4.2.3, 4.4.3, 6.2.3, and 6.3.3.
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:
- PowerPoint presentations on each of the modules covered in the course
- Video lectures by the key researchers in the field of Positive Psychology
- Scholarly articles
- A premium hotel venue with the option of discounted accommodation
- A professional workbook
- A pen and writing pad
- 24 strengths cards
- 16 gratitude cards
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea
- All day beverages
Below is a small selection of photos from the course. Please check out our
Facebook page to see more photos.
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.