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.

Participation in this course is highly recommended for:

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

Please contact us to express your interest in the Short Course in Applied Positive Psychology, and we will let you know when more dates and venues are available.


Date Location Register
Friday 23 - Saturday 24 August Brisbane Register
Thursday 29 - Friday 30 August Sydney Register
Thursday 07 - Friday 08 November Sydney 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 and return to work with renewed energy and purpose.

Holiday Inn Parramatta
18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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The Ship Inn
Cnr Stanley and Sidon Streets, Brisbane
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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 presenter

The course is presented by Robert Ritchie.

Rob founded Positive Difference with the mission to deliver comprehensive, research-validated training to optimise individual and organisational wellbeing, performance and leadership capacity. Through Positive Difference, Rob has helped hundreds of people do good better.

Rob's strengths are his capacity to see the big picture to draw connections between research fields; synthesise complex research findings into clearly structured frameworks and immediately applicable actions; and share this knowledge in a warm, inspiring and highly engaging way. His VIA signature strengths are perspective, judgement, honesty, creativity and humour.

Rob holds a Master of Education degree, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. He is also an accredited practitioner of CAPP's Strengths Profile.

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Robert Ritchie

Course photos

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Course fee and inclusions

Course fee

Country Price
Australia (AUD) $949
New Zealand (NZD) $949

Recognition of learning

A Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology will be awarded at the end of Day Two.

The course offers 12 hours of professional development in Applied Positive Psychology. Additional hours may be claimable for:

Ongoing support

Participants will be provided with 6 months access to a Professional Development Library containing resources to consolidate and extend their knowledge of the course content, and to use for training purposes within their organisation. These resources include:

Other inclusions

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.