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City’s Positive Psychology short course provides evidence-based techniques to enable you to become the best version of yourself.
You will learn many skills that are useful both for professional and personal development. These include:
Through encouragement from the course tutor, students will learn techniques to enable them to realise their full potential and assess their individual experiences within the context of positive psychology.
You will learn leading-edge techniques to develop strengths and virtues such as wisdom, self-control, courage and fairness. They will also learn about mindfulness and compassion and how to be more self-compassionate.
Required reading is set between classes. Weekly classes encourage discussion of these ideas and practical exercises are given to aid self-development. You also have the option of giving a short presentation in class.
“ Hugely enjoyable course…I liked the informal style, content and group participation. ”
The 10 week course will cover the following and will be discussed in further detail during the first class.
Note: This is indicative of likely content and is subject to change
Week 1: Introduction: Positive Psychology, happiness and flourishing
This week will introduce the main themes of the course – What is positive psychology? What do we mean by flourishing? What is happiness? Martin Seligman’s PERMA model of flourishing will be introduced. students will be asked to think of a meaningful goal they will work on to achieve by the end of the course.
Reading : Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology: Introduction
Week 2: Accomplishment & Achievement
We will look at theories relating to how to become an expert, developing a growth mindset, SMART goals. A framework will be introduced based on these ideas to help students achieve their goals.
Core Reading (to be done before this week): Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 5 (for each week there is reading to be carried out before the class and optional supplementary reading will be suggested )
Week 3: Happiness & Positive Emotions
We will look at the psychology of happiness and positive emotions, including Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build theory and attempt to answer the important question “what makes people happier?” Empirically-supported interventions which have been shown to make people happier will be described and students will be invited to try them out for themselves.
Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapters 1 & 2
Week 4: Meaning & Purpose
We will look at the psychology of meaning and purpose, from Viktor Frankl to Martin Seligman as well as the psychology of kindness.
Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 6
Week 5: Flow
We will look at the psychology of flow – being “in the zone” and fully engaged in what you are doing, based on Csikszentmihalyi ‘s seminal work. We will also look at the connection between flow and using your strengths.
Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 7
Week 6: Positive Relationships
We will look at the psychology of positive relationships – including romantic relationships and friendships and working relationship, drawing on the theories of Sternberg & Gottman.
Reading : Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 8
Week 7: Values and Flourishing
Having looked at the 5 elements of flourishing according to Seligman’s PERMA theory earlier in the course, we will now take a step back and look at flourishing in the round. Students will have the opportunity to engage in values clarification and learn about other theories of flourishing and well-being
Reading: Achieve Your Potential With Positive Psychology Chapter 3
Good written and spoken English.
You should be able to commit to 2 hours’ work between classes.
The two Positive Psychology courses can be taken in either order and no prior knowledge is required.
You will be required to deliver:
Handouts will be put on Dropbox each week. list Students are required to purchase Achieve your potential with Positive Psychology , the main course reader. Other readings are optional.
Tim LeBon gained a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford and an M.Phil in Philosophy at the University of London. He teaches philosophy, personal development and counselling courses and has a particular interest in the way that philosophy and psychology can be of practical use.
Tim is a qualified as a life coach and a psychotherapist and is the author of Wise Therapy: Philosophy for Counsellors (Sage, 2001) and Achieve Your Potential with Positive Psychology (2014)
Tim has been teaching psychology, philosophy and personal and development courses for over 20 years. As a practising life coach and psychotherapist, Tim is known form making complicated ideas simple and for teaching how to apply these ideas in practice.