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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

This online, five-module (115 hours), introductory Positive Psychology Certificate prepares front-line service providers with the knowledge and skills to effectively utilize the scientific foundations and applied interventions of positive psychology to enhance their overall well-being through collaborative and experiential learning. The combination of theoretical and practical approaches in positivity, optimism and well-being provides students with the background and necessary tools to reduce the impact of associated workplace stress related to their personal and professional lives. The implementation of positive psychology based exercises and strategies will contribute to positive mental wellness, increasing psychological assets and resourcefulness. As a final capstone of the certificate, students will focus on developing an initiative as part of their contribution to promoting well-being within the workplace, increasing the sustainability of their own progress while simultaneously benefiting their workplaces and communities.

Schedule of Modules

Our sessions start in January and September. Due to demand we are also piloting a spring session this year.

2017/18 Modules

  • Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology: Sept. 18 to Oct. 27, 2017.
  • Signature and Character Strengths: Nov. 13 to Dec. 8, 2017.
  • Self-Care: Jan. 8 to Feb. 2, 2018.
  • Quality Connections: Feb. 20 to March 16, 2018.
  • A Pathway for Resilience: Growth Mindset: April 3 to May 4, 2018.

“This course, and the field of positive psychology in general, offers so many great insights that can immediately be applied in our context to help people thrive in their relationships with patients and the people in their lives, in their interactions with their coworkers and teams, and in their own self-care and development.”

Janice Hendrick, Organizational Development Consultant, Brant Community Healthcare System

Program Learning Outcomes

In this certificate program, you will:

  • Develop a sound understanding of positive psychology and well-being.
  • Critically examine positive psychology principles, research and practices.
  • Assess and apply various well-being building practices based on individual workplace contexts.
  • Identify and implement resources, activities and practices to support and sustain well-being as individuals and as a community within the workplace.
  • Analyze the impact of positive social relationships and networks for work, service delivery and practice.
  • Collaborate with peers to gain insight regarding potential solutions towards increasing well-being for individuals and work groups.
  • Design an initiative to positively influence the workplace and promote a culture of wellness using the practices and principles of positive psychology.


As a student in the Positive Psychology Certificate program, you will receive a year’s membership with the International Positive Psychology Association, a one-year subscription to the Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit, and the VIA Character Strengths survey with Me and Pro reports a $560 value.

Learning Online

We recognize the challenges of fitting learning opportunities into your busy lives. All of the Positive Psychology Certificate modules are administered online and therefore reliable web access is important. The amount of time required online will vary with each course but we recommend budgeting 5-7 hours per week to start and then you can adjust from there.

Laurier uses MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn to deliver each module. Desire2Learn’s teaching and learning technologies are used by more than 1,100 clients and 15 million learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector.

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Funding Opportunities

As a recognized training provider, government funding may be available for our centre’s programs. Learn more about how this funding can offset up to 2/3 of the program fee.


Registration is now open for our fall session. Register before Aug. 25 to receive a $100 discount.

Enrolment fees for the program are $3,875. One-time payments or a multi-payment plan is available on the registration form.

Laurier alumni, current students and employees, as well as seniors, are eligible for a $375 discount. Email to receive your discount code. You must receive and input your discount code before proceeding to the payment page to be eligible for the discount; the discount cannot be processed after payment is made.

Are you registering five or more employees? You may be eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant for employers. Receive a $375 discount per registrant: email to receive your discount code before making your payment.


“The field of positive psychology has potential to change you personally and professionally. The course is very relevant to any helping profession or anyone leading employees. The self-care portion was excellent. Appreciated as well the positive emotions piece, the living in vulnerability, self-compassion, resiliency and how the brain works. Very good course. I would recommend it to others...”

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