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Within the field of psychology there is a relatively new branch known as positive psychology. Positive psychology uses scientific research and understanding to study the conditions and processes that contribute to the flourishing or optimal functioning of people, groups and institutions.

We offer two certificates specific to the scientific evidence and applied interventions of positive psychology:

These certificates explore evidence-based best practices, supporting positive mental health and well-being in workplaces, educational settings and for personal growth and resilience. Graduates of the certificates will use validated measures of well-being and tested interventions to promote optimal learning and flourishing environments. Activities, assignments and a capstone project help participants apply the different concepts and strategies to their own settings.

The two certificates share the first two modules before splitting into the two streams. The Positive Psychology Certificate is a 23-week program while the Positive Education Certificate is a total of 16 weeks.

“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

Schedule of Modules

Our sessions typically start in January and September.

Registration will remain open until the Friday following the start of Module 1 of each Session.

Fall 2018

Positive Psychology Modules

  • Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology: Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, 2018.
  • Signature and Character Strengths: Nov. 19 to Dec. 14, 2018.
  • Self-Care: Jan. 7 to Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Quality Connections: Feb. 19 to March 15, 2019.
  • A Pathway for Resilience: Growth Mindset: April 1 to May 3, 2019.

Positive Education Modules

  • Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology: Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, 2018.
  • Signature and Character Strengths: Nov. 19 to Dec. 14, 2018.
  • Co-creating a Strengths-Based Culture: Jan. 7 to 25, 2019.
  • Embedding the Promotion of Well-Being into Education: Feb. 11 to March 11, 2019.

Learning Online

We recognize the challenges of fitting learning opportunities into your busy lives. All of the Positive Psychology Certificate and Positive Education modules are administered online and are asynchronous - you are able to work through the material at your own pace but are requested to keep up on a weekly basis. The amount of time required online will vary with each course but we recommend budgeting five to seven 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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Registration is now open for our winter sessions.

Register for Positive Psychology

Register for Positive Education

Fees and Discounts

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

Positive Education: Enrolment fees for the program are CA$2,495. 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 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? Receive a discount per registrant: email to receive your discount code before making your payment.

You may be eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant for employers.

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.


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