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This online, five-module (154 hours), introductory Positive Psychology Certificate prepares students 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 you with the background and necessary tools to reduce the impact of associated workplace stress related to your personal and professional lives. The implementation of positive psychology-based exercises and strategies contributes to positive mental wellness, increasing psychological assets and resourcefulness.

As a final capstone of the certificate, you'll develop an initiative as part of your contribution to promoting well-being within the workplace, increasing the sustainability of your own progress while simultaneously benefiting your workplaces and community.

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.


The Positive Psychology Certificate consists of five modules:

  • Exploration of the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology
  • Signature and Character Strengths
  • Self-Care
  • Quality Connections
  • A Pathway for Resilience: Growth Mindset


As a student in the Positive Psychology Certificate program, you will receive a one-year subscription to the Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit, and the VIA Character Strengths survey with Me and Pro reports a $525 value.


Positive psychology uses scientific research to understand how we can shift our emotions and thinking from a neutral state to a more positive, flourishing state. It is not an alternate method of treating psychological disorders or mental illness. The Positive Psychology Certificate, offered through the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being, seeks to help students learn how positive psychology principles are used to build resilience, manage emotions and deal with stress, and promote life satisfaction and well-being. The certificate does not provide graduates the authority to practice psychology, offer psychological services, or use the word "psychologist" or "positive psychology" in their title or as part of services they may offer.


“The majority of my clients come with addiction/substance abuse issues, depression, relationship difficulties and workplaces with a negative bias and helping them to see things differently is essential. I have kept a more balanced focus to look for different perspectives on what the clients bring. It helps to provide alternatives to focussing only on the problems brought by clients and fits well with CBT and other strategies in shifting thoughts and emotions.”

Patricia Davies, Private practice specializing in addictions, trauma and lifestyle change

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