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Positive Psychology in Practice (PSYC90094)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90094
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This subject complements and extends learning from “Introduction of Positive Psychology” by examining (a) common positive psychological practices and their evidence and (b) how positive psychology interventions and programs are designed, delivered and evaluated. Practices explored will include positive psychology coaching, strengths-based interventions, mindfulness-based interventions and community level well-being programs. The applications of positive psychology will be explored at multiple levels from individual, family through to organisations (particularly health and business sectors) and policy level. Students will be enabled to design and evaluate interventions in work contexts relevant to them, including the use of positive psychological/well-being measurement.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Design a positive psychology program based on existing theory and evidence.
  • Evaluate a positive psychology program using appropriate positive psychological measurement and evaluation methods.
  • Apply contemporary evidence on positive psychological interventions.
  • Demonstrate key introductory skills of positive psychology coaching.

Generic skills

Graduates should develop the following generic skills:

  • Problem-solving skills, including engaging with, researching and identifying strategies to solve unfamiliar problems and bring about change.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to construct and express logical arguments.
  • To learn to critically investigate, modify and adapt new ideas and approaches.
  • Plan effective work schedules and meet deadlines.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Change management skills.
  • Use of evidence and data.

Last updated: 29 August 2019