(Dip. Pos. Psych.)
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning and
Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists.
Course accreditation ACCPH and GSTMS (see links in left-hand column).
Updated and revised 2015.
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£245.00 (245 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
One FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy the textbook separately. No other books
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Positive Psychology is the psychology of
personal growth, happiness and positive personal qualities. The history of
clinical psychology shows a preoccupation with mental illness and disability and
treatments for psychological problems. Positive Psychology is a new
direction in psychology that looks at how we can feel positive emotions such as
happiness and hope, and how we can foster creativity and wisdom. This course
uses a key textbook that surveys the research done in this exciting new area and
the theories that have emerged. Key concepts are explained and there are guides
to further reading both of an academic and a self-help nature. Students are
encouraged to answer self-reflective questions as well as to appreciate academic
knowledge. Examples are given of how psychologists apply these principles and
there are recommendations for how positive psychology can change clinical
practice and ultimately help to change society for the better.
(this syllabus is subject to
Psychology of happiness
Psychology of flow
Psychology of hope and optimism
Psychology of giftedness, creativity and wisdom
Personality and positive traits
Self-esteem and the positive self
Psychology of positive relationships
Steps and processes of positive change/ helping and psychotherapeutic
A university-level textbook is required as the
main book for the course. Further reading is optional though comprehensive
reading lists and lists of websites are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.
criteria and suitability
This course is
geared towards therapists, counsellors,
coaches and other helping professionals and may also be taken for personal interest.
No particular qualifications are required for
entry but the ability to study from
university-level textbooks is required: this is
not a "self-help"-style course.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Positive Psychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal designation Dip.
Please note that this course is privately
accredited and not accredited by any government-recognised authority.
It not a preparation for entry to British universities and is not a
path towards UK Chartered Psychologist status. It is a private
qualification aimed at the helping professional in private practice,
those who already have the core qualifications for their career, or
those interested in the subject.
accreditation ACCPH and GSTMS (see links in left-hand column).
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We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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