Positive Psychology
calendar_month 29 Iul 2015, 00:00
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal functioning; what makes people and organizations flourish and thrive? It is a fast growing field in many disciplines of psychology (e.g., child-, family-, and organizational psychology) that aims to counterbalance the current predominant focus on disease, deficits, problems and pathology. For decades, the main focus in psychology (but also in business organizations and schools) has been on what people can not do, what their problems and deficits are, on what is going wrong and how we can fix that- to the point where someone is problem-free. A positive psychology perspective does not negate these aspects but also asks: What is right with you? What are your strengths, what are you doing well and how can you amplify that? And how can we bring individuals (happy or depressed, sick or healthy) and institutions from a state of being problem-free to a state of flourishing and thriving?Some people associate Positive Psychology with a pseudo-scientific field that ignores and dismisses negativity or problems. This view is incorrect in two ways; 1) the scientific study in this field has increased by 410% since the late '90s using sound research methods and designs, and 2) positive psychology does not ignore or dismiss "negativity". In this course you will learn how positivity and negativity are both necessary and beautiful aspects of life, and how they interact in the complex interplay that makes up human behavior.A well-known citation of Martin Seligman summarizes it well: "The message of the Positive Psychology movement is to remind our field that it has been deformed. Psychology is not just the study of disease, weakness, and damage; it also is the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is wrong; it also is building what is right. Psychology is not just about illness or health; it is about work, education, insight, love, and growth. And in this quest for what is best, Positive Psychology does not rely on wishful thinking, self-deception or hand-waving; instead it tries to adapt what is best in the scientific method to the unique problems that human behavior presents in all its complexity."Topics in this course include:%E2%80%A2 Resilience, happiness, positive emotions, character strengths, flow, optimism, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, self-compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, authentic leadership, psychological capital, positive institutions, benefit-finding, post-traumatic growth, and solution%C2%AD focused thinking. %E2%80%A2 Biological, social and evolutionary mechanisms behind these topics. %E2%80%A2 How to practically apply Positive Psychology in clinical practice, schools and business corporations. %E2%80%A2 Your own personal growth in the abovementioned topics. This course is a perfect mixture of theory and practice. The study and critical discussion of state-of%C2%AD the-art scientific articles will be alternated with powerful hands-on tools and exercises. These tools and exercises equip you with lifelong skills that enable you to strengthen your resilience and to foster your own wellbeing and happiness.

Course leader
Dr. R.M.P. (Rinka) van Zundert Faculty of Social SciencesRadboud University

Target group
Students of all discplines of psychology (neuro-, family-, child-, developmental-, and organizational psychology). Students of other areas of study PhD students Professionals with a bachelor or master degree who are working in (mental) health care, schools and businesses.

Course aim
Learning outcomes: Be familiar with the most important theories and scientific research within Positive Psychology. Know how to practically apply what you have learned to any client or organization you work with or Know how to use this scientific knowledge to enhance your own resilience and wellbeing.

Credits info
2 ECTS European Credits

Fee info
EUR 525: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities. Possible discounts:- 10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2015. - 15% discount for students and PhD candidates from partner universities of Radboud University

Radboud University
Address: P.O Box 9102 Nijmegen
Postal code: 6500 HC
City: Nijmegen
Country: Netherlands
Website: http://www.ru.nl/radboudsummerschool/
E-mail: radboudsummerschool@ru.nl
Phone: +31 (0)24 8187706