What does it mean to flourish? What are we like when we are at our best? What helps us bounce back from challenges and adversity? Continuing the exploration of the science of positive psychology, students delve deeply into the study of character strengths as a framework for building positive character and well-being, and explore the concept of resilience, or the ability to overcome challenging situations. In this course, we explore how we can leverage our strengths to more effectively contribute to the greater world and enhance our own well-being. We also study the physical and psychological protective factors that constitute resilience, and how they are cultivated. Students learn about these topics from a scientific and experiential perspective, both as individuals and within our learning community. The instructor recommends that you acquire two texts for this course, either by purchasing them or checking them out of your library: Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners by Ryan M. Niemiec and The Resilience Factor: 7 Essential Skills to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte.
Students will have a more robust learning experience in this course if they first complete Introduction to Positive Psychology.
*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.
- Faculty, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology
Margarita Tarragona is a psychologist who specializes in applying positive psychology in the helping professions and education. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and obtained her clinical training at The Family Institute of Northwestern University and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Margarita has created and taught some of the leading undergraduate and post graduate positive psychology programs in Spanish in the world. She is the president of the Mexican Positive… Read more