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Available languages

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Subtitles: English, Japanese

What you will learn

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    Craft a positive intervention using a signature strength

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    Describe the character strengths that promote well-being

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    Identify your five signature strengths

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    Share your work by writing a post-intervention assessment

Skills you will gain

Character Strengths And VirtuesFlourishingPositive PsychologyPersonal Development
Specialization
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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours per week....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Japanese

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Character Strengths: One Concept to Rule them All

Module 1 of the Positive Psychology Capstone reviews the VIA Character Strengths Classification and in particular asks the learner to identify his or her five signature strengths and assess if they are authentic....
Reading
9 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
1.2 Module 1 Overview1m
1.3 Assignment: Taking the VIA or reviewing your results51s
1.4 Interview: Paul Rozin on Character Strengths9m
1.5 James Pawelski's Review of Via Character Strengths8m
1.6 Signature Strengths2m
1.7 Disappointment in your Signature Strength47s
1.8 Does the strength seem to fit you?35s
1.9 How can you tell if the strength is authentically you?4m
Reading2 readings
Chris Peterson: What makes life worth living10m
The World Well-Being Project10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz 16m
Character Strengths10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Peterson Theory on Psychological Mental Illness as defined as an Excess, an Absence, or an Opposite of a Character Strength rather than by the Presence or Absence of a Symptom in the DSM

Module 2 presents Chris Peterson's unfinished theory on mental illness. Specifically his belief that the absence of strengths, the excess of strengths, and the opposite of strengths might define 72 conditions of character weakness, and that these shortcomings might be a better framework than the DSM which uses a checklist of symptoms....
Reading
5 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
2.2 Peterson’s Theory6m
2.3 Assessment of Peterson’s 24 Absence and Opposite of Strengths4m
2.5 Contrasting Strengths Versus DSM2m
2.6 Using Character Strength in a Challenge2m
Reading2 readings
Chris Peterson’s Unfinished Masterwork: The Real Mental Illnesses10m
Which Character Strengths are most Predictive of Well-Being?10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz4m
Excess, Absence, and Opposite in Character Strengths10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Developing a Positive Intervention using a signature strength to bolster a strength absence or strength opposite. Hypothesis & Experiment Design for Personal Positive Intervention

Module 3 has the learner target an area for remediation from among Peterson's inventory of 72 deviant strengths and craft a positive intervention using a signature strength. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
3.2 Interview: Picking what works best for you from strengths banquet5m
3.3 Deliberate Practice11m
3.4 Laying the Foundation: Defining Measurement and Testing Happiness and Flourishing3m
3.5 What is a Positive Intervention?4m
Reading2 readings
Articles on Research Methods10m
PERMA overview Well-Being Theory10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice quiz on research methods and picking from strengths6m
PERMA, Positive Interventions, Research Methods10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Putting the Positive Intervention into Action

Module 4 has the learner put the positive intervention into action, assess and the share the results, and finally reduce the positive intervention to writing so it can be shared....
Reading
8 videos (Total 20 min), 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
4.2 Trying the Positive Intervention2m
4.3 Aristotelian Balance2m
4.4 Interview: Using Strengths7m
4.5 Using Signature Strengths Instead of Weakness2m
4.6 Using Signature Strengths over time to Increase Happiness56s
4.7 Assignment: Retaking the PERMA and the PANAS assessment52s
4.8 Closing Thoughts2m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice quiz on Positive Interventions4m
Positive Interventions, Strengths10m
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Top Reviews

By YAMar 11th 2018

A thought provoking workshop. How mental illness can be the lack, opposite or excess of our strengths. I enjoyed delving more into strengths and also having to come up with a positive intervention.

By CFMay 7th 2018

To all the lecturers and moderators thank you, thank you, thank you. I have found purpose and resilience and now I will start working on areas that I need to deve

Instructor

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Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.

Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology & Director, Positive Psychology Center
Positive Psychology Center

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
Foundations of Positive Psychology

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