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What you will learn

  • Understand the protective factors that make one resilient

  • Describe thinking traps and how they undercut resilience

  • Make use of non-cognitive strategies that decrease anxiety

  • Create a buffer of positivity that boosts resilience in stressful situations

Skills you will gain

GratitudePlanPositive PsychologyCommunicationMindfulness

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English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Resilience and Optimism

5 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 103 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
1.2 Definition of Resilience and Foundational Research4m
1.3 Variables that Contribute to Resilience13m
1.4 Barbara Bradley Hagerty on Resilience in Midlife7m
1.5 Jennifer Loredo and Resilience Stories12m
1.6 Introduction to Optimism and Optimism Definitions7m
1.7 Benefits of Optimism13m
1.8 What Optimists Do Differently12m
1.9 Optimism Activity: Pursuit of Happyness Video13m
1.10 Organizational Highlight: Sam Presti on Optimism2m
1.11 Organizational Highlight: Maureen Rush2m
1.12 Personal Highlight: Lucy Hone7m
1.13 Summary of Week 1 and Preview of Week 22m
6 readings
Biography of Karen Reivich, Ph.D.1m
Assignments, Grading and your Resilience Journal1m
Optional Reading: The Resilience Factor30m
Module 1 Lesson 1 - Optional Readings20m
Optimism Questionnaire5m
Module 1 Lesson 2 - Optional Readings40m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Cognitive Approaches to Resilience: Strategies to Increase Optimism and Resilient Thinking

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 61 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2.2 Definition and Demonstration of Thinking Traps20m
2.3 Detecting Patterns in Yourself, Activity: Trying Thinking Traps on for Size2m
2.4 Personal Examples of Thinking Traps: Why We Need a Skill to Address Them3m
2.5 Changing non-resilient thinking: Real-time Resilience14m
2.6 Real-time resilience Activity7m
2.7 Organizational Highlights: Emma Judge & Maureen Rush2m
2.8 Summary of Module 2 and Introduction to Module 31m
2 readings
Module 2 Lesson 1 - Optional Reading15m
Module 2 Lesson 2 - Optional Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz15m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Managing Anxiety and Increasing Positive Emotions Like Gratitude

5 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 115 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
3.2 Dr. Baime: Effects of Anxiety on Our Bodies4m
3.3 Demonstrations of Several Styles of Catastrophizing9m
3.4 Triggers of Catastrophizing7m
3.5 Introduction to three Different Ways to Manage Anxiety12m
3.6 Dr. Park: Deliberate Breathing to Manage Anxiety5m
3.7 Dr. Baime: A Mindfulness Approach to Anxiety7m
3.8 Positive Emotions Broaden8m
3.9 Positive Emotions Build Resources7m
3.10 Gratitude Research14m
3.11 Gratitude Skill: HTGS6m
3.12 Designing a Gratitude Practice: Team Collage9m
3.13 Organizational Highlights: Sam Presti, Maureen Rush & Carolyn McIntyre11m
3.14 Summary of Module 3 and Preview of Module 42m
4 readings
Module 3 Lesson 1 - Optional Reading10m
Activity: Challenging Catastrophic Thinking Part 115m
Activity: Challenging Catastrophic Thinking Part 215m
Module 3 Lesson 2 - Optional Readings30m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Leveraging Character Strengths and Strengthening Relationships

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 95 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
4.2 Activities: Developing Character Strengths and VIA Conversation4m
4.3 Using Character Strengths to Navigate an Upcoming Challenge16m
4.4 Shadow Side of Character Strengths10m
4.5 Introduction to ACR7m
4.6 ACR Role Plays16m
4.7 Activity: ACR Patterns14m
4.8 Inculcating Resilience in an Organization: Emma Judge and Sam Presti7m
4.9 Course Summary2m
3 readings
Values in Action (VIA) Survey10m
Activity: Response Style Patterns10m
Module 4 Lesson 2 - Optional Readings40m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz30m

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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...
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