Applied Positive Psychology

Live Course

The science of positive psychology is our sweet spot.

Positive psychology is an empirical approach to understanding what goes right, rather than what goes wrong, with people. Topics in this science include well-being, optimism, resilience, courage, flow, and many others. We leverage our expert knowledge in this field to introduce practical skills that are nuanced and effective. Applied Positive Psychology introduces learners to elements of positive psychology they cannot get elsewhere.

Make no mistake: we are the leading pioneers of positive psychology coaching. We use a unique approach in which the positive psychology
portion of coaching is “organic” and largely invisible to clients. You will
move beyond formulaic tools into real sophistication. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Spot strengths in your clients
  • Explain 3 methods of developing strengths
  • Articulate a definition of happiness
  • Apply an ethical decision-making lens
  • Use curiosity as a problem-solving tool

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What you will learn

Your Instructor

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Course Details

37.5 credits
Course Fee: $2300

This 10-week distance-learning program uses a virtual classroom for reading and pre-recorded lectures and Zoom for interactive instruction. There are six live sessions. Each is offered twice to accommodate people in all time zones.

January 24 or 25
January 31 or February 1
February 7 or 8
February 28 or March 1 
March 7 or 8
March 14 or 15

You are also encouraged to attend the weekly practicum session to accelerate your skills development. We offer high-touch, personalized service to ensure you get the most out of this course.

Course Schedule

Starts on January 24, 2025
Ends on March 29, 2025

Class Time Options

Friday 5 to 8 pm Pacific Time
Saturday 9 am to 12 pm Pacific Time

Positive psychology coaching is an approach to coaching the preferences science as a way of knowing and looks to apply positive psychological science. Unfortunately, it is common for coaches to adopt a “tools-focused” approach in which they prescribe standard positive psychology exercises to clients. We offer a more organic and sophisticated approach to positive psychology intervention. Our approach, which is largely “invisible” to the client, emphasizes knowledge of wellbeing, strength, future-oriented, and emotional frameworks to inform powerful coaching dialogues.

Great! We love working with people who have a background in positive psychology. Whether you have read a popular book or have a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology, we can challenge you to think about this science in new ways. We think of ourselves as “what’s next” for people who want to extend their knowledge of this exciting field.

This course was created to serve two needs: 1) to introduce positive psychology as a coaching tool for those who are new to the field, and 2) to answer the question “what’s next” for those who have a background in positive psychology. We do not cover gratitude journals, signature strengths, or other simplistic interventions. Instead, you will find topics, research, and interventions that are not covered elsewhere. We assure you that you will be challenged to think about positive psychology in new ways and will learn nuanced skills for applying it.

Applied Positive Psychology includes pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, reflections, and other learning features. The more time you invest in these out-of-class activities the deeper your learning will be. There is generally five hours of out-of-class material per week. We also host optional practicum sessions in which students can discuss and practice skills. Finally, we encourage you to partner with a peer from the course to practice coaching each week.

This course is offered in a completely digital format. We recommend a reliable Internet connection.

No. You only need to attend one session. We offer two sections of this course to make it convenient for people in all time zones. The content of both sections is identical. 

Yes. The content is the same between both sections. Although students register for primary attendance in one of the two sessions, you are welcome to attend the alternate session if you have a schedule conflict. In addition, all students have access to the recordings of both sessions and are encouraged to practice caoching with attendees of either session. 

We host sessions that are intended specifically for coaching practice. These practicum sessions are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged as a way to practice coaching skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Practicum is not required, and we understand that not everyone will be able to attend. Even so, we strongly encourage people to attend practicum every week they are able. In our experience, people who attend practicum, who have an opportunity to practice and to get feedback, and who engage in deeper discussions of coaching often accelerate their learning and professional development.

The practicum for this course is held twice on Wednesdays to cater to people who live in diverse time zones. These hour and a half sessions are held at 9 am US Pacific Time and 3 pm US Pacific Time. Students can attend any practicum session they want (or both!).

Yes, the hours in our courses are approved by the ICF and can be used for reaccreditation purposes.

100% refund available within 24 hours of registration.

90% refund available up to 3 weeks before the start of the course.

50% refund available within 3 weeks before the course begins. 

Yes. We offer monthly payment plans with no additional fees. At checkout, you will have the opportunity to use a monthly payment plan. If the payment plan you prefer is not listed, email us at and we can get you set up!

Frequently Asked Questions

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We care that each and every student has a peerless learning experience. As a result, we listen to your specific needs and support your learning in a highly personalized way.

What our alumni say

I am very grateful I found this course! Robert and his team are extremely professional. I really think they go the extra mile to accompany students, so they get the most of their learning. Robert challenges students and makes sure learning is acquired at different levels. The content of the course is up to date. Robert’s knowledge and experience as a coach and researcher are a great asset. He presents very interesting information and not just the “usual” topics in Positive Psychology. Robert does demonstrations that are really useful and a great source of learning.

Mariangela Rodriguez

I absolutely loved the course. It was really helpful to have pre-recorded lessons before the live class. It’s amazing the way you stay connected even after the course!!!! This course was really life-changing; not only did it give me the tools to become an amazing coach but it also challenged me on a deep personal level. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to become a coach or who wants to work on being a better human being.

Maria Paz

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and this is one of the best courses I’ve attended. This course is a combination of theory and application of practical coaching tools and methods which are immediately applicable to my job. The instruction materials, lectures and coaching sessions were excellent. The course exceeded my expectations and significantly expanded my knowledge in Applied Positive Psychology Coaching. It even accelerated my career move upon completion of course – this is the most significant and positive impact I can ever imagine!

Cheri H.Y. Ho

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