The present course will describe how the scope of psychology has recently been broadened beyond exclusive concern with identifying pathology and treating or preventing disorder. This course will provide an overview of the emerging field of `Positive Psychology. ' Students will be provided with opportunities to understand theory and research pertaining to the psychology of human strengths, assets, abilities and talents as well as the constructs of optimism, happiness, hope and resiliency. Students will be challenged to use their understanding of this theory and research to suggest opportunities for intervention with various populations.
1. Provide an overview of the field of Positive Psychology.
2. Provide with an alternative way to conceptualize their clients.
3. Increase ability to apply Positive Psychology interventions in their practice.