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Counseling and Social Services

Positive Psychology versus Traditional Psychology

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the  learner will be able to:

  1.  Define the study of psychology.
  2.  Explain the notable thinkers and history of traditional psychology.
  3. Define the study of traditional psychology.
  4. Define Positive Psychology.
  5. Explain the notable thinkers and history of positive psychology.
  6.  List the three levels of Positive Psychology.
  7.  Explain the PERMA model.
  8.  Discuss the difference between the two.
  9.   Define an approach to utilize both approaches.

Course Outline:
I.  Psychology
II.  Traditional Psychology
III.  History of Traditional Psychology
IV.  Pioneers in Traditional Psychology
V.  Positive Psychology
VI.  History of Positive Psychology
VII.  Pioneers in Positive Psychology
VIII.  Three Levels of Positive Psychology
IX.  PERMA Model
X.  Differences between Positive Psychology and Traditional Psychology
XI.  Blending approaches from both Positive Psychology and Traditional Psychology

Course Content