Introduction to Positive Psychology Online Course

About the Course

Positive psychology, the scientific study of that which enables us to thrive and flourish, is becoming increasingly recognised and adopted in business, education and healthcare. Unlike a lot of training courses, our emphasis is placed on experiential learning that encourages you to engage in a practical way with the material we provide.


Who is the course for? 

The course is designed to appeal to anyone who is interested in the subject of positive psychology. Whether you’re a coach, counsellor, health care worker, teacher, HR professional or simply have an interest in self-development, we are sure this course will open your mind to the possibilities of positive psychology and the impact it could have on you and your relationships in both your personal and professional life.


Course design

The course is written and delivered by Dr Piers Worth and Lesley Lyle (MAPP).


About your online course facilitators


Dr Piers Worth

Piers retired as a ‘Reader’ (Associate Professor equivalent) at Bucks New University in the United Kingdom in 2019. He wrote and launched the University’s MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme in 2012 and worked on it until his retirement.

He is a Chartered Psychologist and accredited psychotherapist, in addition to having extensive organisational consulting experience. Currently, Piers’ research and writing focus is the application of positive psychology to lifespan development, positive ageing, and in particular how creativity develops within individual lives.




Lesley Lyle MAPP

Lesley is uniquely qualified in positive psychology (MAPP), Clinical Hypnosis (Dip HE),  NLP and laughter therapy, (author of the book ‘Laugh Your Way to Happiness’). She combines these disciplines in the wellbeing practice she runs in The New Forest and Harley Street, London.

Her experience as a student on the first cohort of MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Programme at Bucks New University and later, Associate Lecturer enables her to provide prospective MAPP students with a multi-perspective on what studying positive psychology is like.


Do I need any prior knowledge of positive psychology?

Absolutely not. Although the subject can be studied at an academic level (and many of participants of our course do go onto to enrol on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Programme) this course provides an overview of the theory and encourages you to explore the concepts by applying them in your daily life.


What will I learn?

The course provides –

  • An overview of Positive Psychology, its theory and application
  • A scientific and subjective exploration of the topics, happiness, positive emotions, gratitude, strengths, resilience, growth mindset and hope theory
  • Self-reflective and practical exercises designed to help you explore your personal and/or professional goals and what you would like to gain from the course

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This course is designed to be highly interactive and encourages you to form your own opinions. Our participants have told us how effective they find this method of learning which has been described as ‘learning from the inside out’


How is the course delivered? 

The course is delivered in eight separate online modules that you can complete at your own pace. In order to receive the certificate, you must complete the course within four months of registration but there is lifetime access to the material.

We will recommend ways of how to record your thoughts and insights as you progress through the course and suggest some practical exercises to help you explore some of the positive psychology theory and positive interventions. You will have access to PDFs, videos, articles, discussion forum and online support from your course facilitators


Is there an exam?

There is no exam. Those participants who opt to receive the certificate from Bucks University and Positive Psychology Online Courses are asked to complete an end of course assignment. This is not marked as such but offers us information on how you have engaged with the course content and we will give feedback.


Is there a discount for MAPP Applicants?

This course commonly leads to participants wishing to formally study the subject of Positive Psychology. We work in collaboration with Bucks New University MAPP course to support this possibility. Applicants who have completed our course with the certificate and are later accepted on the Bucks New University MAPP Programme, will be eligible for a 10% discount of their course fees


When is the course available? 

The course is available for immediate enrolment and you can begin at any time.


How much is the course?

Introduction to Positive Psychology (with certificate)  £375.00

Introduction to Positive Psychology (without certificate) £295.00


Introduction to Positive Psychology
(With Certificate)


Introduction to Positive Psychology
(Without Certificate)


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