Positive Psychology


Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of the discipline, taking a counterpoint approach to many of the traditional models of disordered function from which Psychology has learned so much. It celebrates the potential of humans, offers discussion on what can be achieved (“what great looks like”), and perspective on how to move towards healthier, happier, more enjoyable lives.

This day school examines the origins of Positive Psychology, the effect of optimism on wellbeing, how a positive outlook can change the way you view the world, and how this in turn can be used to increase resilience.

This is designed as a first step investigation into real techniques that have been proven to make a substantial difference to people’s lives. Open to everyone, the day will explore the Positive Psychology literature and the potential benefits of this approach.

You will also have the opportunity to work through a case study to tease out how our explanatory style can interact with decision-making, self-esteem, persistence and life goals.

Ideally, pre-reading of the recommended text is advised, but this material will be covered in the course.

Please note: due to the nature of the contents of this day, this is not suitable for people under 18 years old.

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 17 September 2024.

For those unable to attend in person, an online run of this event will be taking place in October.

Programme details


Origins of Positive Psychology


Optimism and wellbeing


Workshop session/case study


Positivity, flow and resilience

End of day


Description Costs
Course Fee £130.00
Baguette Lunch £7.30


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Jane Pollock

Independent Consultant and Researcher

Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in organisations.


Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.