Master Classes In Applied Positive Psychology


The IAPP Master Classes are unique in that we aim to go beyond simply giving information – our commitment is to coach participants’ skills and confidence in applying Positive Psychology in practice through direct hands-on learning that builds real competencies they can start to use in their professional roles.

Our Master Classes can be run for work groups within an organisation (e.g. teacher training day) or for a group of professionals in a particular community. If you have a minimum number of 6 participants we can bring our Master Class to you!

We use “practice-based learning” principles combined with traditional talk-and-chalk components whilst allowing plenty of time for asking questions and discussing issues relevant to participants’ work settings in order to brings the theory to life. Working through case studies and using a variety of resources relevant to the topic further enhances the transfer of learning to each person’s individual context.

Participants attending our Master Classes will:

  • Broaden and deepen their knowledge of contemporary “brain sciences”
  • Learn to apply leading edge coaching models, processes and thinking
  • Develop transferable coaching skills across settings and presenting issues
  • Understand how to facilitate sustainable change with their clients
  • Become confident in using evidence-based tools for promoting flourishing people
  • Practice applications of Positive Psychology Interventions with hands-on exercises
  • Be able to plan, administer and evaluate improved performance at individual, team/group and organisational levels

Additional information:

  • Other topics can be provided on request
  • Participants can claim 6 hours of Active CPD for each Master Class (CPD for Psychologists – see the AHPRA website for details)
  • Pre-reading and a portfolio of additional materials are provided
  • All participants receive discount vouchers for 3 -hours of individual coaching that can be used within 12 months to consolidate and personalise their learning

Registration fee:

  • $199 (Members)
  • $245 (Non-members)


  • Registration fee is for the teaching component only – travel & accommodation plus relevant costs for room hire and refreshments will be added to the daily fee for attendees.
  • Minimum number or 6 participants is required to book a Master Class
  • Master Classes can be adapted to half-day workshops as required – price on application
  • Deposit of 50% required on booking with the remainder payable no layer than 4 weeks prior to the date of the master Class (please note deposit is non-refundable)

To enquire about hosting a Master Class please complete the form below or call (07) 3555 7575 or email









“Measuring Outcomes in Positive Psychology”

As the science of positivity continues to grow, so too does the need for reliable and evidence-based methods for measuring outcomes. In clinical practice, the goal of positive psychological interventions is not only to reduce symptoms of pathology but also to increase indicators of wellness and resilience. In educational contexts, not only is academic success an important measure, but also students’ capacity for “civic intelligence” and strong interpersonal relationships. And in the corporate world, human strengths within the context of work environments that bring out the best in people can be effectively tracked.

In this workshop, participants will gain a broad understanding of the wide range of assessment tools and methods available to measure positive outcomes across clinical, educational and corporate settings. Outcomes to be measured include individual cognitive and emotional changes, interpersonal changes, and methods for measuring positive community-level changes. Current research on measuring positive global outcomes will also be included. Participants will have the chance to practice administering and scoring selected Positive Psychology assessment instruments and methods, and will receive a portfolio of instruments for use in various settings.


At the core of Positive Psychology is the focus on identifying and building “strengths” as a complementary approach to interventions designed to reduce symptoms, negative behavioural patterns, or dysfunctions. Seligman and Peterson (2004) released the first detailed classification of human strengths after extensive research identified 6 universal “virtues” underpinning an optimal society, from which are derived 24 “character strengths” that drive human behaviour. Whilst this model and the VIA Signature Strengths Survey have provided a useful model for understanding human strengths, other models have also been developed and each has a place in the work we do to promote flourishing people, organisations, and communities.

In this one-day Master Class we will explore various models derived from the “strengths” framework, and consider the value of each across different settings including clinical practice, schools, and organisations. We also focus on applying these models to the practice of Positive Psychology within a coaching framework – how do we measure change using a strengths approach, what interventions are effective for promoting strengths in different contexts, and what outcomes should we expect to deliver when a strengths coaching approach is applied?

“Positive Psychotherapy IN CLINICAL PRACTICE”

Positive Psychology now enjoys a well-established place within the theoretical models informing the work of health and education professionals dedicated to making people well. However, there are still few training courses where practitioners can learn the “how-to-do-it”. In the past decade in particular, there has been a substantial increase in research identifying effective therapeutic strategies that help people recover from clinical conditions using a Positive Psychology approach, and more than this, are proving more effective than many traditional approaches (including psychopharmacotherapy) in sustaining long-term wellness.

This 1-day course will provide clinicians with practical skills in using a range of evidence-based interventions in clinical practice to address common mental health problems. Particular reference will be made to current evidence about the neurophysiological impact of these interventions, drawing on emerging “brain science” research.

“Positive Psychology in the Workplace”

It is now nearly three decades since Peter Senge launched his ideas about the “learning organization”, yet despite a lull his concepts have great relevance for the modern workplace. Senge suggested that a thriving work environment is one where the five elements of systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision and team learning are actively embraced as the guiding principles for promoting wellbeing of the individuals in the workplace, as well as supporting sustainability in a volatile global environment.

In this Master Class, we revisit Senge’s earlier works and apply contemporary understanding of the Positive Psychology movement to design practical interventions supporting a flourishing workplace. The workshop will explore emerging neuroscientific research which reveals fundamental insights about how humans function in interpersonal settings such as work teams, and ways this information can be integrated into creating a flourishing workplace. Participants will be encouraged to draft a strategic plan for integrating suitable interventions into their work teams or their own personal work practices.

“Post Traumatic Growth: The Upside of Trauma”

Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety are widely considered to be almost inevitable psychological consequences of trauma. However, research shows that about one third of people exposed to highly stressful events or trauma experience positive psychological outcomes, whilst another third typically recover well. Haidt’s (2006) adversity hypothesis states that people require adversity, trauma and setbacks in order to grow, find fulfilment, develop as a person and find their inner purpose and true meaning for life. The research literature concerning posttraumatic growth (PTG) has recently seen a surge of interest and we are beginning to understand how as practitioners we can foster this positive outcome.

In this one-day workshop, we review the theoretical evidence for PTG and explore practical interventions for the treatment of clients who have experienced highly stressful life events. We learn about the scientific evidence related to neurological changes resulting from prolonged stress or trauma using case studies, and develop treatment plans using Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI’s).

“Interpersonal Neurobiology for Flourishing Relationships”

The quality of relationships has been established as the most important factor for physical and mental health, life satisfaction, and success in many areas of life. Indeed, all major theories of wellbeing include positive relationships as a core element, and troubled relationships are the most common trigger for a wide range of psychological problems.

This workshop explores contemporary understanding of attachment from a neuropsychological perspective, the role of forgiveness and compassion in promoting deep emotional bonds, understanding passionate and companionate love, and the positivity ratio as a core concept underpinning healthy relationships. Woven throughout the workshop will be discussions about emerging evidence about the role of social relationships in shaping brain architecture and function. Participants will take away practical strategies for coaching “active constructive communication”, uncovering relationship strengths, building a shared future using evidence- based techniques such as “Envisioning the Best Tomorrow”, and solution-focused approaches for healing relationship wounds such as infidelity. Whilst the workshop is specifically geared towards couple’s relationships, we will include material relevant to other relationships including work teams and community cohesiveness.


If you’d like to arrange for a specialised training day just for your work team, give us a call – we aim to be as flexible as possible and are available to conduct half-day or full-day workshops for groups, or we can travel to your location if a group of professionals is keen to undertake any of these or other Master Classes.

FEES: $275 pp (full day) or $155 pp (half-day i.e. 4 hrs) plus travel & accommodation (Price based on minimum 10 people)

e-COURSES Coming in 2015!

Due to popular demand, we will be developing our Master Classes in self-paced electronic format during 2015. Each eCourse will consist of 6 audio lectures (roughly 45-60 minutes each) supported by a package of readings and worksheets designed to help you build practical skills in applying the theory learned from the lectures and readings. To consolidate learning, participants will have the option to purchase individual coaching sessions to complement the self-paced packages. These individual consultations will be via Skype or telephone.