The Centre for Positive Psychology (CPP) is Australia’s leading research centre in positive psychology and is part of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
Our purpose at CPP is to build and use the science of wellbeing to help individuals flourish and create thriving communities. We realise this purpose by using new approaches in our work with communities, which involve building learning capabilities and adopting a strengths-based lens. We have a special focus on working with young people to equip and empower them to become positive change agents.
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The Centre for Positive Psychology is an active entity in the field and contributes to leading research with a faceted approach of academic research, workshops, and tools – all of which lead to a greater understanding and stronger framework for Positive Psychology.
View all publications from the Centre of Positive Psychology, from our latest research to our archival works.
The Centre is engaged with a number of active projects and regularly undertakes new projects with the aim of furthering understanding and dissemination of the latest Positive Psychology principles and frameworks.
Learn more about our signature products including Bio-Dash, My Wellbeing Planner and the Well-being Profiler.
The Centre for Positive Psychology has several partnership organisations both within Australia and internationally.
- Wellbeing literacy and language
- System-informed positive psychology
- Wellbeing measurement and methods
There are several flexible study options to studying Positive Psychology - whether an undergraduate exploring the field for the first time or an expert in the field looking for a tailored speciality.
Master of Applied Positive Psychology
This course promotes an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to working in positive psychology, and will instil in you a strong sense of professional integrity and civic engagement.
Positive Psychology as breadth
Aimed towards undergraduate students, this breadth track explores issues related to positive psychology, with a focus on the relationship between well-being, pro-social behaviour and peak performance at the individual, group and community levels.
Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education)
This course is designed for educators, youth workers, school counsellors, health professionals and administrators who are working in schools and other educational settings.
Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology
The course is designed for people who are interested in applying the science of positive psychology in health, business and organisational contexts.
Master of Applied Positive Psychology graduates who already possess a relevant Bachelor Honours or Masters Honours degree with a H2A (75%) average or above are eligible to apply for an Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Education or PhD program.
Alternatively, Master of Applied Positive Psychology graduates can study the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research as a pathways to the MPhil, DEd/PhD program.
We also work closely with our colleagues in the related areas of Student Wellbeing and Educational Psychology.
Study the Master of Applied Positive Psychology
- The Strength Switch
Author: Lea Waters
- The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work
Authors: Lindsay G. Oades, Michael F. Steger, Antonella Delle Fave, Jonathan Passmore
- Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health
Author: Mike Slade, Lindsay Oades, Aaron Jarden
- Cognitive Motivation
Author: David Beswick
- Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
Authors: Erica Frydenberg, Andrew Martin, Rebeca J. Collie
- School Belonging in Adolescents Theory, Research and Practice
Authors: Kelly-Ann Allen, Margaret L. Kern
- Your Wellbeing Blueprint: Feeling Good and Doing Well at Work
Authors: Margaret L. Kern, Michelle McQuaid
- Future Directions in Well-Being Education, Organizations and Policy
Authors: Mathew White, Gavin Slemp, Simon A. Murray
- Coaching & Mentoring Research – A practical guide
Authors: Lindsay Oades, Gain Slemp, Christine L. Siokou
- Becoming AntiFragile, Learning to Thrive through Disruption, Challenge and Change
Authors: Paige Williams
The Centre for Positive Psychology hosts a number of Experts in the field and also works with several PhD candidates allowing us to foster world class research.