Universiteit Maastricht

Center for European Studies

 

Positive Psychology programme

The Positive Psychology programme is intended to familiarise students with the concepts and ideas of positive psychology and to provide in depth knowledge on selected topics within the field. In this programme you will be able to judge and design a positive psychological research project and gain hands on experience with some of the positive psychology intervention techniques.


Well-being and happiness

Positive psychology was introduced over a decade ago by UPenn professor Dr. Martin Seligman and can be viewed as a supplementary approach to clinical psychology. The positive psychological movement formulated three aims: (1) to focus on well-being and happiness instead of abnormal behaviour and psychopathology, (2) to be concerned with building positive qualities and strengths instead of repairing damage and (3) to prevent future problems instead of correcting past and present problems.


Combination of inspiring studies and field trips

The Positive Psychology programme takes place at Maastricht University, one of the best universities in the Netherlands. Over 3.5 intensive weeks, you will attend 36 hours of classes where you will take an in-depth look at positive psychology. During lectures and group discussions you will receive a complete introduction to the field of positive psychology. Throughout the programme’s workshops and interactive meetings you will be provided not only with tools to be able to evaluate and design research in the area of positive psychology, but also with the skills to apply some (basic) intervention techniques. And on the last day of the course, a student conference will be held where each student will present their final paper to the rest of the group.

But it doesn’t stop there! During two weekends during the programme we will take you around different European cities for cultural excursions and fun activities. You will get to walk through charming old towns, visit world-famous museums, taste regional specialties and get to know the locals in their own environment.