BESC2041 Applied Positive Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC2041 Applied Positive Psychology

Level: 2nd year
Credit point: 3
Prerequisites: Foundations of Positive Psychology

Unit description

This unit forms part of the coaching specialisation and provides an overview of positive psychology in practice. It will be a highly experiential unit, in that students will be required to engage in a number of strategies, and reflect on their experience by drawing from a range of positive psychology approaches and interventions designed to enhance well-being, which span from biological, lifestyle, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal approaches. The unit will further explore how the interventions may be extended to a variety of ethical applications ranging from personal well-being to well-being in the workplace and beyond. The unit will also draw from theory and therapeutic approaches that are consistent with the principles of positive psychology. Applications to special populations will also be considered, culminating in an overview of current developments in this rapidly growing area of study.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • describe specific interventions in positive psychology
  • apply a variety of positive psychology approaches
  • evaluate the effectiveness and scope of interventions
  • apply interventions across the spectrum of human experience
  • critically analyse intervention research

Unit content

  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Assessments Tools in Positive Psychology
  • Emotion Focused Approaches
  • Cognitive Focused Approaches
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Lifestyle Approaches
  • Biological Approaches
  • Interpersonal Approaches
  • Pro-social Approaches
  • Positive Psychology Applications in the Workplace
  • Special Populations
  • Current Issues in Positive Psychology

Unit Workload

 The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.


Assignment summary




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Case Study




Reflective Essay




Graduate attributes

 The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions 
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients 

Recommended text

Lopez, S. J., & Snyder, C. R. (Eds.). (2009). Oxford handbook of positive psychology (2nd ed.). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Relevant journals

American Psychologist
Behaviour Research and Therapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Journal of Community Psychology
Journal of Psychology and Christianity
Journal of Sports Sciences
Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Positive Psychology News Daily
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Psychological Bulletin
Psychology Today
Review of General Psychology
The Journal of Happiness Studies 
The Journal of Humanistic Psychology
The Journal of Psychology
The Journal of Positive Psychology
The Psychologist

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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