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BESC2931 Advanced Positive Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit


Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) - 200 or 300

Bachelor of Applied Social Science -200

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science - 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites:  Positive Psychology (BESC1051)

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: 

  • Demonstrate in depth understanding of the key theories and techniques of positive psychology;
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness and scope of positive psychology interventions and their evidence base;
  • Apply a variety of techniques and tools from positive psychological perspectives in their practice.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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 the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.