Where will this take me?


This course equips you with strategic approaches to lead real change in your school or institution. You will return to your organisation with a grounding in the science of positive psychology, and the practical knowhow to strategically apply it in an educational setting.

Learning outcomes

Students completing the course will:

  • Be up-to-date with current thinking and research in the field of positive psychology, and understand its application to educational and other relevant contexts
  • Understand how positive psychology may be used to facilitate the learning process, particularly for young learners
  • Understand the varied strengths and approaches to learning demonstrated by young people
  • Understand a variety of approaches to creating a learning environment that fosters creativity, innovation and social responsibility among learners of all ages
  • Be familiar with a range of asset-based approaches to learning, and understand how to mobilise these assets.

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Rachel Colla

Rachel Colla (MPsych, MAPP, PhD Candidate) is a teaching specialist co-ordinating and teaching at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level for the Centre for Positive Psychology. She was recently awarded a Melbourne Graduate School of Education award for outstanding achievement in teaching, skill and imagination in the design and evaluation of teaching programs. Rachel has been consulting and delivering programs that draw on the science of positive psychology in business, education and sporting contexts for well over a decade to assist both individuals and organisations thrive. Prior to her work in organisational settings, Rachel worked as a psychologist in the education sector. Her current research focuses on the integration of systems science and wellbeing science.