Positive Psychology is the scientific study of how people thrive in life amidst external obstacles and human frailty. The PRIMER Wellbeing Programme explores evidence-based concepts and processes that are reported to enhance individual wellbeing and quality of life. The course duration is over 6 weeks, comprising one webinar classroom session per week. You will learn and apply positive psychology theories to your personal and/or professional life through 6 topics: Positive emotions, Resilience, Identity (Character strengths), Meaning, Engagement & stress management, and positive Relationships, in which the starting letters of each topic form the acronym, PRIMER.

Participants will have the chance to engage in evidence-based activities in the PRIMER Wellbeing Workbook that is specially designed for our course participants. These activities will contribute to the participants’ own toolbox of effective strategies and techniques in enhancing their wellbeing even after the PRIMER Wellbeing Programme ends.

  • PRIMER Wellbeing Programme Handbook (e-copy)
  • PRIMER Wellbeing Workbook with over 30+ exercises and activities (e-copy)
  • Supplementary readings
  • 4 x 2 hr and 2 x 2.5 hr live webinar sessions on ZOOM (13 hours)
  • Invitation to join our Facebook group meant for students and graduates of this program for support, questions, networking and sharing
  • Meet and journey with like-minded people who are keen to learn positive psychology
  • Certificate of Completion for PRIMER Wellbeing Programme (Please note that participants that missed 2 or more sessions will not be awarded with the certificate)

The PRIMER Wellbeing Programme is suitable for any adult aged 18 and above, who wishes to apply positive psychology in their personal or professional life to improve personal wellbeing. No prior knowledge or, or experience with positive psychology is required. In case you have any acute or chronic mental or physical illness, you are required to indicate during your registration so that we can arrange a conversation with you to determine whether this programme is suitable for you. We may not accept individuals into the programme at our discretion if we find them unsuitable, in which a full refund of the course will be given. Please note that the PRIMER Wellbeing Programme does not serve to treat mental illnesses. If you feel you may have a mental health condition, please consult a doctor or mental health professional instead.

*If you are currently a full-time Pre-U/Tertiary student (Age 17-25), you may wish to consider signing up for the PRIMER Wellbeing Programme (Tertiary Students), in which the content covered is similar but it is contextualized for tertiary education students.

Session 1: Positivity

  • What is Positive Psychology?
  • PERMA wellbeing model
  • Impact of negativity bias
  • Emotional states and triggers
  • Emotional acceptance and management
  • Broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions
  • Application of positive psychology interventions to enhance wellbeing
  • Dark side of positive emotions and up side of negative emotions

Session 2: Resilience

  • What is Resilience?
  • Myths about Resilience
  • Impact of cognition and thinking styles on personal resilience
  • Recognise and dispute unhealthy thinking traps
  • Adopt effective strategies to build long-term resilience
  • Three propensities that affect people’s recovery from hardships

Session 3: Identity

  • What are Character strengths?
  • Differentiation between character strengths, StrengthsFinder & MBTI
  • Using signature strengths in new ways
  • Strengths spotting
  • Strength overuse and underuse.
  • Reaching your “Power-Zone”
  • Self-compassion and appreciation of strengths
  • Misconceptions, realities and tips about character strengths

Session 4: Meaning

  • Meaning of meaning
  • Different types of meaning
  • Differentiation between ‘meaning of life’ and ‘meaning in life’
  • Relate sailboat metaphor to human functioning
  • Experience meaning in life through Trinity of Meaning model
  • Finding meaning in the dark side of life
  • Meaningful photography

Session 5: Engagement and Stress Management

  • What is flow and engagement in life?
  • Conditions to experience flow and engagement in life
  • Differentiate between types of stressors and stress
  • Understand the stress appraisal process
  • Adopt stress management techniques through problem-focused and emotion-focused coping
  • Mindfulness and meditation exercises to manage stress and improved engagement levels

Session 6: Relationships

  • What are positive relationships?
  • The 7 elements of close relationships
  • Importance of active listening
  • Active constructive responding
  • Expressing empathy
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Impact of digital ties on human connection

Although there are no assessments, participants are expected to carry out a total of 6 activities from the e-workbook (1 activity each week).

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The PRIMER Wellbeing Programme can also be customised to meet the training needs and arrangements from corporate organisations and schools.


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