Positive Psychology Graduate Certificate

For past year and a half I have been pursuing a graduate certificate in positive psychology online at the University of Missouri. Positive psychology is a branch of the larger psychology field, but has only been recognized in the last 25 years due to the work of Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and others who articulated the need for psychology to focus on our strengths and assets rather than shortcomings. I completed the 15 hour program in May. As part of my career coaching, teaching, and my leadership of the Forage Center, I will be increasingly incorporating positive psychology approaches and strategies. It was a rewarding program.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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