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The Science of Happiness

Dacher Keltner, PhD & Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD
CEUS: 16

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Discover the research-tested keys to happiness—and learn how to apply them to your personal and professional life—by taking this ground-breaking online course from UC Berkeley’s award-winning Greater Good Science Center. Studies suggest that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. In this course, you will learn about the activities science has identified as most important to happiness, exploring the research behind them, particularly the science of mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and related topics. You will gain a practical, science-based strategy for nurturing happiness in yourselves and in the lives of your clients, students, and patients. The workshop also offers tools to track your progress over time. A core theme will be how lifelong happiness stems from connections to people and a purpose beyond the self. Video lectures are supplemented by readings, self-tests, online discussions, and real-world exercises.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Discover the research-tested keys to happiness—and learn how to apply them to your personal and professional life—by taking this ground-breaking, 16-hour online course from UC Berkeley’s award-winning Greater Good Science Center (GGSC).

Studies suggest that up to 40 percent of happiness depends on our habits and activities. In this course, you will learn about the activities science has identified as most important to happiness, exploring the research behind them, particularly the science of mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and related topics. Each week will introduce you to a practical, science-based strategy for nurturing happiness in yourselves and in the lives of your clients, students, and patients. The workshop also offers tools to track your progress over time. A core theme will be how lifelong happiness stems from connections to people and a purpose beyond the self. Video lectures are supplemented by readings, self-tests, online discussions, and real-world exercises.

The course will be led by two celebrated teachers of the science of happiness: Emiliana Simon Thomas, Ph.D., the GGSC's science director, and Dacher Keltner, who is the GGSC's founder, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and the author of the best-selling book Born to Be Good. The course also features guest presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities on positive psychology, including Rick Hanson, Sonja Lyubomirsky, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Students will be able to take this course at any time, at their own pace. However, students who participate between September 9 (the course's launch date) and November 4 will have more opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow students.

16 CE CREDIT HOURS AVAILABLE. A shorter version of this course, "Introduction to the Science of Happiness," offers 6 CE credit hours.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify key psychological, social, and biological factors in personal happiness
  • Explain the relationship between happiness and “pro-social” qualities, such as compassion, altruism, and gratitude
  • Describe the psychological principles behind why certain activities boost happiness
  • Apply lessons from positive psychology to personal and professional lives, enhancing self-understanding
  • Practice research-tested strategies for social and emotional well-being

 

INSTRUCTORS

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding faculty director of the university’s Greater Good Science Center. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford, Keltner has devoted his career to studying the nature of human goodness and happiness, becoming a leading figure in the positive psychology movement. An outstanding speaker who has earned many honors for his teaching, Keltner is the author of the best-selling book Born to Be Good (W.W. Norton, 2009) and a co-editor of the anthology The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton, 2010). 

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. A neuroscientist who earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley, her research has explored the neuro-biological roots of pro-social emotion and behavior, as well as the psychosocial benefits of emotional authenticity and connection. A gifted teacher, Simon-Thomas has presented on the science of happiness and compassion to the Dalai Lama and audiences worldwide.

Guest Lecturers
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Teaching in the department of psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sonja Lyubomirksy, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Paul Ekman, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Francisco

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Best-selling author of the books Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009) and Hardwiring Happiness (Random House, 2013).

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Fredric Luskin, Ph.D., Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, Stanford University

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing Education is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

Drug and Alcohol Counselors: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC. Provider 4N-00-434-0216 for 16 CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.

ICF Coaches can receive a Resource Development Certificate for completing the course. The Certificate will be issued jointly by R. Cassidy and the Greater Good Science Center.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Course meets the qualifications for (16) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation will offer 1.6 NIRSA Continuing Educaiton Units for the eight week course. NIRSA Continuing Education Units can be applied toward application or renewal requirements for the NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals.

Nurses: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (16) contact hours.

Occupational Therapists: R. Cassidy Seminars is an AOTA approved provider # 6782. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of completion for (16) CE hours. 1 CE hour(s) = .1 AOTA CEU(s).

Psychologists: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (16) CE hours.

Social Workers: Course meets the qualifications for (16) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418.

 
 

Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists
R. Cassidy
Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 16 CE hours.

Social Workers 
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org , through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 16 continuing education  clock hours in participating in this course. CA: The BBS has deferred CE course approvals for its licensee to APA and ASWB NY: NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 16 contact hours self-study.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (16) clock hours, #RCST110701.

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists 
CA: The BBS has deferred CE course approval for its licensee to APA and ASWB
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (16) hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (16) clock hours, #RCST110701.
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. 16 credit hours. Provider #151.

Chemical Dependency Counselors 
CA: Provider approved by CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0210 for (16) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states 

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (16.) hours general, Expires 3/2016. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

Nurses 
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (16) contact hours.

Teachers/Educators 
IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171. (16) contact hours
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (16) CE Hours. 

Occupational Therapists
AOTAR. Cassidy Seminars is an AOTA approved provider # 6782. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of completion for (16) CE hours. 1 CE hour(s) = .1 AOTA CE(s).

Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

 

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 Home Studies: $199.00 Add to Cart