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Advancing the Study of Positive Psychology

The Use of a Multifaceted Structure of Mindfulness for Development

About the Course:

Positive psychology, as a distinctive paradigm, focuses on the remedy of pathologies and, by contrast, the promotion of positive experiences and conditions in life (e.g., encouraging a state of flourishing). Positive psychology, in its simplistic form, may provide evidence and insightful understanding into the proactivity of human agency (Seligman, 1999; Seligman and Csíkszentmihályi, 2000). Drawing from this emphasis, we have developed the theory of optimization, which attempts to explain the achievement of optimal functioning in life (e.g., optimal cognitive functioning: academic performance). By the same token, in the course of our research development into the theory of optimization, we have also delved into a comparable theoretical orientation, namely: the multifaceted nature of mindfulness, consisting of three interrelated components – the psychological component of mindfulness, the philosophical component of mindfulness, and the spiritual component of mindfulness. This conceptualization of mindfulness is rather unique for its incorporation of both Western and Eastern knowledge, philosophical viewpoints, and epistemologies into one holistic framework.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Advancing the Study of Positive Psychology created by Huy P. Phan, PhD et al. in 2020.

Publication Date:

Frontier Psychology 11:1602

Course Material Authors

Huy P. Phan, PhD (Educational Psychology)

Dr. Phan is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of New England. Huy’s research interests and areas of expertise relate to cognition, motivation, and the proactivity of human behavior. He recently published a book with Oxford University Press, titled Teaching, Learning and Psychology (Phan & Ngu, 2019), which consolidates and reflects his previous and current research inquiries into the study of cognition, motivational processes, and psychosocial factors of human behavior and development. Many of his research projects, published in high-tier journals, involved quantitative data drawn from different sociocultural settings, and involved the use of complex causal modelling techniques (e.g., latent growth modelling).

Bing H. Ngu, PhD (Education)

Dr. Bing H. Ngu teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service Mathematics Education units at the University of New England. Her research interests and expertise include cognition and instruction-based on cognitive load theory, analogical learning, effective and ineffective instructional designs for mathematics learning, and human optimisation. She has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters.

Course Creator

Allison Brown, LCSW 149014591

Allison Brown holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice with a Psychology focus and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently works at a Long-Term Insurance company bringing clinical experience to claim processes. Additionally, she developed and continues to lead the Continuing Education Program for Social Workers and Nurses and often leads complex process improvement projects Prior to this, her primary focus was in mental health and worked in both the outpatient and inpatient settings providing support to adults with mental illness.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the three distinct components of the recently developed model of mindfulness presented in this article.

  2. Identify the rationale as to how aspects of the proposed model ofmindfulness (e.g., reaching a state of enlightenment) could act to facilitate and optimize a person’s state of functioning.

  3. Discuss the complex issue of methodology used for the study.

Course Material

References begin on page 17.

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Course Number 103164
1.75 credit hour
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