An Undergraduate Positive Psychology Course as Prevention and Outreach

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  1. G. Tyler Lefevor
  2. Dallas R. Jensen
  3. Rebecca A. Janis
  4. Chih Han Hsieh

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Description: College counseling centers nationwide are having difficulty meeting the increasing demand for services they are seeing. We present an undergraduate positive psychology course taught as outreach and prevention by counseling center therapists as a way to potentially address this demand. During the two primary semesters of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years, 133 students enrolled in the course and completed pre and post measures. Students evidenced significantly decreased psychological distress, increased psychological well-being, and increased subjective happiness. We discuss the format of this course and its elements as both outreach/prevention and therapeutic interventions to meet the increased demand for services.

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