Positive PsychologySemester Course

Week-Long Study Tour
London or Edinburgh or Verona-Vienna or Arctic Norway and Sweden or Prague
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
Education / Educational Studies, Human Development, Psychology
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course combines a study of theory, research, and application in the rapidly growing field of positive psychology. You critically examine the psychology of well-being with its possibilities and limitations, focusing on topics such as positive emotions, character strengths, flow, flourishing, mindfulness, creativity, and post-traumatic growth within the context of culture and history. Investigate how positive psychology complements other areas of psychology, therapy, coaching, and communication; and how it can be applied in real-world, professional settings such as business development and the clinical context. Through experiential learning and reflection, gain the necessary tools for developing sustainable happiness and increased life satisfaction.

The Positive Psychology course at DIS provided me with life changing experiences that have inspired me in so many ways…This program provided me with a closer look into the incredible world of psychology through hands-on course work that changed my life!”

– Allison Bikshorn, University of Missouri-Columbia

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Organizational Behavior


Kamilla Lange

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Cand. Psychology (2006, University of Copenhagen). BA. Psychology (2003, University of Copenhagen). Authorized clinical psychologist, Psykolognævnet (2009). Clinical psychologist (2006-present). Mindfulness instructor (2008-present). Lecturer, Lægernes Uddannelses Forening (2008-2011). Lecturer, Mindwork and Fobiskolen (2008-present), Psychological supervisor, Psykiatrisk Center Bispebjerg, Region Hovedstaden (2011-2013). Psychological supervisor, Mindwork and Fobiskolen, (2009-present). Author (2012). With DIS since 2015.

Camilla Søeberg Hale

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Msc. Psychology (2013, University of Copenhagen). BA. Psychology (2010, University of Copenhagen). Works as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Experience with family therapy and counselling (2013-). With DIS since 2022.

Gitte Vonsild

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master's in Positive Psychology, minor in Psychology. M.Sc. in Economics. Specialized in the field of Applied Positive Psychology. Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute, CTI. CFO at the Brewery Darguner Brauerei GmbH in Germany, 1997-2005. Self-employed coach and workshop leader since 2005. Lecturer on coaching & counseling, Positive Psychology, Positive Psychology coaching, change theory, and stress management at Metropolitan University College, 2008-2012. With DIS since 2011.

S. Salman Ahmad

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

PhD in Psychology (2005) from Osmania University, India. Worked as faculty and consultant in the areas of psychology, leadership and organizational development across South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In Denmark since 2010. Chief Consultant at the Living Institute and External Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School. Faculty member with the Department of Psychology at DIS since 2013.

Bethany Chamberlain

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

My academic background is in psychology and research methodology (MSc from University of Strathclyde, BA from Bemidji State University). I have varied work experience including researcher, research assistant, teacher, tutor, etc. More recently I worked on a PhD project relating to the decision-making processes of machine learning researchers but withdrew and am now considering other research proposals relating to mental health, interdisciplinarity, technology in education, and more. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to live, work, and study in the USA, China, Sweden, and Scotland, but I am currently (and happily!) settled in Denmark with my husband and four cats. When I'm not busy with research, teaching, or traveling, you'll find me cooking, baking, reading (and leading a monthly book club), writing, or playing board/card/video games. I've been with DIS since 2021, primarily in the S&H department teaching Public Mental Health, but also helping in the Psychology department.

S&H Bethany Chamberlain