Certificate in

Positive Psychology, Emotional Wellbeing, and Happiness

A Holistic Approach for Personal and Organizational Development

“You will deepen your capacity for wellbeing and happiness and grow your professional knowledge and skills.”



The Positive Psychology Certificate program is dedicated to the vision of creating happier and healthier individuals who learn to flourish in their personal and professional lives, co-creating optimal relationships, organizations and communities.


The program’s mission is to facilitate pathways of growth for the attainment of emotional well-being and happiness by providing program participants effective theories, methods and techniques. The scientific framework that grounds this certificate program is based on positive psychology, a newly developed branch of psychology that focuses on optimal well-being, happiness and human flourishing, rather than on mental disorders and psychopathology.

Course content will particularly focus on qualities such as self awareness, positive relationships, positive emotion, engagement and the flow state, resilience, self-esteem, optimism, and wisdom.


The program features an experiential teaching methodology designed to facilitate students' holistic development of body awareness, emotional awareness, and relational awareness through the implementation of specific knowledge, skills, and exercises, including journaling, dyad work, active imagination, role playing, simulation, self-confrontation, mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork.

During this program students will:

  • Apply positive psychology concepts and tools in their work and life

  • Gain knowledge and skill to increase individual, business and collective well-being

  • Learn practical tools that make a positive difference in people’s lives

  • Participate in powerful personal development activities

  • Experience practices for their personal and work life


PP 501: Introduction to Positive Psychology - 1 credit

This course provides an overview of the historical, philosophical and theoretical foundations of Positive Psychology, Well-being and Happiness. The course introduces the origins, purposes and and latest findings in the field of Positive Psychology. Program participants will be introduced to exercises for themselves and for their clients, if a practitioner, that researches have shown to be effective in enhancing emotional wellbeing and happiness. Clarification will be made between the fundamental differences between hedonic (pleasure) and eudaimonic (self-realization and meaning) conceptions of happiness. 

PP 502: Introduction to Holism and Holistic Psychology - 2 credits

This course is an introduction to the holistic view that posits an open and inclusive vision of the world as being the most meaningful and effective framework for accessing emotional wellbeing and happiness. Course content includes a review of the current, dominant, scientific paradigm of fragmentation, materialism and reductionism, and the ethical limitations this approach engenders. Theory and techniques of holistic psychology will be introduced and practiced with noted benefits to the participants. 

PP 504: Positive Psychology: Tools for Socio-Emotional Wellbeing and Personal Development - 2 credits

The course introduces students to selected skills which have been proven by empirical research to be most conducive for promoting wellbeing and happiness: Self-awareness, Resilience, Self-efficacy, Optimism, Hope, Courage, Wisdom, Inner harmony,  and Assertiveness. Students will also be introduced to the interrelated topics of flow experiences, expanded states of consciousness, transcendence and self-realization, and to those methods and techniques that facilitate the attainment of such states. Course content includes basic information and techniques on how to process “negative” emotions (i.e., anger, sadness, fear, guilt, shame, embarrassment etc.) as well as positive emotions such as love, joy, and gratitude. Students will also engage in mindfulness, meditation and yoga exercises addressed to develop the non-judgmental (first “witness”) capacity that is essential for creating and sustaining emotional wellbeing and happiness.

PP 506: Positive Self-Realization and Transcendence - 2 credits

Based on the humanistic psychological concept of self-realization this course promulgates self-realization as an indispensable requirement for human flourishing.  The objective of this course is to enable participants to understand the distinctions between becoming someone and realizing oneself. Program participants will also be provided an overview of the personal development process, and to the related theories. Course content will include an overview of two fundamental factors for self-realization: a) self-awareness as an indispensable tool for discovering one’s own talents and potential; and b) unconditional self-acceptance as an indispensable condition for allowing oneself to develop those talents and potential. In essence, the course will orient students to effective techniques for facilitating the discovery of one’s own talents and potential, and for identifying and transforming any irrational beliefs that may limit or hinder development.

CS 504: Somatic Awareness and Embodied Wisdom: Mindfulness and Presence - 3 credits

This course includes the study of the interrelatedness of the physical body and consciousness. An important extended capacity is that of the ineffable quality of presence. Presence is developed through somatic awareness, centering and self-observation. Students practice somatic awareness through listening to their bodies, engaging in body scans and meditating with the body. The role of martial arts in a body-mind-heart practice provides a deep understanding of presence-based movements and interactions. Learning to listen with an integrated body-mind-heart is essential in the development of trust and intimacy when co-creating a relationship. These practices quiet the mind allowing access to one’s inner embodied wisdom, authenticity and intuition.

CS 502: Consciousness, Beliefs and Intentions - 2 credits

The study of the nature of beliefs and how they can be empowering in manifesting a vision and life purpose is the subject of this course. The nature of a participatory universe is examined from the perspective of intention and manifestation of individual and collective visions, missions, and life purposes. Important to making powerful intentions is an understanding of the principles of manifestation, which include understanding the role of emotional states. Students learn to apply these principles to bring conscious awareness to hidden beliefs and underlying assumptions while leading their clients to higher vibrational levels, thereby co-creating powerful intentions and desired manifestations.

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Charles H. Silverstein, PhD - Academic Director and Program Coordinator


Charles H. Silverstein is dedicated to pursuing his deep interest in personal transformation, alternative healing, and the relationship between science and spirituality. He holds an MA degree in Conscious Evolution from TGI, and a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research interests included higher stages of adult development, transformative practices, spiritual development and personal growth with an emphasis on meditative practices and somatic awareness. He had a 20-year career as an investment analyst and portfolio manager for a large institutional investment company, and was an educator in the fields of science and mathematics.

Bonnitta Roy, MA


Bonnitta Roy is an independent scholar, international presenter and award-winning author. Before earning her masters degree at TGI, she was already considered a pioneer in her process approach to evolutionary theories of consciousness. She won an award by identifying the key characteristics of a new mind which we can see emerging with the complexity sciences today. She applies her models to help organizations become more open and participatory, enabling workplaces to become more authentic to the whole experience of being human. She is passionate about the living world of animals and nature, as mutual participants with us in the unfolding of our planetary potential.

Kim Ruggiero, MA


Kimberly Ruggiero is a long time meditator. She works as a transformational coach and artist. She has a BS in Chemistry, MA in Consciousness Studies and studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. Kim has training in MBSR and is certified through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. She is currently a Program Coordinator in the Integrative Health and Healing program.

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The Graduate Institute


171 Amity Road

Bethany, CT 06524

United States

Phone: (203) 874-4252

Fax:      (203) 874-8070

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