Frequently Asked Questions
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Who created the Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) Program and how long has it been in existence?
The Certificate in Positive Psychology (CAPP) was cofounded in 2011 by Louis Alloro, M. Ed., MAPP and created by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP, PCC, ERYT, and officially launched in 2012.
With over 700 CAPP students already having experienced our program, our CAPP cohorts have expanded rapidly to many cities throughout the United States, Canada, as well as internationally.
What types of students enter the CAPP program?
We have three subsets of students:
1) Those who use the training for professional use within an organization.
These people are change agents within the companies they work for and want to enhance their skill-set. This includes teachers, managers, directors, executives, sales people, lawyers, assistants, nurses, physical therapists, social workers and many others who interact with, support and lead others.
2) Those who use the training for professional use as independent contractors or entrepreneur.
These people are change agents who work for themselves and use the science to enhance the validity of what they are doing, expand their toolkit, grow their business and have many different topics within PP that they can speak and teach their clients about. This includes coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers, therapists, writers, veterinarians, clergy members, wellness practitioners, chiropractors, hypnotists, holistic healers, fitness professionals, music teachers, tutors and more
3) Those who use the program for their own personal growth and development.
These people may not have a direct application for positive psychology in their professional lives but they are passionate about being change agents and know that the first place to start is within them. Many of our students identify their life purpose and calling through the journey they go on in the program. They apply their training to every aspect of their life. In particular, our participants who are parents are expecting parents find the training to be priceless in transforming the way the interact with and support their family.To request a consultation call with your CAPP Program Facilitator to discuss how you can apply your certification please contact our Program Manager, Jean@theflourishingcenter.com
How many CAPP graduates have there been?
To date, over 700 students have gone through the CAPP Program across over a dozen countries.Q. What are the differences between MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) and CAPP?
Both the MAPP and CAPP programs attract thought leaders from diverse fields, change-agents that are dedicated to being the change they want to see in the world. Both are executive education models that are taught 1 weekend per month for 6 months (7 On Sites total). Both are grounded in rigorous science and both aim to be at the leading edge of research.
Some of the differences are that CAPP puts a greater emphasis on the application of positive psychology than MAPP is able to.
Instead of doing assignments that are focused on reading peer reviewed journal articles and writing papers (as is more typical in a psychology masters degree) our students watch lecture videos and listen to a synthesis of the studies. There is one required reading textbook, the rest is optional reading.
We have digested hundreds of hours of positive psychology research so that our students could learn the tools and focus more on application. They can always go back to read the original studies if they want more details. Both programs adhere to the science, but MAPP is more academic.
The way that the courses are structured is also very different– CAPP focuses on experiential learning and teaching our students a framework for flourishing (PERMA-V) whereas MAPP is structured as a series of masters level psychology classes that are divided into themes such as a research class, a positive interventions class, positive individuals, institutions , etc.
The CAPP Program also draws research from various scientific fields not just positive psychology. We include cognitive neuroscience, mind-body medicine, contemplative practice, nonviolent communication and motivational interviewing.
We have had a number of MAPP graduates who have done our program because one of the perks of doing CAPP is that you get all 2,900 PowerPoint slides to repurpose for your own personal and professional use.
Some of our MAPP grads do CAPP for continuing education and to get access to the materials. Those who do both programs agree that CAPP covers many topics that aren’t necessary covered in MAPP. For example, MAPP does not cover any neuroscience where it is a whole module in the CAPP program.
CAPP has been designed for busy practitioners and caters to multiple learning styles. Students watch online lecture videos in preparation for weekly tele-classes where they get to talk to their classmates about how to put the research into practice and training and honing their positive psychology skills.
Instead of writing a Capstone or a Master’s Thesis, CAPP students are required to complete a final project that can be anything that is personally or professionally useful to them.
One strength of MAPP is that your professors are the leading researchers in positive psychology today. However, students find that having a few dozen professors is more challenging than having the structure of one teacher. In CAPP, we do bring in leading scientists in positive psychology every month for a class. We feature researchers such as Sonja Lyubomirsky, Todd Kashdan, Robert Emmons, Andrew Newberg, Stephen Post and more. We also focus heavily on how positive psychology is translated in different fields. Every month we bring in a different Positive Psychology Practitioner, which is frequently a MAPP Graduate or a CAPP Graduate, and we look at how they uniquely translate positive psychology in their industry. Thus, our students get to learn about how Positive Psychology is being used in education, coaching, business, law, writing, with kids, with the elderly and so on.
Students get to hear from and ask questions to people working in a myriad of settings to create their own unique approach to spreading positive psychology.
The MAPP program is a graduate degree and as such includes the monetary investment and amount of work commensurate with that level. MAPP is currently ~ $60,000 US not including travel and accommodations. CAPP is a fraction of the cost. CAPP is also a significantly lower time investment as well. Students can put in as little as 5 hours a week to meet the minimum requirements or as much as 40 hours a week if they have the time to do all the supplementary reading.
Both CAPP and MAPP programs have robust alumni communities that focus on continuing education to build the skills, knowledge, and camaraderie of change-agents working in the world. There is no application and acceptance process required for the CAPP program, just a registration with the only prerequisite being curiosity. (Although we also tend to find that people also come with a burning desire to make a difference in the world.)
Also, you get the advantage of starting right away. If you wanted to do MAPP you’d have to apply by May of 2016 and start in September of 2016. Not only do the CAPP Cohort programs officially begin in the fall, but we give our students early access to the online platform so you could start going through your CAPP Material and get a head start over the summer.
We believe the most significant advantage of the MAPP program over CAPP is the access to the thought leaders in the field such Marty, (although his involvement with each CAPP class varies by his work and travel schedule) and the prestige of getting accepted to and graduating from an Ivy League university. Depending on where you’re at in your career, doing a degree at any Ivy League can open up doors that a regular degree or a certificate might not.
We’re happy to connect with you via phone and get a sense for what would serve you best at this time in your life. Just let us know if you’d like to set up an appointment.
How can I use my CAPP Certificate professionally?
The CAPP certificate can be applied professionally in any industry. Many of our graduates apply it to the work they are already doing by teaching, speaking, coaching, training, creating programs and products based on the science. We support our students in identifying how they can best apply the research and tools in their field. We provide experts from fields such as business, coaching, education, tutoring, parenting, law, writing, health and wellness, yoga, and other fields. We interview Positive Psychology leaders who are applying positive psychology in various industries to learn from them about how this research is being translated.
Our students use their final project as an opportunity to create an application of positive psychology for themselves after they finish the program. Also, once you graduate from the program, you join our community of CAPP Alumni where you continue to receive monthly support on the application of positive psychology professionally.
Learn more about how our graduates are using their CAPP certificates.
Do I need a background or a degree in psychology in order to take this program?
No, this program is open to anyone who is interested in learning the science of happiness and well-being, and applying it into their personal and/or professional life.
No prerequisite in psychology is required because we teach you everything that you need to know, and how to interpret the research in science to fit your needs. We guide you every step of the way.
Can I get a copy of the curriculum?
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Get the CAPP Program outline and syllabus as well as the dates of the next program nearest you by filling out the form below. You can even chat with one of our program managers for a free consultation (optional):
You can also email Jean Poling, our CAPP Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
How much does the program cost?
The investment in the program depends on your payment structure and when you register. The Early Bird deadline dates are listed for each CAPP Location.
- $4200: Register and pay in full by the Early Bird Discount Deadline
- $4500: Register before the Early Bird Deadline and choose the payment plan (*)
- $4500: Register after the Early Bird Deadline and pay in full prior to commencement of the program
- $4800: Register after the Early Bird Deadline and choose the payment plan (**)
* Payment Plan: $1500 deposit with 3 additional payments of $1,000
** Payment Plan: $1800 deposit with 3 additional payments of $1,000
NOTE: Payment Plans are only available via credit card.
Is there a Refund Policy?
All registrations are final; however, in case of an emergency a person can defer admission to the next scheduled CAPP class that fits their schedule.
What is the time commitment and workload like?
The time commitment and workload of the program consists of the required times that we are in classes. This includes:
- The weekend “on sites” which are 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday
- Weekly tele-classes that meet every week for a 90-minute distance learning call.
- Monthly 90 minute research webinars
- Monthly 60 minute practitioner webinars
Outside of the classroom time students invest about 3-4 hours a week reading, watching the online classes and preparing for the distance learning call.
The program consists of a small amount of required reading and lots of optional reading. We have had some students spend as much as 40 hours a week working on the program and reading all of the optional reading. There is a lot of flexibility. Students can do the bare minimum during the course and do the optional readings after the program. Other students make it a full-time course load by doing all of the optional steps with the progression of the program throughout the six months.Q. How often does the class meet?
- The CAPP Program consists of six modules focusing on: Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement and Vitality (PERMA-V). Each module includes: 1 weekend on site per month, 1 online webinar with a leading PP researcher per month, weekly distance learning courses via Zoom with online videos to watch ahead of time, and 1 monthly call with a different Positive Psychology Practitioner from various industries.
When are the Distance Learning calls and Webinars scheduled?
Each CAPP program faculty chooses the dates and times of their distance learning calls. If you are unable to make the distance learning classes with your cohort you may choose to participate in a different cohort’s Distance Learning class.
Research webinars meet the first Wednesday evening of every month. The positive psychology practitioner webinars meet the third Thursday afternoon of every month.
For more information on your program, please email us at email@example.com and we will tell you the scheduled times.
The distance learning calls are scheduled for one 90-minute call per week and the webinars are two hours once a month.
What is required to receive the certification?
In order to receive the CAPP Certification each student must attend all of the monthly on-sites or make up anything that they missed by watching the recordings.
Students are required to participate in all weekly Distance Learning calls or listen to the recording of a session that they miss. There is one required reading book. Students are also required to complete a brief multiple choice quiz at the end of each module and complete a final project.
What cities is the CAPP program currently offered in?
The CAPP program is available in the following cities.
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Dallas, TX
- Miami, FL
- New York, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Raleigh, NC
- Oakland, CA
- Toronto, ON
- Vancouver, BC
- Washington, DC
- Online Course* (For Non-US & Canadian Students Only)
*Please note that we do offer an online version of the program for students not currently residing in the United States or Canada, although we highly recommend taking the program in person if possible.
For a complete listing of all upcoming program dates and facilitators, please click here>
What other locations are you considering for additional CAPP Cohorts ?
If you are interested in bringing a positive psychology certification program to your area where we do not currently have one please contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if I miss a weekend or an in person session?
All of the sessions are recorded.
If you miss a weekend you can make up the class by watching the video recording. While we encourage everyone to participate in all of the sessions in person whenever possible, we understand that emergencies do happen and make this available to all of our students
Can I do the whole program online?
We offer a 9 month, online version of the Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology Online that is only available for participants outside of the US and Canada.
Our next Online Cohort will launch September 12, 2017.
Please note this program is offered ONLY to international students who are unable to participate in a local in-person CAPP community.
The CAPP International Virtual Course process requires interested students to complete and submit an application which will be followed by a personally schedule interview with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, the CAPP Online Program creator, to ensure that the program is a right fit for our students and for us.
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Feel free to direct any inquiries about CAPP Virtual to: email@example.com.
**CAPP Virtual is intended for individuals outside of the U.S. and Canada for whom an on site program would be unfeasible.
Who are the speakers and facilitators of the program?
Each program location has its own positive psychology expert as the facilitator and our students get monthly access to a positive psychology luminary who is a researcher in the field of positive psychology, positive psychology practitioners, and Emiliya, the creator of the program. For a complete listing of speaker and teacher bios, click here.
Is the course appropriate towards studies required for a PHD candidacy at my university?
The CAPP Program is in partnership with Saybrook University. Students can use their CAPP Certification to receive up to 6 credits towards a Master’s Degree or PhD. For more information contact Jean@theflourishingcenter.com.
Additionally, students that are interested in pursuing a career in positive psychology, particularly in higher education or in research, will receive strong theoretical and scientific training in the field that will equip them to excel in their graduate studies. They will have a broad overview of the field and be able to hone their research more specifically.
How do I register for the program?
Registration can be completed through the Locations & Registration page of this website.
If you prefer to pay by check or to register via phone please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1(844) 356-8747 ext 708.
What materials are needed?
Upon registering for the program students are given access to our on-line course curriculum, which includes a listing of required and optional reading materials. Please note there is one required textbook.
CEUs and CAPP: Does this program offer continuing education units?
The Certificate in Applied Psychology (CAPP) Program is not intended to be a coach certification program. While we cover many coaching tools throughout CAPP and have an entire module on coaching psychology, it is not specifically a coach certification program.
Many of our students go into private practice through their training as positive psychology practitioners or positive psychology based coaches, however that depends on the individual’s expertise and skill set.
All of our students learn the scientific underpinnings of many of the tools that they can use to coach their clients, so they feel much more empowered when they work with their clients, because they understand the science behind flourishing and well-being.
CAPP is an ICF approved accredited program for existing coaches and offers 36 CCE hours upon graduation, which can be used when applying for ICF Coaching credential renewal.
We also offer a Coaching Skills Training (CST) Program for CAPP Alumni for students that want a deeper dive into coaching skills. This program is an ACSTH with the ICF and qualifies students for 64-hours of coach training.
The Flourishing Center is also an Approved Provider of Continuing Education through American Psychological Association (APA) offering CEUs for psychologists which is recognized by many mental health organizations.
The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
APA’S 54 divisions are interest groups organized by members. Some represent sub-disciplines of psychology (e.g., experimental, social or clinical) while others focus on topical areas such as aging, ethnic minorities or trauma.
The Flourishing Centre (the Canadian sister company of the US Flourishing Center) is also partnered with The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA).
Does this course qualify for reimbursement through my company?
A number of students have had their organizations or schools reimburse them for CAPP Certification training since it provides the student with comprehensive skills that can benefit the company or enhance the school curriculum.
Check with your organization to learn more about considerations for reimbursement.Q. Can I get tuition assistance or financial aid with the government?
No, this program does not qualify for traditional reimbursement methods through the government. However, in the past, students have found creative ways to fund thier education including Kickstarters, Indiegogo campaigns, grant money from the government and more. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Does CAPP qualify for tuition assistance from the GI Bill?
While CAPP doesn’t qualify for the GI Bill, we do offer a $300 discount to all persons who have served in the army or navy. Contact us for details.
Does this program certify me as a coach?
What can I call myself once I complete this program?
CPPA (Canadian Positive Psychology Association) PROGRAM DISCLAIMERS/FAQs:
Positive psychology is a topic area within the field of psychology that seeks to provide scientific answers to the question: “What is the good life?” Positive psychology is not a modality for treating psychological disorders. The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) offers learning opportunities about positive psychology through educational events such as workshops and conferences. CPPA does not offer psychological services of any kind. Anyone seeking counseling, therapy or other forms of (mental) health services is advised to consult a licensed (mental) health services professional.
Restriction of program credentials:
The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) is a registered non-profit organization that was federally incorporated in 2012. We are not a regulatory body and we do not certify, monitor or endorse any member services. Completion of the CAPP program does not give practitioners authority to practice psychology in Canada. To practice psychology in Canada, like other health care professionals, psychologists must be licensed. Licensure to practice is granted by regulatory bodies in each Canadian jurisdiction. A summary of what is legally required to practice in Canada can be found here: http://www.cpa.ca/practitioners/practiceregulation/.
Only registered psychologists are legally allowed to use the words ‘psychology’, ‘psychologist’ or ‘psychological’ in their official title. The use of the word psychology is a restricted title in the province of Ontario for example (see: http://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/91p38 ) please refer to the psychology act in your province for proper and legal use of terms in your official title and description of service. In Ontario, for example, you cannot use the title ‘Positive Psychology Coach’ or ‘Positive Psychology Expert’ and you also cannot title your offerings ‘Positive Psychology Coaching’ or ‘Positive Psychology Consulting’. There may be other restrictions as outlined in the Psychology Act of Ontario so we advise you to seek your own legal counsel on this topic. As all psychology acts differ across Canada it is advised that you seek out your eligibility requirements for your province.