Building better communities, workplaces and lives in Antelope Valley.

Translate the latest wellbeing science into practical everyday tools that help people thrive, even in the midst of struggle.

The Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology

  • “We coordinated impact projects from the class, which gives us a sustainable, home-grown solution to how we do this work in our community.”

    Mayor Maureen Donker Midland, MI City Council

  • “I recommend these programs to organizations that want to dig deeper and reach higher.”

    Patrick Melby Good Company Ventures

  • “The class is engaging and inspiring. It has changed the way I engage at work, with people, and with my own health, but most importantly, it has brought such joy to my life.”

    Pam Singer President, Board of Education

  • “Learning the science of wellbeing with nearly 40 other members of my community was life-changing for me. It has armed me with tools to promote wellbeing.”

    Bridgette Gransden County Administrator/Controller

  • “I am now more mindful of interconnectedness in our community, and how all of the pieces contribute to making this town a better place.”

    Beth Bredt Primary School Teacher and Community Advocate

Get practical, evidence-based tools to energize, strengthen, and supercharge lives.

Do you want to learn how to help others in our community:

  • Build thriving workplaces, flourishing schools, stronger communities, and healthier lives – even in the midst of struggle – by providing them with practical, evidence-based wellbeing tools?
  • Reliably measure wellbeing at the individual, team, family, and community level to prioritize resources and ensure people’s efforts have a bigger positive impact?
  • Create sustainable changes in individual and collective wellbeing behaviors?
  • Fuel psychological safety so they can better support each other in creating positive changes?
  • And along the way, connect and work with like-minded people across the Antelope Valley, while learning how to truly take care of your own wellbeing as well?

Then the Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology is for you. Classes start in September.

From languishing to thriving.

Based on Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMAH theory of wellbeing, the Certificate is designed to be a blended learning program for people who want an immersive, evidence-based systems-oriented approach to improving wellbeing and creating positive change across their company, campus, or community.

While individuals are invited to participate on their own, we encourage workplace or community teams to take this program together as a train-the-trainer strategy giving you all the resources, tools, and support you need to create a collective positive impact.

You’ll walk away with all the tools, resources, and support you need to:

  • Articulate a clear business case for wellbeing by sharing the social and economic impact wellbeing behaviors have on your organization, campus, or community.
  • Make the science of wellbeing accessible and actionable by helping people build evidence-based wellbeing behaviors using Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMAH wellbeing framework.
  • Design psychologically safe spaces for teams, groups, and families to playfully experiment with more effective and joyful ways to support each other’s wellbeing, even in the midst of struggle.
  • Co-create thriving workplaces, schools, and communities by taking a strengths-based approach to creating positive changes that fuel belonging, build trust, bolster resilience, and improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Evaluate the collective impact of your efforts at an individual, team, family, and organizational or community level.
  • Be a valued member of a local and global wellbeing coalition to share resources, provide inspiration, answer your questions, offer encouragement, and collaborate together.
  • Be professionally recognized as a certified positive psychology and wellbeing practitioner.


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How does the Certificate work?

Designed specifically for Antelope Valley business leaders, school officials, mental, physical, or emotional health practitioners, and community members – our Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) gives you all the resources, tools, and support you need to help our region to heal.

Delivered over six months with 150 hours of evidence-based learning, the Certificate includes face-to-face training classes and virtual coaching calls to with our highly sought-after team of positive psychology and wellbeing researchers and practitioners.

Module 2: Boost Resilience
  • Uncover the power of positive emotions and the simple ways people can boost their positivity.
  • Discover the three simple questions to help people turn feelings of stress and anxiety into opportunities for learning and growth.
  • Learn how to debug the thinking traps that undermine healthy levels of optimism.
  • Build emotional wisdom to improve people’s ability to navigate their feelings.
  • See how you can harness emotional contagion to create more positive cultures.
Month 3: Develop People’s Strengths
  • Discover people’s neurological superpowers – the things they are good at and enjoy doing – using the VIA Survey.
  • Learn how to develop people’s strengths so they can avoid underplaying or overplaying them.
  • Mindfully align people’s strengths to create more moments of flow – that feeling when they are “in the zone.”
  • See how you can spot strengths in others and provide strengths-based feedback to supercharge relationships and navigate strengths collisions.
Module 4: Fuel Connections + Psychological Safety
  • Discover how to connect with anyone in a micro-moment with kindness, gratitude, and appreciative questions.
  • Unleash the power of asking for help.
  • Learn how to set healthy boundaries while still being an effective giver.
  • Challenge your relationship mindsets to let go of judgement, reduce incivility, supercharge compassion, and build psychologically safe spaces with others.
  • See how to map your relationship “energizers” and their impact on wellbeing in your system.
Module 5: Balance Meaning And Purpose
  • Understand how the power of storytelling and journaling can help us make meaning from our pasts.
  • Learn how to help people identify and leverage their values to find meaning in any task, even the most mundane.
  • Discover how to spark hope to create a future for people’s best possible self.
  • How to avoid passion fatigue and burnout.
  • Embracing complexity so we can make a meaningful collective impact in our communities.
Module 6: Accomplish What Matters Most And The Next Steps For Our Work
  • Learn how to help people cultivate authentic grit, and avoid the pitfalls of stupid grit.
  • Discover why reaching for self-compassion, rather than self-criticism, makes it easier to achieve our goals in every domain of life.
  • Understand why accomplishing the things that matter most can be both messy and magical.
  • Learn how appreciative coaching conversations can amplify the positive changes you’re helping people to create.
  • Prototype your own impact project to apply what you are learning in your family, team, organization, or community.

What Our Clients Say About Us:

  • “The class taught so many practical skills to increase my personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of our work team.”

    SHARON MORTENSON President, Community Foundation

  • “The class changed my life, the trajectory of my organization, and this influence is creating a ripple effect in our entire community.”

    HOLLY MILLER CEO, United Way

  • “The best part of this program is being around a bunch of positive people with open minds, as you learn about the scientific underpinning for one of the biggest decisions you’ve already made in life – to use your energy in a positive manner.”

    GREG DORRIER Executive Director, Family Center

  • “Learning the science of wellbeing with nearly 40 other members of my community was life-changing for me. It has armed me with tools to promote wellbeing.”

    BRIDGETTE GRANSDEN County Administrator/Controller

  • “Being able to expand my thinking and my view of my own change agency with Louis has been a life-altering experience for me, my family, my students, and my school.”

    BETH BREDT Primary School Teacher and Community Advocate

  • “91% of participants were confident they could apply the knowledge and skills they learned.”


  • “I recommend these programs to organizations that want to dig deeper and reach higher.”

    PATRICK MELBY CEO, Good Company Ventures

Ready to supercharge lives and strengthen your community?

Whether you’re a business leader in the Antelope Valley, a school official, a mental, physical, or emotional health practitioner, or a passionate community member wanting to help your region heal, our Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) has been designed for you to gain confidence, motivation, and impact in your world – our world.

Cost per participant is $5,500 with discounts for workplaces or schools who would like to send multiple participants.

Anyone living and/or working in the Antelope Valley is eligible to apply for a scholarship to the Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) class. This program is offered through the City of Palmdale’s Leadership Antelope Valley initiative, a project of Palmdale Cares.

What support will you get?

Guiding you through each step is our team of researchers, practitioners, and coaches, including Louis Alloro, Dr. Talma Schultz, Dr. Michelle McQuaid, Danielle Jacobs, Kathy Snyder, and Beverlee Wenzel. Between us, we’ve helped 250,000 people to spark measurable changes in more than 4,800 workplaces, schools, and communities in over 75 countries.

To help you easily and joyfully navigate your learning experience you will receive:

  • Face-to-face classes each month (6 x 1.5 days) – This is your chance to dive deeper into the science and practice, build your skills as you experiment together, and design ways to immediately apply what you are learning to help others.
  • Live virtual training classes (15 x 90-minute sessions) – To deepen your learning after you leave the classroom, you’ll have virtual distance training workshops to explore how the science can be practically applied personally, in workplaces, and across communities.
  • Virtual coaching calls (8 x 90-minute sessions) – To sustain your momentum and tailor your approaches, you’ll have optional live virtual coaching calls to keep unpacking what you’ve learned and practical ways to apply your new knowledge.
  • A library of podcasts and videos that is yours to keep – Breaking down the science of positive psychology into videos of each lesson that you can revisit, anywhere, at any time, as you need them.
  • A PERMAH manual and wellbeing toolbox you can use in your own work – Packed with all of the science we will be sharing, examples of potential applications, practical wellbeing challenges, calls-to-action, and your own reflections.
  • A final impact project – of your choosing that motivates and empowers you to create change in your sphere of influence.
  • Mentors, mastermind groups, and a learning portal – Stay supported and accountable as you maximize the value of your investment of energy, time, and money.

Is the Certificate right for me?

This Certificate is right for you if you:

  • Want to improve the current level of discourse and engagement in your community or organization, or in your own conversations, by having the latest research and applications at your fingertips.
  • Are curious about how positive psychology or neuroscience can be applied practically when it comes to helping yourself and others around you to thrive more consistently.
  • Are eager to help your family, colleagues, workplace, or community increase their resilience and quality of life – even when times are challenging.
  • Feel frustrated about the lack of tools you’ve had available to help people feel the energy, confidence, and motivation to thrive as they create positive changes together.
  • Are looking for your tribe of like-minded and like-hearted change champions in the Antelope Valley.

Whether you want to take the Certificate yourself, have a team of your colleagues take it together, or a group of community members and leaders in your jurisdiction, we would be honored to help you design and deliver this certification course for you and your people. The world needs your passion, skills, and coordinated leadership now more than ever.

Our Risk-Free Guarantee

We’re sure you’re going to find the Certificate In Applied Positive Psychology enormously valuable – and we’re willing to back it up with a hassle-free guarantee.

If the Certificate doesn’t give you what you need, just let us know within the first 14 days of the program. Provided you can show us that you’ve been doing the work, but what we’re teaching just isn’t adding value, we’ll send you a full refund.

With this in mind, we do kindly ask that before you enroll, you are fully committed to gifting yourself this time and showing up to support yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. We’ll cover enough of this research and its applications so that you have just what you need.
Not at all. We’ll support you in the discovery of your personal application, and coach you in creating an impact project at the end of the course.
Onsite sessions are scheduled to meet full days (9-5 with an hour for lunch) on Thursdays and half days (9-12:30 on Fridays) monthly: May  2 & 3 , May 30 & 31 July 11 & 12 , August 1 & 2 , September 5 & 6 ,October 3 & 4,  (No onsite in  November – Participants will be working on their Impact Projects) December 5 (Sharing Projects & Graduation). You are also expected to be available Wednesday eves from 7-8:30 pm for coaching calls.
Our class will meet in a meeting room at City of Palmdale Aero Building 38256 Sierra Highway.
You’ll be provided with 30-45 minutes of video content, or podcasts, and some reading in advance of the session. Then, we’ll jump on Zoom Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm PST and review the content outlined for that lesson and participate in activities that bring it alive.
1. A computer (laptop or desktop), tablet, or smartphone. 2. A reliable internet connection. 3. A web browser (like Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). We’ll send you clear instructions for joining the workshops in our reminder emails.
You are invited to apply for a full or partial scholarship from the City of Palmdale. Scholarships are awarded based on need and clarity on where and how you can have impact a part of our Antelope Valley community where you have influence. This could be your workplace, school, or neighborhood. More partial scholarships are awarded than full ones in an attempt to have shared accountability between individual participants, their employers or other sponsoring agencies, and the City.
Participants are expected to complete pre-work, attend the live training classes and virtual coaching sessions, complete reflection prompts and a PERMAH Quiz on the learning portal, and participate in the pay-it-forward challenges and impact project at the end of the class. The impact project asks you to apply something you learned in the program by teaching it to a group of your choosing.
Not to worry – we have your back. Everything is video recorded, so you can catch up as you need. If you have burning questions, you can submit them on the special class membership site, to which you’ll have an all-access pass, or come to a coaching call at any time.
The cohort will have up to 50 participants. Don’t worry – the group will be the perfect size so everyone’s questions can be heard and answered, and so that you get as much value as possible.
A lot! Your teacher’s priority is your learning and development, and they will work generously to help you as you need or want coaching.
Bring together Antelope Valley citizens — people leaders from all sectors, help them learn applied positive psychology, the science of wellbeing, and apply it to their lives personally, relationally, and back to their workplace or community group where they have influence. Empower regional collaborations implementing best principles and positive change practices students will learn in class. Help individuals, families, teams, organizations, and our entire community learn, grow and thrive – starting with ourselves first.
We can help! Don’t hesitate to send us an email at and let us know what you are curious about. or, join us for an information session on March 11 at noon (click here to add to calendar ) or at 7pm (click here to add to calendar).