Using Positive Psychology Interventions for Positive Aging

Positive Psychology is a scientific study of what makes people thrive. The research has been applied into a wide variety of context such as education, workplace and aging.


Lisa Choo

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Course Overview

Longevity and a longer life expectancy is commonplace today. It is not unusual for people to live till 85 or even longer. There have been many research and clinical initiatives that aim to meet the opportunities and challenges that aging populations bring.

Positive Psychology is a scientific study of what makes people thrive. The research has been applied into a wide variety of context such as education, workplace and aging.  Research on positive aging deals with the comparative psychological well-being of older adults, their mental and physical health, concepts associated with aging successfully, and how psychological well-being can contribute to better health.

The focus of this course is to demonstrate various strategies to enhance older adults’ positive functioning and well-being based on theories of positive aging and positive psychology research and interventions. In other words, this course will teach participants how to “make happy” in older people and to show how positivity can challenge negative views and ageing myths, and improve their quality of life.

This course encourages the participants to go beyond the biomedical perspectives of ageing (where the emphasis is on the clinical treatment and management of diseases of older adults). It seeks to help care professionals add life to years of older persons and not merely years to life.

Participants will learn key positive psychology interventions skills, practical tips and strategies that can be immediately applied when supporting older people.  

Nurses, social workers, counsellors, volunteers and caregivers have a good opportunity to effect positive change and improve quality of life in older persons. With early and proactive positive change, secondary issues such as depression and anxiety may even be alleviated or avoided.

Role-plays, case studies, demonstrations and small group discussions will be used to facilitate experiential learning. Participants will be guided how to develop effective plans and programs based on proven positive psychological interventions.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of the course, you will:

  • Understand the needs of older people – psychological factors (needs, concerns, motivations) associated with emotional and behavioural challenges faced by older persons, even in normal ageing, that impact on wellbeing
  • Understand what happiness is and the power of positivity (attitude, feelings, words, actions)
  • Experientially learn 8 simple, easy-to-use strategies to find meaning and happiness
  • Learn how to apply these strategies to enhance and influence engagement with older adults and to help them better manage and cope with social and emotional demands.
  • Learn how to establish a positive culture of caring through building of a positive peer support structure and relationships that is sustainable

Target Audience

  • Social Workers, Counsellors and Psychologists working in SSAs
  • Medical Social Workers, nurses and doctors working in hospitals and medical institutions
  • Psychologists and Counsellors working in private practice
  • Palliative care physicians
  • Geriatricians
  • Gerontologists
  • Family members of aging parents and relatives

7 hours

Workshop Topics

Part A : Understand Vulnerability in Older Persons

  • Mental health and wellbeing issues
  • Risk & Protective factors
  • Focus on 3Ps (Positivity, Productivity, Performance)

Activity: Using research & case studies

Part B : Happiness and Positive Psychology

  • What is Happiness and Positive Psychology?
  • Introduction to positive psychology concepts and principles – the 3 Pillars of Optimal Human Flourishing
  • What are Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs)?
  • Effective communication skills to supplement the above

Activity: Practise applying principles learned using case studies, role plays

Part C : Steps to Happiness  

  • Goals & Values
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Mindfulness
  • Strengths and Solutions
  • Gratitude & Forgiveness
  • Social Networks
  • Reflect, Renew & Review

Activity: Practise applying principles learned using case studies, video clips, demonstrations, exercises (written, mindfulness and self-compassion)  

Part D: Creating a Positive Culture of Care for older people

  • Managing expectations of self and others
  • Supporting one another
  • Self-care and self-compassion

Activity: Small group discussion on how to support older people and one another.
Activity: Develop a positive psychology intervention plan or programme for an older person or a group of older people.

About the Trainer

Lisa Choo
Lisa Choo graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and completed a graduate diploma in Psychotherapy and Master of Clinical Psychology. She has over 20 years of extensive experience in a variety of settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health services in Singapore and Australia, where she trained as a clinical psychologist. She was a Principal Clinical Psychologist at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) where she worked for 15 years. She provided assessment and therapy to child and adult and older adult patients with a broad spectrum of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. She was involved in the training and supervision of psychologists, and promoted mental health education, particularly in the area of positive psychology through the provision of talks, seminars and workshops to healthcare professionals, corporate organizations and the public. She was also chair of a multidisciplinary workgroup, called LifeWorks! for 10 years caring for the general physical and mental health and wellbeing of all KTPH staff. Prior to this, she was at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) working with patients with psychotic disorders for 6 years. She was also an honorary adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor with the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore. Lisa has a personal interest in the study of resilience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, which has influenced much of her strengths-based therapy work with her patients and clients.

Available Funding

Normal Fees: S$600
SkillsFuture Credit: ​Can be used to pay course fee fully or partially
NTUC UTAP: NTUC union members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above)
NCSS VCF Pre- Approval Funding: Pending
​​Schools & Ministries: e-invoicing via