Fostering A Positive School Climate Through The Teaching of Happiness

Course Overview

This course is designed to enable teachers to enhance and foster happiness in their lives on both a personal and professional level. We focus on promoting positive wellbeing and self-care, exploring that which makes us happy and overcoming obstacles to same, developing effective communication skills, combating stress and anxiety and building resilience. What better toolkit could one have as we emerge from the isolation, stress and uncertainty of the past two years.

This course explores the concept of “ Teaching Happiness” in a light, practical and interactive way. Starting on a personal level this course aims to demonstrate how by developing skills to enhance our own happiness we can learn to teach others to do the same and hence help to foster a positive working and learning school climate for all.

Learning outcomes

  • To afford the teacher the time and opportunity to foster the protection of their overall wellbeing.
  • To enable the teacher to adapt the resources they have explored to use with the children in their care to promote positive wellbeing for all in conjunction with the strands of the SPHE curriculum while also fostering positive wellbeing on an ongoing basis in the classroom.
  • To benefit from the promotion of positive wellbeing and self-care , the exploration of that which makes us happy , developing effective communication skills , combating stress and anxiety and building resilience for teachers and students alike.
  • To engage in and learn from a forum for participants to share experiences, ideas and opinions on topics of exploration.
  • To enable the teacher to reflect on and evaluate the promotion of positive wellbeing in their schools under the SSE guidelines 2016-2020.

About the Author

Michael McTigue

Michael Mc Tigue BA, MIACP ,MBACP, EMCC, Adv. Dip ( Accred.) Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Facilitator/ Supervisor

Michael Mc Tigue has worked in the field of mental health and wellbeing for many years. He runs a private practice Listening Space in Castlebar, where he offers services to clients in the areas of counselling, psychotherapy and supervision. He also works as a counsellor in Knock Counselling Centre and as a facilitator of workshops for AWARE.

He has compiled and facilitated courses on Positive Wellbeing for primary school teachers on both face to face and online platforms in conjunction with Mayo Education Centre for many years.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 4th July - Friday 19th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 17th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 19th August for all participants.


This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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