A follow-up to this post can be found here:
Miriam, in a comment, has asked:
Feb. 2006, What are you doing (employment) with your Master of Applied Positive Psy? I am a teacher in Alaska and am very interested in the OTHER job possibilities for this Masters .
I'm 56 and want a change. How has your journey been and where are you in your quest for education?
Short answer: I don't know yet.
Longer answer: The MAPP degree is recognition of both study and practice in understanding and applying the findings of positive psychology in the business or professional venues. I've been assessing what I think I will come out of this program with, and the answers include:
A broad and correct (straight from the minds of some of the best in the field) grasp of what is happening in positive psychology research and implementation today
A basic understanding of the current state of social science research and the ability to continue to read new studies as they come out, place them in context, get a sense of what each means, and integrate that knowledge in my own framework
Experience with applied positive psychology in both individual and organizational settings
Relationships I'll be able to call on both with the leading researchers who have taught in the program and with my classmates (a pretty formidable group!)
A credential that will at least be recognized (and likely thought well of) by many that I have not yet met in the field of positive psychology when I meet them or need to contact them in the future
A chance of being called in when my particular experience and knowledge makes me a good fit for some situation that the instructors in these courses may come across
Sufficient knowledge and skills to start to apply positive psychology immediately in my fields
Over the longer term, I think the meaning and value of a MAPP will depend on what those of us in this class, and those who complete the program over the next few years, do with it. As we contribute solid work in our fields, the MAPP program will receive credit and the value of the degree will go up.
But, you should understand it is not a credential for any sort of licensure and, at least so far, I haven't seen employers lining up with job descriptions listing "MAPP" as a requirement! Those who participate in this program get a wonderful chance to get in on building the ground floor of something really important both individually and to organizations and communities. But, since you're helping design and build from the ground up, you just can't walk in, push a button, and ride the elevator up a few floors! It'll take creativity, imagination, vitality, and a certain amount of risk-taking to translate the opportunity represented by the MAPP program into real changes in your life. But, I think I can say with confidence that you, personally, are far likelier to be in a position to exercise those qualities as a result of your experience in the program.
Good luck to any who are thinking about this program, and don't hesitate to contact me!