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Positive Futures - Die Hoffnungswerkstatt. A Continuing Education Course in Positive Psychology for Pedagogues

In this seminar you will learn how to support young people using approaches from Positive Psychology and Futures Studies and how to equip them with tools they need to shape their own lives in a rapidly changing world. You will gain in-depth knowledge and practical methods that help young people in recognizing their own potential and, on this basis, in developing and realizing desired images of the future.

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Many young people seem to have lost faith in a meaningful global future and no longer believe in unlimited progress that could solve the world's problems. They often lack positive visions for the future of a prosperous society. In this continuing education course for pedagogues, you will learn how to psychologically empower children and adolescents. Using methods from Positive Psychology and Futures Studies, you will enable them in recognizing their own strengths and potential, developing positive visions of their future and actively participating in creating a better world.

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a scientific discipline that focuses on enhancing human well-being and promoting happiness, life satisfaction and meaning in life. It assumes that people are not only driven by negative motives such as fear and avoidance, but also have intrinsic strengths and resources that can lead them to a happy and fulfilling life.

The most important topics in Positive Psychology include:

  • Character strengths: Positive qualities such as courage, kindness, optimism and gratitude, which contribute to a successful life.
  • Well-being: The subjective perception of happiness, satisfaction and quality of life.
  • Meaning in life: The search for a higher purpose and deeper meaning in life.
  • Resilience: The ability to deal with challenges and setbacks and emerge stronger from them.
  • Positive relationships: The importance of social relationships and positive interactions for well-being.

Positive Psychology is an ideal concept, especially for you as an educator. It gives you a variety of tools and methods to support children and young people on their way to a happy and fulfilling life.

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Who is this further training in the field of Positive Psychology suitable for?

The seminar is suitable for all people working in an educational and pedagogical environment and looking to further their education in the field of Positive Pedagogy. This is the perfect course for you if you…

  • want to empower young people psychologically.
  • want to teach children and adolescents the values of a fulfilling life, so that well-being, self-respect, helpfulness, enthusiasm and motivation can be ignited in them.
  • want to enable young people to actively and meaningfully shape their own future as well as the future in general.

In short, this training supports educators and other mentors of young people with methods and approaches from Futures Studies and Positive Psychology to better fulfill this task.

What you will learn in this course

The core of the course is to enable you to implement the Positive Futures concept in your day-to-day work. You will get to know the conceptual and scientific foundations of different theories, methods and interventions of Positive Psychology and Humanistic Futures Studies. Further content of the course:

  • Receive didactic material to practically implement the content and methods with children and adolescents.
  • Experience the content of the course in a very personal way by reflecting and developing your own emotions, character strengths and future scenarios.
  • Implement your own hope project with other course participants in practice (e.g. at school or in a social institution).
For more information and course prerequisites, please see our syllabus for our course Positive Futures – Die Hoffnungswerkstatt (in German). Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate of attendance from Freie Universität Berlin.

Learn more about the course in this video by instructor Dr. Andreas M. Krafft.

By watching the video you can find out if your German skills are sufficient to follow the course.

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Positive Futures - Die Hoffnungswerkstatt at a glance

The next course Positive Futures – Die Hoffnungswerkstatt starts on September 13, 2024. Here is an overview of what you can expect of our offer:

Course format

Online seminars and practical project

Course duration

September 13 - November 9, 2024

Block seminars every 14 days over a period of 9 weeks
Live sessions

Module 1

  • Friday, September 13, 2024, 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)
  • Saturday, September 14, 2024, 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Module 2

  • Friday, September 27, 2024, 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)
  • Saturday, September 28, 2024, 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Module 3

  • Friday, October 11, 2024, 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)
  • Saturday, October 12, 2024, 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Module 4

  • Friday, October 25, 2024, 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)
  • Saturday, October 26, 2024, 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Berlin Time (CEST)

Module 5

  • Friday, November 8, 2024, 9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Berlin Time (CET)
  • Saturday, November 9, 2024, 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Berlin Time (CET)
Registration deadline August 16, 2024
Workload 4 hours per module for the preparation and follow-up of the sessions

Language of instruction



  • Willingness for self-reflection and openness for exchange in groups
  • Completion of regular homework as preparation for and follow-up to the modules
  • Implementation of a hope project in practice, individually or in collaboration with other course participants (details can be found in the syllabus)
  • Pedagogical or educational orientation of the participants
  • German language abilities in speaking and writing, at least Level B2
  • Regular participation in the online live sessions and active involvement (participation in four out of five modules is a prerequisite for successful completion of the course)

Technical requirements

A stable internet connection as well as a quiet work environment

Course fees

1500 Euros + 75 Euros for registration


Certificate of attendance from Freie Universität Berlin

Recognition / Funding

This course can be recognized as educational leave in the following Federal States of Germany:

  • Berlin (in accordance with BiZeitG)
  • Brandenburg (in accordance with BbgWBG)
  • Bremen (in accordance with BremBZG)
  • Niedersachsen (in accordance with NBildUG)
  • Saarland (in accordance with SBFG)

Participants living Brandenburg can apply for financial support, called Bildungsscheck.

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Meet your instructor

Dr. Andreas M. Krafft

Dr. Andreas M. Krafft is a lecturer in the Master's program in Futures Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, and has also been a lecturer for many years at the universities of St. Gallen, Zurich, Basel and Lisbon on topics such as the psychology of future thinking, hope, optimism, and Positive Psychology. Dr. Krafft has already successfully implemented the program Positive Futures - Die Hoffnungswerkstatt in several high schools and vocational schools in Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.


How to register?

You want to participate in the course for pedagogues Positive Futures - Die Hoffnungswerkstatt? Then follow the link below and read more about our fees and registration policies before heading on to registration itself.

Please note: The registration deadline is 4 weeks prior to the start of each course (see specific deadline above).

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If you have further questions, please get in touch!

Maria Heckmann
Program Manager