The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to launch a new continuing education initiative in partnership with the Mental Health and Well-being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH).

For the Spring of 2021, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and MeWeRTH are offering two select non-credit ‘Spring Seminars’ on mental health and well-being.

These science-based Spring Seminars offer hands-on learning opportunities to adults of all ages, regardless of educational background, on topics related to wellness.

The Spring Seminars will be led by outstanding instructors who research and teach in the Department of Psychology.

They will be conducted online (using Zoom) in small groups, allowing participants to engage with their instructor and fellow participants as they explore the theory and practice related to mental health and well-being.

These informative, engaging, and highly interactive seminars require no prerequisites or previous experience.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Additional Details:

  • Seminars run approximately 90-120 minutes a week, for 6 weeks
  • Cost: $350 (+ 13% HST) per Spring Seminar Offering
  • Enrollment is limited to 25 students per course

Registration for Spring 2021 opens April 12, 2021 (8:30 am EST)

Spring Seminars

Me, Myself, and I: Exploring the Psychology of Solitude

Humans spend time alone for many different reasons. In some cases, solitude is a welcome opportunity to be productive, creative, and to relax. However, sometimes solitude can evoke feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and sadness. In this course, we will explore some of the potential costs and benefits of solitude across the lifespan. May 26 – June 30, 2021 (6 classes) Wednesdays: 10:00 am-12:00 pm EST Course Information >

The Benefits of Nature on Our Well-being

Much research has shown the benefit of nature for our physical and mental well-being. This course explores these themes to investigate how we can all find ways to incorporate more nature in our lives and, potentially, see the benefit from doing so. Each week will feature a theme related to nature and well-being with lessons, discussions, and activities.  May 25 – June 29, 2021 (6 classes) Tuesdays: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST Course Information >

Spring Seminar Guidelines

Offerings under this program are live events; participants must be sure they can attend at the specified program times as recordings will not be available. Participants must attend a minimum of five of the six classes to receive a certificate of completion. Absences due to illness will be accommodated when possible.

Technical Equipment

Participants will require high-speed internet to participate in program offerings.


Sessions may be recorded for internal use. Participants have the right to turn their cameras off and change their display name to maintain their privacy if desired.

Respectful Learning Environment

When participating in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Spring Seminars, participants are expected to:

  • Respect the privacy of others by refraining from taking screenshots and/or asking for personal information
  • Be respectful of each other and understand that disagreement may occur when discussing certain topics. Listening to other people’s comments is part of the learning experience.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will not tolerate any content that is defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, vulgar, obscene, threatening, insulting, offensive, and/or abusive.


Refund requests may be sent to at least five business days before the program launch. All refunds are subject to a $15 administrative charge. FASS is not able to process refund requests made after this time. Contact FASS for assistance with technology troubleshooting. If there are technical issues on Carleton University’s side that prevent a class from running or completing, we will refund participants. Refunds must be returned to the original form of payment.

Cancellation Policy

FASS reserves the right to reschedule or cancel virtual offerings. If a participant is unable to attend the rescheduled class, they will be offered a prorated refund. Cancelled virtual offerings will be prorated and refunded to each participant. No administrative fee will apply in this instance.