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Positive Psychology for Coaches and Therapists

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Introduction

Positive Psychology is a new but rigorously scientific branch of psychology, now taught in most universities across the world. It is not an alternative therapy or pseudo science promising miracle cures. Instead, it was established to gather the hard research evidence about what does and doesn’t bring people happiness and a sense of wellbeing – not just in the short term but over their whole lives.

Positive Psychology encompasses everything from our attitudes towards money and work, to ways to improve our relationships and to increase our resilience to life’s inevitable setbacks.  Knowing the results of this research should therefore be seen as essential for all coaches, therapists, counsellors and anyone involved in supporting, guiding or mentoring others. 

New Online Positive Psychology Course for Coaches and Therapists

This new and unique online course gathers together all the very latest research evidence in this important topic. It was written by Paul Hemphill, a highly experienced and qualified coach, specifically for other coaches and therapists. The course is structured around a new “Happiness Pinnacle” model, developed by Paul to help reduce the complexity of the subject for readers. The model has been described as "useful" by Prof. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology.

The cost of the course is £45. This fee gives you a full 12 months access to the course material which you can continue to use as a reference resource, long after you complete the course.

The course is not designed to provide a quick overview of Positive Psychology. It is an in-depth, book length course that will take you around 10 hours to complete. Comprising over 200 pages of material, the course is divided into three main sections, “Foundational Happiness”, “True Happiness” and “Transcendence”. Each of these sections has 8-9 topics to explore and each topic has about 10 pages to read.

The International Coaching Federation has confirmed that the course qualifies for ICF Continuing Coach Education for 10 hours in the area of Resource Development.

Positive Psychology Course: Menu and Contents

Here is a typical “Menu” screen from the course. It is from the “Foundational Happiness” section of the course and it lists the 10 pages to be found under the topic “3 Great Positive Psychologists”:

Positive Psychology Course Menu

The Menus take you to the “Content” pages that make up the bulk of the course. Here is a typical “Content” screen and as you can see, the course is very visual and has lots of images and photographs to complement and illustrate the text. This particular page is from the section on “True Happiness” under the topic “The Role of Work”:

And here is another typical “Content” page. This one is from the “Transcendence” section, under the topic “Hope and Optimism”:

Positive Psychology for Coaches and Therapists Course

At the end of each Topic, there is a “Summary and Resources” page to help you distil the key implications for your work with clients as a coach or therapist. It also provides an extensive reading list if you’d like to explore any of the topics in more detail, and points you towards relevant You Tube videos and other resources that you may find interesting or helpful.

Here is a typical “Summary and Resources” page. It is from the “True Happiness” section under the topic “Love and Relationships”:

Positive Psychology Course - Implications for Coaches

Knowledge Checks and Final Assessment

Throughout the course there are regular interactive elements and knowledge check exercises. The course ends with a short but challenging assessment. If you are successful, it will entitle you to download a course certificate to demonstrate your new-found knowledge and capabilities. But if you don’t pass first time, you may re-take the assessment as many times as you wish.

More importantly than the qualification, the course will significantly improve your ability to help your clients to lead happier, more meaningful lives.

Here is a typical “Knowledge Check” screen. It is from the “Transcendence” section of the course, under the topic “Grit and Resilience”:

Positive Psychology Course: Learning Outcomes

The aims of the course are to:

  • Summarise the key things you should know about Positive Psychology – in other words the Science of Happiness and Wellbeing – and consider the implications for your work as a coach, therapist, counsellor or mentor.
  • Introduce you to all the most influential figures in Positive Psychology, including Martin Seligman, Sonja Lyubormirsky, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Richard Layard and Carol Dweck; and summarise the main things they have had to say. Throughout the course, you will also find an extensive reading list of the key books to read, if you’d like to go into any particular topic in more detail.
  • Place Positive Psychology in its historical context, drawing on previously developed concepts such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, Walter Mischel’s research into  Self-Control (the Marshmallow Test), and SMART goal setting.
  • Explain, in simple language, important terms used in Positive Psychology such as “The Happiness Set Point”, “Eudaimonic Wellbeing”, “Self Efficacy”, “Psychological Capital”, “Growth Mindset”, “Post Traumatic Growth” and “The Hedonic Treadmill”
  • Describe the main research conclusions and tools developed by Positive Psychologists that you could use to help your clients lead happier and more fulfilled lives.
  • Introduce you to the concept of “The Happiness Pinnacle” in which there are three levels of happiness: Foundational Happiness – In other words the happiness you feel when all your basic human needs are met; True Happiness – the many things you can actively do to be happier every day; and Transcendence – the highest levels of happiness which are reached by changing the way you think about yourself and the world around you.

Book Now! Only £45!

The cost of the course is £45 (about $60). This fee gives you a full 12 months access to the course material which you can continue to use as a reference resource, long after you complete the course.

Once you have paid your course fee, within 48 hours you will receive a registration e-mail giving you personal access to the course and allowing you to set your own password.  The software will recognise you each time you log on and will know the point in the course you reached when you last logged off.

Testimonials

"I found the course really interesting and useful. It helped broaden my understanding of Positive Psychology and how to support my clients find greater fulfilment and deeper happiness. I'm grateful for the easy way the course is structured, including interactive sections and learning checks. It is helping me be a better coach and I'm very happy to recommend it."

Simon McIntosh - Relationship CoachSimon McIntosh, Relationship Coach

“This insightful course includes a lot of informative, engaging and interesting content which is essential for any credible coach”.

Jamie Lockwood - Coach and Learning & Development Advisor

Jamie Lockwood, Coach and Learning & Development Advisor

“The course is a great resource, especially for coaches who haven’t used Positive Psychology before. I learned a lot and use it all the time”

Tracey Hutchinson - Coach People Excellence PerformanceTracey Hutchinson, Coach, People Excellence Performance

“I really liked The Happiness Pinnacle concept that this well organised course is based on, and how the ideas reveal themselves step by step. The course is easy to follow and understand – and very enjoyable!”

Izabella Mathe, Talent Development Consultant, SiemensIzabella Mathe, Talent Development Consultant, Siemens