Positive Psychology is a new but rigorously researched 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 course fee is still only £45, although this is due to rise substantially in the early 2019. The 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.
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”:
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”:
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”:
The aims of the course are to:
The course fee is currently only £45 (about $60). However, this is due to rise substantially in early 2019. The 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.
"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 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
“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 Performance