Positive Psychology for Coaches & Health Professionals

Positive Psychology applies scientific method to the task of cultivating the positive side of human experience, including positive emotions, desirable strengths and qualities, resilience and positive relationships. This module explores the role of positive psychology in coaching for health and wellbeing.

The course take place part-time over 6 weeks and include a weekly teleseminar lasting ninety minutes and access to further audio/webinar resources online (total of at least 9 hours CPD each).

The next course commences

Tuesday 6th November 19.30 to 21.00 GMT

All of the subsequent teleclasses are held on Tuesdays at the same time.

These are the learning objectives


Part 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology for Coaches & Health Professionals

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Outline the development and core themes of positive psychology, describing ways it can be applied within health coaching
  • Explain how positive psychology is different from positive thinking, and how negative thinking can make important contributions to our happiness
  • Provide a succinct overview of research linking positive emotions with improved health outcomes and describe possible mechanisms for this link
  • Describe Seligman’s PERMA model of human flourishing
  • Describe the impact of decision making style on life-satisfaction

Part 2: Cultivating Positive Emotions

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Outline Seligman’s formula for happiness and three paths to life satisfaction
  • Demonstrate a range of practices to evoke positive emotion, and briefly outline the evidence base showing they are effective
  • Describe how positive emotions can be independently cultivated in relation to the three time zones of past, present and future
  • Describe the social significance of gratitude, including its role in building trust, co-operative behaviour, improved relationships and positive mood

Part 3: Increasing Meaning and Engagement

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between pleasure and gratification, and explain what is meant by the hedonic treadmill
  • Identify the key ingredients needed for flow experiences, briefly outline research linking flow with life satisfaction and be able to help your clients experience flow more often
  • Support your clients to identify their strengths, through use of positive history taking and readily available questionnaires
  • Demonstrate how to help clients strengthen meaning and engagement in their lives, so that they can increase their levels of fulfilment

Part 4: Strengthening Resilience

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Outline the core components of the Penn Resilience Programme as well as the evidence base supporting its role in preventing depression and anxiety
  • Support your clients to develop learned optimism through use of simple, proven self-help practices
  • Apply the ‘self-help SSRI’ model as a framework for helping clients recognise how their resilience is linked to strategies, strengths, resources and insights they can develop
  • Through the use of reframing and recasting of narratives, support your clients to recover from setbacks and experience post-traumatic growth

Part 5: Positive Relationships, Teams and Organisations

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how our response to good news is a key moment in communication, with some responses strengthening relationships while others undermining them
  • Map out the key ingredients of interpersonal intelligence, applying this to coaching consultations in identifying factors that help improve relationships with clients
  • Apply positive psychology when working with teams, communities and organisations, drawing on research into factors that promote collective wellbeing

Part 6: Flourishing and Accomplishment

Upon completing this part it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Support clients to improve performance and increase their sense of accomplishment
  • Apply a research-based approach to optimal performance when looking at how we can improve our own practice as coaches
  • Integrate what we have learnt, outlining the range of ways we can apply insights and practices from positive psychology to our work as coaches and health professionals 

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