The Positive Psychology Guild is a Not for Profit Organisation and a government registered learning provider with a UK Provider Reference Number: 10067939. We are also a CPD certified Provider dedicated to raising the standards of training and continuing professional development.
The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) was formed with a constitution and a charter containing the following objectives:
- A professional membership body for Positive Psychology Practitioners and Autism Awareness Practitioners, including coaches, trainers, facilitators, educators, and counsellors;
- Independent Accreditation for non RQF Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Training;
- Dedicated to providing training and educational activities for disadvantaged and disengaged members of the community;
- Enhancing human potential, happiness, wellbeing and flourishing;
- A thought leader within the field of Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness, and their applications across industry, culture and communities.
PPG is made up of 4 operational functions: (1) Research; (2) Education; (3) Membership; (4) Projects. These are led by Operations, which includes Marketing & Communications, Human Resources & Legal, and Finance & Administration.
PPG also runs the following brands:
The Positive Psychology Network (PPN) is the social hub of PPG where members, students, and practitioners of Positive Psychology may share their insights, reflections, and best practices. It includes our website, blog, newsletter, and journal, and online and in-person events.
The Positive Psychology Academy (PPA) is the online learning platform for students on PPG courses. This academy is under development and due to launch in October 2020.
Different Functions Explained
Research is our internal “switchboard”. It runs the Positive Psychology Centre and Autism Centre and their associated initiatives, scholarships, and partnerships on Neurodiversity & Inclusion, Violence & Post Traumatic Growth, Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Somatics & Kinaesthetics.
It also partners with Education on training initiatives, coordinates with Membership on professional guidelines, the PPN Blog and PPN Journal, and supports Projects on planning for the 2021 annual conference, research grants, and community partnerships. Its work forms and archives our knowledge, practice, and evidence base.
Education is our largest operational hub. It runs the Positive Psychology in Practice Programme and manages the Positive Psychology Academy. It is in the early stages of forming a Positive Education Programme for Schools and is responsible for all examination processes, course accreditations, and CPD training standards.
Membership is the focal point for all individual and organisational membership enquiries, engagement, and events. It runs the Register of Professionals and partners with Education and Research on practitioner ethics and practice standards. It also partners with Education on external accreditation for Positive Psychology courses run by our organisational members.
Projects is the focal point for our non-profit fundraising and community engagement. It manages funds for event projects, delivery projects, and research projects. It manages organisational and community partnerships with PPG on research, education, and membership.
We serve as a think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychology Practitioners Internationally. We offer a bridge between coaches, trainers, facilitators, consultants, entrepreneurs, teachers, mentors, and researchers who integrate Positive Psychology into their client, student, and project services, and psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists engaged in positive therapy.
While Positive Psychology is different to many other talking therapies and counselling, it doesn’t mean it is not therapeutic. More and more counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers are turning to Positive Psychology as an alternative approach or “missing piece” in their practice. We welcome students and members who practice talk therapies and counselling and wish to integrate Positive Psychology into their work.
Together with our social hub, the Positive Psychology Network, we aim to become a world leading network of Positive Psychology Practitioners and Autism Awareness Practitioners. We aim to uphold and lead on our Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners within the linked disciplines of Coaching, Training, and Facilitation through Positive Psychology. We also aim to uphold and lead on our Professional Guidelines for Autism Awareness Practitioners.
Our guidelines build on and integrate current national occupational standards and best practice guidelines such as the following:
- Ethical Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice
- Core Capabilities Framework (Autism, Learning Disabilities)
- NOS Coaching & Mentoring
- NOS Psychological Therapies
We value education, diversity and the natural desire of every person to cultivate their strengths in life and work, and to find ways to express their authentic selves. Our courses are designed to stimulate personal and professional development, and encourage each student to engage positively and to grow. We welcome neurodiversity and students on the autism spectrum.
We also work towards a set of Positive Paradigms. A paradigm in this regard is a set of values, ideas, perspectives, and way of thinking. Whether we are engaging with members, students, researchers, organisations, or other stakeholders, our 3 Positive Paradigms are: (1) Person-Centred; (2) Strengths-Based; (3) Hope-Oriented. Each of these paradigms weaves its way into how we think, teach, research, work, and communicate.
As staff members, consultants, volunteers, and practitioners, we also strive to follow our own Professional Guidelines and 3 Core Competencies for Positive Psychology Practitioners: (1) Confident Practice; (2) Authentic Leadership; (3) Professional Integrity.
As an education provider, our teaching philosophy is based on education for all. Our students join us from all walks of life and all phases of personal and professional development. Each student matters to us; so too does the purpose behind what, why and how they want to learn.
We keep in mind the teachings of ancient Greek philosophers, who believed in questioning and reasoning, and fostering good judgment, moral virtue, and wisdom, as well as contemporary leaders, activists, educators, and philosophers who advocate for intelligence and character, and an active student-teacher dialogue.
Our aim is to empower students and given them autonomy over their own learning whilst supporting them through each state of the process.
We foster a strong relationship with Bucks New University Positive Psychology Department (MAPP), and collaborate with students and graduates as members and practitioners on research, raising standards and building awareness of this emerging and powerful discipline. Our founder is currently completing a Doctoral Research Project with Sheffield Hallam University and additionally manages the Autism and SEND training for POINT in Oldham.
We also partner with Inner Athletics Ltd. on course delivery as a PPG-approved accredited learning centre, and with Combat Academy Community Support Division and G.E.T. Therapy on community-focused research.
You may also email us with specific requests below: