Become a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner (Level 5 Award / Certificate / Diploma)
Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today.
Its approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC and the Care Act (see here). The applications go beyond mental illness towards mental flourishing within business, life, education, health, and relationships.
Positive Psychology transcends the emphasis on mental illness and puts the focus on optimal wellbeing and flourishing. It is one of the most holistic scientific approaches to physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Its research includes mastery of fear, courage, resilience, authenticity, hope, and much more.
New research continues to evolve in the inter-disciplinary fields of Positive Education, Positive Health, Positive Neuroscience, and Positive Sport. As an applied science, it has much value to offer to individuals, as well as to families, communities, schools, workplaces, and even national governance.
Study the science of Positive Psychology for personal, academic, and professional development…
As a graduate from one of our Level 5 Awards in Associate Positive Psychology Practice, you will be equipped and certified to practice Positive Psychology with individuals and/or groups in an existing professional role or private practice using psycho-education and client intervention facilitation skills. If you are based in the UK, you will also be insured to practice and may apply to join the Positive Psychology Guild Register of Practitioners.
PPG has a strong relationship with Bucks New University which runs one of the Positive Psychology Courses at Masters degree level in the UK. Our Level 5 Positive Psychology diplomas prepare students to engage in a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) MSc degree course. Should you wish to progress to a MAPP following certification, PPG will provide an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance will be subject to the usual University checks.
1. Professional Education
The Level 5 Awards in Positive Psychology Practice will provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of some of the main subjects in Positive Psychology today. They are designed to function as lego blocks, meaning you may study for one Award at a time and build your professional practice as you qualify. The completion of 3 Awards is equivalent to a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice and 5 Awards a Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice.
The format of the Awards and Certificate is ideal for professionals who wish to integrate Positive Psychology into an existing people-oriented role. For example, you may be a qualified manager, HR executive, educator, trainer, teacher, psychologist, coach, counsellor, fitness instructor, personal trainer, or sport coach. This course will equip you with the essential knowledge base and skills required to educate your clients (or employees) on Positive Psychology and support them in taking steps to shift from a negative to a more positive state through evidence-based and person-centred interventions.
On this route to becoming a Positive Psychology Practitioner, you may select any or all of the below options:
- Level 5 Award Strengths Practice
- Level 5 Award Wellbeing Practice
- Level 5 Award Resilience Practice
- Level 5 Award Somatics Practice
- Level 5 Award Creative Practice
Following successful completion of your course, you will be certified to practice Positive Psychology within the subject area/s of your qualification/s.
For more information, please read on or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our students are adult learners who are often balancing life, home, work, and studies.
They are looking for a part-time online qualification that will enrich their love of learning and prepare them to practice Positive Psychology in an existing role or to set up a private practice. At Level 5, they often want a practical qualification that will help them to understand the basic elements of Positive Psychology and how to apply their knowledge within a professional and/or personal context.
This qualification is delivered by people who are passionate about furthering the field of Positive Psychology.
The course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format with group tutoring support. You will access your course materials through our online learning platform, the Positive Psychology Academy, where you may create a personal profile and connect virtually with other students on this course and other courses.
For further details on the course content, please read on or contact us at: email@example.com
Please note that this is a Level 5-ranked qualification.
This is equivalent to a foundation degree in the UK. You will be expected to attend group learning sessions via Zoom, follow course learning material on theory and application, and complete practical and written assignments designed to further your professional and personal development.
You must hold a Level 3 qualification or above (or the equivalent, e.g. GCSE’s which are ranked at Level 2 plus relevant work experience) and be willing to engage in Level 5 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-paced studies. We also accept applications from people without formal qualifications who have practical work experience and strong people-oriented skills and strengths.
We also recommend that you have professional experience in working with people in individual and/or group settings. This may be as a manager, HR executive, trainer, psychologist, coach or counsellor in various industry sectors (e.g. corporate, government, non-profit, sport and exercise). Your Level 5 practitioner project may draw on the professional skills you use in your current practice alongside the psycho-education and intervention skills we will teach you.
We welcome mature students and people with different learning needs. Our tutors are trained to lend additional support in this regard. If you do not have an academic background or you require special learning assistance, please contact us for further information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course group training schedule is delivered over 4 weeks.
This is followed by a 4-week project intervention assignment.
You will have a further 4 weeks to evaluate and report on your project.
Each Award is designed to be completed within 3 months.
2. Course Outline
Our Professional UK Level 5 Awards and Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice is designed for people who wish to gain a practical understanding of Positive Psychology while furthering their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
The course welcomes suitably qualified people from the following professional backgrounds:
- Managers and HR executives
- Educators, teachers, and trainers
- Psychologists, coaches, and counsellors
- Fitness instructors, personal trainers, and sport coaches
In each of the above professions, you will have gained practical experience of working with individuals and/or groups in professional settings. This course will enable you to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions into your client work.
As a graduate of this course, you may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Practitioner in your chosen subject area/s and will receive 1 complimentary year of Professional Practitioner Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild. For more information on membership, please click here.
You may also plan to complete this course as a stepping stone to our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice (Coaching, Training, Organisations) where you will study the research, theory, and application of Positive Psychology in more academic depth and rigour over a 2-year period. Accelerated routes are available on these diplomas for qualified coaches, trainers, facilitators, and organisational psychologists.
Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice (Strengths Practitioner)
This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Strengths and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation into your client / employee work. You will be introduced to Positive Psychology’s 24 Character Strengths & Virtues and PPG’s 4 P’s of Accessing Strengths (Perception, Perspective, Permission, Positive Experience). Over the course of 4 weeks (4 x 2hr calls via Zoom), you will conduct a strengths-based intervention on yourself before designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a 3-hour intervention for an individual or group. You will be engaged in reflective practice and supervision throughout your intervention delivery.
Next Start Date: Monday 12th September, 2022 (6pm-8pm UK)
Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice (Wellbeing Practitioner)
This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Wellbeing and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation into your client / employee work. You will be introduced to Subjective & Psychological Wellbeing and PPG concepts on Authenticity, Self-Esteem, and Confidence and their link to wellbeing. Over the course of 4 weeks (4 x 2hr calls via Zoom), you will conduct a wellbeing-based intervention on yourself before designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a 3-hour intervention for an individual or group. You will be engaged in reflective practice and supervision throughout your intervention delivery.
Next Start Date: Monday 7th November, 2022 (6pm-8pm UK)
Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice (Resilience Practitioner)
This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Resilience and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation into your client / employee work. You will be introduced to PPG’s 5 Pillars of Resilience (Mindfulness, Compassion, Acceptance, Positive Action, Community). Over the course of 4 weeks (4 x 2hr calls via Zoom), you will conduct a resilience-based intervention on yourself before designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a 3-hour intervention for an individual or group. You will be engaged in reflective practice and supervision throughout your intervention delivery.
Next Start Date: February 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice (Somatics Practitioner)
This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Somatics and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation into your client / employee work. You will be introduced to Fredrickson’s Broaden & Build Theory and cognitive-somatic approaches to negative and positive emotion (e.g. via breathing, movement, exercise, and sport). Over the course of 4 weeks (4 x 2hr calls via Zoom), you will conduct a somatics-based intervention on yourself before designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a 3-hour intervention for an individual or group. You will be engaged in reflective practice and supervision throughout your intervention delivery.
Next Start Date: April 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice (Creative Practitioner)
This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Creativity and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation into your client / employee work. You will be introduced to Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Theory and holistic approaches to creativity (e.g. painting, writing, gardening, music). Over the course of 4 weeks (4 x 2hr calls via Zoom), you will conduct a creativity-based intervention on yourself before designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on a 3-hour intervention for an individual or group. You will be engaged in reflective practice and supervision throughout your intervention delivery.
Next Start Date: June 2023 (date to be confirmed)
- Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Practice – any combination of 3 Awards
- Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Practice – completion of all 5 Awards
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Course Timeline & Assessment
After the 6 sessions, you will design your project (a case study intervention with an individual or group relevant to your professional area). You will then submit a project proposal and attend supervision calls while you deliver and evaluate your case study intervention project with voluntary client/s (i.e. they will be aware you are in training and will not be charged a fee for your work with them, and you may deliver this intervention in your current workplace or private practice).
You will be assessed formatively (i.e. no grade) throughout the course via participation in class and online discussion threads, and summatively (i.e. with a grade) through a case study portfolio (3 hours of client session reporting, reflective report on your practice, session recording link with volunteer client consent for trainer observation and feedback) following your intervention. Your portfolio will be due within 1 month of completing your 6-week group course.
Please note group sessions are not recorded so you will need to attend live in order to participate on your course. In between sessions, you will also be given reading material and practical exercises to explore personally and professionally. You will schedule your 1:1 supervision sessions directly with your trainer.
For each Award, it is expected that you will need to set aside 3-5 hours per week for studies during the first 4 weeks (including the sessions) and a further 15-20 hours while you complete your client intervention and portfolio. The total qualification time is estimated at 40 hours.
This certificate is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG). PPG is a Not for Profit Organisation and a government registered learning provider with a UK Provider Reference Number: 10067939.
On successful completion of your diploma, you will receive a certificate stating that you hold a Level 5 Award in Positive Psychology Practice (Professional) and may use the letters PPGAward after your name. If you complete four Level 5 Awards you may apply for a conversion to a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice.
Please note that this course is a practical route to Positive Psychology Practice. It will prepare you for professional practice and further Positive Psychology Practitioner training at Level 5. You may progress from here to Level 7 research studies.
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Graduates of the Level 5 Awards in Positive Psychology Practice will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as Professional Members and able to practice Positive Psychology within their qualified areas. This means you will be able to psycho-educate clients on your subject area and guide them through simple interventions.
If you hold a higher qualification in psychology (e.g. a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology or Bachelors degree in Psychology), your qualifications may be taking into account and you might be eligible to apply for Professional or Fellow Membership.
For more information on membership services, please click here.
If you wish to deepen your knowledge base in Positive Psychology, and/or develop coaching, training, and/or organisational skills within your Positive Psychology practice, you may progress to one or more of the following Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice:
- Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Coaching Practice
- Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Training Practice
- Level 5 Diploma Positive Organisational Psychology Practice
The full diplomas will take you on an 18-month to 2-year journey (depending on your pace). If you wish to complete only the academic part (Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals), the estimated completion time is 12 months. If you wish to complete only the professional part (Modules 2 and 3 – Positive Psychology Coaching/Training/Organisational Skills & Practice), the estimated completion time is 6-9 months.
4. Course Costs
You may enrol in one or multiple Award qualifications as follows:
- Level 5 Award Positive Psychology Practice – £1250 (May 2022+ fees)
- Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Practice (3 Awards) – £2450 (May 2022+ fees)
- Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Practice (5 Awards) – £3450 (May 2022+ fees)
The course fees include:
- Online access to the Positive Psychology Academy
- 4-week Group Training Cycle (GTC) calls & online group membership
- 3 x 1:1 supervision calls after the GTC
- Practice observation & feedback
- Online access to course learning materials
- Access to open webinar lectures (recorded)
- Feedback on assignment drafts (on request)
- Course assessments (project portfolio)
- PPG Student Membership throughout your studies*
- Certification on successful completion of the course**
*You will also receive 1 year of complimentary PPG Professional Membership on graduation from your first Award. This applies only once per student (i.e. if you complete further Awards, you will not receive further complimentary years of membership). Your membership includes access to the Journal of Positive Psychology For more details on membership, please click here.
**One Award course is designed to take 2 months to complete. It is valid for 3 months.
The course fee may be paid in full during enrolment with a £100 discount or through a PPG Payment Plan with a deposit and subsequent monthly instalment options. Please contact us directly for information on payment plans.
The course will provide you with written and oral teaching points, and links to open access journal articles and other online resources that are freely available. You will also be taught how to find these resources yourself.
We recognise that some students may wish to purchase textbooks on Positive Psychology to supplement their learning resources. If you wish to budget in advance for this, we recommend setting aside a further £20-50.
How many hours of studying a week should I expect?
We estimate 5 hours a week (this includes online sessions) with additional hours during your project assignment development, implementation, evaluation, reporting, and supervision.
How long will it take me to complete this course and certify?
You will complete the group training element of each Award in 4 weeks. Your project intervention will include 3 client-facing hours, preparation, and reporting time as well as 1:1 supervision session time and recorded observations. This will be completed within 1 month of the group training ending.
Your completion timeline for each Award is 2 months. You have up to 3 months to complete an Award project assignment from the date of enrolment (further to this course extension fees will apply).
Can you explain the assignment structure – what is expected of me?
You will write client reports and a reflective practice report on your intervention process. This will include introspection (on self) and case study analysis (on volunteer client). Templates and instructions will be provided for this. Professional writing skills with referencing where relevant will be expected. You will receive an assessment brief.
If it has been a while since you completed a written assignment, please do not worry. Your trainer will be available to guide and support you.
If you have specific learning needs (e.g. English is a second language, dyslexia), please let your trainer know. Our assessment structure allows for individual learning needs.
I’m a dance / yoga / marital arts / mindfulness / movement / meditation teacher – can I apply for this course?
Yes, you may. So long as you are qualified to teach individuals and/or groups in your area of movement, mindfulness, and/or meditation, you may complete this course and integrate Positive Psychology concepts into your practice (e.g. strengths-based approaches to yoga or wellbeing approaches to sport). Please note that if you wish to engage your volunteer clients in movement-based practices, we highly recommend that you are insured to do so.
Will this course qualify me to coach / train / mentor individuals and/or groups?
No. The Level 5 Award courses will qualify you to work with clients (or employees) using Positive Psychology psycho-education and intervention facilitation skills. These are core practitioner skills and you will be taught how to apply them with regard for professional guidelines and practitioner values. If you wish, and if it is appropriate, you may draw on existing professional skills (e.g. coaching, training, mentoring, counselling, management supervision) during your assignment project, however this is not necessary to complete the qualification.
Will the PPG membership package cover me for insurance and liability?
The Professional Membership package includes liability and insurance coverage to practice Positive Psychology within the scope of your qualification in the UK and (currently) Europe. The insurance covers talk-based Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation, teaching, counseling).
The insurance does not cover exercise, sport, or movement (if this is your existing profession, you will need to have in place relevant insurance coverage here). It also does not cover clinical psychology or counseling areas that extend beyond Positive Psychology (e.g. supporting clients with mental health conditions such as depression, trauma, and anxiety – again, you will need relevant insurance coverage here for these other dimensions of your practice).
For further details on membership, please click here.
Will this course prepare me for a MAPP degree?
This course is set at Level 5. A Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) is equivalent to Level 7.
The course has a professional rather than academic focus. If you wish to progress to a MAPP degree, we recommend progression onto and completion of the Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Fundamentals first. This course is academic and will prepare you for the rigour of Masters degree assignments and research.
If you hold other qualifications relevant to Positive Psychology (e.g. a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Level 6), you may apply for a MAPP degree on completion of this course. Please check MAPP course entry criteria before doing so as each university will have their own entry requirements as we are not responsible for advising on their behalf.
If you wish to apply for a MAPP degree after your course, you may request an academic reference and set of transcripts from PPG to support your application. Please keep in mind that universities have a separate and independent admissions process.
The Level 5 Awards in Positive Psychology Practice are launching in September 2022.
Enrolment is now open for the Strengths Practitioner Award (12th September 2022) and Wellbeing Practitioner Award (7th November 2022).
Class days are Mondays, 6pm-8pm UK. Classes run weekly for 4 weeks for each Award via Zoom.
For further information or to apply, please contact us at: email@example.com
About the Positive Psychology Guild
The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is a non-profit think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychologists and Practitioners Internationally. The Positive Psychology Network (PPN) is the social wing of PPG.
PPG offers a bridge between coaches, mentors, trainers, consultants, entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers who integrate Positive Psychology into their services, and psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists engaged in positive therapy. It partners with Bucks New University Positive Psychology Department (MAPP), and collaborates on research, raising standards and building awareness of this emerging and powerful discipline.
PPG also runs online and live courses on Positive Organisational Psychology, Mental Health First Aid & Wellbeing, and Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners, as well as corporate and non-profit workshops and talks on Positive Psychology and wider Psychology topics.
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