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Applied Positive Psychology Research / Autism / FAQs / Positive Psychology

Would you like to learn more about PPG courses?

If so, please check out our 2020/2021 Course Prospectus here. You’ll find some FAQs about the various courses in the prospectus.

If you would like to discuss your study options with us by phone, please drop us a line at: training@ppnetwork.org

Below are questions we commonly receive during phone enquiries. Please have a look at these in case your question is answered here.

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How was the Positive Psychology Guild established?

The organisation was set up in collaboration with Buckinghamshire New University as a pathway for MAPP graduates to be able to network and practice the exciting and rapidly growing discipline of Positive Psychology. It has since grown and become a professionally constituted and mandated organisation which exists for its members and the development of professional standards for Positive Psychology Practice in the UK.

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What type of organisation is the Positive Psychology Guild?

PPG is a non-profit organisation and voluntary awarding body and regulator for Positive Psychology in Practice:

This covers three areas:

1) Training & Accreditation for Positive Psychology Courses & Qualifications

As a professional course provider, PPG courses are externally accredited by the CPD Group. PPG is also an awarding body for Positive Psychology Qualifications and accredits organisational member courses and other events.

PPG sets the academic content and assessment of its professional courses at levels 3, 5, and 7. It is currently under the process of applying for OFQUAL accreditation to become an awarding body for the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).

For more information on training and accreditation, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

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2) Professional Membership Body for Positive Psychology Practitioners

PPG provides professional membership and insurance to Positive Psychology Practitioners through a range of pathways, including coaching, training, facilitation, and counselling. There are 5 membership categories: (1) Student Membership; (2) Associate Membership – Level 3; (3) Professional Membership – Level 5; (4) Fellow Membership – Level 7+; (5) Organisational Membership.

Insurance and liability coverage is provided for categories 3 and 4 who are practicing Positive Psychology as individuals in the UK. Student members are not covered for professional practice as they have not yet graduated. All student assignments are conducted with this in mind. Organisational members are obliged to arrange their own liability and insurance needs.

Practicing members are also eligible to apply to the PPG Register of Professionals. This includes an annual practitioner assessment and peer exchange. PPG also encourage members to engage in regular forms of professional support as relevant throughout the year.

For more information on membership, please click here.

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3) Applied Positive Psychology Research

Along with advocated for and taking concrete action towards professionalising Positive Psychology in Practice, PPG is also active in creating bases of knowledge related to professional practice through its centres.

These centres include the Autism Centre, which runs the Level 5 Diploma in Autism Awareness and partners with POINT and Sheffield Hallam University, and the Positive Psychology Centre (PPC), which runs the Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology in Practice and directs applied research initiatives led by PPG staff and members.

The first PPC initiative on Violence & Post-Traumatic Growth partners with Combat Academy UK, Inner Athletics Ltd., and G.E.T. Therapy Ltd. It also runs a Courage Scholarship to boost professional and academic studies in this area. The second emerging initiative is on Positive Organisations. Plans are underway to create a further initiative on Positive Ageing in 2021.

All applied research centres and their initiatives take into account the evidence-based needs of Positive Psychology Practitioners and focus on bridging research and practice to uphold and further develop the professional standards of Positive Psychology in Practice. We welcome input and suggestions from our members in this regard, and encourage inter-disciplinary collaborations.

For more information on PPG’s applied research initiatives, please contact: research@ppnetwork.org

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What is the difference between the Positive Psychology Guild and the Positive Psychology Network?

The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is the professional accreditation, training, membership, and research body. It is our legally registered name. The Positive Psychology Network (PPN) is the online and live social networking and information sharing space for PPG members and the public. It includes the website, PPN blog (Reflections on Practice), and PPN journal (Perspectives in Practice).

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Where can I read more about Positive Psychology in Practice?

Please refer to our past blog articles below: