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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 furtherance of National Occupational and Professional Standards for PP in the UK.


What type of organisation is the Positive Psychology Guild?

PPG is a voluntary awarding body and regulator for Positive Psychology in practice:

This covers three areas:

1) Training & Accreditation

PPG courses are accredited by the CPD Group externally, and we are also an awarding body ourselves for Positive Psychology Qualifications. We are currently under the process of OFQUAL accreditation to become an awarding body for the regulated qualification framework. We also externally accredit other individual and organisational courses.

For more information on training and accreditation, please contact:

2) Membership Body

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 for categories 2 to 4 who are practicing Positive Psychology in an individual capacity. 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 knowledge assessment and supervision process. We also encourage members to engage in regular supervision as necessary throughout the year.

For more information on membership, please click here.

3) Applied 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 applied research centres.

These centres include the Autism Centre (click here), which partners with POINT and Sheffield Hallam University, and the Violence & Post-Traumatic Growth Centre, which partners with Combat Academy UK on Positive Psychology and Self-Defence related research.

Plans are underway to create two further applied research centres on Positive Ageing and Positive Organisations by the end of 2020.

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.

For more information on PPG’s applied research, please contact:


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

The Guild (PPG) is the professional accreditation, training, membership, and research body. The 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, and PPN journal.