CPD Accredited Positive Leadership & Engagement Training Course

Applied Positive Psychology Research / Online Courses / Positive Organisational Psychology / Positive Psychology in Practice / Professional Practice

Would you like to be able to integrate Positive Psychology into your leadership and management role, and find an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, wants and needs?

An empowering and insightful Positive Psychology course designed for those managing, leading or utilising human potential…

The concept of strengths can be explained by aligning a persons naturally present virtues, and wants with a close-to-perfect job role. An example would be an introverted pragmatic detail driven individual – who would thrive in a small-team and quiet environment where the role was predominantly made up of detail-focussed tasks. For example: Data entry, Accounting, Computer Coding, Compliance etc. Now imagine an extroverted, creative, flamboyant social individual within the same role, or vice versa…

The problem, and therefore the opportunity, is that many individuals are led by their needs rather than their wants, which means that they find themselves in a role, acquire skills, and then feel frightened about breaking out of this role to follow their true dreams and purpose. Their learned skills become so developed that many people start to consider them as strengths, when they may be developed weaknesses. Their actual weaknesses may be undeveloped strengths… The result is that the individual becomes drained and de-energised.

These latent strengths will often find their way out in the form of incongruent hobbies or abilities that suddenly emerge at the office Christmas Party. An example would be Steve from accounts suddenly takes the microphone at the Karaoke and blasts out a stunning rendition of “Gold Finger” by Shirley Bassey. When you identify and individuals strengths, you can ensure that a personal development plan is created which aligns in a resonant fashion.

Many of the existing psychometric profiling formats available today – are formulated based on people making decisions and choices relating to the actions that they would take in a given scenario, or through locked down option-limiting questions purporting to discover someone’s “style”. They do not allow the participant to discover their strengths, which may be very different to their “learned skills”. People can become so well trained and experienced within a certain area, that they can be very good at their job, and yet extremely unhappy and de-energised because the role and tasks do not align with their strengths. This will often result in periods of absence, or in the worst case, someone searching for a new job – when the one that they have doesn’t fulfil them.

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The Course

This course explores the concept of strengths-based engagement at work and how to create a positive organisational culture. It will teach you how to identify strengths within your employees, co-workers and team – and fully engage people in tasks, personal development and organisational vision. It does this while also encouraging you to reflect on yourself and take action (or not) where needed.

Over the course of 6 weeks, you will participate in 6 weekly 2-hour online sessions as follows:

Session 1: Creating Positive Organisational Cultures

This session introduces the science and philosophy of wellbeing at work, and the concept of Psychologically Informed Environments – in other words, professional spaces where people feel safe to be themselves, engage their strengths, do their work, form positive working relationships, and ultimately be well and thrive.

Session 2: Strengths-Based Engagement 

This session introduces Positive Psychology Character Strengths and Virtues and how to spot them in yourself and your team members or employees. You will learn how to use a psychometric testing tool (VIA Strengths Survey) to identify strengths in your team members and facilitate team discussions and individual reflections on how to integrate strengths into organisational culture.

Session 3: Authenticity, Mental Health & Wellbeing

This session explores what authenticity is, why it matters to mental health and wellbeing, and how to Activate the Authentic Self through engaging meaning, purpose, values, and virtues. It also explores the emotional and cognitive aspects of hope and fear, and obstacles and pathways to being authentic at work.

Session 4: Resilient Leadership, Management & Teamwork

This session explores the dynamics of resilience in individuals and groups at work. It explores the relevance of negative states and communications styles, and how to create and apply Positive Organisational Psychology Interventions (POPI’s) to resolve conflict, boost morale, and restore balance and harmony to the workplace.

Session 5: Positive Emotional Environments

This session introduces the concept of Positive Emotional Environments at work. It explores how to create positive emotional experiences in the workplace that leaders, managers, team members, and employees can “broaden and build” on to feel more likely to enjoy their engagement in work and build resilience over time.

Session 6: Motivating & Engaging People 

This final session explores what people want and need at work. It introduces motivational styles in leadership and management, and how to tap into your motivational style. You will discuss and present what you have learned so far with your trainer and group, and identify actions to help carry your learning process forwards.

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Benefits

  • CPD Certificate of Participation (24 hours)
  • Positive Psychology Educational Tools (diagrams, worksheets)
  • Understanding of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions & Motivation
  • Reflections on application of Positive Psychology concepts and theories to self

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Who should attend?

This CPD course is designed to be of interest and relevance to:

  • Managers & Leaders
  • HR Professionals, L&D Professionals
  • Organisational Development Specialists
  • Executive Coaches & Trainers
  • Psychology Students

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Course Delivery

This course is delivered online by the Positive Psychology Centre‘s Mental Health & Wellbeing Initiative. It is mapped at Level 3 to signify the level of complexity.

There are six online workshops which take place on a weekly basis via Zoom over six weeks. Each workshop lasts 2 hours and covers a presentation, short break, discussion, individual reflections, and group sharing on concepts learned. You will also engage in practical and reflective activities in between the workshops. Please allow a further 2 hours each week for these.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Participation with 24 CPD points accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild.

You may also apply to upgrade your certificate to a Level 3 Certificate Positive Organisational Psychology. To do this, you will complete a set of assignments based on knowledge acquired, reflective practice, and a workplace intervention. Please note a further 36 hours of learning is involved and an additional fee applies.

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Next Course

This course will next be delivered on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday 21st July, 2pm-4pm (UK)
  • Session 2: Thursday 28th July, 2pm-4pm (UK)
  • Session 3: Thursday 11th August, 2pm-4pm (UK)
  • Session 4: Thursday 18th August, 2pm-4pm (UK)
  • Session 5: Thursday 1st September, 2pm-4pm (UK)
  • Session 6: Thursday 8th September, 2pm-4pm (UK)

This course will also be recorded and may be viewed later as self-guided learning. To receive a Certificate of Participation via recorded delivery, you will provide a 1-2 page reflective report on each of the sessions outlining your learning points and how you are integrating these into your professional development.

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Course Fees & Bookings

The CPD course fee for the full series is £150 (May 2022+ fees). This includes:

  • 6 x weekly 2-hour group training calls via Zoom (also recorded)
  • Certificate of Participation on completion of the course

The course fee may be paid in full during enrolment or via a 2-month payment plan (£75 x 2 monthly instalments). The course fee must be paid in full prior to certification.

If you prefer to enrol in one session only, or one session at a time rather than the full 6-week programme, please note the CPD session fee is £30 for a single session.

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 £20-30.

To book your place or enquire further, please email: training@ppnetwork.org

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Corporate Bookings

You may also request for this course to be delivered in your workplace for groups of 5-20 people. Corporate rates are available on request.

To book your place or enquire further, please email: training@ppnetwork.org

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Course Conversion 

On completion of this course, you may convert to one of the below Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice and qualify as a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner:

On this route, you will complete 3 written assignments on one or more of the CPD session areas with 1:1 tutor guidance and feedback. You will then progress to Modules 2 and 3 of one of the above practitioner diplomas.

With a recognised Positive Psychology Practitioner qualification such as those above, you will be able to apply to become a Professional Membership of the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG). This membership will provide you with insurance and liability coverage for practice in the UK and a free application to join the PPG Register of Practitioners.

For more information on Professional Membership, please click here.

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Course Progression 

On completion of this course, you may progress to the following qualification:

This qualification will ground you in the research and theory of Positive Psychology and application to self. It builds on what you have learned in this CPD course and broadens it to provide you with a richer learning outcome.

If you hold a Bachelors degree or above in Psychology or a related field, you may also progress to the Level 7 Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology Research. This route is ideal if you wish to drive the research behind Positive Psychology and conduct your own research study on Positive Leadership and Engagement.

For more details on training courses, please visit our website homepage here or contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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