Accredited Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach (Coaching Pathway for Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, Motivation)

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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 Exercise & 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.

Coach individuals and small groups on Positive Psychology approaches to Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation…

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Coaching Practice,  you will be qualified to practice Positive Psychology using coaching skills. You may apply for Professional Membership of the Positive Psychology Guild, which insures UK-based practitioners, and join the PPG Register of Professionals, which sets professional standards for the practice and regulation of Positive Psychology today.

PPG has a strong relationship with Bucks New University, which teaches Positive Psychology at Masters Degree level in the UK. This Level 5 Diploma will prepare you 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. Course Overview

Successful completion of this course will certify you as a Positive Psychology Practitioner and Coach.

You will study the Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. The Science of Wellbeing and Philosophy of Flourishing runs throughout the course.

You will be trained in Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills and Positive Psychology Coaching Skills for individual and small group clients, and the ethics of running a professional practice.

On graduation, you will be qualified and certified to run a private Positive Psychology Coaching practice, or integrate what you have learned into an existing professional role.

You may also apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild, offers insurance and liability coverage for practice in the UK and Europe, and join the Register of Practitioners.

For further details on the course, please read on or contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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Student Profiles

This course is designed for people who wish to gain a scientific and philosophical understanding of Positive Psychology while furthering their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

You will be interested in personal development and supporting other people on topics related to character, resilience, and wellbeing. This course will teach you how to apply Positive Psychology in these domains using general practitioner skills and coaching skills.

Students and graduates of this course come from across the world with diverse backgrounds and reasons for doing the course. Many wish to build their own private practice while others plan to integrate what they learn into an existing professional role.

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Our Course Tutors & Trainers

This course is delivered by people who are passionate about Positive Psychology.

All of our tutors and trainers have either completed this course (or a similar one) and are practicing Positive Psychology. They are there to help empower you to learn and give you autonomy over your own learning process whilst supporting you through each stage of the process.

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Course Delivery & Timeline

This course is delivered online by the Positive Psychology Academy.

The Academy is a virtual learning environment where you will access your course materials and engage in a virtual study group led by your course tutor or trainer. Outside of live classes, you will participate in online discussion threads in the group and develop your assignments with peer support.

The course timeline is 2 years and an accelerated route is typically 18 months. Please note that timelines can vary slightly depending on the enrolment date.

Entry Criteria

This is a Level 5-ranked qualification.

Level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree in the UK.

To apply, you must hold a Level 3 qualification or above, or the equivalent (e.g. relevant work experience and professional training), and be willing to engage in Level 5 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-directed studies outside of class.

You will need to have a keen interest in personal development and wellbeing, and be curious about how people think, feel, behave, and change.

For further information or to apply, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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Accelerated Routes

Are you a qualified Level 5+ Coach who wishes to integrate Positive Psychology into your coaching practice? Or a MAPP or PPG Positive Psychology Practitioner Diploma graduate looking to acquire coaching skills? Or an independent learner who would like to study part of the course solo with tutor support?

If your qualifications and/or professional experience meet or exceed our Level 5 standards, or you have a strong motivation and the skills to direct your own learning for part of this course, you may apply for one of our accelerated diploma routes. For more details, please read on!

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2. Course Outline

Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Practice & Coaching

This course is delivered in 3 parts. Module 1 builds your knowledge base in Positive Psychology Fundamentals. Module 2 trains you in Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills. Module 3 completes your training as a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach. 

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Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals

In this Module, you will explore Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation.

You will study broader concepts in Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology that are relevant to understanding the research, theory, and practice of Positive Psychology and its inter-disciplinary links.

On successful completion of this Module, you will receive a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals. You will not yet be certified to practice professionally, as this step requires completion of Modules 2 and 3.

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You will study and explore:

  • Unit 1: The Psychology of Strengths
  • Unit 2: The Psychology of Authenticity
  • Unit 3: The Psychology of Resilience
  • Unit 4: The Psychology of Positive Emotions
  • Unit 5: The Psychology of Motivation

This first module is also the equivalent of a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-01 L5 PPF Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 1)

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Module 2 – Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills

In this Module, you will be trained in the general skills required for professional practice.

You will practice these skills with peers in your training group. You may also practice with family and friends who are willing to support your growth as a future Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach.

You will learn how to run a safe and ethical practice, assess client needs, educate clients, and guide them through educational interventions that support positive change.

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You will study and practice:

  • Session 1: Professional Practice
  • Session 2: Client Engagement
  • Session 3: Psychoeducation
  • Session 4: Positive Interventions
  • Session 5: Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Session 6: Diversity, Neurodiversity & Inclusion

This second module is also the equivalent of a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-03 L5 PPPS Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 2)

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Module 3 – Positive Psychology Coaching Practice

In this Module, you will be trained to apply Positive Psychology using coaching skills in a professional context with 1:1 practice supervision.

You will practice these skills with peers in your training group and later, with volunteer “clients” – these are project participants who consent to being coached by you as part of your training.

You will learn how to integrate your knowledge of Positive Psychology and general practitioner skills into a variety of coaching contexts (e.g. work, life, sport) with a variety of client profiles. Incorporating coaching skills will strengthen your capacity to support clients in their personal growth.

On successful completion of this module, you will qualify as a Certified Positive Psychology Coaching Practitioner and be able to work with clients in a safe and ethical manner.

You may apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild and become a registered Positive Psychology Practitioner.

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You will study and practice:

  • Session 1: Positive Psychology Coaching
  • Session 2: Authenticity Coaching
  • Session 3: Strengths Coaching 
  • Session 4: Wellbeing Coaching
  • Session 5: Resilience Coaching
  • Session 6: Project Design

After Session 6, you will progress to 1:1 trainee supervision and practice observation.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-04 L5 PPCS Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 3)

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3. Certification

This qualification 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 course, you will receive the following certificates:

  • Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals (Module 1)
  • Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Coaching Practice (Modules 2 & 3)

You may then refer to yourself as a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach (PPGDip).

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Professional Membership

Graduates of this course may join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member.

Professional Membership includes liability and insurance coverage for practice in the UK and an application to join the Register of Positive Psychology Practitioners. It also offers networking opportunities with other members through a private online platform and CPD learning events.

For more information on membership services, please click here.

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Course Progression

On certification, you may progress to one of the following qualifications:

For further details, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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CPD Training Events

As an Academy member or graduate, you will have complimentary access to the following CPD events and courses run by the Positive Psychology Centre.

Recorded events include Positive Education, Positive Health, and Positive Organisations, Positive Leadership & Engagement

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4. Next Steps

Entry to this course is open throughout the year.

Your course will begin with Module 1 (Year 1) and progress to Modules 2 and 3 (Year 2).

Upcoming Module 1 enrolment dates are:

  • Tuesday 30th April 2024 – Positive Emotions Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 7th May 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 12th April 2024)
  • Tuesday 25th June 2024 – Motivation Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 2nd July 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 7th June 2024)
  • Tuesday 15th October 2024 – Strengths Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 22nd October 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 27th September 2024)
  • Tuesday 4th February 2025 – Authenticity Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 11th February 2025 / Application Deadline: Friday 17th January 2025)
  • Tuesday 1st April 2025 – Resilience Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 8th April 2025 / Application Deadline: Friday 14th March 2025)

Please note there is a 2-hour induction session via Zoom for new students on enrolment day. There are two options for attendance (1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm UK).

Group training enrolment dates are in February and September (Module 2) and April and November (Module 3) each year. You will be given a training schedule during enrolment. 

You may also request a training schedule during the enquiry phase to check you are available for live Zoom classes.

The total time for course completion is 18-24 months.

For further information, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

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Online Application Form

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO THIS COURSE

Please see the application deadlines above. It may take up to two weeks to process your application.

To enquire about your application, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

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Course Fees

The diploma qualification fee is £2,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT (20%) = £2,940

The course fee includes:

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • Access to self-paced interactive study material
  • Group tutoring, tutor feedback, and assessments
  • Group training and trainee practice supervision
  • Certification on successful completion of the course

Payment options include:

  • Single payment during enrolment with a £100 discount on the course fee (£2,350 + VAT = £2,820)
  • PPG Payment Plan 1 – deposit (£850 + VAT = £1,020) and 16 monthly payments (£100 + VAT = £120 x 16)
  • PPG Payment Plan 2 – deposit (£850 + VAT = £1,020) and 8 monthly payments (£200 + VAT = £240 x 8)

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Accelerated Route 1 (Level 5+ Coaches)

Qualified and experienced Level 5+ coaches may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

You will complete Modules 1 and 2 then skip Module 3 training and go directly to Module 3 project supervision and observation.

The fee for this option is £2,150 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT (20%) = £2,580.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

  • Level 5+ Coaching qualification from a recognised learning provider. This should include an understanding of professional ethics, client engagement processes (needs analysis, case formulation are desirable), and person-centred coaching practice.

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Accelerated Route 2 (MAPP & PPG Graduates)

MAPP (Masters of Applied Positive Psychology) and PPG graduates may apply for an accelerated version of this courses.

You will skip Module 1 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Modules 2 and 3. Enrolment dates are February and September each year.

The fee for this option is £1,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1740.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

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Accelerated Route 3 (PPG Level 5 Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners)

PPG Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners (Level 5 only) may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

You will skip Modules 1 and 2 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are April and November each year.

You will skip Modules 1 and 2 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are April and November each year.

The fee for this option is £950 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1140.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

  • PPG Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Coaching Practice OR
  • PPG Level 5 Diploma Positive Organisational Psychology

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Accelerated Route 4 (PPG Level 3 Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners)

PPG Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners (Level 3 only) may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

You will complete Modules 1, skip Module 2, complete Module 3 then proceed to project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are the same as for the full version of this course (see course details above), as you will begin your studies with Module 1. Enrolment dates for Module 3 are April and November each year.

The fee for this option is £1,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1740.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Positive Psychology Guild?

The Positive Psychology Guild is a limited company with not-for-profit status and a UK government registered learning provider. It trains, certifies, and insures Positive Psychology Practitioners. For further information, please click here.

How many hours of studying a week should I expect?

We estimate 5-7 hours a week (this includes group calls) with additional hours during assignment phases.

What is the Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this course?

The TQT is set at 360 hours (Module 1 = 180hrs, Modules 2 & 3 = 180hrs).  This includes class time, participation in online Academy study group discussion threads, reading/watching the materials provided, further reading of your own initiative, peer practice, project delivery, supervision and observation, and assignment development and submission.

Which certification will I receive?

This is a joint qualification. You will receive a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals for successful completion of Module 1 (non-practitioner), and a Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Coaching Practice for successful completion of Modules 2 and 3. You will be issued both certificates on graduation.

Do graduates go on to practice professionally after this degree?

Yes. We prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and initial practice hours to feel confident in setting up a private practice or integrate what you have learned into an existing professional role.

Will I be insured to practice professionally after certification?

On certification, you may apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild (see here).

The Professional Membership package includes liability and insurance coverage to practice Positive Psychology within the scope of your qualification in the UK. This practice covers talk-based Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation).

For more information on membership, please contact: membership@ppnetwork.org

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 will prepare you to progress onto a MAPP degree. For example, you will read research articles on Positive Psychology and learn how to conduct Positive Psychology self-interventions, write literature reviews, critical reviews, and reflective logs. You will also learn case study analysis skills in your final project.

Throughout the course, you will be challenged to think critically about Positive Psychology research, theory, and application. These academic skills are essential to a MAPP degree. You will also study links between Positive Psychology and other schools of thought in Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology.

This course will not teach you advanced research skills. If you wish to acquire these, you may apply for the Level 7 Certificate Applied Positive Psychology Research on completion of this course (click here for course details).

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.

I want to apply to this course but I’m not academic – can I still apply?

Yes. We welcome both academic and practical learners onto this course – you might even be or become both!

Academic skills will help you to read and review the research on Positive Psychology. This is important when building an evidence-based practice, as you will need to keep up to date with the latest progressions in the field.

During Module 1, your group tutor will teach you how to develop these academic skills if you do not already have them. During Modules 2 and 3, your trainer will teach you how to translate these academic skills into professional practice.

I am interested in Positive Psychology research – what are my options?

You may progress after this course to the Level 7 Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. This certificate is an exciting opportunity to explore practical questions you may have about the application of Positive Psychology and develop your own research contribution to the field.

I am neurodivergent – is it possible for me to apply?

Yes. The Positive Psychology Guild and its Academy welcome applications from neurodivergent individuals.

Amongst our student base are individuals with autism, dyslexia, OCD, and ADHD. Some may need to be assessed differently (e.g. oral rather than written assignments) while others may need more one-to-one tutor or trainer support. Some may excel in independent learning and need no additional support.

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