Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach Diploma (Level 5)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to become a professional Positive Psychology Practitioner and Coach with the Positive Psychology Guild.

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.

Coach individuals and small groups on Positive Psychology approaches to strengths, wellbeing, resilience, and performance…

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice & Training,  you will be qualified and insured to deliver Positive Psychology as a training intervention. You will become a Professional Member of the Positive Psychology Guild and entitled to join the PPG Register of Professionals, which sets professional standards for the practice of Positive Psychology today.

PPG partners with universities that teach Positive Psychology at Masters degree level, including Bucks New University in the UK. The 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. Professional Education

Positive Psychology in Practice translates the scientific and academic study of Positive Psychology to life and work through the application of professional skills. These skills include coaching, training, facilitation, teaching, mentoring, counselling, and research.

The Positive Psychology Guild core diplomas introduce the fundamental skills of coaching, training and facilitation. This diploma page is about the first pathway of coaching.

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Learning Delivery

Most of our students are adult learners with busy lives. They are looking for flexible, online, professional courses that will prepare them for practicing in an area of Positive Psychology.

The course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format and a personal tutor is assigned at the start of the course. You will access this material through an approved online learning platform.

All of our tutors are qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners with relevant professional and academic experience. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis via online video or audio calls and be able to contact them by email throughout your course.

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Entry Criteria

Please note that this is a level 5-ranked qualification. This means you will be expected to produce written academic assignments at an undergraduate level.

Your tutor will support you as much as possible in meeting this criteria during the course. With this one-to-one support, we are confident that most students who do not have a prior academic background in psychology will succeed, if they are willing to persevere.

The academic content of this course is balanced with the practical application of Positive Psychology in professional practice and a rewarding personal development journey.

We welcome both 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: training@ppnetwork.org

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Completion Time

Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 12 months.

Should you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. For example, you may be going through a busy period at work or your family may need to come first. Your revised timeline for studies may be discussed with your tutor.

The maximum period for completing your diploma is 3 years from the date of enrollment. Should you wish to complete after this period, an updated application form will need to be submitted.

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Accelerated Routes

Are you a qualified and practicing coach who wishes to become a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach? Or a MAPP graduate looking to enhance your coaching skills?

If your qualifications and experience meet a minimum level required, you may be eligible to join one of our accelerated diploma routes. For more details, please read on!

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2. Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice are designed for people who wish to practice Positive Psychology in the fields of Coaching, Training, and Facilitation. We call these the “3 Pathways” to Positive Psychology in Practice.

Please note that 16 tutor calls (online video or audio) are included in your diploma studies. These include one orientation call prior to starting the course and 15 unit calls throughout your course.

Whichever pathway(s) you choose, your journey will begin with Module 1, the academic study and personal exploration of Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

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Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals

Module 1 will ground you in the Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation.

You will be introduced to research, theory, and practice in these areas. This will form the knowledge base and self-awareness for your future practice area. Your personal tutor, a Positive Psychology Practitioner, will guide you through this process.

Module 1 is designed to challenge you academically and personally in a positive way.

We will guide you beyond a surface-level understanding of Positive Psychology to a point where you can critically evaluate and appreciate various Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI’s) on your own. You will complete academic and personal development assignments, and will be encouraged by your tutor to select unit assignment topics that motivate and inspire you.

This module also helps you to develop yourself personally and professionally in PPG’s 3 Core Competencies of Positive Psychology in Practice: (1) Confident Practice; (2) Authentic Leadership; (3) Professional Integrity.

To become qualified to coach, you must successfully complete Module 1 and progress to Module 2 (Positive Psychology Coaching Skills) and Module 3 (Positive Psychology Coaching Practice). Should you not wish to complete the professional aspects of the course, you may successfully complete your studies here and graduate with a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

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Module 1 Units

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

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This module takes approximately 6-8 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will complete 10 assignments, including 4 literature reviews, an academic poster based on a literature review, and 5 personal reflective logs. This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base in and beyond Positive Psychology, your research and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Positive Psychology Practitioner and Coach.

  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for qualified coaches, you will complete all of Module 1.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for MAPP graduates, you will not complete this module.

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Learning Delivery & Tutor Support

At the start of each unit, you will receive access to the online course material and work through this at your own pace. When you are ready, you will meet online with your tutor to discuss your learning process and assignment preparation. You will engage in 5 tutor calls in total (one for each unit) and may contact your tutor freely by email with related questions.

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Module 2 – Positive Psychology Coaching Skills

Pathway 1 is designed for students who wish to practice as a Positive Psychology Coach, or use professional Positive Psychology coaching skills in a particular domain (e.g. work, life, home).

In Module 2, you will study the skills needed to become a Professional Positive Psychology Coach. You will draw and build on the knowledge base you have acquired in Module 1 with your tutor’s support.

Module 2 will ground you in the art and science of coaching. You will study the history, science, and philosophy of coaching and its various methods and tools of delivery. Your personal tutor, a Positive Psychology Coach, will support you as you learn how to design and implement individual and group coaching sessions and programs. At this stage, you will focus on skills acquisition and development.

Module 2 will teach you how to integrate your knowledge of Positive Psychology Fundamentals into an effective and evidence-based coaching practice.

For example, you will learn how to coach individuals and groups on Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. You will also learn how to conduct coaching conversations that support personal and professional growth.

At the end of this module, you will complete a 3-hour written exam. The exam will be open book, which means you may have access to all of your study material during the examination. You will also complete a coaching project assignment.

On successful completion of Module 2, you may progress to Module 3 (Positive Psychology Coaching Practice). Should you not wish to continue your studies from here, you may successfully complete your studies here and graduate with a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching Skills.

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Module 2 Units

Unit 1: History, Science & Philosophy of Coaching

Unit 2: Positive Psychology Coaching Methods & Tools

Unit 3: Positive Psychology Coaching Sessions

Unit 4: Positive Psychology Coaching Programs

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation (Exam & Project)

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This module takes around 2-3 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will complete a written exam and create a hypothetical project assignment related to your area of interest in your future coaching practice. This phase of your learning focuses on skills development. You will also draw on the areas of your Module 1 knowledge base when designing hypothetical coaching sessions and programs.

  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for qualified coaches, you will complete only the assignments in Module 2.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for MAPP graduates and do not have a coaching certification, you will complete all of Module 2.

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Learning Delivery & Tutor Support

At the start of each unit, you will receive access to the online course material and work through this at your own pace. When you are ready, you will meet online with your tutor to develop your coaching skills and assignment preparation. You will engage in 5 tutor calls in total (one for each unit) and may contact your tutor freely by email with related questions. You will schedule your written exam when you are ready.

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Module 3 – Positive Psychology Coaching Practice

Module 3 is designed to prepare you in building a Professional Positive Psychology Coaching Practice.

You will be introduced to client needs, states, common coaching scenarios, and the Guild’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners. You will learn when and how to refer clients whose needs exceed coaching, and how to work with more complex coaching cases.

In Module 3, you will spend 12 practice hours coaching a voluntary client in an unpaid capacity. You will use your knowledge base from Module 1 and professional coaching skills from Module 2 to design and implement a Positive Psychology Coaching Program. Your engagement with the voluntary client/s will be audio recorded and filmed for your personal assessment. Client permission will be sought.

As you progress through your coaching assignment, your tutor will be hand to supervise your project and support you with any challenges you might face.

By the end of this module, you will have learned how to assess client needs and design an effective coaching program. This practice experience prior to graduation will help you to build the confidence and competence needed to launch your own professional coaching practice.

At the end of this module, you will complete a 3-hour written exam. The exam will be open book, which means you may have access to all of your study material during the examination. You will also complete your coaching case study assignment and submit a written report, reflective log, and supporting audio-visual material.

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Module 3 Units

Unit 1: Coaching Client Needs & States

Unit 2: Coaching Client Types & Challenges

Unit 3: Coaching Client Misconceptions

Unit 4: Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation (Exam & Case Study Report)

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This module takes approximately 2-3 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will work with a volunteer coaching client (pro-bono) and submit your case work as a report. You will also complete a written exam. This phase of your learning is where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional context as a volunteer coach. It is designed to help you build the confidence needed to navigate a variety of client cases.

  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for qualified coaches, you will complete only the assignments in Module 3.
  • If you are a MAPP graduate and do not have a coaching certificate or sufficient practice hours, you will complete all of Module 3.

At the end of your studies, you will be invited to write a Professional Practice Paper for the PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. You will also be invited to participate in the knowledge and review assessment required to join the PPG Register of Professionals.

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Learning Delivery & Tutor Support

This module is delivered in a different format. You will receive all of the module content at the start. You will then engage in 5 tutor calls over a period of 2-3 months (or more) to support and supervise your assignment preparation, delivery, and evaluation. You may contact your tutor freely by email with related questions. You will schedule your written exam when you are ready.

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Bonus Module (Optional) – Practitioner Development

We understand that building a successful Positive Psychology Practice doesn’t happen overnight.

Throughout the course delivery, we will be building up your confidence as a future practitioner, supporting your ability to lead an authentic practice, and providing you with the information you need to run a practice based on professional integrity and standards.

We also offer you one complimentary year of Professional Membership (currently valued at £150).

This will cover your insurance and liability needs (UK only), entrance to the PPG Register of Professionals, and opportunity to contribute to the PPN blog and journal. We also offer a bonus module where you can be mentored in your options for professional and/or academic growth in your Positive Psychology Practice.

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Module 4 Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology Training

Unit 2: Introduction to Positive Psychology Facilitation

Unit 3: Become an Approved Tutor or Learning Centre

Unit 4: Continuing Professional Development Courses

Unit 5: Become a Research Professional or Fellow

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This module takes approximately 1 month to complete, depending on your pace.

There are no marked assignments or tutoring support, however you may discuss the module content with a tutor in a mentoring call within 1 year of your graduation. This phase of your learning is like post-course mentoring to ensure your practice vision and goals are supported.

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3. Certification

This certificate is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) and CPD Group. 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 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice & Coaching. You may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach (PPGDip) and will now be eligible to apply for Professional Membership status with the Guild. You may also apply to join the Guild’s Register of Positive Psychology Practitioner Professionals.

Please note that this course is academically rigorous and gives graduates a scientifically understanding of this exciting discipline. It is also a professional course with practical applications for the real world. It will prepare you for both practice and further academic work.

For more details, please download our 2020/2021 Course Prospectus here.

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Professional Membership

Successful candidates will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member. If you hold a Level 7 qualification in another Psychology discipline, you may apply for Fellow Member status.

You may use the PPG Professional (or Fellow) Member Approval logo on your own materials and website. You will also be invited to join the PPG Register of Professionals.

Professional and fellow members may apply to publish their research within the PPN  Journal, Perspectives in Practice, and practitioner insights on the PPN blog, Reflections on Practice.

Members may also apply to contribute to ongoing research projects, or initiate new projects, run by the Positive Psychology Centre.

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Ongoing CPD

As a condition of membership, Professional and Fellow Members will be committed to our minimum CPD requirements to demonstrate and maintain Positive Practice Standards. These CPD courses may be taken with PPG or other educational service providers that meet the CPD criteria.

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4. Course Costs

The course fee is £2,450 payable in full or through a zero interest payment plan with a deposit of £850 and monthly installments starting at £100.

This fee includes online access to interactive study material, 12 tutor calls, tutor email support, certification on successful completion of the course, and one year of Professional Membership to the Positive Psychology Guild.

Please note that the course must be paid in full prior to completion and certification. The deposit may be split into 2 monthly payments of £425 each on request. Extra tutor support is available for those with additional learning needs at no further cost.

Those based in or passing through the UK are also invited to quarterly skills training days at our head office in Doncaster at no additional cost.

These open training days are optional and will be held once every 3 months from late 2020. They will provide an opportunity to meet with PPG teaching staff, engage in critical and reflective discussion, and meet other students who are able to attend.

Please note that while the optional training days are included in the course costs, they do not cover travel or accommodation. For those who cannot attend these training days in person, online and recorded training seminars will be held instead.

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Accelerated Routes

3 Accelerated Routes are available to qualified coaches and MAPP graduates:

  1. Qualified or experienced coaches may pay only for Module 1 (£950) and the assessment process for Modules 2 and 3 (£250 each). The assessment process includes 2 tutor calls per module and email support to help you prepare for your assignments. The total fee for this option is £1450.
  2. We also offer an Accelerated Route for MAPP graduates who meet the criteria for Module 1 exemption and wish to acquire only the coaching skills and professional practice elements of this course. The course fee to complete Modules 2 and 3 in their entirety is £1450.
  3. If you are a MAPP graduate with recognised coaching qualifications or experience, you may be eligible to complete only the assessment process for Modules 2 and 3. The course fee for this option is £500 and includes 2 tutor calls per module and email support.

 

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Multiple Pathways

You may apply to study more than one diploma pathway. This may help you to develop a richer Positive Psychology Practice with a wider skill set that can better meet the needs of your clients. For example, you may wish to add the  Training and/or Facilitation pathways to your study plan.

Given that the 3 pathways share the same first module, you may add on the additional 2 modules for each of the other diploma pathways at a cost of £495 per module. If you wish to complete all 3 pathways, a discounted rate of £3950 applies (saving of £480).

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How to Study

There are 2 ways to study for this course.

Both options are designed to meet the needs for flexibility, structure, and freedom of adult learners.

While we will provide the teaching content and full tutor support, you will manage the long-distance study elements of this course. These require you to follow interactive online course content and engage in scientific and non-scientific reading material on a regular basis.

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(1) Self-Paced Option

This option allows you to start the course at any time of the year.

You will set your own study and assignment pace with your tutor’s support. You may complete the course in as little as 12 months or as long as 3 years. A comfortable pace to aim for is a target of 18 months.

This option is ideal if your learning style requires the freedom to explore topics of interest in more depth and breathing space to flourish.

This option is available now. You may begin your studies within 1 week of completing your enrollment process (application, payment/deposit).

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(2) Fixed-Pace Option

This option sets the course pace for you over a period of 18 months.

It includes short breaks between each batch of unit assignments and module exams, coursework, and field work, as well as an extended break in August and September.

This option is ideal if your learning style requires time-bound goals, group connections, and external accountability to flourish.

Enrollment for this option is from 10th August to 14th October 2020. Orientation will take place from 15th-30th October 2020. The course will begin on 2nd November 2020 and end on 22nd April 2022.

For a detailed schedule, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

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Next Steps

If you require further information, or to request a course application form, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

If you would like to read more on this course and Positive Psychology in Practice, please visit the below blog links:

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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 hub 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 & Wellbeing, and Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners, as well as corporate and non-profit workshops and talks on Positive Psychology and wider Psychology topics.

For more information, please contact: info@ppnetwork.org