Membership

We offer five levels of annual membership for Positive Psychology Practitioners and Autism Awareness Practitioners:

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(1) Student Membership

Free

We welcome students of Positive Psychology and Autism/SEND courses across the world for free membership throughout the duration of their studies. You may be a student on one of our programs (see here) or a student of another program. All levels are welcome.

Student membership includes:

  • Student rates at PPN Events
  • 10% discount on further PPG Courses*

We encourage Student Members to contribute to the PPN Blog, Reflections on Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes.

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(2) Associate Membership

Free

Please note that this membership category does not include liability or insurance coverage for practice.

The Associate Membership category is for graduates of Level 3+ courses (or the equivalent) in Positive Psychology who are not practitioners or do not intend to practice. For example, you may have completed our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Fundamentals or a MAPP degree.

This category welcomes researchers, teachers, and lecturers who integrate Positive Psychology into their research and teaching activities, as well as non-practitioner graduates of our Level 7 Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology Research.

This category also welcomes those working in the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, and social work who are exploring or interested in the application of Positive Psychology in their practice area/s, and have liability and insurance coverage provided through their regular profession for integrating Positive Psychology Interventions.

The category also welcomes professionals trained in the area of Autism Awareness/SEND who are interested in the potential benefits and applications of Positive Psychology for people with autism and special educational needs.

Associate membership includes:

  • Associate rates at PPN Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*

We encourage Associate Members to contribute to the PPN Blog, Reflections on Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. We also encourage Associate Members who are conducting research to consider sharing their project findings with the forthcoming PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. Please see the submission guidelines here.

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(3) Professional Membership

£150 annually

Professional Membership is for fully-qualified Level 5 Positive Psychology Practitioners and Level 3 Positive Psychology Practitioners with a related professional skill. It includes UK insurance and liability coverage.

As a Professional Member, you will hold a Level 5 diploma or Level 3 certificate (or the equivalent) in Positive Psychology Practice (or Autism/SEND) and be qualified to practice through a professional skill (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation).

You may have completed one of our Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice (Coaching, Training, or Positive Organisational Psychology), or our Level 5 Award in Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners.

You may have also completed one or more of our Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice for Movement, Exercise, or Sport.

Professional membership includes:

  • Entry to the PPG Register of Professionals**
  • Liability and insurance coverage (UK-based practitioners)
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*

We encourage Professional Members to contribute to the PPN Blog, Reflections on Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. We also encourage Professional Members who are conducting case study research to consider sharing their project findings with the forthcoming PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. Please see the submission guidelines here.

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(4) Fellow Membership 

£150 annually

Fellow Membership is for fully-qualified Level 7 Positive Psychology Practitioners. It includes UK insurance and liability coverage.

As a Fellow Member, you will hold a Level 7 Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) and practitioner qualifications in coaching, training, or facilitation. These may be part of your MAPP degree qualification or separate qualifications equivalent to Level 5+.

Alternatively, you may hold a Level 7 Masters degree in a Psychology discipline and a PPG Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology in Practice (Coaching, Training, or Positive Organisational Psychology).

You may also hold a PPG Level 7 Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology Research, or a Level 7 Masters degree in Autism/SEND, and be qualified to practice through a professional skill (e.g. coaching, training, counselling, psychotherapy).

Fellow membership includes:

  • Entry to the PPG Register of Professionals**
  • Liability and insurance coverage (UK-based practitioners)
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*

We encourage Fellow Members to contribute to the PPN Blog, Reflections on Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. We also encourage Fellow Members who are conducting research to consider sharing their project findings with the forthcoming PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. Please see the submission guidelines here.

If you are interested in Applied Positive Psychology Research, you may also apply to set up an independent research project through PPG or contribute to an existing initiative under our Positive Psychology Centre.

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(5) Organisational Membership

£500 for 2 years***

As an Organisational Member, you will be led by a PPG Fellow or Professional Member. Your company or organisation will be legally registered for practicing Positive Psychology, and you will have your own liability and insurance mechanisms in place for professional practice.

Your membership includes:

  • Organisational rates at PPN events and on PPG courses*
  • External accreditation (CPD points) for your Positive Psychology courses (subject to criteria)

Organisational Members that are establishing (or have established) Positive Psychology coaching, training, and facilitation departments are welcome to apply for accreditation services. For further information, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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*Please note that PPG’s Autism Awareness Diploma is not included in this discount. 50% of proceeds from this diploma are instead directed to charity.

**The purpose of this register is to ascertain ethical standards of practice in Positive Psychology fields of application, and provide practitioners with an annual process to support their learning and professional growth and development needs. It entails a written review and peer review exchange process on an annual basis.

***Please note that this is an estimated fee; the bi-annual fee is based on your organisation’s size. £500 is the fee set for small businesses (2-10 employees).

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To register for membership, please click here. For further information, please contact us at info@ppnetwork.org

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Further Information for Positive Psychology Practitioners

Why become a member of the Positive Psychology Guild?

Positive Psychology is a rapidly expanding approach to coaching and training delivery. It brings the science of wellbeing and practice of flourishing to multiple domains, from the classroom and training centre to the workplace, playing field and beyond. Yet those who train in and practice Positive Psychology might wonder where they belong. Should they join a coaching or training body for accreditation, licensing, and membership? Or should they join a psychology or counselling body?

We understand what it’s like to feel out of place and in search of a home or somewhere to belong. This is why we set up the Positive Psychology Guild. In joining us, you will have the opportunity to join an emerging UK membership, accreditation, and licensing body dedicated to the support of professionals such as yourself.

One of our key objectives over the coming years is to contribute to the regulation of Positive Psychology in Practice, in terms of qualification, practice, and chartered status. In this regard, we have issued a set of Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners. All of our students are trained in the ethical aspects of practice as well as the scientific training required to develop a strong evidence-based practice. We also encourage our students to develop a research-driven approach to their work.

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How do you benefit from becoming a PPG member?

Whether you intend to integrate your skills into an existing role, set up a solo coaching or training practice, or become a fully-fledged training centre, we can offer you a helping hand. We understand what it is like to graduate and not have the support needed to develop a professional practice. It takes time to build the knowledge, systems, network, and experience needed to thrive as a practitioner. There are no effective shortcuts in this regard, or at least we wouldn’t recommend taking them.

Professional affiliation and registration matters when working with clients. By joining us as a member, you may freely apply to join the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) Register of Professionals once you are qualified. This includes an entry test appropriate for your level of practice (e.g. Level 5 or 7+) and pathway of practice (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation, teaching, counselling). The test assesses your Positive Psychology knowledge base through an online written exam and your practitioner skills and ethics during a peer exchange session.

While most people don’t look forward to tests, it is important for both yourself and your clients to check in on your knowledge base and professional growth at least once a year. How is your work making a difference? How do you feel about it? Where do you feel challenged or stuck? Where would you like to grow? What would you like to leave behind? These are some of the questions that may contribute to a reflective practice and deepen your practitioner experience and path.

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How else do we support your growth?

We advocate for the advancement of Positive Psychology as a discipline and practice, and its potential to make a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. Through our applied research centres, initiatives, and peer-reviewed journal, we also contribute to the development of Positive Psychology as an evidence-based approach to coaching, training, and facilitation interventions. If your ambitions include academic research or engagement, you’ll find a home amongst us too.

We are also passionate about creating community spaces where Positive Psychology practitioners and students can connect, feel supported, learn from each other, and grow. We do our best to support our members in creating positive networking spaces that are suited to their contexts and environments. PPN – the Positive Psychology Network – is our social networking wing. It leads our online networking and live events, such as the annual conference. It also manages SquarePeg academy, which has its roots in positive networking.

 

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To register for membership, please click here. For further information, please contact us at info@ppnetwork.org