Membership

We offer 5 annual Individual Membership categories for Positive Psychology Practitioners and students, and other professionals whose work is affiliated with Positive Psychology.

In addition, we offer an Organisational Membership category for companies and organisations that practice Positive Psychology, and follow Positive Organisational Psychology policies and practices.

From 1st March 2021, all of our members will be given access to a private and secure online membership site where they may network with other students, affiliates, and practitioners, and engage in further learning and peer/group reflective practices around Positive Psychology.

Practitioner members are also invited to join the PPG Register of Practitioners and a Communities of Practice, which will also launch on 1st March 2021.

For further information on membership, please read on or contact us at: membership@ppnetwork.org 

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(1) Student Membership

Free

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

The Student Membership category welcomes students of Positive Psychology courses across the world for free membership throughout the duration of their studies. You may be a student on one of PPG’s programs (see here) or a student of another program. All levels of studies are welcome.

Student membership is valid for 2 years and includes:

  • Student rates at PPG Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site
  • Access to PPG’s Journal (due to launch March 2022)

We also encourage Student Members to contribute to the PPN Blog. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes.

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(2) Affiliate Membership (Non-Practitioner)

Annual Fee: £25 

Please note that this membership category does not include liability and insurance coverage for practice. Payment options include bank transfer, direct debit, and PayPal (admin charges apply).

The Affiliate Membership category is for professionals whose work integrates theory and practice from Positive Psychology and hold a Positive Psychology qualification but are not yet (or do not wish to be) qualified and registered Positive Psychology Practitioners. These include:

  • Researchers, Teachers & Lecturers
  • Autism Awareness & SEND Practitioners
  • Doctors, Nurses & Other Clinical Health Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts & Clinical Psychologists
  • Counsellors, Psychotherapists & Social Workers
  • Exercise & Sport Psychologists & Practitioners
  • Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers
  • Alternative Health Professionals & Coaches

As a professional in one of the above areas, you are expected to belong to a professional membership body that endorses your qualifications, adhere to relevant codes of ethics, and be insured to practice. Researchers are expected to follow research ethics.

Affiliate membership is also for graduates of Positive Psychology courses who have studied with reputable learning providers and are not yet qualified to practice.

Affiliate membership is renewed annually and includes:

  • Affiliate rates at PPG Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site (due to launch March 2021)
  • Access to PPG’s Journal (due to launch March 2022)

We also encourage Affiliate Members to contribute to the PPN Blog. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. You are also welcome to submit articles to the PPN Journal.

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(3) Associate Membership (Practitioner)

Annual Fee: £150

Please note that this membership category includes liability and insurance coverage for practice in the UK. Payment options include bank transfer, direct debit, and PayPal (admin charges apply).

The Associate Membership category is for qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners whose certification meets the criteria for level 3 (equivalent to a UK A-Level, see here) and is externally accredited by a professional body. These include:

  • Graduates of the PPG Level 3 Positive Psychology in Practice courses
  • Graduates of another Positive Psychology in Practice qualification that meets level 3 criteria
  • Graduates of the PPG Level 3 Diploma in Autism Awareness for Parents & Carers
  • Graduates of another Autism Awareness in Practice qualification that meets level 3 criteria and includes a Positive Psychology strengths-based approach to working with autistic individuals

Graduates of a level 3 Positive Psychology qualification with a level 3 coaching, training, or facilitation qualification are also welcome to apply for this membership category. Please note that you will be requested to complete a practical and knowledge-based assignment prior to entry.

For more information on level 3, please click here.

Associate membership is renewed annually and includes:

  • Associate member rates at PPG Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s Journal (due to launch March 2022)
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site (due to launch March 2021)
  • Access to the PPG Register of Practitioners annual review (due to launch 1st March 2021)

As a registered Associate Practitioner Member, you may use the letters, AP(PPG), after your name.

We also encourage Associate Members to contribute to the PPN Blog. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. You are also welcome to submit articles to the PPN Journal.

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(4) Professional Membership (Practitioner)

Annual Fee: £150 

Please note that this membership category includes liability and insurance coverage for practice in the UK. Payment options include bank transfer, direct debit, and PayPal (admin charges apply).

The Professional Membership category is for qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners whose certification meets the criteria for level 5  (equivalent to a foundation degree, see here) and is externally accredited by a professional body. These include:

  • Graduates of the PPG Level 5 Positive Psychology in Practice courses (see here)
  • Graduates of the PPG Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice for Movement, Exercise, or Sport.
  • Graduates of another Positive Psychology in Practice qualification that meets level 5 criteria
  • Graduates of the PPG Level 5 Diploma in Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners (see here)
  • Graduates of another Autism Awareness in Practice qualification that meets level 5 criteria and includes a Positive Psychology strengths-based approach to working with autistic individuals

Graduates of a Psychology or Philosophy Bachelors degree (level 6) with a level 3 qualification in Positive Psychology in Practice or the equivalent are also welcome to apply for this membership category. Please note that you will be requested to complete a practical and knowledge-based assignment prior to entry.

For more information on levels 3 and 5, please click here.

Professional membership is renewed annually and includes:

  • Professional member rates at PPG Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s Journal (due to launch March 2022)
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site (due to launch March 2021)
  • Access to the PPG Register of Practitioners annual review (due to launch 1st March 2021)

As a registered Professional Practitioner Member, you may use the letters, PP(PPG), after your name.

We also encourage Professional Members to contribute to the PPN Blog. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. You are also welcome to submit articles to the PPN Journal.

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(4) Fellow Membership 

Annual Fee: £150

Please note that this membership category includes liability and insurance coverage for practice in the UK.Payment options include bank transfer, direct debit, and PayPal (admin charges apply).

The Fellow Membership category is for qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners whose certification meets the criteria for level 7  (equivalent to a Masters degree, see here) and is accredited by a university. These include:

  • Graduates of a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP)
  • Graduates of the PPG Level 7 Positive Psychology Research diploma (see here)

Graduates of a Psychology or Philosophy Masters degree (level 7) with a level 5 qualification in Positive Psychology in Practice or the equivalent are also welcome to apply for this membership category. Please note that you will be requested to complete a practical and knowledge-based assignment prior to entry.

For more information on levels 3, 5, and 7, please click here.

Fellow membership is renewed annually and includes:

  • Fellow member rates at PPG Events
  • 10% discount on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s Journal (due to launch March 2022)
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site (due to launch March 2021)
  • Access to the PPG Register of Practitioners annual review (due to launch March 2021)

As a registered Fellow Practitioner Member, you may use the letters, FP(PPG), after your name.

We also encourage Fellow Members to contribute to the PPN Blog. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes. You are also welcome to submit articles to the PPN Journal.

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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(6) Organisational Membership

Fee: Starting at £500 for 2 years***

Please note that this membership category does not include liability and insurance coverage. Payment options include bank transfer, direct debit, and PayPal (admin charges apply).

The Organisational Membership category is for organisations and companies who wish to integrate Positive Organisational Psychology policies and practices into their work.

Your organisation must either:

  • Employ a qualified Positive Psychology Practitioner and PPG Practitioner Member (Associate, Professional, or Fellow)
  • Hire PPG or another consultant who is a qualified Positive Psychology Practitioner and PPG Practitioner Member (Associate, Professional, Fellow)

This person should be qualified to guide the organisation through the integration of Positive Organisational Psychology policies and practices into a new or existing framework.

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.

Organisational membership is renewed every 2 years and includes:

  • Organisational member rates at PPG Events
  • 20% discount for staff on PPG Courses*
  • Access to PPG’s online membership site (due to launch March 2021)
  • External accreditation (CPD points) for your Positive Psychology courses (subject to criteria)
  • Option to run PPG accredited CPD courses through the membership site (subject to criteria)

Organisational Members that are establishing (or have established) Positive Psychology coaching, training, and facilitation departments are also welcome to apply for accreditation services.

For further information, please contact us at: membership@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 includes an annual practitioner review.

***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 membership@ppnetwork.org

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Further Information for PPG Members

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.

A common challenge for Positive Psychology Practitioner and Applied Positive Psychology graduates is whether they need to acquire a further degree in Psychology and training that covers the diagnostic areas of mental health (e.g. through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM). This is an important topic to explore if you plan on working in clinical areas as you will need to ensure you are both qualified and insured to do so, and are affiliated with a professional body overseeing ethical practice.

For those who wish to practice Positive Psychology in non-clinical settings with functioning individuals (and organisations) who are looking to develop, grow, and flourish, then your qualification in Positive Psychology in Practice or Applied Positive Psychology is the one to hold on to. You will understand how to work within your area of qualification and experience, and refer people (and organisations) for further support if needed.

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 education required to develop an evidence-based practice. We also encourage our students to develop a research-driven approach to their work.

As an organisation, we believe Positive Psychology in Practice can sit alongside Clinical Mental Health support. The same practitioner may even integrate both approaches into their work.

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How do you benefit from becoming a PPG practitioner member (Associate, Professional, Fellow)?

Whether you intend to integrate your newly acquired skills into an existing role, set up a solo coaching or training practice, or become a fully-fledged training centre, we would like to help you. 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.

We also understand what it is like to be a more seasoned practitioner facing different types of challenges. For example, how do you retain your client base and what do you do when your professional interests shift and transform over the years. How do you refresh your client base then? What about further training or qualifications needed to help you make this shift in practice? And what about the need for peer support?

Professional affiliation and belonging to a professional register where you are required to abide by ethics matters when working with clients. By joining us as a practitioner member (Associates, Professionals, Fellows), you may apply to join the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) Register of Professionals once you are qualified. This includes an annual review process to continue being registered to practice.

Practitioner members also have the option to participate in a Community of Practice. These communities are facilitated virtually by PPG practitioner members (e.g. via Zoom video meetings) and are designed to offer a confidential and supportive place to connect on topics related to professional practice and practitioner wellbeing, and to further your professional growth. The PPG membership site hosts the online group space where members may connect privately each other while the community facilitator runs the online video meetings.

Both of the Register of Professionals and the Communities of Practice are hosted by the PPG online membership site. Entry to the register is included in your annual membership fee, however participation in the communities includes a separate fee set by the community facilitator to cover their time and any administrative costs associated with the virtual meet-ups.

The practitioner membership categories (Associates, Professionals, Fellows) also include UK-based liability and insurance coverage. This covers your Positive Psychology Practitioner qualification areas (e.g. Character Strengths & Virtues, Authenticity, Meaning & Purpose, Resilience & Wellbeing, and/or Motivation, or any other Positive Psychology topics you have studied formally or trained in), Positive Psychology Interventions, and Coaching if you are also a qualified coach.

As each country differs in their legislation for practice insurance, if you live outside the UK we recommend checking with a local insurance policy provider and national requirements for practice in this regard.

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How else do we support your growth?

We advocate for the advancement of Positive Psychology as a research discipline and area of practice as we believe it has the potential and has been shown through research to have a positive and lasting impact on people’s quality of life. We anticipate that if you have read this far, you might feel the same!

Through our Education, Membership, Research, and Project functions (you can read more about these here), we contribute directly and with optimism to the development of Positive Psychology as an evidence-based approach to helping people to grow. Each of these functions offers ways for our members to connect with our work and contribute to the achievement of a greater whole. For example:

  • Student, Affiliate, Practitioner, and Organisational Members may apply to join one of our Positive Psychology Centre research initiatives (see here). If you are a Fellow member who is already qualified and experienced in research methods, you may enter a research initiative project directly or design your own with our supervision. If not, we will support you in getting there.
  • You may also apply to partner with our Autism Centre (see here) which seeks to further the integration of Positive Psychology-oriented approaches to working with autistic individuals (children, adults at work), as well as the parents and carers who support them. This centre will be launching an online site in March 2021 and you may also apply to join it as a member.

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