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 one of our own students or a student of another program. Your studies will be equivalent to UK Level 3 or above.

Student membership includes:

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

As a student of one of PPG’s Level 3 courses, you are entitled to one complimentary year of Associate Membership on graduation. As a student of one of PPG’s Level 5 courses, you are entitled to one complimentary year of Professional Membership on graduation, or one complimentary year of Fellow Membership if you also hold a Level 7+ qualification in Psychology.

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

As a future practitioner of Positive Psychology, you will understand the basics of Positive Psychology and be working towards a broader scientific understanding and/or the professional skills necessary for a professional Positive Psychology practice through a recognised course. You will not currently be working with clients in a practitioner capacity, nor will this membership category offer you any liability or insurance coverage in this regard.

You may have also studied Positive Psychology but have no intention to practice professionally with clients, but wish to be a part of a Positive Psychology membership body where you can share your insights and continue your learning process.

The Associate Membership category welcomes academic researchers and lecturers certified to a recognised degree level and above in Psychology or Education who integrate Positive Psychology into their research and teaching activities with students but do not hold practitioner qualifications, and do not intend to practice Positive Psychology activities with clients. Please note this membership category does not provide insurance and liability coverage in this regard.

The Associate Membership category also welcomes clinical and non-clinical professionals trained in the area of Autism Awareness/SEND who are working in this field as part of their overall work, and are interested in the potential benefits and applications of Positive Psychology for people with autism and special educational needs and challenges. Please note this membership category does not provide insurance and liability coverage in this regard.

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.

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(3) Professional Membership

£150 annually

As a Professional Member, you will hold a UK Level 5 qualification in Positive Psychology in Practice or Autism Awareness, or the equivalent. 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.

If you hold a UK Level 5+ degree in Psychology (or the equivalent) and a UK Level 3 Certificate in Positive Psychology (or the equivalent), and you have the professional skills required to practice (e.g. you are a counsellor or psychotherapist), you may be eligible for Professional Membership. This is assessed on a case-by-case situation on request. Please contact us for further details at: membership@ppnetwork.org

Professional membership includes:

  • Free application to join 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, and PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes.

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. These currently include Positive Organisations and Violence & Post Traumatic Growth.

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(4) Fellow Membership 

£150 annually

As a fellow member, you will hold a UK Level 7+ qualification or degree in Positive Psychology in Practice (e.g. MAPP) OR a Level 7+ Masters degree in Psychology with a Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology in Practice, or the equivalent. You may also hold a UK Level 7+ qualification or Masters degree in Autism/SEND, or the equivalent.

Fellow membership includes:

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

If you hold a UK Level 7+ degree in Psychology (or the equivalent) and a UK Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology (or the equivalent), you may be eligible for Professional Membership. This is assessed on a case-by-case situation on request. Please contact us for further details at: membership@ppnetwork.org

We encourage Professional Members to contribute to the PPN Blog, Reflections on Practice, and PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. Please see the submission guidelines for current themes.

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. These currently include Positive Organisations and Violence & Post Traumatic Growth. For more information, please contact us at: research@ppnetwork.org

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(5) Organisational Membership

£500 for 2 years**

As an organisational member, at least one person on your team will hold at least a UK Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology in Practice or the equivalent. Your company or organisation will be legally registered for practice. Your application process will be supported by a PPG staff member.

Your membership includes:

  • Organisational rates at PPN events and on PPG courses*
  • Free application for qualified staff to join the PPG Register of Professionals**
  • 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

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. These currently include Positive Organisations and Violence & Post Traumatic Growth. For more information, please contact us at: research@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.

**Please note you must be at least a Level 5 Positive Psychology Practitioner to apply to the Register of Professionals. If you have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals only, or the equivalent, you must be able to demonstrate knowledge of how you integrate Positive Psychology into your existing and qualified skill set (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation, counselling, education) in order to be eligible for entry to the Register of Professionals. Alternatively, you may complete the accelerated tracks for each of the PPG pathways (coaching, training, facilitation) if you have prior qualifications here.

***Please note 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 Network?

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 PPN 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 Register of Professionals once you are qualified. This includes an entry test appropriate for your level of practice (e.g. level 5, level 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