Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice Diploma (Exercise)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to study Positive Psychology and Somatic Practices with the Positive Psychology Guild.

Positive Psychology (PP) is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today. PP approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC. The applications go way beyond mental illness and on towards mental flourishing within business, life and relationships.  https://www.scie.org.uk/strengths-based-approaches/guidance

Positive Psychology as a discipline has implications that transcend 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…

Integrate Positive Psychology into teaching movement, exercise, or sport… or vice versa!

Positive Psychology Network partners with Bucks New University in research, events and conferences and the development of National Occupational Standards in Positive Psychology Practice. As a graduate from our Diploma Course, and should you wish to progress your studies even further – you will be ideally placed for acceptance onto the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology MSc degree course. PPN will also offer an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance is subject to the usual University checks.

Professional Education

This specialist diploma translates the scientific and academic study of Positive Psychology and Somatic Practices to Professional Positive Psychology Practice. The specialist areas include movement (e.g. dance, yoga, martial arts, and bodywork), exercise, and sport. Each diploma encourages the student to explore the relationship between psychology and their chosen somatic practice. This diploma page is about the second specialisation area in exercise.

Entry Criteria

Please note that you will need to be a qualified Positive Psychology Practitioner (at least level 5 or the equivalent) with a personal or professional background in your chosen specialisation area of somatic practice (movement, exercise, or sport) to be eligible for this course. We also accept applications from professional teachers, coaches, and instructors of movement, exercise, and sport provided they have completed our level Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals. For more information on your eligibility, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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 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. All of our tutors are qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners with relevant experience. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis and be able to contact them by email throughout your course. You will also engage parallel to the course in your specialisation area of somatic practice.

Completion Time

This course launches in January 2021. Enrollment opens in July 2020. You may start their course at any time of the year and choose the pace at which you go. Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 6 to 12 months. Should you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. 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 will need to be made.

Tutor Support

You will be assigned a tutor who will be with you throughout the entire journey. This person will be a Positive Psychology Practitioner with a background in somatic practice (movement, exercise, and/or sport). Tutoring support can be arranged by Skype or a similar platform. You will have access to up to 12 tutor calls each year (e.g. one call each month). Your tutor will help you to develop your Personal Study Plan upon enrollment.

Seminars and Symposiums

PPN regularly runs networking events, seminars and workshops. As a student, you will be encouraged you attend and will be given discount codes exclusive to our student members. Student membership details can be found here. Please contact us below for further details on past and upcoming events.

Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice are designed for people who wish to practice Positive Psychology in the fields of Movement, Exercise, and Sport. Whichever pathway(s) you choose, your journey will include the two modules on emotions and cognition. The third module will be your specialist area.

Module 1 – The Psychology of Emotions

Module 1 takes you on a deep journey through embodiment and the experience of positive and negative emotions. You will explore what these emotions are and what they feel like at a physical or somatic level. You will learn how emotions cluster together to create positive and negative charge, such as guilt, shame, envy, and greed. You will also study how emotions contribute to positive and negative virtues such as courage, wisdom, malice, and prejudice.

Acquiring emotional intelligence is a key part of this module. The module also introduces a Positive Psychology Intervention on accepting, moving through, and learning from negative emotional states, and translating them into more positive experiences. Your assessments will include a reflective log, extended literature review, and academic presentation. You will also complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Emotions into your practice.

Module 1 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Emotions

Unit 2: Emotional States & Charge

Unit 3: Somatisation of Emotions

Unit 4: Emotions & Virtues

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation

This module takes on average 3-6 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete 5 reflective logs (academic diaries), 4 literature reviews, of which one will be translated into an academic poster presentation. You will also complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Emotions into your current Positive Psychology or Somatic Practice. This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Practitioner of Positive Psychology & Somatics (Movement, Exercise, or Sport).

Module 2 – The Psychology of Cognition

Module 2 focuses on the role of cognition in goal setting and achievement, stress management, and positive behavioural change. You will study the topics of skills acquisition, performance strategies such as imagery and visualisation, the impact of negative stress and ageing on cognitive functioning, cognitive dissonance, biases, and heuristics. You will explore the links between cognition and areas of Positive Psychology, such as authenticity, resilience, motivation, and perspective.

Acquiring cognitive intelligence is a key part of this module. The module also introduces a Positive Psychology Intervention on Positive Behavioural Change and encourages critical thinking around cognitive performance and emotional wellbeing. Your assessments will include a reflective log, extended literature review, and academic presentation. You will also complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Cognition into your current Positive practice.

Module 2 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Cognition

Unit 2: Stress & Cognitive Functioning

Unit 3: Cognitive Dissonance & Biases

Unit 4: Positive Behavioural Change

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation (Exam & Project)

This module takes on average 3-6 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete 5 reflective logs (academic diaries), 4 literature reviews, of which one will be translated into an academic poster presentation. You will also complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Cognition into your current Positive Psychology or Somatic Practice. This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Practitioner of Positive Psychology & Somatics (Movement, Exercise, or Sport).

Module 3 – The Psychology of Exercise

The Psychology of Exercise introduces you to the science of physical activity and exercise practices for emotional wellbeing and cognitive performance. You will study the psychology and philosophy of Aerobic Exercise, Strength and Conditioning, Endurance Training, Balance and Flexibility, and Recovery Methods. You will critically evaluate the potential benefits of each of these in creating positive states of wellbeing and performance, and link what you learn to your own exercise practice.

The module is assessed through an extended personal or professional project on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a Positive Psychology & Exercise Program for a voluntary group or individual. You will submit a written case study with a reflective log and supporting audio-visual material with participant consent. You will also translate your experience and findings into a journal entry or seminar presentation. Your tutor will provide support throughout these assignments.

Module 3 Units

Unit 1: The Psychology of Aerobic Exercise

Unit 2: The Psychology of Strength & Conditioning

Unit 3: The Psychology of Endurance Training

Unit 4: The Psychology of Rest & Recovery

Unit 5: Project Preparation (Case Study Report)

This module takes approximately 3-6 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete 4 reflective logs (academic diaries) and 4 literature reviews. You will also complete a personal or professional project. Your project will involve a case study involving 12 hours of practice where you apply your knowledge. At the end of this project, you will submit a case study report that includes the project development, management, execution, and lessons learned. This phase of your learning is where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional context. It is designed to help you build the confidence needed to navigate a variety of client or student cases and needs.

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 Psychology & Somatic Practice (Exercise). You may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner of Exercise (PPGDip). If you haven’t already done so and are eligible, you may also apply for Professional Membership and to join the Guild’s Register of Positive Psychology Practitioner Professionals.

After the course

Further opportunities for study and supervision are available in Applied Positive Psychology Research at level 7. Please contact us for further information at: training@ppnetwork.org

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.

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 First Aid & 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

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.

Course costs

The course fee is £2,450. Zero interest financing and monthly payment plans are available on request. Concessions and scholarships are available on a means-tested basis. This includes a conversation with one of our staff members and the submission of an application form. Please contact us for further information.

Taking things forwards

If you require further information or would like to book your place on this course, contact: training@ppnetwork.org

This Article was written by Claire Higgins