Positive Psychology & Somatic Practitioner Diploma (Exercise)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to become a Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical Exercise 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.

Integrate Positive Psychology into Fitness Coaching or Personal Training… and vice versa!

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice (Exercise),  you will be qualified and insured to deliver Positive Psychology as an exercise 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.

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1. Professional Education

This specialist diploma translates the scientific and academic study of Positive Psychology and Somatic Practices to Professional Positive Psychology in Practice. The specialist areas include movement (e.g. dance, yoga, martial arts, and bodywork), exercise (e.g. physical activity, general fitness, athletic training, or strength and conditioning), and sport (e.g. running, swimming, football, and other competitive sports).

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. 

The course is delivered in partnership with Inner Athletics, a professional coaching, training, and research lab for performance, stress and recovery in life, work, and sport.

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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.

You will also be expected to engage in (or observe) your chosen form of physical exercise throughout your studies.

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Course Level

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 application of Positive Psychology in professional practice and a rewarding personal development journey in your chosen sport/s.

We welcome 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 let us know during the enquiry phase.

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Entry Criteria

You will also be required to have a personal or professional background in your physical exercise and a related skill (e.g. coaching, training, instruction) to be eligible for this course.

We accept applications from personal trainers, fitness instructors, strength and conditioning coaches, and other coaches and trainers working in the field of physical activity and exercise.

We also accept applications from Positive Psychology Practitioners (coaches, trainers) and other professional coaches and trainers who have a keen interest in the application of Positive Psychology in physical exercise settings and are engaged in physical exercise.

This course will strengthen your ability to work with a variety of people who wish to use exercise as a channel for improved performance, character, and wellbeing. It will also prepare you to engage in further studies such as our Level 7 Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology Research.

For more information on your eligibility, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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Completion Time

Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma at a comfortable pace within 18 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 2 years from the date of enrolment. Should you wish to continue after this period, a formal request will need to be submitted and an extension fee will apply.

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2. 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. We call these the “3 Specialisation Areas”.

Your journey will begin with your specialisation area (Module 1). After that, you will develop your ability to work with clients on cognition and emotion in relation to your chosen area through research, theory, and application (Modules 2 & 3).

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Module 1 – The Psychology of Exercise

Module 1 introduces you to the Psychology of Exercise for emotional wellbeing, character development, and performance.

It builds your specialist knowledge base in Positive Psychology and Exercise Psychology.

You will study Positive Psychology in relation to different approaches to exercise and physical activity, and critically evaluate the potential benefits of each of these in creating positive states of wellbeing, character, and performance. You will be encouraged to explore exercise as a broader field of psychological enquiry before focusing on your exercise area/s of interest in Modules 2 and 3. A critical part of this module will be exploring the relationship between Positive Psychology and your relationship to exercise.

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Module 1 Units

Unit 1: The Psychology of Physical Activity

Unit 2: The Psychology of Aerobic Exercise

Unit 3: The Psychology of Resistance Training

Unit 4: The Psychology of Endurance Training

Unit 5: The Psychology of Rest & Recovery

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This module takes approximately 6-9 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will complete 5 academic assignments, including a critical report, a literature review, an academic poster, a reflective log (academic diary), and a professional project (client intervention with a volunteer). This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base in and beyond Positive Psychology, strengthen your research and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical Exercise.

Only interested in this module?

It is possible to take only Module 1 and on successful completion, receive a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology for Physical Exercise. To qualify as a Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical Exercise, and be certified to work with clients on Cognition and Emotion in Physical Exercise, you must complete Modules 2 and 3.

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Module 2 – The Psychology of Cognition

Module 2 focuses on the role of cognition in motor skills, goal setting and achievement, and positive behavioural change.

It builds on your existing knowledge base in Positive Psychology.

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 behavioural modification and encourages critical thinking around cognitive performance and wellbeing. You will complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Cognition into your current practice.

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Module 2 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Cognition

Unit 2: Stress & Cognitive Functioning

Unit 3: Cognitive Dissonance & Biases

Unit 4: Positive Behavioural Change

Unit 5: Project Preparation

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This module takes approximately 3-6 months to complete, depending on your pace.

At the end of the module, you will design, implement, and evaluate a Positive Psychology for Physical Exercise coaching program or training event of your choice related to the Psychology of Cognition in MovementThis phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base in and beyond Positive Psychology, strengthen your applied research and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical Exercise. You may work with a volunteer individual or group engaged in physical exercise.

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Module 3 – The Psychology of Emotions

Module 3 takes you on a deep journey through the embodied experience of positive and negative emotions.

It builds on your existing knowledge base in Positive Psychology.

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, and learn how to work through these challenging states within the context of exercise.

Acquiring somatic 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. You will complete a personal or professional project related to the integration of the Psychology of Emotions into your current practice.

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Module 3 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Emotions

Unit 2: Emotional States & Charge

Unit 3: Somatisation of Emotions

Unit 4: Emotions & Virtues

Unit 5: Project Preparation

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

You will design, implement, and evaluate a Positive Psychology for Physical Exercise coaching program or training event of your choice related to the Psychology of Emotion in Exercise. This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base in and beyond Positive Psychology, strengthen your applied research and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical Exercise. You may work with a volunteer individual or group engaged in physical exercise.

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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 Psychology & Somatic Practice (Exercise). You may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Somatic Practitioner for Physical 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.

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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4. Course Costs

The course fee is £1,650, payable in full during enrolment with a discount of £100 (£1,550) or through a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit of £450 and monthly installments (Option 1: 12 x £100 or Option 2: 6 x £200).

If you wish to take Module 1 only, the cost is £750 payable in full during enrolment with a £50 discount (£700) or through a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit of £350 and 4 monthly installments of £100 each.

Please note that the course must be paid in full prior to completion and certification.

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How to Study

This is a self-paced course. It is taught through online lectures, interactive study content, and full tutor support.

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 style of learning is designed to help you balance your studies with work, family, and other responsibilities and interests. It offers ample time for you to discover and explore the areas of Positive Psychology that most interest and motivate you.

Self-paced studies can be a joy and a challenge at the same time. You may worry about your motivation levels, and not being told when your assignments are due. As you engage in the course content and with your tutor, you will learn how to be self-directed in your learning process and be accountable to yourself on any target dates you set for completing your studies and assignments.

To help you overcome any challenges associated with self-pacing, you will create a study plan and assignment timeline at the start of the course during unit 1. This document will provide a roadmap for your course completion and both yourself and your tutor will refer to it to keep you on track. You’re welcome to amend your targets and timelines as needed.

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Next Steps

Please note that enrolment for this course opens in March 2021. The course will launch in October 2021.

If you do not already hold a coaching or training qualification, you may wish to complete either the Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice & Coaching or Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice & Training first. This includes the above Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals, as well as further modules on professional skills and practice in coaching or training.

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

If you would like to read more about 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.

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

 

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