In this 9-module online course, you’ll experience an in-depth, integrated exploration of the science and direct application of wholebeing positive psychology.

Apply the whole-person approach personally and professionally in leadership, counseling, coaching, parenting, or teaching in order to

  • Bring about lasting change in individuals and organizations
  • Create healthy personal and professional relationships
  • Build positive emotions and the resilience to deal with painful ones
  • Develop constructive self-regard and grounded optimism.

Tuition for this course is $3800.

Tuition installments are only available for a limited time!

Graduates leave with the tools, practices, and research to support an increased capacity for health, strengthened resilience, deeper mindfulness, and greater levels of overall well-being.

Course Structure

The program consists of nine online modules, delivered through live interactive webinars, virtual group interactions, pre-recorded videos, and two live online immersions.

Attendance at the virtual immersions is required. The first required online immersion is when students are connected in small groups that study together. The second required online immersion is when students will present their final projects. The other live monthly webinars are recorded; attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.

Tuition also includes an optional on-site Wholebeing Experience held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 30–Sunday, October 3, 2021. Please note that accommodations are a separate fee. 

Continuing Education Credits

Immersion A offers:
❖ 15 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies
❖ 7 ICF CCE units in Resource Development

❖ 26.5 Continuing Education hours are available for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators, Nurses, Dentists.

Immersion B offers:
❖ 12.5 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies
❖ 12.25 ICF CCE units in Resource Development

❖ 25.25 Continuing Education hours are available for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators, Nurses, Dentists.

Course Overview

For coaches, business leaders, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and anyone who wants to make tomorrow a little bit better than today.

Whether you want to improve your home life, better your workplace, grow personally or professionally, or start a new career, the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology offers you in-depth study, world-class faculty, and transformative experiences.

You learn through

  • Online modules that include prerecorded video lectures by leading experts; live video webinars with core faculty and special guests focusing on the practice of positive psychology; reading assignments and homework; forum discussions and small-group work
  • Live, online immersions that create connections between peers and with the faculty, and brings together world-class faculty with students from around the globe for personal interaction, dynamic exercises, and a peaceful yet powerful gathering of community
  • Ongoing interaction with small groups of fellow students in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Meet the Faculty

Would you like to meet and talk directly to the faculty about the program? Email us to be informed of the next live webinar. Or, pick a time to talk directly with Megan McDonough, the founder of Wholebeing Institute, during her open office days. Schedule a call. Here’s a recording from the last meet-the-faculty webinar.

Course Dates

Fall dates coming soon!


Immersion dates coming soon!


Bertrand Russell wrote, “The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live.” The cultivation of our own potential is critical in order to realize it.

In this course, we study and apply the evidence-based research in positive psychology to enhance self-leadership—the ability to pilot our life towards the good.

The online lessons combine prerecorded video lectures, live question-and-answer sessions via video webinars with rotating faculty, special guest webinars focusing on the practice of positive psychology, reading assignments, forum discussions, homework, and small-group work.

Students may begin Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness within two weeks of registering for the course, building a self-directed foundation before the entire student body comes together for Module 2.

Course Flow

All Modules are online.

Module 1: Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness
❖ Available upon registration.

Module 2: What Makes Us Happy(er)

Module 3 Immersion

Module 4: Moving Towards Your Best Self

Module 5: Living and Working Well with Others

Module 6: Realizing Dreams

Module 7: Resilience and Grit

Module 8: Choosing Your Best Life

Module 9: Immersion

“This course is the most powerful and important training program I have ever been exposed to. I use it every day.”

Michael Silverstein

Private Equity Investor

“CiWPP motivated me to get my ideas shaped into what I wanted to achieve. My final project was a rough version of what RISE became.”

Rebecca Soni

Founder, RISE Elite Athletes

“Wholebeing Institute allowed me to completely turn around a life focused on what I wasn’t good at to focusing on my positive strengths.”

Kathy Washburn

Founder, Carved by Cancer

A Whole-Body Experience

The course extends the dimensions of positive psychology with a rare whole-person approach. Rather than a cognitive-only perspective on the science of well-being, students follow the SPIRE methodology.

Team Teaching

You have a teaching team supporting your learning experience, integrating expert advice in an organized and methodical way.

You connect with lead faculty in weekly video lectures, and that content is expanded through interviews with guest faculty. We also invite guest lecturers to join us for the live webinars and on-site immersions. This means that you’ll not only see leading experts in the online classroom, but also experience live lectures by renowned positive psychology researchers and practitioners.

Between the optional in-person Wholebeing Experiences, the live webinars, and the recorded lectures and interviews, you’re exposed to many voices and perspectives within a consistent and cohesive learning experience.

Lead Faculty

Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria Sirois, PsyD

Maria has been teaching at the forefront of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for more than two decades. She’s the author of Every Day Counts and A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times), and holds a doctorate in psychology. Maria is the lead faculty for Module 7: Resilience. She also teaches at both immersions.

Megan McDonough

Megan McDonough

Megan is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box, A Minute for Me, and Radically Receptive Meditation. With a degree in nuclear medicine, decades of leadership experience, and many years of teaching and practicing yoga, Megan combines intellectual understanding with an embodied approach to teaching and leading. She is the lead faculty for the online modules, and teaches at both immersions.

Lynda Wallace

Lynda Wallace

Lynda holds an MBA from Wharton, and spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global consumer healthcare business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands. A Positive Psychology Coach and the Director of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coach Certification program, Lynda is the lead faculty for Module 6: Realizing Dreams.

CiWPP Team

Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Megha Nancy Buttenheim

Movement & Meditation

Phoebe Atkinson

Phoebe Atkinson

Lead Teaching Assistant

Sandy Campbell

Sandy Campbell

Teaching Assistant

Paul Papierski

Paul Papierski

Teaching Assistant

Stephanie Jalinos

Stephanie Jalinos

Teaching Assistant


Students are exposed to various voices from the field through interviews and videos integrated into the lessons. Featured experts include the following:

Kathy Washburn

Henrique Bueno

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D

Uneeda O. Brewer, MSW, CEG, CP

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.

Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.

Kristen Lindquist, PhD.

Kristen Lindquist, PhD.

Patty Van Cappellen, PhD.

Patty Van Cappellen, PhD.

Sara Algoe, PhD.

Sara Algoe, PhD.

About the Wholebeing Experience

Tuition for the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology includes an optional on-site Wholebeing Experience. The Wholebeing Experience is a weekend retreat where alumni, guests, and current students come together to connect, learn new material, and have great conversations with like-minded people to support application of the tools in a deeper and broader way.

The 2021 event will be held at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 30–Sunday, Oct 3.

The simple accommodations include a variety of options, ranging from single rooms with a private bath to shared rooms with a hall bath. Housing costs are additional, and include yoga/meditation classes and vegetarian meals.

You’ll not only learn the SPIRE aspects of whole-person well-being, you’ll experience living it at the Himalayan Institute during the Wholebeing Experience.

What Students Are Saying

“The course helped me define who I want to be as a contributor—I found my voice. It helped me make sense of who I am at my best. It gave me the clarity and the tools to make change—to act on what I learned.”

“The focus on building community is a differentiator for Wholebeing Institute. By staying connected, we become ambassadors for each other and the work.”

“Being a part of this course allowed me to design the life I always dreamed of. Using the tools, I am a better father, husband, and professional.”

“Wholebeing Institute offers deep science and deep human connection—a genuine sense that each of us matter. This is rare and very special.”

“Absolutely groundbreaking to see how the structure of support was maintained throughout the year, leading to a deep understanding that connection is crucial to well-being. It’s not just about the tools and practices.”

Register now to experience a whole-person approach to positive psychology and optimal well-being.

Tuition for this course is $3800. USD

Please sign up above to be notified about the Fall session details.

Questions? Email us today.