Positive Psychology Coaches are highly sought after for their ability to help clients successfully pursue goals for positive change in their lives, work, relationships, and well-being. Wholebeing Institute’s comprehensive Positive Psychology Coaching Certification Program is your opportunity to train with and be credentialed by one of the preeminent organizations in the field. You’ll learn to combine the leading-edge science of human thriving with the skillful use of evidence-based coaching techniques to help your clients, while you build a successful practice doing this wonderful work.

The Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program offers

➤ An integrated approach to learning, experiencing, and practicing the key concepts and skills of Positive Psychology Coaching

➤ A multidimensional immersion in the science of human thriving, including positive psychology, neuroscience, and the social and behavioral sciences

➤ An exciting combination of online and in-person lectures, demonstrations, peer-coaching sessions, and expert mentoring

➤ A curriculum designed to help you build ease and mastery coaching clients and others to clarify and achieve their goals for positive change

➤ A step-by-step program for building a thriving coaching practice, so you can earn a great living doing this wonderful work

➤ Expert faculty who earn their living as Wholebeing Positive Psychology Coaches and are eager to help you succeed

➤ A vibrant community of students, graduates, mentors, and teachers ready to support your ongoing development and success.

In addition to learning a wide range of Positive Psychology Coaching skills, you’ll learn to use our CHANGE model to employ those skills in a structured way over the course of your coaching engagements, to help your clients successfully pursue their goals.

Free Positive Psychology Coach Training

Join Lynda Wallace in a four-video series and download a free companion e-workbook.

Become the effective, confident, successful coach you want to be!

ICF CEC Units

Continuing Coach Education units are also available for courses required for the certificate program. Please visit individual course pages for full ICF CCE details. 

PPC Fundamentals
  • 44 ICF CCEUs
  • PPC: Skill-Building
  • ​On-site option 24 ICF CCEUs
  • Online option: 22 ICF CCEUs
  • Building Coach Practice
  • 22 ICF CCEUs (Resource)
  • PPC: Mentorship
  • 36.5 ICF CCEUs
  • By completing the program, you will earn

    ➤ Certification as a Positive Psychology Coach from Wholebeing Institute, a globally recognized leader in positive psychology education and coach training

    ➤ A listing in the Wholebeing Coach Directory: Your professional listing in WBI’s Coach Directory will enable clients searching for a certified Positive Psychology Coach to learn about your services and connect directly with you

    ➤ 90 International Coaching Federation CCE Units: ICF credentialing is not required for WBI certification, but our courses meet ICF’s strict CCE guidelines, so we are able to offer this option to our students.

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    When you enroll in the certification program, you’ll be joining our community of students. We’ll keep track of which courses you’ve completed, offer guidance and encouragement as you progress, and alert you each time a course you haven’t taken yet opens for registration.

    There is no charge to enroll in the Certification Program, and you’ll be free to register for each course when the timing is right for you.

    Required Courses

    You may choose to take one course at a time or multiple courses simultaneously. The only sequencing requirements are that you complete Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals before the Skill-Building Intensive (unless you choose the on-site Intensive), and that you participate in the Positive Psychology Coaching mentorship after you complete the other courses in the program.

    Overall, we estimate that new coaches can expect to complete the full certification program in as few as nine months. If you prefer a less intense approach, you’re welcome to spread out the courses over as long a period of time as you’d like.

     Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals

    Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals

    $895 USD

    10-week course
    90 minute webinars
    Live, instructor-led
    Begins: Sept 10, 2020

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    Course Flow

    All 5 courses are required for Coaching Certification


    2 courses are live, instructor led


    2 courses are self-directed


    Mentorship is the FINAL course to complete to be certified.

    Positive Psychology Coaching Skill-Building Intensive

    Positive Psychology Coaching Skill-Building Intensive

    $695 USD

    6-week course
    90 minute webinars
    Live, instructor-led
    Online: March 23, 2020
    On-site: June 28, 2020

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     Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness

    Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness

    $395 USD

    5-Week course
    Self-Directed
    Available Now

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     Building a Thriving Coaching Practice

    Building a Thriving Coaching Practice

    $595 USD

    5-Week course
    Self-Directed
    Available Now
    Lifetime Access! 

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    Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship

    Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship

    $995 USD

    3-month course
    Mentorship Circles

    Required courses must be completed first.
    Begins: April 13, 2020

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    A Whole-Body Experience

    This program extends the dimensions of positive psychology with a rare whole-person approach to coaching. Rather than a cognitive-only perspective on the science of well-being, students follow the SPIRE methodology while learning coaching principles.

    Coaching Program Faculty

    Lynda Wallace

    Lynda Wallace

    Program Director

    Lynda is the Program Director of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification Program. One of the country’s most highly sought-after coaches and teachers, and the author of the best-selling book A Short Course in Happiness, Lynda holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from WBI. Before becoming a certified Positive Psychology Coach, Lynda spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global business including some of the world’s most iconic brands. Galvanized by the compelling findings of positive psychology, she left the business world to begin a new career doing work she genuinely loves, helping others to create positive change in their lives.

    Lynda teaches Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals and Building a Thriving Coaching Practice. She also joins the Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship circles for some sessions.

    Jennifer Hanawald

    Jennifer Hanawald

    Program Faculty

    Jennifer Hanawald Jennifer is a core faculty member of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program. She is a health coach who helps her clients to live their healthiest and best lives. She holds National Board certification as a Health and Wellness Coach, Duke University certification as an Integrative Health Coach, and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from WBI.

    Jennifer is the TA for the Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals course. Along with Phoebe Atkinson, Jennifer also teaches the online Positive Psychology: Skill-Building Intensive course and leads the Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship.

    Phoebe Atkinson

    Phoebe Atkinson

    Program Faculty

    Phoebe Atkinson is a core faculty member of WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified coach, and board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. She serves on the faculty for WBI’s Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology, and is also a graduate of the program.

    Along with Jennifer Hanawald, Phoebe teaches the online Positive Psychology: Skill-Building Intensive course and leads the Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship.