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.


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!

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

Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals


PP Coaching: Skill-Building Intensive

In-person option: 24 ICF CCEUs

Online option: 22 ICF CCEUs

Building a Thriving Coaching Practice

22 ICF CCEUs (Resource Development only)

Positive Psychology Coaching: Mentorship

36.5 ICF CCEUs


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.

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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.


Program Structure and Timing

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.


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.

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Required Courses

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Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals: $895
This 10-week live, online course covers the fundamental principles, theory, and techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching through a combination of lectures, case studies, demonstrations, readings, journal prompts, and peer coaching. Students also learn to use the CHANGE model to structure effective coaching engagements. Each week of the program includes a live, 90-minute online class (available as a recording for students unable to join live) and a one-hour structured peer-coaching session.

Timing: This live, online program is offered twice each year. The next session begins on February 3, 2020.

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ppcf imagePositive Psychology Coaching: Skill-Building Intensive: $695
The Skill-Building Intensive offers students the opportunity to develop fluency and confidence in the steps, skills, and techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching. This course includes extensive demonstrations and practice sessions, in which students rotate in the roles of coach, client, and observer. Together, we will work through each step of the CHANGE model for helping clients to create lasting, meaningful change.

Online option: The online option is a powerful and convenient way to deepen your skills and confidence through:

Live, online classes featuring extensive demonstrations (recorded on video for those unable to join us live)

Structured practice sessions in dedicated peer-coaching triads, scheduled at times that work best for you and your practice partners.

Live sessions are held on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon–1:30 pm ET, with video recordings posted the same day. If you’re unable to join us live, you can watch the videos and still be fully prepared for your peer-coaching sessions.

Prerequisite for the online option: Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals.

Online option dates: The live, online option is offered twice each year. The next session begins on March 23, 2020.

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On-site option: The Intensive is also available as a 5-day retreat center experience, held at beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Each day of our time together, we alternate between lessons, demonstrations, peer practice, reflection, and time to enjoy Kripalu’s beautiful grounds, wonderful food, and extensive options for movement and self-care.
If you choose the on-site option, you will be responsible for accommodations and meal costs, paid directly to Kripalu.

No prerequisite for the on-site option: Due to the open nature of Kripalu’s programs, this option is open to students whether or not they have completed Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals. It includes some separate sessions for students pursuing WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification.

On-site option dates: The on-site option is offered once each year. Dates for the next session are coming soon.

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Building a Thriving Coaching Practice: $595
Whether you’re an aspiring, new, or established coach, this practical, action-oriented, on-demand video program will help you build a successful practice. The seven lessons in this course teach you how to create an effective website, attract motivated clients, figure out what to charge, efficiently use social media, and more. After each lesson, you’ll complete practical Action Worksheets to help you apply the lessons to your specific practice.

Timing: This self-directed online course is available for you to begin at any time. As soon as you register, you’ll have unlimited, lifetime access to all program materials, including classes, slides, and worksheets, to learn and implement at your own pace.

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Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness: $395
This 5-week, online course covers key principles from the diverse sciences of optimal human functioning, including positive psychology, neurobiology, and the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the SPIRE model of well-being. This course is taught by Megan McDonough, WBI’s CEO.

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

Timing: This self-directed online course is available for you to begin at any time.

CiPP/CiWPP Alum: Contact us about the Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness requirement and fee.

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Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship: $995.
The mentorship program is the final step of the process to become a Wholebeing Positive Psychology Coach. Once you’ve completed the other requirements for certification, you’ll enter our Coaching Mentorship program to further develop your coaching fluency and confidence. During this three-month distance-learning program, you’ll hone your Positive Psychology Coaching skills with real clients and participate in a small mentoring circle of fellow student-coaches guided by expert members of WBI’s coaching faculty.

Timing: This three-month program is offered twice each year. The next session begins on November 4, 2019.

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Tuition Options

The Coaching Certification program can be done at your own pace, depending on when courses are open and when they fit best into your schedule. We estimate that it will take between 12 and 18 months for you to complete the course requirements for certification.

There are two options when registering for the required courses for Positive Psychology Coaching Certification:


Register for each course as it opens and pay the listed tuition price.

Total tuition for all courses is $3,575 USD

New! Bundle Option

Register for all required courses at once and receive discounts on each course tuition.

The Bundle Option tuition for all courses is $3,200 USD.

Once you register, you will have 18 months to complete the required courses. Payment plans are available for this option; please contact us for more information.

Note: This option is open to students who have not yet taken any of the required courses. Discounts can not be applied to past registrations.

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CiPP/CiWPP Alum: Contact us about the Introduction to Wholebeing Happiness requirement before registering.

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.


Specialized Additional Certification Opportunities


As you deepen and grow your coaching practice, continuing education and specialized expertise can help. WBI is with you all along the way. You’ll have the option to build on your certification by earning valuable specialized certifications, including the following:

Wholebeing Health Coaching: a specialization in coaching for whole-person health and well-being, focusing on both physical and emotional health.

Career Coaching: a specialization in the high-demand field of helping clients to pursue more engaging, satisfying, and successful careers.

Group Coaching: a specialization in coaching small groups, including managing group dynamics and using the power of connection to enhance outcomes.

Learn to Teach the CHANGE Workshop: an option to become a WBI facilitator, licensed to teach our CHANGE workshop, expanding the reach and impact of your coaching practice.



Coaching Program Faculty


Lynda Wallace (all coaching courses) 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, the onsite Skill-Building Intensive at Kripalu Center, and Building a Thriving Coaching Practice. She also joins the Positive Psychology Coaching Mentorship circles for some sessions.

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.

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.

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