This course covers the essential evidence-based skills and concepts of positive psychology coaching as well as the CHANGE model for structuring successful coaching engagements. The course includes lectures, case studies, demonstrations, and optional weekly peer-coaching sessions. This program connects a wealth of positive psychology research to the practical skills students can use to help clients, colleagues, and others successfully make positive changes in their lives, work, health, and relationships.
The 10-session course runs from February 3—April 23, 2020. Live classes will be held each Thursday from 7:00–8:30 pm ET. After the final day of class, students will have another five weeks of access to the virtual classroom, including the recordings of webinars.
❖ This course offers 39 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.
➤ ICF CCE Credits for this course will be available at an additional fee of $40.
➤ To complete the registration for ICF CCE units, you must already be enrolled in the Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals course.
The course includes 10 live webinars, with recordings available for anyone unable to join live. (About half our students generally join the live classes, and the rest watch the recordings.) Class sessions cover the following topics:
❖ Positive Psychology Coaching: The essential principles and techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching, including the CHANGE model
❖ Coaching Session Fundamentals: Structuring sessions, judging when coaching is appropriate, and getting engagements off to a strong start
❖ Essential Techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching: Understanding, experiencing, and practicing the techniques at the heart of effective coaching. These include:
➤ Appreciative Inquiry: Helping clients focus on what works in order to inspire ideas, confidence, and motivation for change
➤ Asking Powerful Questions: Generating questions that help clients achieve greater understanding and make progress toward their goals
➤ Exploring Stories: Listening to clients’ stories, and helping them explore those stories to generate insights, narrative coherence, and goal clarity
➤ Empathic Listening: Practicing the essential art of truly listening to clients, and addressing challenges to both our empathy and our attention
➤ Coaching for Self-Compassion: Helping clients achieve greater well-being and goal progress by treating themselves with self-compassion
➤ Solutions Focus: Shifting clients’ focus from problems to solutions, and helping them develop paths to solutions that work
➤ Action and Accountability: Helping clients create goal maps and action plans, and serving as an effective accountability partner.
❖ Coaching for CHANGE: Putting it all together to structure coaching engagements that help clients effectively identify, pursue, and achieve their goals for positive change.
Schedule and Time Commitment
Live classes (webinars) will be held Thursdays from 7:00–8:30 pm ET, beginning February 6, 2020, with breaks on March 12 & March 19. The course includes 10 live webinars, with recordings available for those unable to join live.
Most students spend a total of four to five hours each week on assignments, class, and peer coaching.
Peer Coaching Sessions
Peer-coaching sessions are held weekly in pairs for one hour, giving students the opportunity to practice the techniques taught and demonstrated in class. Students who are pursuing Positive Psychology Coaching Certification or ICF credits are required to participate in peer coaching. It’s optional (but highly recommended) for other students.
Short weekly reading assignments consist of highly engaging material from positive psychology and coaching literature. Weekly journal prompts are aimed at deepening students’ connection with the material and helping them gain insights to enhance their personal and professional development as coaches. Students who are pursuing Positive Psychology Coaching Certification or ICF credits will also complete brief weekly Key Concept Notes.
Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art, user-friendly webinar technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during the live events, through your computer or your mobile device. Presentation materials will be available in advance, and recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.
Online engagement is also fostered in the discussion forum, where students and faculty connect for questions and conversations about the course material.
Need help navigating the online educational experience? Our Student Support Manager and technology team are here to assist you.
Certificate of Course Completion
Students who complete the course will earn a Certificate of Completion from WBI indicating that they have completed the Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals course.
WBI Positive Psychology Coach Certification
Would you like to become certified as a Positive Psychology Coach? The Fundamentals course is part of WBI’s integrated, evidence-based Coaching Certification program. The certification program includes this course, a skill-building intensive, group and individual mentoring, and a course on building a successful coaching practice. Of course, you’re welcome to take this course whether or not you’re pursuing certification.
ICF CCE Units
This course offers 39 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.
Requirements to receive ICF CCE units:
➤ Attend or watch all webinars
➤ Participate in all peer coaching sessions
➤ Submit Key Concept Notes and the list of CCE codes at the conclusion of the course.
To complete the registration for ICF CCE units, you must already be enrolled in the Positive Psychology Coaching course. ICF CCE Credits for this course will be available at an additional fee of $40.