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This course covers the fundamental principles, theory, and techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching through a combination of lectures, case studies, demonstrations, readings, journal prompts, and optional student-to-student coaching sessions.

Positive Psychology Coaching is a 10-week course that runs from September 25 through December 8, 2017, with a break week November 20–24. Live classes will be held each Thursday from noon to 1:30 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.

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 ICF 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.

COURSE CONTENT

The full syllabus lists all the details, including course content.

The course includes 10 live webinars, with recordings available for anyone unable to join live. 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.

  • Appreciative Inquiry: Helping clients to focus on what works in order to inspire ideas, confidence, and motivation for change.
  • Asking Powerful Questions: Generating questions that help clients to achieve greater understanding and make progress toward their goals.
  • Exploring Stories: Listening to clients’ stories, and helping them to 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 to 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 to develop paths to solutions that work.
  • Action and Accountability: Helping clients to 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 to effectively identify, pursue, and achieve their goals for positive change.

  • Building a Positive Psychology Coaching Practice:
  • Introduction to building a thriving practice by applying the principles of Positive Psychology to marketing, communication, and client development.


What the Experts Say

Tal“This course is a wonderful opportunity for seasoned and novice coaches alike to apply key positive psychology concepts directly to the coaching relationship. Lynda’s pragmatic approach creates a straightforward yet powerful way to deepen your understanding of positive psychology, as well as improve your ability to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.”
—Tal Ben-Shahar, Chief Learning Officer, Wholebeing Institute



TECHNOLOGY

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 e-mailed in advance. 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 within 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.

SCHEDULE AND TIME COMMITMENT

The live classes will be held Thursdays from noon to 1:30 pm ET from September 28 through December 7, 2017, with a break on November 23. The course includes 10 live webinars, with recordings available for those unable to join live.

We estimate that, each week, students will spend between two and three hours on preparation for class, plus the 90-minute class session itself and, for those who choose to participate, the hour-long peer coaching session.

PEER COACHING SESSIONS

Students who choose to participate in the peer coaching program will meet weekly in pairs for one hour to practice the techniques demonstrated in the most recent class and to offer each other candid, structured feedback intended to enhance skills and self-awareness. At the start of the course, students are given the opportunity to opt in or out of the peer coaching sessions. Students who opt in are making a commitment to participate in a one-hour peer coaching session during each week of the course.

ASSIGNMENTS

Weekly reading assignments consist of material from positive psychology and coaching literature. Weekly journal prompts are aimed at deepening students’ engagement with the material and helping them gain insights to enhance their personal and professional development as coaches.


Program Faculty

 
 
Lynda Wallace is a certified Positive Psychology Coach with a thriving practice offering career, life, and executive coaching to local clients in her office in Montclair, New Jersey, and to clients around the world by phone and video. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global consumer products business that includes some of the world’s most iconic brands.

Lynda left her executive position to create a new career as a positive psychology coach and teacher. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Wholebeing Institute and certification as a Positive Psychology Coach from Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener.

Lynda is the author of the #1 Amazon self-help best-seller A Short Course in Happiness, the creator of the coach training program at Wholebeing Institute, and a mentor to coaches across the country. She loves her work.

Teaching Assistant

Nicole Stottlemyer is a coach, facilitator, and senior teaching assistant with Wholebeing Institute, and holds Wholebeing certificates in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching.



The balance was great. Pace, material, theory vs. application, time to reflect and chat. The pre-work, in-class lectures, and post-class work to tie in one week’s lesson to the next week’s all worked beautifully.
 
I’ve wanted to move toward a private practice with a focus on career issues for many years. This course gave me the tools and courage to finally move in that direction. I felt and feel very supported by this community. Thank you!
 
Nothing more could be added, nor should anything be taken away. I loved the experience.
 
Very well organized. Presentation and content were straightforward, practical, and applicable.


ICF CCE

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 ICF 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.




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