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 ten-week course that runs from February 20, 2017 through May 12, 2017 with breaks on April 4 and May 2. Live classes will be held each Tuesday 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. Please note that you must register and pay the $30 fee for CCE units prior to the course start date on February 20.

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.

Class sessions cover the following topics:

  • Positive Psychology Coaching:
  • The essential principles and techniques of applying positive psychology in a coaching context.

  • Coaching Session Fundamentals:
  • Structuring initial consultations, judging when coaching is appropriate, defining coaching goals and session plans, making effective use of journaling, and partnering for accountability.

  • Essential Techniques of Positive Psychology Coaching:
  • Understanding, experiencing, and practicing the five 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 to make progress toward their goals.
  • Storytelling: Encouraging clients to tell stories to generate insights, narrative coherence, and grounded positivity.
  • Empathic Listening: Practicing the essential art of truly listening to our clients.
  • Solutions Focus: Shifting clients’ focus from problems to solutions, and helping them to develop paths to solutions that work.
  • Coaching for Positive Change:
  • Putting it all together to structure coaching relationships that help clients to identify, pursue, and achieve their goals.

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


What the Experts Say

TalThis 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 both deepen your understanding of positive psychology, as well as improve your ability to make a difference in your life and the life of others.

—Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Co-founder, Wholebeing Institute



TECHNOLOGY

Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art webinar technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during the live events. The user-friendly technology is easy to connect to, 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—this is 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 foster your positive learning environment.

SCHEDULE AND TIME COMMITMENT

The live classes will be held Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 pm ET on February 21, 2017 through May 9, 2017 with breaks on April 4 and May 2. The course includes 10 live webinars with recordings available for anyone unable to join live.

We estimate that most students will put in a total of two to three hours of preparation per week, plus the 90-minute class session itself and, for those who choose to participate, the hour-long peer coaching session.

We estimate that most students will put in a total of two to three hours of preparation per week, 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 will be given the opportunity to opt in or out of the peer coaching sessions. Students who opt in will be making a commitment to participate in a one-hour peer coaching session during each week of the course.

ASSIGNMENTS

Weekly reading assignments will consist of material from Positive Psychology and coaching literature. Weekly journal prompts will be 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 business career to follow her bliss and study positive psychology and the science of effective coaching. 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 bestseller 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. nicoletalks.com



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. Please note that you must register and pay the $30 fee for CCE units prior to the course start date on February 20.

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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