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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 September 10-November 16, 2018. Live classes will be held each week from 12:00 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.

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.

 

Course Content and Timing

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.

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Schedule and Time Commitment

Live classes will be held Wednesdays from 12:00–1:30 pm ET from September 12-November 14, 2018. 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 (see below) [probably also a link to that page once it’s live] or ICF credits are required to participate in peer coaching. It’s optional (but highly recommended) for other students.


Assignments

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 (see below) [probably also a link to that page once it’s live] or ICF credits will also complete brief weekly Key Concept Notes.


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 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 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.

 

 

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, Co-founder, Wholebeing Institute

 

 

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 COACHING 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.



Program Faculty

Lynda Wallace is the Program Director and Lead Instructor 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 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.



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 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. ICF CCE Credits for this course will be available at an additional fee of $40.


What Students are Saying

“This course was amazing. I read a ton of positive psychology research and did some myself for my MAPP degree, but this really pulled everything together in a practical way for coaching. I’m sure I’ll be referring to the lesson handouts and my notes for a long time to come.” —Pat Snyder


“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.”






Registration Information
Tuition for this course is $895. USD

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