Taught by Dr. Maria Sirois, core faculty for the Certificate in Positive Psychology program, the Teaching for Transformation course combines live webinars and demonstrations, readings, video analysis, and peer-to-peer practice. Live, 90-minute webinars are held Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ET.
➤ The wholebeing approach, which enables you to teach from a place of wholeness and authenticity
➤ Foundational presentation skills to support the expert and the novice alike in organizing the content flow for successful audience engagement
➤ How to aspire to your best by leveraging your strengths, passion, and wisdom in order to offer your audience a lasting positive impact.
Dr. Maria Sirois, PsyD, is the Vice President of Curriculum for Wholebeing Institute and an inspirational speaker, seminar leader, consultant, and author. She has worked at the intersections of wellness, psychology, and spirituality for nearly 20 years. As a presenter, Maria has been invited to keynote internationally at conferences for wellness centers, hospitals, hospices, philanthropies, and business, academic, and corporate institutions, as well as for the general public. She is the author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times).
Catherine McNeill is a graduate of and Teaching Assistant for the Wholebeing Certificate in Positive Psychology course. She has worked for 20 years in Financial Services IT in a variety of consulting and management roles. Also certified as a Positive Psychology Coach, she coaches individuals and groups in corporate and other settings in the areas of navigating transitions, holistic wellness, creating healthier relationships, and building more "human" working environments.
Content is offered in three key arenas:
1. The Wholebeing Approach
Participants are introduced to the principles of whole-person well-being, and given a vocabulary for understanding how individuals and teams move toward their highest selves and sustained health. This establishes a unique foundation of skill for the trainer. As we understand how adults move toward positive, sustained health and well-being, we are able to offer material that strengthens their growth and enhances our own growth toward our best selves.
Concepts examined include appreciative inquiry, permission to be human, benefit finding, and the principles of Wholebeing Institute’s SPIRE (spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, emotional) approach; each concept is addressed from the perspective of how and what to present.
2. Foundational Presentation Skills
Presenters from every field—from business to art, coaching to education, athletics to politics—receive in-depth instruction on the fundamentals of presentation skill development. These fundamentals, based on the best research from the fields of positive psychology, education, and training, provide a clear, impeccable support structure for both the novice and the practiced instructor.
Concepts explored include beginnings and endings, transitions, keeping energy high, the inspiring use of story and data, handling difficult audience members, managing anxiety, and professionalism.
3. Aspire to Your Best
Participants come to understand their deepest strengths: what makes them unique as a presenter, where their passion elevates both the audience member and the material, how they best connect with their audience, and how the very act of presenting moves each of us towards our most important work in the world.
Concepts addressed include the “who” of teaching, establishing your integrity and authority, presenting from a place of authenticity, elevating strengths, learning from the masters, and establishing your unique voice.
Novice, aspiring, and experienced presenters, including seminar leaders, educators, trainers, and lecturers.
❖ For CIWPP graduates: To provide a professional development pathway for teaching positive psychology and whole-person well-being material.
We estimate that most students will put in a total of two to three hours of preparation per week, plus the class session itself.
If you ever get a chance to hear Maria present, you will not forget it. She is brilliant, insightful, and creative in her style. You will feel touched, impacted, inspired.
—Ryan Niemiec, Education Director at VIA Institute on Character
—Lynn Alpeter, facilitator and marketing coach
Tuition for this 6 week course is $695. USD