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The Skill-Building Intensive offers students the opportunity to develop fluency and confidence in the steps, skills, and techniques used to help others successfully pursue goals for positive change in their life, work, health, and relationships. This course includes extensive demonstrations and practice sessions, in which students rotate the roles of coach, client, and observer. Together, we will work through each step of the CHANGE model for helping others (and ourselves) to create lasting, meaningful change.

Lynda Wallace, Course Instructor

We offer this course in two formats: on-site and online. Students pursuing WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification can choose either option to satisfy this part of their course requirements.

Online Option

Dates: January 21—March 1, 2019

Live webinars are January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 2019 at 9:00 am ET.

The online option is a powerful and convenient way to deepen your skills and confidence through:

Live, online classes featuring extensive demonstrations (recorded on video for those unable to join us live)

Structured practice sessions in dedicated peer-coaching triads, scheduled at times that work best for you and your practice partners.

Live sessions are held on Fridays from 9 to 10:30 am ET, with video recordings posted the same day. If you’re unable to join us live, you can watch the videos and still be fully prepared for your peer coaching sessions.

The online option is available only to students who are enrolled in or have completed Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals.

Tuition: $695

Begins on January 21, 2019!

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On-site Option

Dates: July 14—19, 2019.

The intensive is available as a five day retreat center experience, held at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Each day of our time together, we alternate between lessons, demonstrations, peer practice, reflection, and time to enjoy Kripalu’s beautiful grounds, wonderful food, and extensive options for movement and self-care.

The On-site option is open to students whether or not they have completed Positive Psychology Coaching Fundamentals, and includes some separate sessions for students pursuing WBI’s Positive Psychology Coaching Certification.

Tuition: $695

plus lodging and meal costs, paid directly to Kripalu

Begins on July 14, 2019!

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ICF Credits

Online Option: Approved for 15 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 7 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.

On-site Option: Approved for 20.5 ICF CCE units in Core Competencies and 3.5 ICF CCE units in Resource Development.

NASW credits are also available for the in-person option. Please contact Kripalu at 866.200.5203 for additional information regarding these credits.

Requirements to receive ICF CCE units:

Attend all lectures and demonstrations.

Actively participate in all peer coaching sessions.

Program Faculty


Lynda Wallace is one of the country’s most highly sought-after coaches and teachers, and the author of the best-seller A Short Course in Happiness. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Wholebeing Institute, where she teaches one of the most popular courses. Lynda spent 20 years as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where she ran a billion-dollar global business that includes 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.

Megan McDonoughMegan McDonough is cofounder and CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focused on the science of whole-person well-being. From her senior leadership experience in healthcare, two decades as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and as the director of numerous online learning start-ups, Megan helps people move from point A to point B through whole-person engagement. She uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to lead, harnessing the best in people for the greatest good. She is the award-winning author of three books on mindfulness.

Teaching Assistant

Nicole Stottlemyer is a Positive Psychology Coach and workshop leader who leads community-building and personal development programs around the country and internationally. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from WBI, and has been a senior teaching assistant in that program as well as this one.

Registration Information

Tuition for the Online course is $695 USD

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