A Train-the-Trainer Course

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This course is for Certificate in Positive Psychology (CiPP) graduates who want to be licensed to facilitate the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop.

After taking this program, you’ll be able to

  • Facilitate a positive experiential learning environment for the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop, such that you can effectively deliver the key concepts, content, and exercises independently
  • Give yourself permission to teach by bringing your best self forward—engaging strengths, identifying vulnerabilities and barriers, and learning to transform even the most anxious moments into gold
  • Model wholebeing as a presenter—enlivening SPIRE for yourself, while you learn to hold the classroom as a whole
  • Live the Wholebeing Institute values in the role of a licensed trainer for the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop.

Prerequisite: To become a licensed WBI trainer, you must be a graduate of the Certificate in Positive Psychology.


How It Works

When you come to the program, you’ll receive the Wholebeing Happiness Facilitator Guide. This ​binder is a complete “workshop in a box,” which includes

  • PowerPoint presentation with bulleted scripts associated with each slide
  • Guidelines and tips for planning, organizing, and executing a successful learning experience
  • Easy-to-follow participant worksheets for your students, so they can take away a tangible reference guide and action plan
  • Supplemental material to help you market the workshop
  • USB flashdrive with an electronic copy of all materials used in facilitating and marketing the course, which you can print as needed, as well as customize with your own contact information and logo.

Bottom line: You get the power of the Wholebeing Institute brand directly supporting your work.


Serving Your Audience

We have coaches, consultants, therapists, and many, many other roles represented in our CiPP community—and graduates in every profession are welcome to become licensed trainers for the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop. In other words, you don’t have to run a training organization to become a licensee. As you think about how you serve your audience, the “workshop in a box” can help you develop a new line of service or deepen your existing offerings.

So you can understand the connection between teaching the workshop and your professional role, here are the four key concepts covered in the eight- to 10-hour workshop you’ll be trained to facilitate:

  1. Learn and practice the SPIRE approach to expand the capacity for and perspective of wholebeing
  2. Experience the power of storytelling and re-storying to understand and practice living from a strengths-based perspective
  3. Develop and cultivate key aspects of the ideal self, exploring how that vision can enrich daily actions and simplify choices
  4. Practice focusing attention to experience the power of appreciation, using it to strengthen relationships with self and others.

The format of the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop curriculum is flexible, in order to best serve your audience. You can run a condensed session in one day (eight hours) or spread out the workshop over a number of days. The content is modular, and the Facilitator Guide gives you suggested edits depending on the time allotted—whether you choose to run the program in one day, over a weekend, or during an evening and a day.

When you attend Learn to Teach the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop at Kripalu, you’ll experience the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop as a participant, in a three-day format. A crucial part of the licensee training is participating in the actual workshop, so you’ll see firsthand how the content is delivered and segmented. The participant workshop takes up the first few days of the program (Sunday through Tuesday). During the rest of the week (Tuesday through Friday), you’ll learn how to teach the same content you just experienced and saw modeled by WBI faculty.


Your Voice

The Facilitator Guide and the associated slides include placeholders for your stories. As the presenter, your voice is critical. Rather than a script to read from, you’ll receive both space and structure.

Structure includes the framework, such as the slides with key points and group exercises.

Space is about telling your own relevant stories—how the content relates to your own life—through examples, real-life experiences, and applications in action. We will work together to shape these personal stories during our time in the immersion. You’ll gain comfort, skill, and flexibility in choosing, shaping, and offering your story, through practice both at the immersion and as a presenter back home.


Marketing Your Program

Wholebeing Institute regularly receives requests for regional workshops. These requests will be directed to licensees. You’ll want to have outbound communications of your own, though, not just WBI leads. Included in the Wholebeing Happiness Facilitator Guide are templates for submitting speaking proposals, as well as suggested language for your marketing communications.

Marketing is more than just a sharp postcard or e-mail. It’s an ongoing process of outreach and connection. So you’ll also be introduced to Megan McDonough’s view of customer engagement—how to think and act in an integrated way, serving your audience on an ongoing basis, rather than just one-and-done marketing blasts.


Core Teaching Team


Maria Sirois, PsyD, is a Positive Psychologist and seminar leader who teaches with wisdom, authenticity, and humor at the intersection of resilience and flourishing.

Megan McDonough is CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization committed to helping people live life to its fullest.

Karen Whelan-Berry, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner who focuses on creating individual and organizational change; positive and effective individuals, teams, and leaders; and work-life balance and integration.

Catherine McNeill is a graduate of and Teaching Assistant for the Wholebeing Certificate in Positive Psychology course and is certified as a Positive Psychology coach.

Phoebe Atkinson, LCSW-R, a licensed clinical social worker, board-certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, is Teaching Assistant Mentor for the Certificate in Positive Psychology program.


The course requires a 5-day onsite program (tuition is $695; housing is separate) and a licensing fee of $500. This fee includes the Wholebeing Happiness Facilitator Guide course and access to a “trainers-only” area on the Wholebeing Institute website. This is the place where we archive updates to the Facilitator Guide so you can keep your work up to date. It’s also the place where WBI trainers share best practices and stay connected through community webinars. The license also includes a listing on the WBI site as an approved trainer for the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop.

With the license, you can run the program as often as you like. You set your own fees with your students, and you keep all the revenue. There is no “per-student charge” that goes back to WBI.

After year one, the license is renewed annually for a $199 lump sum, or spread over the year for $20 per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I already have what I need to create my own workshop. Why should I become a licensed trainer?

  • Serving the work forward is key. If creating your own content works, that’s great! It’s time-consuming to create programming from scratch, so having a ready-made “workshop in a box” is a viable way to extend your offerings, alongside your other courses. And you’ll get the extra brand recognition of WBI to help leverage your work.

  • How is this different from Teaching for Transformation?

  • The online Teaching for Transformation course is about taking any program, such as one you developed, and deepening your voice as a presenter. Learn to Teach the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop offers training and licensing to teach a specific course developed by WBI. The main objective is to give you the content and flow—a “workshop in a box”—so you can go out and present the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop. It’s appropriate to take both courses (although not required), as there is minimal overlap.

  • Will there be a limited number of licenses awarded?

  • The license is non-exclusive. This is consistent with WBI values. We share, trust the team, and collaborate, rather than protect and isolate. With that vision in mind, wouldn’t it be great to team up with other licensed CiPPsters to do a joint workshop?

  • If I do team up with another CiPPster to teach, do both of us need a license?

  • Yes. Anyone who teaches the content needs to meet the requirements, which include the 5-day training and the licensing fee. Your license does not cover another person. In other words, we each have to do our own work even when we work as a team.

  • Will WBI provide videos and training materials for the workshop I teach?

  • There are a few videos within the PowerPoint slides designed to reinforce concepts. They’re short and sweet, supporting the points you make from the front of the room. When we have the opportunity to be face to face, there are other, more powerful ways to bring the learning home.

  • Do I need PowerPoint?

  • Yes, you need to have Powerpoint on your computer, so you can use the slides when teaching the class.

  • Do I set the price for the workshop I teach?

  • Yes, you decide how much to charge for facilitating the workshop.

  • Can anyone purchase the license?

  • No, you need to be a graduate of CiPP in order to purchase a license and take the training.

  • Is the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop the same as WBI’s Module 1 online course?

  • The workshop is not the same as the Module 1 online content. They are complementary, not duplicate. However, we are thinking about ways that you could offer the WBI online course to your students, creating your own mini blended-learning course. That’s for down the road!

  • When will this program be offered again?

  • Learn to Teach the Wholebeing Happiness Workshop is offered annually. The 2018 date and place has not yet been set.

    For those looking to deepen their presentation skills, consider the Teaching for Transformation course taught by Maria Sirois.

  • What if I haven’t taken CiPP? Can I still take the course and teach a workshop?

  • No, you need to be a CiPP graduate, or currently enrolled in CiPP (special permission is needed from faculty to take both programs simultaneously).

  • Can I take the course and pay for the license later?

  • No, the license and the course go hand in hand.


    Registration Information

    There are two registration requirements, one for the onsite program and the other for the licensing agreement.

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