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Positive Psychology in Coaching

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: 6 Months
  • Start Date: October 2021
Are you passionate about helping people flourish in all aspects of life? Do you recognise the importance of wellbeing in the workplace? Do you believe our potential as human beings is limitless?
Positive Psychology has gained momentum in recent years due to the increased popularity and importance of mental health and wellbeing. As a result, coaching practice is more in demand than ever before.
This short course will provide you with the important foundations you need to start introducing the principles of positive psychology in everything you do.
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Why study this subject?

Our Positive Psychology in Coaching short course is designed for psychology graduates or positive psychology postgraduates looking to specialise in this area. It’s also suitable for managers who provide coaching to their team or within human resources.

This unique course will help you gain the knowledge, tools and skills that'll enable you to apply positive psychology principles to your coaching.

By introducing positive psychology in your coaching practice, you and your clients and colleagues will experience improved wellbeing, flourishing and increased engagement and performance.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU has strong expertise in the area of positive psychology with a teaching team dedicated to its continued research so the learning you receive will be at the forefront of industry developments and innovation.

This university accredited course focuses specifically on the training of approaches, methods and interventions from positive psychology, applied within a coaching context.

The course is approved by the International Society in Coaching Psychology and the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

What facilities can I use?

Learning materials and reading lists are uploaded monthly onto our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for you to pursue at your own pace between workshop days. No matter where you are, you can access useful resources like podcasts, readings, presentations and online lectures and journal articles.

What will I study?

Positive psychology is centred on theories and research involving understanding and developing wellbeing, optimal functioning and positive traits like hope, resilience and flourishing.

The science of positive psychology can provide an evidence-based framework around a high standard of coaching practice. Whilst good coaching practices involve forming co-created relationships with clients, the application of positive psychology tools, techniques and approaches within coaching sessions can provide profound and unique benefits.

You’ll be introduced to these concepts and tools throughout the course and will be given the chance to practice them yourself, really embedding your understanding of the theory and practical application of what you’re learning.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This short course involves 48 hours of online teaching through lectures, experiential group work, co-coaching, individual and group presentations and continual feedback.

You’re encouraged to carry out coaching exercises between sessions, however there is no formal assessment for this course and it does not include any formal academic credits.

On successful completion of this short course you’ll receive a certificate of attendance from BNU contributing to CPD hours.

When will this course run?

Online attendance for the course will be required on one full day per month over a six-month duration.

The dates for our next course are:

  • Saturday 16th October 2021
  • Saturday 20th November 2021
  • Saturday 22nd January 2022
  • Saturday 19th February 2022
  • Saturday 19th March 2022
  • Saturday 30th April 2022

How much does it cost

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

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