In a nutshell
• six weekly webinars of 90 minutes each on Tuesdays starting on October 28th 2014. Each session starts at 7.30pm UK time, 2.30 US ET, 11.30am US PT, 8.30pm Europe CET

• course includes an optional practice element of weekly partnered homework sessions with another course participant.

• course offers a good introduction to positive psychology, including practices we can use ourselves, as well as interventions we can use with clients/patients to promote wellbeing.

• costs £150 (approx $255 or €174) . There is a concession rate of £95 (approx $165 or €110) for people on a low income.

To book, please email Chris Johnstone at this link

You can pay via paypal at this link

Comments from past participants

"I have worked as a coach and trainer for 12 years and would thoroughly recommend the Positive Psychology course.  I enjoyed the learning that came from Chris' considerable expertise in this field as well as the personal development journey that we all went on, applying the techniques to ourselves.  For me the on-line courses work so well - if I miss a session I can catch up, Ruzuku meant that we could expand on what we had learnt across the week and the co-coaching was a great way to integrate the learning as well as have the pleasure of talking to like minded people."
Carole Connelly, coach and trainer

"The course was well structured with great opportunities to deepen learning with other participants and fantastic resources. i would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who want to gain some insight into how to apply Positive Psychology in their own lives and to apply it with the people they work with."
Elinor Wilde, coach at

"This was the first time that I participated in a webinar and I can recommend it very highly. Chris did a wonderful job in sharing his vast knowledge on the topic of positive psychology with us. Not only did he share his knowledge, but also ensured that learning occurred by involving us actively in the course, by giving partnered homework and by providing enriching information and summaries on the learning platform. I found the webinar to be a well-balanced mix of personal contact and enriching technologies. And of course, the topic of positive psychology is wonderful and very enriching."
Regula Sindeman, trainer and coach

Positive Psychology for Helping Professionals

Positive Psychology applies scientific method to the purpose of helping people flourish. It explores how we can cultivate positive mood states, desirable strengths and qualities, improved performance, good relationships and the flourishing of teams, communities and organizations. There is good evidence that positive psychology interventions can help reduce peoples’ risk of depression, while also helping them to happier and more satisfying lives. This course introduces core principles and research findings of Positive Psychology, offering interventions helping professionals (including coaches, therapists, doctors, educators and HR staff) can use to promote wellbeing in themselves and their clients.

The aims of this short course are:

  • To introduce core principles and research findings from Positive Psychology.

  • To map out interventions helping professionals can use to promote wellbeing in themselves and their clients. These include helping clients identify their strengths and act from them, learn practices to cultivate positive mood states and develop learned optimism, develop an understanding of how to promote resilience and improve relationships as well as to deepen meaning and engagement in life.

The course involves the following four elements:
  • six weekly webinars of 90 minutes each held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm UK time, 2.30pm US ET, 11.30am US PT, 8.30pm Europe CET.

  • An online learning resource with summary tutorials and additional resources, including links to videos

  • An online discussion forum for the class giving an opportunity to raise questions and explore issues

  • An optional practice element involving a partnered exercise with another participant each week (at mutually agreed time).

Course details

The next course commences on Tuesday 28th October 2014, 19.30 to 21.00 UK time (starts 2.30pm US ET, 11.30am US PT, 8.30pm Europe CET)
The core themes for each session are as follows:

Part 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology for Coaches & Health Professionals

  • Outlines the development and core themes of positive psychology, describing ways it can be applied within health coaching
    Explain how positive psychology is different from positive thinking, and how negative thinking can make important contributions to our happiness
  • Provides a succinct overview of research linking positive emotions with improved health outcomes and describe possible mechanisms for this link
    Describe Seligman’s PERMA model of human flourishing
  • Describes the impact of decision making style on life-satisfaction

Part 2: Cultivating Positive Emotions
  • Outlines Seligman’s formula for happiness and three paths to life satisfaction
  • Demonstrates a range of practices to evoke positive emotion, and briefly outline the evidence base showing they are effective
  • Describes how positive emotions can be independently cultivated in relation to the three time zones of past, present and future
  • Describes the social significance of gratitude, including its role in building trust, co-operative behaviour, improved relationships and positive mood

Part 3: Increasing Meaning and Engagement
  • Describes the difference between pleasure and gratification, and explain what is meant by the hedonic treadmill
  • Identifies the key ingredients needed for flow experiences, briefly outline research linking flow with life satisfaction and be able to help your clients experience flow more often
  • Looks at how to support your clients to identify their strengths, through use of positive history taking and readily available questionnaires
  • Demonstrates how to help clients strengthen meaning and engagement in their lives, so that they can increase their levels of fulfilment

Part 4: Strengthening Resilience
  • Outlines the core components of the Penn Resilience Programme as well as the evidence base supporting its role in preventing depression and anxiety
  • Looks at how to support your clients to develop learned optimism through use of simple, proven self-help practices
  • Applies the ‘self-help SSRI’ model as a framework for helping clients recognise how their resilience is linked to strategies, strengths, resources and insights they can develop
  • Through the use of reframing and recasting of narratives, looks at how to support your clients to recover from setbacks and experience post-traumatic growth

Part 5: Positive Relationships, Teams and Organisations
  • Demonstrates how our response to good news is a key moment in communication, with some responses strengthening relationships while others undermining them
  • Maps out the key ingredients of interpersonal intelligence, applying this to consultations in identifying factors that help improve relationships with clients
  • Applies positive psychology to working with teams, communities and organisations, drawing on research into factors that promote collective wellbeing

Part 6: Flourishing and Accomplishment
  • Looks at how to support clients to improve performance and increase their sense of accomplishment
  • Applies a research-based approach to optimal performance when looking at how we can improve our own practice as coaches or health professionals
  • Supports participants to integrate what we have learnt, outlining the range of ways we can apply insights and practices from positive psychology to our work as coaches or health professionals

About the tutor

Trained initially in medicine and psychology, Chris trained in Positive Psychology with Martin Seligman and others in 2005. He set up one of the first Positive Psychology adult education programmes in Europe in 2005 at Bristol University, where he worked as Senior Teaching Fellow at the medical school. He has pioneered the application of Positive Psychology in healthcare, education and the workplace, and in 2010, he was included in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List, which identifies people making significant contributions to wellbeing in the UK. He set up the Bristol Happiness Lectures, which attracted hundreds of people each year between 2006 and 2010, and in 2012 set up the Centre for Resilience, Happiness and Positive Change.

His books include
Find Your Power - a toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change, The Happiness Training Plan (audiobook co-p resented with Miriam Akhtar) and Active Hope (co-authored with Joanna Macy).

How to book

Please email Chris Johnstone by clicking the ‘contact me’ link at the bottom of the page. The course costs £150 (approx $255 or €191) or £95 (approx $165 or €111) if you are on a low income and ask for a concession. You can pay via Paypal via this link.