Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach - Applied Positive Psychology Interventions

  • 25 Sep 2013
  • 9:00 AM
  • 27 Sep 2013
  • 4:30 PM
  • Evergreen Brick Works - 550 Bayview Ave Toronto, ON M4W 3X8 - The Blakes Room


  • Discounted price for CPPA members in good standing
  • Early Bird Discount extended to August 26, 2013. $100 discount for members.
  • Early bird discount extended until August 26, 2013. $100 off for non-members too!
  • Pricing for non-members

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Become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach
Applied Positive Psychology Interventions with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener & Jessica Austin of Positive Acorn

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener         Jessica Austin of Positive Acorn

Early bird pricing extended until August 26th (EST)


The CPPA is thrilled to have Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, the leading authority in the world on Positive Psychology Coaching to deliver his positive psychology certification for coaches. Robert and Jessica, both of Positive Acorn, will walk participants through an in-depth positive psychology training that focuses on the following skillset:

  • Energy tracking, Strengths Spotting, Strength Vocabulary Building
  • Strengths Development training
  • Hope Diagnostics
  • Creating Positive Narrative
  • Happiness in the Workplace
  • Courage Enhancement
  • Increasing Curiosity
  • Savoring the Moment
  • Introduction to Solutions Focus

As a result of this training, participants will be better equipped to recognize strengths in clients, which in turn develop positive-oriented styles of engagement and communication. They will learn how to develop a strengths vocabulary which increases opportunities for empowerment and investment from clients. Participants will understand the process of strengths development and have a set of tools for coaching clients on how to most effectively use strengths. They will understand and be able to effectively use Hope Diagnostics, which helps identify obstacles that challenge a client’s development and attainment of personal goals. Participants will be able to help their clients create a positive narrative with a focus on solutions rather than deficits. They will also be able to determine ways to increase happiness at work in their clients. Last, participants will learn ways to increase curiosity in clients to help with engagement and insights as well as new ways to savor moments using mindfulness techniques.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, participants will be able to; track energy and open a dialog regarding energy with clients, name three areas of strengths development, identify two components of hope theory, and name three processes to increase hope, re-frame stories into a positive narrative, differentiate between career, jobs, and callings, and two ways to increase happiness at work, create a solutions focused session, three interventions to enhance courage, and each participant will create their own mission statement.   


Note: For previously certified coaches, this workshop will certify you as a Certified Positive Psychology Coach.   For uncertified coaches, you will receive a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology Interventions from Positive Acorn.


This training is approved by the ICF for 17.5 CEUs (14.25 in core competencies and 3.25 in professional development.)


More about our workshop leaders:


Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in 1999 and his Doctore Philosophiae from the University of Tromsø (Norway) in 2009. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between income and happiness. He is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his research on strengths, courage and happiness has taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Kenya, Israel and India. In academia Robert has made a name for himself by examining the quality of life of people who have longed been overlooked by psychological science: sex workers in Kolkata, Amish farmers, seal hunters near the North Pole, African tribesmen living far off the tourist circuit (Robert was even branded on his chest by the Maasai to gain their respect in order to conduct research), Palestinian peace activists, and homeless people. He has published more than 40 scholarly articles and chapters on topics ranging from human resource management to coaching to public policy. He also sits on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology and Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.


Dr. Biswas-Diener serves as the managing director of the positive psychology consultancy, Positive Acorn, which has clients in Dubai, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, and the United States, among other countries. At the helm of Positive Acorn Robert has designed programs in executive coaching, strengths-based management, positive psychology approaches to human resource management, and positive workplace culture change. Each year he trains thousands of professionals from medicine, finance, management, education, coaching and other disciplines. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach, trained at the ACTO certified MentorCoach program (he has completed more than 1,000 hours of coaching and is certified at the equivalent of the ICF PCC designation). Robert is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on positive psychology coaching and has written two books and numerous articles on the topic. He is also a part-time instructor at Portland State University.


Jessica Austin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Portland State University in 2008. Her primary focus was psychology with an emphasis in behavior modification courses. She has over 5 years of counseling experience working with young adults and at-risk youth. Jessica is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach through Positive and is trained in Solutions Focus Coaching. She is also trained in improvisational acting techniques through the Brody Theater in Portland Oregon. She has completed hundreds of hours of coaching and is certified as an ACC through the ICF. Jessica has experience training positive psychology coaching techniques and intervention workshops in the US and abroad. Jessica has written a workbook on the fundamentals of coaching from a positive psychology perspective.


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