Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Pre-Conference Workshop: Techniques in Positive Psychology Coaching

  • 16 Jul 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


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Techniques in Positive Psychology Coaching with Shannon Polly, MAPP


The field of positive psychology offers coaches a wealth of evidence-based practices that can help your clients be happier, improve well-being and increase resilience in everyday life.  Positive psychology coaching is a strengths-based approach to coaching that focuses on what is ‘right’ with people to inspire growth and change. Join us for this three-hour workshop where Shannon Polly, MAPP graduate and executive coach will show you practical, hands-on tools that you can incorporate into your practice right away.  You will learn:

  • An introduction to the PERMA well-being model to help your clients reach higher levels of flourishing
  • Evidence-based positive psychology exercises and tools you can implement with your clients right away
  • Practical step-by-step information on how to use each exercise with accompanying workbook

If you are a coach and looking for more positive, solution-focused approaches to helping your clients thrive, this is the workshop for you.

More about Shannon Polly:

Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly and Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C.

Shannon works with executives, managers and employees of Fortune 500 companies in two domain areas: executive presence/presentation skills (based on over a decade of experience as a professional actor/singer/playwright in New York) and positive psychology. Shannon uses the empirical research from positive psychology with her organizational clients to foster positive and flourishing workplaces. She is passionate about giving people the confidence to present themselves powerfully in front of a room and overcome the anxiety that often besieges public speakers. She is equally as passionate about sharing the science of well-being and increasing the ‘tonnage of happiness’ in the world.

She has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work, has developed curriculum for the higher education version of the movie, Happy and has been a facilitator for the Master Resiliency Training (MRT) program for the U.S. Army. The Army is the largest consumer of positive psychology in the world today and has plans to train all 1.1 million soldiers in resilience.

Shannon is one of less than 300 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. She is a contributing author to Positive Psychology News Daily and is a contributor to the book Positive Psychology at Work (Wiley, March 2011) and a contributing author (along with Dr. Martin Seligman) to European Handbook of Positive Psychology (2013). She is a co-founder of Positive Business DC. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in downtown D. C.

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