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Positive and Coaching Psychology in Practice: An Introduction

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What is positive psychology?
What is coaching psychology?
How are the two used in workplaces to improve performance and wellbeing and help individuals to flourish?

Positive and coaching psychologist Ellen Jackson outlines contemporary research and case studies.

Key outcomes of this session include:
A basic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of positive and coaching psychology
Insight into current practice in positive and coaching psychology
Insight into psychology-based workplace wellbeing programs

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Positive and Coaching Psychology in Practice: An Introduction

  1. 1. Positive & Coaching Psychology In Practice
  2. 2. Positive Psychology “The scientific study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive.” - Martin Seligman
  3. 3. Fourth wave of psychology 1. Disease - Freud - 1850s 2. Behaviorism - Skinner - 1920s 3. Humanistic - Maslow - 1950s 4. Positive - Seligman - 2000s
  4. 4. “The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side; it has revealed to us much about man’s shortcomings, his illnesses, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his full psychological height. It is as if psychology had voluntarily restricted itself to only half its rightful jurisdiction, and that the darker, meaner half” (Maslow, 1954, p. 354).
  5. 5. Between 1887 and 2001, for every 21 research studies related to a ‘negative’ topic in psychology there was only one related to a positive aspect of life. Fun fact!
  6. 6. Positive institutions ● Positive Education ● Positive Workplaces ○ Positive Organisational Scholarship ● Positive Communities ○ Action for Happiness
  7. 7. Leading lights and theoretical underpinnings ● Bandura - Self efficacy ● Clifton - Strengths ● Seligman & Petersen - Character Strengths ● Csikszentmihalyi - Flow ● Deci & Ryan - Self Determination Theory ● Diener - Subjective Wellbeing ● Fredrickson - Broaden & Build Effect ● Snyder - Hope
  8. 8. Models ● PERMA ○ Positive Emotion ○ Engagement ○ Relationships ○ Meaning ○ Accomplishment
  9. 9. ● Psychological Capital (HERO) ○ Hope ○ Efficacy ○ Resilience ○ Optimism ● Overlap with Mindfulness, ACT
  10. 10. Geelong Grammar’s Pos Ed Model
  11. 11. Interventions ● Gratitude ● Forgiveness ● Savouring ● Strengths ● Meaning-oriented ● Empathy-related ● Creativity ● Patience ● Courage ● Humour ● Engagement and Flow ● Mindfulness ● Wisdom ● Resilience ● Life Satisfaction
  12. 12. Coaching Psychology “Coaching psychology can be understood as the systematic application of behavioural science to the enhancement of life experience, work performance and well-being for individuals, groups and organisations who do not have clinically significant mental health issues or abnormal levels of distress.” Grant, 2006.
  13. 13. Audience Individuals Teams Leaders
  14. 14. The steps are: 1. Problem identification 2. Goal selection 3. Generation of alternatives 4. Consideration of consequences 5. Decision making 6. Implementation 7. Evaluation (Wasik, 1984)
  15. 15. Goal setting theory Motivation theory Change Systems theory Organisational Development Individual Difference Psychometrics Counselling/Therapy - BSFT, CBT Positive Psychology Self compassion Informed by:
  16. 16. Coaching models GROW ● Goal, Reality, Options, Wrap Up [Homework] POSITIVE ACHIEVE ABCDE - Ellis ● Activating Event, Belief, Consequence, Dispute, Effect New Approach
  17. 17. Resources: Top Pos Psych TED talks – includes Seligman, Shawn Achor, Angela Duckworth, Lea Waters (from Melb Uni) Positive Psychology Program web site International Positive Psychology Association VIA Strengths Survey The Psychology Podcast Greater Good Web site (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/) Centre for Positive Psychology – Melbourne Graduate School of Education (Melb Uni) Books: Seligman Learned Optimism Authentic Happiness Flourish The Hope Circuit Chris Peterson – Pursuing the Good Life Carol Dweck – Mindset Brene Brown – Daring Greatly
  18. 18. Questions?
  19. 19. Gratuitous Self Promotion
  20. 20. Commerce Ballarat 9 May 9.00 - 11.30am
  21. 21. Podcast!

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