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Portland, Oregon, USA
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Frequently Asked Questions
To become a certified positive psychology coach, you must take Coaching Skills and Applied Positive Psychology. Not only does this give you the conceptual and skills foundation you need but it also gives us the opportunity to observe your coaching and provide feedback.
Positive Acorn is an ACSTH program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Whether you are a beginning coach or more advanced, we emphasize sophistication in coaching. We don’t want to teach you to hit the dart board, we want to teach you how to hit the bullseye in coaching.
Great! We love working with people who have a background in positive psychology. Whether you have read a popular book or have a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology, we can challenge you to think about this science in new ways. We think of ourselves as “what’s next” for people who want to extend their knowledge of this exciting field.
Our core faculty include Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, a pioneer and thought leader in positive psychology coaching, and Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh, a well-regarded coach educator. Our classes are also occasionally taught by guest experts such as Dr. Cynthia Pury (Courage) and Paul Z. Jackson (Solutions Focus).
If there is one typical feature of our students, it is their diversity. We usually have people from a number of different nations on our courses. In addition, our students generally fall into 3 broad categories: A) people who are interested in coaching and who want to learn effective and responsible coaching skills, B) professionals such as teachers, managers, lawyers, or therapists who want to add positive psychology and coaching skills to their existing repertoire, and C) experienced coaches who are interested in extending their practice with sophisticated approaches to applied positive psychology.
Live courses have a specific start date and meet at regular times and dates. These are “synchronous” learning in which we have real-time interactions including discussions and opportunities for practice and feedback. By contrast, the self-paced learning courses are initiated and completed independently. You can begin the course on your own schedule and use pre-recorded lectures, reflective activities, readings, and quizzes to deepen your learning.
We teach virtually. This means that we use a digital platform to host “live” and highly interactive courses. People from many nations and time zones meet at the appointed time and we discuss, practice, and see coaching demonstrations.
Our most intensive courses include pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, reflections, coaching observations, and other learning features. The more time you invest in these out-of-class activities the deeper your learning will be.
Positive Acorn uses the flipped classroom approach to teaching. Traditional courses are taught through lecture and then students are assigned homework to complete on their own schedule. The new method “flips” this by pre-recording lectures (students can watch or listen on their own time) and then uses class sessions to engage in discussion, demonstration, practice, reflection, and group work. This method increases student engagement and opportunities for interaction.
We record our classes for those people who are unable to attend or who want to review class material. As with all course material, we make these available to students to view during the course and for 24 weeks thereafter.
We acknowledge that sometimes life is complicated and that, occasionally, it is necessary to miss a class session. We require 70% attendance to confer credit for a course.
Our courses are taught in English. However, our students come from a wide range of cultures and speak a number of languages.
We do provide mentoring in a group format. Our group mentoring course is intentionally kept small to allow for more in-depth discussion and more personalized feedback. Participants report that this is one of the most empowering and rewarding experiences of their coach training.
For our most intensive courses, we host sessions that are intended to deepen coaching practice. These practicum sessions are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged as a way to practice coaching skills in a safe and supportive environment.
We do. Our instructors read the science of teaching and learning and are interested in effective instructional design. As a result, we love to put together bespoke trainings with the content and method of delivery that works best for your group. We can create self-paced and synchronous courses, tailor-made workshops, and keynote presentations. We are especially adept at creating culturally sensitive content.
Yes! Positive Acorn’s self-paced courses confer CCE credits for credentialled coaches. Please see individual course descriptions for credit details.
We distinguish ourselves in four areas:
- Science. Our scientific expertise isn’t just up-to-date, it also includes knowledge of forthcoming publications and emerging trends. In addition, we are expert in positive psychology research that pre-dates 1998. As a result, we know a wide sweep of research not covered elsewhere.
- Pedagogy. We are huge fans of effective methods of teaching and our instructional design always includes these practices. Teaching is not telling and learning is not listening.
- Ethics. We believe that ethics is the foundation for all responsible practice. Time and again, we emphasize ethical decision making, common practices to avoid, and reflective practice.
- Size. We are boutique. This means that you will receive a highly personal touch from our small staff. We like to host small groups and have a richer learning experience.
Please contact us. We do not see it as our job to sell you on coach training in general or our program specifically. Instead, we will do our best to provide you the information about the coaching industry and Positive Acorn training to allow you to make a decision that works for you.
100% refund available within 24 hours of registration.
90% refund available up to 3 weeks before the start of the course.
50% refund available within 3 weeks before the course.