Advanced Practice in Positive Psychology Coaching

Advanced Practice in Positive Psychology Coaching with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener & Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Course Overview

Instructors: Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener & Dr. Christian van Nieuwerburgh


Overview: This 6-week course is an opportunity for experienced coaches and positive psychology practitioners to deepen their knowledge and expand their skills in positive psychology coaching. It will provide a range of pedagogic tools—seminar, demonstration, reflection, and fishbowl coaching experiences—to promote sophisticated conversations about the practice of positive psychology coaching.


Structure: This course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, between January 11- February 17th, 2021. Each Monday session will focus on a particular theme (see below) and we will spend our 90 minutes discussing this theme and its specific applications to coaching. Robert and Christian will also provide occasional demonstrations. Wednesdays will be reserved for coaching practice. Each Wednesday, one participant will coach another and we will discuss the most interesting moments. We will use a formal structure for feedback that side-steps traditional positive and negative feedback approaches. Instead, we will use the coaching session as an opportunity for each participant to reflect on their own style, biases, values, preferences, and similar matters.


This course is intended to deepen each participant’s sophistication in applying positive psychological theory and research to their own coaching practice. Although we will focus on positive psychology as a lens for coaching, we will also attend to core skills in coaching such ethical decision making and coaching presence.


·         January 11- Introductions & Strengths

·         January 13- Coaching Fishbowl

·         January 18- Wellbeing Frameworks

·         January 20- Coaching Fishbowl

·         January 25—Coaching Presence

·         January 27- Coaching Fishbowl

·         February 1- Meaning & Purpose

·         February 3- Coaching Fishbowl

·         February 8- Ethics

·         February 10- Coaching Fishbowl

·         February 15- Future Thinking & Optimism

·         February 17- Coaching Fishbowl


Who this course is for: This course is not intended to teach basic coaching skills or to provide an introduction to positive psychology. Instead, it is an advanced practicum for those who are experienced coaches, have completed coach training, and who already have a cursory knowledge of positive psychological science. This course is limited to 6 participants and qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have questions about your qualifications for this course please do not hesitate to ask. We anticipate that this course will fill relatively quickly. If you are interested in applying please send a brief description of your coaching credentials (mention training, certification, and experience) to and 

If you are not among the first registrants, we will let you know and automatically place you on our waiting list. Doing so will give you priority (but no obligation) for our subsequent offering.




If you have questions or would like to be placed on our waiting list, please contact: