Positive Psychology Foundations Online

Positive Psychology Foundations

An online training in practices for personal well-being which you can use yourself and pass onto others.

Perma+ v2 colourThis course consists of 8 live webinars hosted by two of Europe’s leading positive psychology trainers Miriam Akhtar MAPP and Dr Chris Johnstone, who are based in the UK. Plus an online resource of videos, articles, handouts and discussion forums. Bonus extras include the downloadable audiobook The Happiness Training Plan.

“This course, which is led by 2 amazing professionals, not only focuses on the know-how of Positive Psychology but more importantly, the real-life practices that really transform learning into reality, helping you (and others) to achieve a more positive state.” Fion Liew, psychologist. 

NEXT DATE:  1st February 2017 – 22nd March 2017 (full). Bookings open for the 6th cohort from 4 October 2017 – 22 November 2017.

The Positive Psychology Foundations are based on the PERMA model of wellbeing, that Prof Martin Seligman describes in his book Flourish.  Our model is PERMA+. We’ve added an extra R, M & P to give a thorough grounding in and experience of the most important dimensions of positive psychology. The aim of the weekly webinars (which are all recorded so you can also listen at your leisure) is to give you a foundation in positive psychology and plant practices that improve the mood and increase your happiness, well-being and quality of life.  The group coaching format will suit those who want to build their personal well-being and coaches, counsellors, therapists & practitioners who want to familiarise themselves with the tools they can pass on to their clients.

“This course far exceeded my expectations; as well as a weekly webinar with two leading positive psychologists, there is a wealth of resources which can be accessed long after the course ends. Miriam and Chris give freely of their knowledge, wisdom and support to empower participants to take control of their happiness and to help others do so.” Carol Marler Life Coach


Session 1. Positive Emotions: We introduce the feel-good factor of hedonic well-being characterised by positive emotions and high life satisfaction. We explore the broaden & build theory of positive emotions and the scientifically-grounded practices that build positivity such as gratitude and savouring.

Session 2. Engagement: This session introduces the other dimension of  authentic happiness – eudaimonic well-being. We cover two forms of engagement. ‘Flow’ is the state of being ‘in the zone’ and strengths – the characteristics and talents that make up the positive self.

Session 3. Resilience: We’ve added an extra R for Resilience, a core ingredient of positive psychology. This session looks at how to deal with emotional dips, apply the ABC of flexible thinking, cultivate realistic optimism and bounce forward from adversities.

Session 4. Relationships: Research reveals that the people who are happiest tend to have good close relationships and active social lives. This session moves from the personal to the interpersonal, exploring ways to nourish our relationships and build networks of mutual support.

Session 5. Meaning: What gives life meaning & purpose? We explore the deeper happiness of eudaimonic well-being and consider how spiritual practices are now used to promote mental health.

Session 6. Mindfulness: We’ve added the M for Mindfulness as this practice is a proven natural antidepressant, with benefits not only to mood, but also to memory, focus, relationships and health. This session introduces practices that are simple to apply and might only take a few minutes each day.

Session 7. Achievement: How to make change and progress your life. We look at the science of goal-setting and using optimistic thinking for success.

Session 8. Physical: We’ve added the P to reflect the importance of the Physical dimension. We’ll look at how body-focused practices can form an essential part of an integrated Positive Psychology wellbeing programme.

“I would recommend the Positive Psychology Foundations course to anyone who wants to take responsibility for their own happiness. The course encourages action as well as contemplation… if you follow the very simple practical tools that are recommended on the course you can’t fail to improve your own wellbeing and hopefully the wellbeing of those around you too.” Laura Knightly Brown

Join our global community for 8 weeks in October-November 2017 1930 UK time, 2030 CET, 1430 EST, 1130 PT.

The course involves a weekly teleseminar plus access to online resources, including summary tutorials, audio, video and a group discussion forum. Each session is 75 minutes long and includes a mix of content, discussion, experiential practice and group coaching. You can join us from the comfort of your sofa or your office wherever you are in the world!

To book your place. The standard rate is £295 ( c$360 or  €332) with an early bird rate of £245 available until September 27. Please use the PayPal button below and you will be taken to a link. Once payment has arrived you will be sent a confirmation via email.

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 20 September 2017 from 730pm-830pm UK time. We’ll be introducing the course and discussing how to plant practices that improve your wellbeing and quality of life. In the meantime you can also get a flavour of Miriam and Chris by replaying the previous webinars How to Train in Positive Psychology or the Natural Anti-depressantPPF Flyer Oct17v3MA-CJ

Try before you buy? Register for a free trial of the course with access to some of the resources.

“It’s amazing to be in a class where we were all connected from so many different parts of the world and time zones.”

The 8 webinars of 75 minutes each lead to 10 hours of CPD + a Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice.  

“An interesting and informative introduction to Happiness and Wellbeing delivered in a relaxed and fun style. The interpretations and presentation of the information gave me many new insights and food for thought.”

Future Dates for Positive Psychology Foundations: 4th October 2017 – 22 November 2017, 4th April -23 May 2018

The course was originally based on the Happiness Training Plan, the audio programme that Miriam & Chris co-present. The course just like the CD is designed to have an anti-depressant effect, to raise AND recover wellbeing. Our first group in 2014 spanned the globe from west coast Canada to east coast Australia. Our 2nd group in 2015 stretched from the American Mid-west to India & Singapore. Our 3rd group stretched from Iceland in the north to Argentina in the south. Previous participants have given outstanding feedback with several describing it as “transformative”.

“This course offers, not only an introduction to key concepts and applications of positive psychology, but also provides a platform for discussions and real examples of applications of positive psychology exercises to real life situations, not just theoretical. The expertise and excellent moderator skills that Miriam and Chris displayed were amazing. They are really professional and caring. I  felt the benefits of having a Positive Psychology Coach over the 8-weeks, as a person who can help you understand different perspectives and to elucidate the sustainable ways to happiness in its broadest sense. The image and audio were always great, despite the fact that I connected with my smartphone or tablet”.  Dr Abraham Salinas, Florida.

“This is an excellent course for providing practical tools to boost your happiness, energy and motivation. Miriam and Chris are very attuned trainers and provide considered and sensitive discussion and feedback. They present a wealth of stimulating material in an accessible way. Some of the tools I have been introduced to on this course have had a powerful effect on my outlook and I have been recommending them to friends. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in developing their capacity to enjoy an enriched life.” Angela Hill, London.

“As illuminating and compressive an introduction to the world of positive psychology as you could possibly wish for. A colourful interactive journey that builds knowledge and practice for anyone interested in this important and emerging field. Chris and Miriam deliver the training with wit and wonder and a genuine interest and care for all those participating. Marvellous.” Graham Woods, coach.