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 colourPositive Psychology Foundations is a course aimed at practitioners wanting to add positive psychology tools into their practice and anyone who wants to grow their well-being. The 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. 

IMPORTANT: Due to a close family member’s illness, this course will now run from 2 May – 20 June 2018.

The Positive Psychology Foundations are based on Prof Martin Seligman’s PERMA theory of wellbeing. We’ve build on that to form the PERMA+ model adding an extra R, M & P to cover the most important elements in 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 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 and therapists 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 evidence-based positivity practices including gratitude and savouring.

Session 2. Engagement: This session introduces the other dimension of  authentic happiness – eudaimonic well-being. We explore 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 area in 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 adversity.

Session 4. Relationships: Research shows that the happiest people have good close relationships and active social lives. This session takes us into 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 can be 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. The session introduces practices that are simple to apply in as little as a few minutes a day.

Session 7. Achievement: How to make change and progress in 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 to mental health. We explore how body-focused practices can form an essential part of an integrated Positive Psychology wellbeing programme.PPF Flyer Oct17v3MA-CJ

Join our global community for 8 weeks in October 4 -November 22 2017 1930 UK time, 2030 CET, 1430 EST, 1130 PT.

“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


The course involves a weekly webinar 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 for payment. Once your payment has arrived you will be sent a confirmation via email.

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.”Try before you buy? Register for a free mini trial of the course with access to some of the resources available now.  You can also join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 18 April 2018 from 730pm-830pm UK time. We’ll be introducing the course and exploring three levels of being unnamed a positive psychology practitioner. 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-depressant.     “It’s amazing to be in a class where we were all connected from so many different parts of the world and time zones.”

Future Dates for Positive Psychology Foundations: 2 May – 20 June 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.