An Introduction to Positive Psychology

Ruth Sheard | Exeter 20th June | 1-day Workshop

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This workshop presents an overview of positive psychology covering its growth and development from its inception, where the focus is on developing what works well for increased life satisfaction referred to as the ‘first wave’ of Positive Psychology through to the ‘second wave’, which acknowledged the reality of negativity implicit in the challenges life presents.

The much needed second wave develops the nuanced understanding of how negativity and trauma can lead to post traumatic growth.

I will outline some evidence- based well-being theories, tools and techniques which can inform your work as a Coach, Counsellor, Psychotherapist or allied Professional.

This course is collaborative and interactive which it is hoped will encourage a sharing of knowledge and skills. Therefore, we will be putting theory into practice to test the effectiveness of Positive Psychology and positive psychology interventions (PPI).

What are the key benefits?

Participants will learn more about the science of Positive Psychology (positive psychology is an evidence-based approach), well-being theories and evidence-based tools and techniques. You will first and foremost have an opportunity to increase your personal awareness about your own well- being and how you can support yourself towards feeling more energised, identifying your goals and working towards living your best life.

The aim of this course is to support you to feel confident enough to integrate Positive Psychology into your life, into work with your clients and to be inspired to continue studying more about the science of Positive Psychology.

Who would want to do this?

To explore ways of integrating Positive Psychology and the benefits of a positive psychology paradigm into your professional practice

Workshop date and cost

  • Monday 20th June - 9:30am - 4:30pm BST
  • General Admission - £75.00
  • IMC Student / Graduate - £60.00
  • CPD spaces - x 6. Click here to check availability. To be added to the waiting list, please email 

Meet the tutor!

After 30 years working in education, training and sales, I gained an MSc distinction in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. I now have the privilege of doing what I really enjoy, that is, supporting adults in their professional life towards increased self- awareness and a lasting sense of ease and aliveness.


This is an 'in person' workshop, based at Iron Mill's venue in Exeter. The running of this workshop as an 'in person' workshop is dependent on the Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing measures in place at the time of the workshop date. If Covid-19 restrictions are such that the workshop cannot go ahead in person, it will either be postponed or moved online. If this happens, all delegates will be contacted and offered the choice to re-book or receive a refund. We will review arrangements 2 weeks' before the event and inform you of any changes.

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