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Using Positive Psychology in Coaching, with Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

  • 27 Apr 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Using Positive Psychology in Coaching

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is an advocate of science-informed coaching. In this presentation, he will discuss the science of positive psychology and its potential applications to coaching. He will question common approaches to "positive intervention" and will address the possible distinctions between positive psychology coaching and other approaches. Among his core messages will be the responsibility of coaches to improve their scientific literacy, an emphasis on coaching presence, and a desire to make positive psychology "invisible" to clients. He will leave ample time for discussion.

Key takeaways:

  • Positive psychology coaching has emphasized the use of empirically validated interventions and this may be a mistake.
  • Positive psychology coaching looks like standard coaching; the positive psychology portion should be largely invisible.
  • Coaches who align themselves with science have a responsibility to become scientifically literate.
  • There are several identifiable benefits of using positive psychology to inform coaching.  

About Robert Biswas-Diener

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because his research on happiness has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya, and Israel. He has published nearly seventy scholarly articles and has nearly 20,000 research citations. Robert is a pioneer of positive psychology coaching and trains professionals through his program, Positive Acorn. He has conducted workshops, training, and consultation with the Australian Department of Defense, Standard Chartered Bank, Cellubrite, Deloitte, and many other organizations. He is the author of the New York Times Bestselling, The Upside of Your Dark Side, as well as Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching, and many other books. Robert lives in Portland, Oregon (USA), where he enjoys drawing and rock climbing.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: 1.5 (1-Core Competencies, 0.5- Resource Development)

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