Two graduates from Buckinghamshire New University have launched new courses – endorsed by the University – in positive psychology, an emerging science-based branch of traditional psychology which focuses on how people thrive, succeed and enjoy optimum health.
The first course – which ran on 8-9 August at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre – helped individuals explore how to apply positive psychology concepts into their daily lives, both at work and home.And there are course discounts on offer for those who go on to study a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University. The MAPP course is one of only a dozen of its kind in the world and can be studied either part-time or by distance learning. Applications can be made now for entry in September.
Dan Collinson and Lesley Lyle graduated with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from Bucks New University in 2014 and have set up a company – Positive Psychology Learning (PPL) – which offers positive psychology courses, consultancy and coaching.
Dr Matthew Smith, the co-leader of the MAPP course at Bucks New University, said: “I’m delighted that two of our alumni are using the skills they learned to set up their own business.
“At Bucks, all of our courses are designed to improve our students’ employment prospects when they graduate. Both Dan and Lesley consistently showed the highest standards and an ability to communicate positive psychology creatively. They frequently push the edges of the discipline into new territories and I wish them every success in their new venture.”
Dan Collinson, from Marlow Bottom and co-founder of PPL, outlined how people can introduce positive psychology into the way they live and work: “One of the most well-known pieces of research into positive psychology is about the impacts of random acts of kindness.
“These include making us happier, improving health and relationships and helping to fight addiction. An act of kindness is contagious and can reap unexpected financial rewards – in that vein, we will hold a draw at the end of the August course to refund half of the course fees to one lucky participant.”
Lesley Lyle, co-founder of PPL, said: “We’re proud of our continued association with Bucks New University. Our exciting and dynamic courses will provide a stepping stone for those who wish to attend the MAPP programme whilst giving a positive psychology experience for those who initially want to learn more about this empowering subject.
“We are honoured to have this partnership with Bucks New University, who are one of the leading institutions for positive psychology in the world.”
Positive Psychology Learning is the only UK company which provides positive psychology courses run in association with a university.
Both Dan and Lesley have more than 25 years’ experience in training, coaching and consultancy and will be sharing their expertise across a range of sectors including education, business and health.
Picture caption: Dr Matthew Smith, who co-runs the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course at Buckinghamshire New University.