Positive Psychology is a science-based approach. It aims to inspire individuals to tap into their internal strengths and cultivate positive experiences such as happiness, flow, meaning, love, gratitude, accomplishment, personal growth, and improved relationships (Seligman, 2011).
A Positive Psychology Practitioner is a professional who applies Positive Psychology principles in areas such as coaching, training, facilitation, mentoring, teaching, research, counselling, and psychotherapy. To be considered a Positive Psychology Practitioner, one should possess a minimum qualification of Level 3 in Positive Psychology (or its equivalent) in the United Kingdom, along with the necessary research skills to incorporate evidence-based approaches when working with clients. Additionally, practitioners should hold a recognized and reputable qualification in their specific area(s) of Positive Psychology Practice, such as a certificate, degree, or diploma.
Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct
I abide by the Code of Ethics developed by the Positive Psychology Guild. As a Positive Psychology Practitioner, I hereby commit to:
- Honestly presenting my skills, experience, and qualifications in Positive Psychology to my clients and potential clients, and to any other audience engaging in my work;
- Agreeing on a contract outlining service costs and expectations, and the nature of a professional relationship with my clients in advance of any service delivery;
- Disclosing any existing conflict or known potential for conflict with my clients in advance of any service delivery, or as soon as the knowledge of this arises;
- Providing knowledge to my clients on aspects of Positive Psychology that are relevant to their personal and/or professional growth so that they may develop an awareness and basic understanding of this field;
- Supporting my clients in developing a resilient and positive outlook while allowing space for processing of negative situations and emotions that can accompany the reality and challenges of life and work;
- Supporting my clients in the development of Positive Psychology life skills such as critical thinking, being present and authentic, and developing personal character strengths;
- Leading authentically in these above two areas as a positive role model and example to my clients;
- Respecting client confidentiality at all times unless I believe a client is an immediate threat to themselves, or to other people, in which case I will report the situation in an appropriate manner to the relevant authorities;
- Respecting client diversity and cultural differences;
- Respecting client boundaries and avoid using my clients for any kind of personal gain, sexual gratification, or other exploitation;
- Respecting my own professional boundaries and cultivating a practice that includes care for myself as well as care for my clients;
- Maintaining clear, correct, and confidential records of my client work;
- Referring clients to appropriate service providers should I be unable or unwilling to offer my professional support;
- Running an evidence-based practice and correctly referencing any sources I use in my research and/or to support the promotion or visibility of my work;
- Committing to my ongoing professional development in Positive Psychology and other related fields.