Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients

Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients

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By (author) Ben Dean, By (author) Robert Biswas-Diener

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 23mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 18 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 047004246X
  • ISBN 13: 9780470042465
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 96,079

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Positive psychology moves psychology from a medical model toward a strengths model to help clients shore up their strengths and thereby lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients provides concrete language and interventions for integrating positive psychology techniques into any mental health practice.

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Robert Biswas-Diener, MS, holds a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University and in 2005, founded Meridian Life Coaching, LC, to provide life coaching services to a wide range of academics and professionals, He is known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive psychology," with his studies taking him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Spain, Kenya, Israel, and India, where he has worked with remote groups of people traditionally overlooked by researchers. Ben Dean, PhD, MCC, is one of the most influential figures in the world of coaching. In 1997 he founded MentorCoach LLC, the first coach training school exclusively focused on training mental health professionals, which has trained thousands of clinicians and other mental health professionals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. He also publishes several widely read e-newsletters, including Coaching Toward Happiness, Therapist as Coach, and eCoach.

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"This is definitely a book I would keep." (Human Resources, March 2008) "Reading it was like getting that introduction from two very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable friends." (People Management, Thursday 12th July 2007) "...designed to help you learn how to put positive psychology into practice..." (Personnel Today, September 2007) "This book is packed with erudite and reputable references." (Training & Coaching Today, October 2007) "This is definitely a book I would keep" (Human Resources, March 2008) "...it contains some interesting ideas which challenge standard psychoanalytic theory..." (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2008) "...designed to teach how to put [positive psychology]...into practice and empower others to set and meet their personal goals" (Human Givens, Vol. 15 #1)

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Finding the best in people and inspiring them to focus on their strengths and live out their potential is one of the fundamental principles behind positive psychology. Written by respected researcher Robert Biswas--Diener and renowned coach Ben Dean-both established experts in positive psychology--"Positive Psychology Coaching" is an accessible new guide designed to help you learn how to put positive psychology into practice to motivate, manage, and empower others to set and meet their personal goals, and to live happier, more meaningful lives.This empirically based book draws on the science and relevant psychological research behind positive psychology and teaches you how to assess, develop, and utilize clients' individual character strengths. Part One presents a foundation of positive psychology coaching: the definition, cultivation, maintenance, and benefits of happiness. Part two covers an additional pillar of positive psychology-the development and use of character strengths and virtues. Finally, Part Three applies positive psychology to the workplace, and discusses ways to use positive psychology to build your practice.With the authors invaluable firsthand experiences informing the practical advice and wisdom within its pages, "Positive Psychology Coaching" is a visionary work that guides both he new and seasoned professional in helping clients lead happier, goal-oriented, and ultimately more fulfilling lives.

Table of contents

Introduction. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1: The Coaching Paradox and the Positive Psychology Solution. Foundation I: Happiness and Positivity. Chapter 2: Happiness: The Goal We Rarely Talk About. Chapter 3: Choosing Happiness: Goals, Relationships, and Positive Thinking. Chapter 4: Solid Happiness Interventions. Foundation II: Character Strengths. Chapter 5: Strengths Coaching. Chapter 6: Coaching to Personal Strengths. Chapter 7: Coaching to Social Strengths. Special Topics in Positive Psychology Coaching. Chapter 8: Helping Clients Craft the Perfect Job. Chapter 9: The Future of Positive Psychology Coaching. Appendix: Planning Positive Psychology Coaching Sessions. Notes. Index.