Introduction to Positive Psychology

Certified Course With Bucks New University 


Introduction To Positive Psychology has a new home

Our course is now online and is located on our sister website ‘’. Please click on this LINK

( Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this course is currently suspended. If this course interests you, please contact us and we will get in touch as soon as circumstances change)

There is a new online version of this course. Please click here for more information.

Your opportunity to experience the UK’s only university certified short course ‘ Introduction to Positive Psychology’


‘Introduction to Positive Psychology’ is a dynamic two-day course, accredited by Buckinghamshire New University, that will not only open your mind to new ideas and ways of thinking, but also connect and inspire you.

Whether you’re a coach, counsellor, health care worker, teacher, HR professional or simply have an interest in self-development, this course will open your mind to the possibilities of positive psychology and the impact it could have on you and your relationships, both in your personal and professional life.

Learning, not training

Positive psychology, the scientific study of the strengths that allow us to thrive and flourish, is becoming increasingly recognised and adopted in industry, education and healthcare.  This highly fun and interactive course offers a refreshing perspective on this exciting area of science. Dan and Lesley are highly skilled at sharing the evidence based tools from the science of happiness and wellbeing. Unlike most training courses, emphasis is placed on experiential learning.

You will gain


  • An overview of Positive Psychology, its theory and application
  • Knowledge of how to improve creativity, productivity, relationships and self-worth
  • An understanding of the importance of strengths, hope and resilience in modern day life and at work
  • An overview of the MAPP programme for those who are thinking of applying for the course

The hands-on, vocational approach used by Dan and Lesley, will provide you with the skills and knowledge of the evidence based tools of Positive Psychology so you can apply them with others as well as yourself for optimised wellbeing and flourish in all areas of life.

During the two days, you will work in small teams in an experiential learning environment exploring:

  • The power of positive emotions, happiness and wellbeing
  • Strengths, how to identify them and utilise them in both personal and professional environments
  • Strategies from the theory of hope and goal setting
  • How to build resilience
  • The importance of a growth mindset


Don’t just take our word for it, read about what course graduates have said about their experience with us:

“There was a great variety of topics and interest was maintained through the course. I liked the way Dan and Lesley made the material practical and accessible, contextual and relevant. I enjoyed having two trainers who worked so well together.” Emma, Trainer, Counsellor

“This was a good introduction to positive psychology. The course had a relaxed feeling. There was lots of humour and a great group of people.” Neil Wilkie, Chairman Vistage International

“The atmosphere was really friendly and Dan and Lesley were so much fun. The group activities helped me to feel at ease and I found the information presented was all very interesting. I felt a great sense of authenticity in the delivery and there was a great energy in the room.” Emilia Welton, Student

“The whole course was incredibly enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical exercises and discussions and I’m going to incorporate more gratitude and kindness. The course material was fantastic, superb delivery – a truly fun, informative and effective learning environment. I would recommend this course to anyone/everyone. There is a huge potential to incorporate this into the military.”  – Flt Lt Tom Smith, RAF

“I loved every minute – the music and the exercises. They were very intuitive, responsive, proactive instructors who remembered things I said and referred to them throughout the course which shows that they had listened to me.  I think this course would be excellent for customer service employees” 3 words to describe my experience: Laughter, Joy, Excitement  – MeeRa, UAE Prime Minister’s Office

If you would like to read more testimonials please follow this LINK

Positive Psychology Learning Directors

This course is run by Dan Collinson and Lesley Lyle, two alumni Associate Lecturers on the MSC in Applied Positive Psychology course at Buckinghamshire New University. They run Positive Psychology courses, consultancy and coaching within the UK and Internationally. Working with large organisations and for Government departments, they are highly regarded  in both the academic and professional world of Positive Psychology. They are co-founders of The Positive Psychology People website, a non-profit organisation set up to help people around the world access free information about wellbeing that currently has an audience of over 70,000 people.

On completion of this Introduction course you will receive a Certificate from Positive Psychology Learning and Bucks New University and be eligible for a CPD certificate of attendance.



Our Venues

We run our courses in prime locations and venues, so you can relax and feel comfortable in your learning environment.  Our courses are currently run in two locations.

Missenden Abbey

Historic Missenden Abbey is owned by Buckinghamshire (Bucks) New University and is home to our MSc Applied Positive Psychology Course (MAPP).  This beautiful building has a history of more than 800 years, founded in 1133 the former monastery is now a conference centre and hotel

More information about travel, accommodation, parking and facilities here

Whilst on your course you will be treated to sumptuous food and refreshments including their award winning homemade chocolate brownies and a 3-course hot or cold lunch in the restaurant. Overnight accommodation can be arranged with a discount subject to availability (please contact us for further information).  We recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Careys Manor

Careys Manor, Brockenhurst is a magnificent Manor House situated in the New Forest National Park. This 4 star hotel and award winning spa, featured in The Telegraph’s best hotels in Hampshire. Our delegates love this location and frequently arrange to extend their stay a few days longer to enjoy this popular tourist location that is close to forest, coast and parkland. More information about travel, accommodation, parking and facilities here

Further information about courses

The course will run from 9.30 – 5.30 each day. Upon booking and registration you will be sent a joining information pack. For other enquires please contact us

New course dates are detailed below and with discounts offered on some courses for a limited time.

Students who complete the Introduction to Positive Psychology course and then go on to study the MSC in Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks New University, will receive a 10% discount on course fees – a considerable saving of over £900.

If you’d like to find out more, contact us and we would be very happy to answer your questions so you can decide if Positive Psychology is for you.

MAPP Course

Many of our delegates are interested in the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) course at Bucks New University. As former students on the first ever cohort, we are able to share an insight into what it is like to study for this Masters degree whilst also holding down a full-time job and having family commitments.

Additionally, as Associate Lecturers on the current programme we can answer any questions you have about content and delivery and how you can choose to complete the course on site, by distance learning or a combination of both.

Delegates who attend this course will be entitled to 10% discount on MAPP course fees (currently over £900) and we are happy to support applications and provide references based on attendance over the two days.

Listen to some of the comments of our previous delegates who went on to enrol on the MAPP course.