Masterclass workshops: Positive psychology – the latest thinking

What is the need?

A key organisational role of HR functions is the well-being of employees, not only because it benefits employees, but because it contributes to organisational performance. In this context HR professionals frequently draw on lessons from the field of psychology. But psychology has been criticised as primarily dedicated to addressing ‘illness’ rather than mental ‘wellness’, so is there something new here for HR to explore?

The unifying idea behind positive psychology is the search for what works and what is good, which is in stark contrast to the traditional ways of thinking in both psychology and business where the focus is on finding what isn’t working and trying to fix it.

Research supports the benefits to organisations and to individuals. Studies show that positive emotions play a role in the development of psychological resilience, and also indicate that positive emotions help people who were previously under stress relax back to their physiological baseline.

Three distinct areas of focus in the subject of positive psychology can be identified:

  • individuals: how people can be successful and feel good about it
  • organisations: how organisations can get the most from people and help them feel good
  • society: what society and government can do to help people succeed and feel good

Objectives of the course

The course is designed to give people:

  • an understanding of the latest thinking in positive psychology
  • the opportunity to think how these ideas can be applied in their organisation
  • the chance to practise some aspects of positive psychology, thereby providing live evaluation of the benefits

Why this course?

This course provides an under-pinning of the benefits of Positive Psychology, drawing on the latest thinking. In an intensive day it gives a key overview for those who need to be aware of the concepts and the real-life experiences of its application. It also provides a focused lead-in for HR professionals who wish to take the ideas further and to embed them into HR processes and practices.

Style of the course

The course will provide an overview of the latest thinking and research and also give people the opportunity to reflect what these mean for themselves and their organisations.


  • introduction to Positive Psychology and how the key elements fit together
  • positive Psychology, and the relation to other branches of psychology
  • positive emotions:
      • happiness
      • well-being
      • impact of happiness and well-being on performance
  • strengths-focused development:
      • what strengths are
      • how to identify strengths
      • how to use strengths
      • how to create states of flow
  • positive mental states:
      • confidence
      • optimism
      • resilience
      • hope
      • effect of positive mental states on performance
      • how to build positive mental states
  • action planning

Who should attend this course?

  • individuals who want to learn about the latest thinking in positive psychology
  • HR consultants, both internal and external, who need to be able to advise clients on leading edge developments in HR
  • HR professionals, to gain an overview of the concepts and applicability of positive psychology in their own organisation
  • learning and development professionals who want to experience a new approach to people and organisational development


Half a day

CPD course pricing

Unless otherwise stated, in-house course fees are as follows:

CPD in-house training per day (excl. VAT)
non-members of the IES HR Network £1,640
members of the IES HR Network £1,450

Contact us

For more information or to book a Masterclass workshop, please get in touch to discuss your requirements with us.

Email: Emma Stewart-Rigby

Call: 01273 763433