Become a Leader in Coaching-for-Wellbeing
The aim of this program is to help international and independent schools build staff wellbeing by embedding positive psychology coaching practices in their school communities. We do this by training, inspiring, and equipping an on-site team and supporting them through an active global network of Certified Positive Peer Coaches.
Positive psychology coaching has been shown to improve...
Individual and Team Wellbeing
Performance and Collaboration
Life and Work Satisfaction
Equip Your Team of Staff Wellbeing Champions
Certified Positive Peer Coaches form a staff support team at your school who model and facilitate research-backed positivity and wellbeing practices in everyday life and work.
We’re aiming to create a “distributed ripple effect” of wellbeing by equipping and supporting key staff members in each department and division to coach their peers both formally and informally.
As part of the certification process, Positive Peer Coaches are asked to design their own peer coaching vision. This is a simple plan for how they would like to offer coaching support to their colleagues.
Our peer coaches are doing this in many different ways using resources provided on the Positivity Playground...
In-house professional development workshops
On-site group coaching sessions
Brief (30-minute) individual coaching sessions
"Walk and Talk" coaching conversations
Online group coaching (goal setting and check-ins)
As a participant in this program, we'll equip you with evidence-based coaching skills to apply with your colleagues and fellow members in the Positivity Playground peer coaching network. These practices can easily be applied to amplify your impact with students and enhance your personal relationships as well.
Positive Peer Coaching
Coaching as a
Way of Being
World-Class Professional Coach Training
The Positive Peer Coach Training Program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation, which sets the global standard for professional coach training.
We proudly award our program graduates with 35 hours of ICF Approved
Coach Specific Training Hours (ASCTH).
What Will You Learn in This Program?
By the end of this program, you'll know how to confidently and naturally facilitate strengths-based, solutions-focused, and emotionally intelligent conversations that bring energy, support, and a positive focus to the people around you.
You'll have the resources and confidence you need to facilitate group coaching sessions and individual laser coaching sessions. You'll also be able to bring a positive psychology coaching approach to informal conversations in your everyday life and work.
Key Learning Outcomes
Recognize what coaching is and isn't, and apply the science behind how coaching supports wellbeing, performance, and collaboration.
Continually integrate the International Coaching Federation Core Competencies into formal and informal coaching conversations.
Practice coaching from your own strengths while coaching people around their strengths to manage energy and function at their best.
Utilize the constructs of Positive Psychological Capital to help people activate and develop powerful internal wellbeing resources.
Collaborate with coachees to establish a compelling future vision, build upon past successes, and activate resources to create desired outcomes.
Translate the art of coaching into everyday life, infusing person-centered, solution-focused perspectives into all your conversations.
Who is the Program Facilitator?
This program was created by Kristin Lowe, MAOP, ACC, CPPC.
Kristin is the Host and Lead Coach of the Positivity Playground Global Peer Coaching Network, and she facilitates this Positive Peer Coaching and Certification Program twice each school year.
Kristin is a former international school teacher who now works as an Organizational Psychologist, Positive Education Consultant, Certified Positive Psychology Coach, and Certified Brief (Solution Focused) Coach.
Kristin is an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation, committed to bringing professional coach training to international and independent school staff. She is also a Certified International Counselor, an ATD Master Instructional Designer, and an Accredited Strengths Profile Practitioner.
What is the Time Commitment?
This is a 16-week course which includes...
Self-paced online learning modules and asynchronous online discussions with your cohort and Lead Coach
(approximately 2.5 hours per module; 15 hours total)
Eight 2.5-hour Zoom group practice sessions held on Saturdays from 10:30am-1:00pm Amsterdam time (CET/CEST)
Two 30-minute recorded coaching sessions with a colleague, followed by a guided reflection and feedback process
Two 1-hour Mentoring Calls where you receive individual coaching and feedback on your recorded sessions from your Mentor Coach
What are the Dates for the Next Cohort?
Our next cohort will begin on September 3rd, 2022. Participants will be invited to join the Positivity Playground, access the program and start meeting their fellow cohort members in August.
The required group sessions* will take place from 10:30am-1:00pm Amsterdam time (CET/CEST) on these dates...
*Attendance is mandatory for the group sessions. However, we know that "life happens" and we can't always make our schedules work.
If you cannot attend a group session, you may make up a maximum of one missed session by arranging your own group of three program participants to complete the exercise and share your group debrief.
If you miss more than one group session, you can fulfill the group practice requirement by joining the missed sessions with the next cohort. Additional fees will apply for individual registrants; this fee is waived for employees of Positivity Playground Member Schools.
Continuous Development and Re-Certification
The initial certification is valid for one year. To maintain certification, continue growing as a coach, and give back to their school and Positivity Playground communities, Positive Peer Coaches are asked to do the following each school year...
Host/Co-Host at least one group coaching session for colleagues at their school
Attend at least two partner practice sessions w/other Certified Coaches
Offer at least 2 hours of individual coaching to Playground members
Participate in one Mentoring Call with a Mentor Coach
What Graduates Say About This Program
MS/HS Vocal Music Teacher
American School of Doha
"It has been a transformative 3 months for me. The Positive Peer Coaching program gave me so many skills for being a curious and empathetic active listener and provided a lovely community for growth.
I am so excited to share my skills and love of human potential with my fellow Playgrounders and colleagues.
I believe that hope, optimism, and positivity are contagious - and I look forward to helping my fellow Peer Coaches spread those ideals around our school.
This program has made me a better person, friend, teacher and colleague. The information and skills learned are all based in science and immediately applicable."
Olga Van Doorn
MS/HS Music, Head of Performing Arts
Dalian American International School
"I learned how to be fully present, listen in a different way, hear what is not said, manage conversations without giving advice or highlighting yourself, help shift problem talk to solutions talk, and keep a positive emotional and mental atmosphere.
When you participate in this program you will feel safe, you will be accepted for who you are, your strengths will be highlighted, your emotional background will be highly respected, and you will make new friends who share similar values and beliefs.
I am very excited to share my new passion with my colleagues and friends on the Playground, in school, and in my personal environment. It is a great chance for us to grow emotionally and mentally."
Grade 4 Teacher
American School of The Hague
"This program changed the way I think and approach conversations with family, friends and colleagues. It has taught me to listen more actively and be more curious in my conversations. I was also blessed with meeting amazing people from schools around the world.
I am so excited to get started and use my coaching skills to help others solve problems and achieve goals. It is like having a superpower that unlocks the best in others.
This program is life changing, and the skills that you learn can not only be used in the workplace but in your personal life as well. It has been so rewarding to meet and work with the other participants. It has helped me be more curious and open ended in my conversations with other, and it has sharpened my listening skills as well."
Middle School Counselor
American School of Doha
"Becoming a part of the Positivity Playground and taking the Positive Peer Coaching course has provided a safe place for me to grow personally and professionally, while also taking care of my own well-being. I loved being encouraged and supported by others at a time in my life when I was feeling fatigued.
A major highlight for me has been the discovery and power of coaching as a way of being. It has been so reassuring and reaffirming of so many beliefs and practices in my life. I feel that I have a greater awareness of myself and others and can live my life with more intentionality in terms of really 'being' there for others.
I feel empowered and equipped to make a greater impact on the well-being of others and my own well-being too!"
Nikki Hutchison Craik
Assistant Principal for Wellbeing
Qatar Academy Sidra
"I'm excited to see what the Positivity Playground looks like a year from now at QAS. I'm equally excited about how I can introduce the program to my new school.
The highlight of this journey for me was learning more about my strengths and how to incorporate the strengths of others into coaching sessions. More than anything, I value the fabulous people I met on this Positivity journey."
Grade 1 Teacher
American International School of Guangzhou
"The Positive Peer Coach Training Program was a rewarding learning journey. The program challenged me to weave together knowledge and skills while learning alongside a cohort of incredible people.
As I was working towards spotting the strengths of others, I've become more aware of my strengths and how I can use them to work towards achieving the goals in my life!"
MS Counselor & EAL Specialist
American School of Doha
"The Positive Peer Coaching course was such a fantastic learning experience and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of people.
One of the highlights of this learning journey for me was being given the space to reflect on my own strengths and weaknesses and building confidence in myself.
Another highlight is using the strengths-based and solutions-focused approaches with my colleagues during meetings and my students (whether in class or in a counseling session).
It is a very powerful feeling to help a student move out of the cloud of negative self-talk into a more positive and hopeful conversation where they can recognize even the small successes and gains they have made. It is exciting to feel that you have moved a conversation, whether with a student or a colleague, from problem-focused talk to solutions-focused talk."
ECC Learning Support Teacher
American School of The Hague
"One top highlight from this entire journey for me was my cohort and the coaching sessions that we did on our Saturday get togethers. This was such a powerful, safe, warm and friendly group that was supportive, respectful, encouraging, understanding, present, and accepting.
Another of my highlights was learning what peer coaching is. The whole process and framework are something that I will use in other ways beyond coaching.
I am so excited about being able to support my fellow members through Positive Peer Coaching in the Playground and in my school because I feel that I can truly help others and want to.
I would recommend this program to anyone in my school or life that is looking for a way to improve the way that they communicate and anyone that wants to make a change in their life to be honest.
Participating in this program has definitely built my personal positivity and wellbeing. It made me realize how incredible it was to be part of something that focused on wellbeing. I am so grateful for this opportunity."
American International School of Guangzhou
"This positive peer coach training has helped me to better understand myself as a person. In this learning journey, I have discovered my inner strengths. The meeting with new people and learning from each other was another highlight for me.
Positive Peer Coaching practices have become one of my passions. To those who are considering joining this program, I would say don’t even consider it, just DO IT! The learning in this program is a life-changing experience.
To add to that, the people who run this program are super helpful and supportive; they guide us into the learning very carefully so we can gradually acquire understanding of what we are doing. All the learning materials are easy to access and to digest.
The sequence of the tasks, assignments, and the time given to complete it all make perfect sense and are doable. They also give us ample opportunities to practice what we learned with our cohort.
Last but not least, we still can engage with this program even after we finish."