Seph Fontane Pennock is a Netherlands-based positive psychology practitioner. He founded the Positive Psychology Program, which aims to facilitate integration of the scientific and practical sides of positive psychology. Full bio.
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Two years ago, I posted the following question in our Facebook group:
The answers I got were unanimous and clear: Positive psychology exercises.So I called Hugo Alberts. Hugo is the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to positive psychology. Maybe in general. He’s my friend, business partner, but above all a big source of energy and inspiration in my life.
His personal collection of coaching, research, and positive psychology resources is insane. Trust me, I’ve seen it. He has gigabytes of materials on his hard drive all sorted, labeled, everything. He’s like a squirrel saving up nuts for a positive psychology apocalypse.
During that phone call, we immediately decided that we were going to build an epic resource for practitioners, or ‘helping professionals’ as we call them, that would help them to apply all of positive psychology’s research findings.
The focus would be on exercises, sometimes called interventions, but it would also include all of the necessary measurement tools, such as the following scales:
So we pretty much dropped everything and focused on building The Positive Psychology Practitioner’s Toolkit as we used to call it. Right now we just call it ‘the toolkit’ or ‘our baby’.
It Was The Summer Of ‘15…
We finished and launched the toolkit after a summer of all-nighters, technical challenges, and victory moments.
Those were the best days of my life. O yea.
The response was overwhelming. We immediately got tons of signups (300-400 in the first week I believe) and a lot of positive feedback.
We were happy. Yes, we celebrated our success. For a moment. But we were far from satisfied. Our work had just begun.
The Positive Psychology Toolkit 2.0
As the year went by we added more and more tools and gathered a lot of feedback from our users.
Early in my career I had learned that if you want your product or service to be successful, all you have to do is (ask and) listen and act on what you hear, or don’t hear.
I won’t bore you with all of the details, but there were a lot of things that we could improve such as the speed of the site and its usability.
We solved all of this with the 2.0 version of the toolkit that we launched in the fall of 2016. We also added a community forum so that all of our toolkit users could request new tools and interact with each other.
Again, the relaunch was a success and we got feedback from our members like:
If you’re interested to see an example of how our members are applying these tools, be sure to check out Catherine Bell’s blogpost.
What’s in it for you?
By now you have an idea about what got us to develop this toolkit. In case you’ve never heard of it before you are probably wondering what it contains exactly.
The Positive Psychology Toolkit is an online resource platform filled with 135+ positive psychology interventions, exercises, assessments, scales, activities and questionnaires.
These tools are all based on positive psychology’s subfields such as compassion, forgiveness, goal-setting, mindset, motivation, resilience, gratitude, happiness, mindfulness, savoring, strengths, and values.
Together with our team of researchers (four Ph.D.’s and three people with coaching experience) with plenty of field experience, we are making sure the toolkit only contains high-quality tools that are backed up by science. If a tool is not science-based, it will explicitly say so. We believe it is important not to deal with hunches and best guesses.
We also collaborate with universities and organizations such as the VIA Institute to include some of the validated and well-known tools that are already out there.
People who subscribe to the toolkit can use these tools with their clients without worrying about intellectual property issues since we have take care of getting clearance.
Is the toolkit something for you?
The toolkit is for helping professionals who seek to improve the mental well-being of their clients, employees, students or peers.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- (Life) coaches
- (HR) managers and leaders
- Health care professionals
The interventions and exercises in the toolkit are not specifically designed for adults or kids. You can take these tools and adapt them to make them suitable for specific situations. I say that with the following (boring) disclaimer:
Note that these tools are intended to be used within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you may use the tools within your field of clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but is not authorized to use the tools for clinical populations or in the place of clinical interventions. Positive Psychology Program B.V. is not responsible for unauthorized usage of the tools.
What our users are saying
In addition to the glowing reviews by Ilona Boniwell, Ryan Niemiec, and Emiliya Zhivotovskaya that we featured in an earlier article on Positive Psychology News, here is some of the feedback we have been getting from another user:
“The Positive Psychology Toolkit is a brilliant place for practitioners to learn exactly – step by step – how to apply interventions for their clients. The tools build on positive psychology research and principles and are very practical and easy to use.
This is a real treasure chest of ideas and application.”
Lisa Sansom | Speaker, Coach and President at MAPP Alumni
How the toolkit is going to save you time and money
- You no longer have to spend hours and hours Googling for the right tools and formatting them nicely. We have done the work for you.
- The tools are categorized and easily accessible online in a printable PDF-format, which makes them a breeze to use in your own therapy sessions, workshops, trainings, coaching, or classroom.
- References and credits are always included. You can be sure that you’re backed up by science in your work.
- You can build courses and programs around these tools without worrying about the intellectual property rights as long as you don’t republish them.
- New tools are added every month!
- Besides having access to all the tools, you also get access to our online community of experienced positive psychology practitioners where you can ask for advice, share your thoughts, and discuss the tools.
I think it’s safe to say that all these benefits combined make this toolkit an all-in-one resource for practitioners.
Ralph Waldo Emerson beautifully sums how we feel about our mission, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” We can to help you help other people be more fulfilled, experience more meaning and to breathe easier.
So what do you say? Will you join us on this mission?
Join us here if you’re ready to put a dent in the universe, even if it’s in a small way.
Thanks to your support, we can develop more tools that help professionals in different fields to change lives by applying positive psychology, contribute to research projects all over the world and grow a sustainable business in the process.
So thank you.
Oh, by the way, I’m always here and happy to help if you have any questions.
You can reach me personally at: firstname.lastname@example.org