PPG advocates the importance of peer learning, support and networking in facilitating professional development and best practice.
We offer two access routes to encourage this. Practitioner members may request to join a community of practice or engage in our peer exchange process. These are optional, you can take part in one, both or neither, although we do recommend that practitioner members find appropriate support through PPG or by other routes.
Join a Community of Practice
As a practitioner member of the guild, you may apply to join one of the communities of practice. These communities are facilitated by practitioner members. They aim to provide a supportive group space for reflective practice, personal growth and ongoing professional development for Positive Psychology practitioners.
The communities meet on a regular basis either in person or online (e.g. via Zoom) and there may be an additional fee charged by the facilitator for joining or to meet agreed costs. There is also a private group space within our membership site where you may connect with the facilitator and other group members in between the meet-ups.
What is a Community of Practice?
A Community of Practice (COP) is a small group that enables practitioners to meet regularly to support their professional development in a safe, confidential space by facilitating learning, CPD, networking and support.
Although the COP is not the same as supervision, it allows peers the chance to share experiences and challenges experienced as part of their practice and access feedback, different perspectives, affirmation and support. It also promotes best reflective practice to enhance services for the client and learning and self care for the practitioner.
A COP may be organised around fields of practice (coaching/counselling/teaching etc), areas of subject expertise (strengths/resilience etc) or domains of practice (working with businesses/education/mental health etc). The exact nature and size of the group may be influenced by the way in which it is organised.
Groups can be closed. That is, have a fixed committed, small (6-10) membership, where ongoing conversations and relationships are an important part of the dynamic, such as groups of coaches or counsellors who may discuss ethical and client issues.
In some groups, numbers and participants may vary according to interest. This would generally be applicable for COPs arranged around subject expertise. For example, a group arranged around an interest in neuroscience may be happy to have a larger number of members (perhaps up to 20) and feel comfortable with members attending meetings in a less committed manner according to the topic for the meeting.
Aims of a Community of Practice
- To create a supportive, reflective group where individuals can develop their PP Practice;
- To promote the application of the PP Guild ethical standards and guidelines for practitioners;
- To allow members to discuss the practicalities and issues around implementation of these with peers in a safe environment and gain feedback;
- To provide the opportunity for learning from and discussion with peers facilitating new perspectives and CPD;
- To encourage participation in and support for research projects and discussion of new research findings;
- To promote networking with peers;
- To support practitioner wellbeing;
- To feedback to the Guild on members’ needs to enhance services offered to support the profession.
How to Join or Start a COP
To join a COP, you must be a practitioner member of the Guild.
To start a COP, you must also be on the Register of Positive Psychology Practitioners (for more information on the register, please click here)
lf you would like to join or start a COP, please contact us at: email@example.com
A member of our team will reach out to you and guide you through the application or start-up process.
The Peer Exchange Scheme
The peer exchange is an optional process where two practitioner members (any level) meet to touch base as often as they wish to discuss and reflect on their practitioner experiences.
This process sits alongside our Communities of Practice (COP) initiative. Members of Communities of Practice groups may choose to pair up to complete a peer exchange on an annual or more frequent basis, or connect with another member to do this.
Those who don’t wish to, or don’t have time to engage in a COP, may prefer to connect with the peer exchange process. The peer exchange process can be particularly useful for lone practitioner workers to assess and celebrate their progress and develop aspirations and specific goals for future development.
PPG offers guidelines for the peer exchange that take into account the 3 Core Competencies (confident practice, authentic leadership, professional integrity), 3 Positive Paradigms (person-centered, strengths based, hope oriented), and PPG’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners.
Practitioner members may find their “peers” through social networking, use known colleagues or via PPG. The process is voluntary and scheduled any time during the membership year. There will be no financial exchange between the peers. PPG will have a reporting system for any complaints around this process. It will not monitor this process but rather encourage it as a suggested practice.
Aims of the Peer Exchange
The peer exchange aims to:
- Help identify and celebrate what has gone well;
- Highlight lessons learned and progress made;
- Look at support systems and personal wellbeing;
- Review areas of good practice and encourage reflection on areas for development in a supportive manner;
- Help envisage how the “ideal practice” would look for the person and steps needed to achieve this;
- To help craft a plan for ongoing professional progress.
Accessing the Peer Exchange
Practitioner members may request a peer exchange by contacting PPG by email or completing the request form on the website. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org