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The Positive Psychology Coaching Postvention Programme for Suicide Loss Survivors

 The Positive Psychology Coaching Postvention Programme 

Positive Psychology Coaching is an evidence-based coaching practice informed by the theories and research of positive psychology for the enhancement of resilience, achievement, and wellbeing. Positive Psychology Coaching has been recommended to increase mental toughness and facilitate growth and wellbeing in individuals facing adversity like losing a loved one to suicide. This 8-week Positive Psychology Coaching Postvention Programme will be delivered to adult suicide loss survivors. This programme uses the theories and evidence of positive psychology and the Appreciative Inquiry 4D framework adapted from Cooperider & Whitney (2003).

How does it work?

The Positive Psychology Coaching Postvention Programme will be exclusively offered to adult suicide loss survivors. The programme will contain four phases and will be delivered on Zoom. All sessions will last for 60 minutes. Debrief and follow-up notes will be sent after each session. Multiple psychometric tests and positive psychology interventions will be effectively administered throughout the coaching programme to further enhance growth and wellbeing pathways for survivors. 

Phase 1- Discover

The pre-programme discovery session:  A 60-minute free discovery one-one session will be delivered via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet with me, to discuss the full details of the programme, the safeguarding measures and to assess fit. There is no obligation to sign up for the programme after this session. However, if interested, the cost of the programme and timelines will be discussed, and a coaching contract will be prepared for the programme. 

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  • Prior to session 1

Participants of the programme will be invited to take a validated growth scale to measure their posttraumatic growth in the following domains: appreciation of life, personal strength, relating to others, new possibilities, spiritual and existential change, and awareness of the body. 

  • Session 1

This is an exploratory session. The domains from the growth measure will be discussed and explored at length, and the participant will be requested to choose one domain or more domains that they wish to work on for the duration of this coaching engagement. 

  • Session 2

Prior to session 2, participants will be invited to complete a validated character strengths survey. Character strengths are the foundation of flourishing, and are crucial to one’s wellbeing. Character strengths include creativity, curiosity, judgement, love of learning, perspective, bravery, perseverance, honesty, zest, love, kindness, social intelligence, teamwork, fairness, leadership, forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation, appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humour and spirituality. Character strengths have vital consequences, and can be linked to different outcomes for survivors. Previous research has indicated that the use of character strengths in trauma survivors can lead to growth, with individuals who experience traumatic situations having the potential to learn lessons about life that can shape their character and facilitate growth. Additionally, in studies that used character strengths to aid addiction recovery, results showed a significant improvement in participants’ recovery and wellbeing. In this coaching session, character strengths, and in particular participants' top signature strengths will be explored and discussed. The participant will work with me to develop their strengths to help facilitate wellbeing and growth. 

Phase 2 - Dream

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  • Session 3

In this part of the Dream phase, participants will be invited to complete a well-validated writing positive psychology intervention in their chosen domain(s). Previous studies have established that expressive writing interventions when offered to trauma survivors facilitated greater psychological wellbeing, a key factor that enables growth. Writing about one's best future self also helps integrate a person’s priorities with life goals boosting wellbeing, hope, better emotional health, mood and affect and general functioning outcomes. This intervention has also been shown to uplift positive emotions, optimism and positive expectations about the future potentially paving the way for growth for survivors. In this session, the writing interventions will be explored and discussed with action steps to facilitate growth. 

  • Session 4

In this session, we will continue working on the Dream phase, focussing extensively on what the participant is looking to achieve in his/her chosen domain(s) in the future. I will use tools like peak experience to dive deeper and bring out the participant's aspirations.

Phase 3 - Design

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  • Session 5

Using the data and deep discussions from the Dream Phase, participants will work with me to design and set their top goals in their chosen domain(s). After the session, the participant will be requested to complete an extensive positive psychology intervention focussing on hope. There has been substantial research on the benefits of hope that have been widely published in psychology. For instance, studies have shown that individuals who are hopeful and successful at setting goals can enhance wellbeing over a period of time and increase overall life satisfaction. Hope can contribute to mental toughness, resilience and the ability to cope under pressure. There is also a high correlation between hope and improved self-esteem and strengthened interpersonal relationships. Research has shown that hope has a positive correlation with posttraumatic growth.

  • Session 6

In this session, we will continue working on the Dream phase, focussing extensively on what the participant is looking to achieve in his/her chosen domain(s) in the future. I will use tools like peak experience to dive deeper and bring out the participant's aspirations.

Phase 4 -
Destiny/ Deliver

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  • Sessions 7 & 8

Over these two sessions the coaching will continue to focus on working with participants as they take action on moving their goals forward. These will be in alignment with the learnings and discussions from the Discovery, Dream, and Design phases. Evidence-based coaching models will be adopted to facilitate deep pathways of growth and wellbeing through the accomplishment of their goals. Wellbeing, and growth scales will be used to measure outcomes following the programme and discussed with the participant, allowing them to view their progression. Final reviews and completion steps will be adopted.

What's next? 

Contact me to find out more or book the discovery session

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Why am I qualified to create, and run the coaching positive postvention programme for suicide loss survivors?

In 2001, I lost my father to suicide. My lived experiences of trauma, suicide bereavement, and posttraumatic growth (growth following adversity) drove me to find deeper meaning and purpose by helping individuals after their highly stressful life events. My aim is to use psychological science to help suicide loss survivors thrive by facilitating growth in their lives, helping them thrive, and creating change through recognition of their newfound wisdom and strengths.

In addition to my lived experience as a suicide loss survivor, I also bring suitable academic qualifications, training, and accreditation for my dual role as a coaching practitioner and researcher. I am a Coaches Training Institute (CTI) trained coach, European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accredited practitioner, and a Neuro-linguistic practitioner. I am also effectively trained in assisting those bereaved by suicide through the Postvention Assisting Those Bereaved by Suicide programme. I am a helpline volunteer with the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBs) where I assist suicide loss survivors with their grief on a weekly basis. I hold a double master’s degree and recently I passed the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) programme at the University of East London (UEL) with a distinction.

Through this programme, I gained expertise in evidence-based coaching models, and positive psychology interventions and specialised in the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth. My final MSc dissertation was a phenomenological study of posttraumatic growth through positive nutrition, for which I was awarded a high distinction. I am currently a Ph.D. researcher at the University of East London. Through my research, my aim is to create positive postventions for suicide loss survivors to facilitate their wellbeing, posttraumatic growth and embodiment. 


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