Episode #6

SHOW NOTES – Interview with Dr. Suzy Green


Integrating Coaching and Positive Education with Dr. Suzy Green

About Suzy:

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder and CEO of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology. Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. She lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy also currently holds Honorary Academic positions at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne, the Black Dog Institute and she is an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University.

Key information:

  • What are the benefits of coaching in a school context?
  • How does coaching integrate with Positive Education?
  • How can we cultivate a coaching culture within a school context?
  • What are the benefits of student-to-student coaching?
  • What does it look like when coaching is implemented effectively in a school?
  • How can coaching cultivate a sense of meaning in life?

    Episode Content:

    00:00 – Introduction and welcome
    01:59 – How did Suzy come to work in the Positive Education field?
    05:33 – Suzy’s Doctorate of Positive Psychology – the first in Australia
    06:36 – How are Positive Education and Coaching complementary approaches?
    08:55 – What are the benefits of coaching? What are the misconceptions about what coaching is and what it isn’t?
    13:17 – How can you cultivate a coaching culture within a school context?
    16:57 – Where can schools start with implementing a coaching culture?
    19:57 – What are the benefits of peer coaching? (students coaching students)
    21:14 – Positive examples where peer coaching has worked well.
    23:58 – How much depth should we provide our students in order to be effective in peer-to-peer coaching?
    28:06 – Positive observations that teachers have made of their students engaging in coaching
    30:23 – Why does coaching save time, rather than consume time?
    31:43 – Suzy’s work at the University of Sydney teaching applied positive psychology  
    33:14 – How to integrate a coaching culture with your own practice
    34:44 – Suzy’s work with the Positivity Institute and current focus
    38:33 – How can coaching cultivate a sense of meaning in life?
    42:32 – Wrap-up and farewell

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