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We are very happy and proud to announce the release of the toolkit’s 200th tool (download it here). To celebrate we are giving the tool away for free!
Recently we sat down with the Positive Psychology Program’s newest team member, Lucinda Poole and talked about the Positive Psychology Toolkit, the creation of the 200th tool and its application.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at the Positive Psychology Program
My name is Lucinda Poole and I’m a psychologist from Australia. I’ve been very lucky to come to the Netherlands and work with Hugo Alberts and the PPP team. I did my doctorate in clinical psychology in Melbourne. For PPP I mostly work with Hugo on developing tools for the toolkit. We release 5 new tools per month and my role is to come up with 5 new concepts for each month. I love doing that. Aside from the Toolkit I also help the team with other tasks.
What is the Positive Psychology Toolkit in a nutshell?
The Toolkit is basically an online resource with everything a practitioner might need to use positive psychology with a client. I really see the toolkit as a resource that helps helping professionals. It includes hundreds of exercises and interventions. They are all categorized into different aspects of positive psychology, strengths, compassion or savouring. An example might be if a practitioner is looking to work with a client on developing more self-compassion he or she could open up the toolkit and select from a number of different exercises that are all designed to enhance self-compassion. They can then use that tool with a client.
Tell us about the 200th tool you are sharing for free?
It is a goal visualization tool and is a practice of envisioning a future possibility. The idea came about in April, after the positive psychology masterclass. Hugo ran a similar exercise to the one we have created. It was such a powerful exercise. I found it very powerful to take one of my current life goals, one that I was hoping to complete in the next year and really bring it back down to earth, rather than it being some goal that’s in the future. It helped me to start thinking practically in managing that goal. From having that experience we created a tool for the toolkit because it is helpful for anyone who wants to achieve a goal in life. I loved creating the tool.
Who can use it?
Anyone can use the tool. Anyone who has a goal in their life. It’s about a goal that you want to achieve in one year from now. It’s not like a long-term goal but also not a short-term goal. It’s for anyone with a goal that they would like to achieve within a 1-year timeframe.
What about its application?
It can be applied in a one on one context. If the coach was working with the client individually, I think the tool would work very nicely to help someone envision the future goal. I also think it would be helpful in a work setting. If a team had a particular target they wanted to achieve, I think it would be a helpful exercise for everyone in the team to close their eyes and do the visualization individually… and then share what they came up with together afterwards. What would happen is that everyone will come up with different ideas or steps of how that particular target could be met. And that might be a really helpful brainstorm, I think it would be a nice way to come up with lots of different ideas.
What do you like best about the tool?
The mental imagery aspect of it. Doing these types of visualizations could be a quite abstract and abnormal thing to do for a lot of people. It takes people a little bit out of their comfort zone, which is interesting. When you allow yourself to do it, it can be a really powerful and valuable experience, an inspiring and uplifting exercise. I really like that bit about it. I think the idea of closing your eyes and just being with yourself in this visualization is a beautiful experience.
There is also an evaluation component to the tool and that is really important. It is important to turn your visualization into words rather than keep it all in your head, it helps to bring it into reality. Particularly the last point of the tool: any insights you can use to move closer to your goals. In this section, it would be helpful to write down exactly what you are thinking in terms of the action you can take because in the visualization we look a month in the future, 6 months in the future and then reach the year point. The landmarks…. you can actually write these down, put it in words so you won’t forget it. The evaluation part of the exercise is a very helpful process.
We hope you enjoy the tool and that it will help to increase the wellbeing of you and the people around you.
All the best,
Hugo Alberts, Seph Fontane Pennock, Craig Smith & Lucinda Poole