A different kind of happy-positive psychology and coaching psychology in the Middle-East
Positive psychology coaching has the potential to support individuals in achieving their goals while promoting their wellbeing at the same time. Yet, coaching and wellbeing can mean different things in non-European parts of the world. Drawing on their research in the UAE and the Middle East, the presenters introduce the similarities and differences of happiness and wellbeing, positive psychology interventions that work (or not) in the region, and how coaches may need to adapt their approach when working in – or with people from – the region. The presenters highlight ways in which research and practice can support the development of an indigenous positive psychology and coaching psychology for the region.
Silvia King is an enthusiastic empowerer of people. She works with individuals and teams to help them flourish through 1-to-1 Positive Psychology coaching and workshops. Silvia holds an MA/lic.oec.publ. from the University of Zurich and an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology from the University of East London. She has over 15 years’ experience in cross-cultural corporate contexts.
Dr. Louise Lambert is a Canadian registered psychologist who develops, delivers, and evaluates positive psychology/positive education programs for organizations and schools across the GCC region. Her peer-reviewed publications have been featured in RAND Corporation and World Happiness Reports (2019). Her research areas include culture and happiness, the development of character strengths for youth, and positive psychology interventions for greater subjective wellbeing in the workplace.