Podcasts

The Bucks MAPP team and some special invited guests discuss all things Positive Psychology in the MAPP Insider podcast… enjoy!

1. Introducing the MAPP (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
2. Preparing for the MAPP (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
3. Positive Education & Strengths (Ceri Sims/Liz Robson-Kelly)
4. The Future of Strengths Assessment? (Matthew Smith/Alex Linley)
5. Strengthscope (Matthew Smith/Paul Brewerton)
6. Strengths Based Recruitment and Development (Matthew Smith/Sally Bibb)
7. Making (Some) Sense of Positive Psychology? (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
8. Virtues in Positive Psychology (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
9. Motivational Interviewing (Matthew Smith/Majella Greene)
10. Positive Education – Part 1 (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
11. Positive Education – Part 2 (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
12. Positive Education – Part 3 (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
13. Self-acceptance (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)
14. ‘Trust the Process’ (Piers Worth/Matthew Smith)

Episode 1 (mp3) – Introducing the MAPP


 

This is the first episode in what we anticipate will be an ongoing series of ‘insider’ podcasts broadly based around the MAPP and positive psychology in general. In this first episode, MAPP Course Leaders Piers Worth and Matthew Smith introduce the series with a brief overview of how the MAPP at Bucks came into being. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 29 mins]

Episode 2 – Preparing for the MAPP


In episode 2, MAPP Course Leaders Piers Worth and Matthew Smith give some suggestions for ways in which a prospective student on the MAPP might prepare for the course. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 31 mins]

Episode 3 – Positive Education and Strengths


In this short episode, Ceri Sims speaks to Liz Robson-Kelly about her work in the area of positive education, with a particular focus on the role of strengths. Liz is the founder and CEO of Worth-It , a social enterprise that focuses on developing the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people (website: http://www.worth-itprojects.co.uk/). Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 9 mins]

Episode 4 – The Future of Strengths Assessment?


In this short episode, Matthew Smith speaks to Alex Linley about the future of strengths assessment, and the role that Virtual Reality (VR) may play in this. Alex is a Visiting Professor in Positive Psychology at Bucks New University and a ‘friend of the MAPP’ since its beginning, and has been a pioneering name in positive psychology in the UK. Alex is also the founder and CEO of CAPP (website: http://www.capp.co) , a company specialising in strengths recruitment and strengths assessment. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 9 mins]

Episode 5 – Strengthscope


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In this episode, Matthew Smith speaks to Paul Brewerton about Strengthscope, a strengths profiling system aimed at enabling peak performance at work. Paul is the co-founder and joint managing director of Strengths Partnership who produce StrengthscopeClick on the top link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 38 mins]     [For those interested in exploring Strengthscope in more detail, I have also attached PDFs of the Technical Manual, an external validation study, plus figures that illustrate the relationship between Strengthscope principles and the VIA model and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Episode 6 – Strengths Based Recruitment and Development


In this episode, Matthew Smith speaks to Sally Bibb about her work as part of her company Engaging Minds. Sally’s work is largely focused around Strengths-based recruitment and development. To find out more about Sally and her work in this area and related areas visit her website www.sallybibb.comClick on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 31 mins]

Episode 7 – Making (Some) Sense of Positive Psychology? [Lecture at University of Northampton]


This episode is a little different in that it is a recording of a guest lecture given by Piers Worth and Matthew Smith at the University of Northampton. We focused on how positive psychology as ‘sub-discipline’ of academic psychology has evolved, with a view to helping students (the audience was undergraduate students) think about how areas of emphasis change over time. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 59 mins]

Episode 8 – Virtues in Positive Psychology


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith discuss the role of ‘virtues’ within positive psychology. The conversation is in the context of a poster presentation they are working on for possible presentation at the Applied Positive Psychology Symposium in June 2018 and at the International Meaning Conference later in the year. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 20 mins]

Episode 9 – Motivational Interviewing with Majella Greene


In this episode, Matthew Smith speaks to Majella Greene (herself a graduate from the MAPP at the University of East London) about ‘motivational interviewing’ and its overlaps with ideas in positive psychology and coaching. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 39 mins]

Episode 10 – Positive Education (Part 1) with Piers Worth


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith begin to explore the notion of ‘Positive Education’. It is the first of a series of three episodes explorimg this topic, and the focus here is to discuss what the ‘positive’ might mean in the context of Positive Education. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 48 mins]

Episode 11 – Positive Education (Part 2) with Piers Worth


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith continue their conversation around ‘Positive Education’. In the previous episode, they explored what ‘positive’ might mean in this context and so now, like the good academics they are, they shift their attention to what ‘education’ might refer to. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 30 mins]

Episode 12 – Positive Education (Part 3) with Piers Worth


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith round off their conversation exploring the topic of ‘Positive Education’. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 33 mins]

Episode 13 – Self-acceptance


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith explore the subject of ‘self-acceptance’ and what this might mean. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 26 mins]

Episode 14 – ‘Trust the Process’


In this episode, Piers Worth and Matthew Smith discuss the phrase ‘trust the process’, which has become a ‘MAPP-ism’… a phrase that is often used in different parts of the course. Click on the link to the mp3 file to play. Right-click to download and save. [Length 16 mins]