Positive Psychology SA Interest Group

Positive Psychology SA Interest Group

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The Happiness and Positive Psychology Special Interest Group is a forum for South Australian coaches and professionals interested in the science of happiness and well-being, and its application to individual and organisational development. The group is convened by Jo Saies, Director of PB Performance Coaching, under the umbrella of the International Coach Federation (ICF) SA Branch.


The aims of the Group are to:

  • discuss topics of mutual interest relevant to the field of happiness and positive psychology;
  • share happiness and positive psychology tools and resources;
  • practice happiness and positive psychology techniques and strategies;
  • provide an opportunity for professionals who share a common interest to meet and expand their network.

Forums promise to be fun, interesting and informative, with lots of group discussion and sharing of ideas.


The group is open to members of ICF in South Australia, and anyone with a professional interest in the field of positive psychology. Membership is via expression of interest to the Convenor or via the ICF SA Branch Committee. Members agree to uphold the ICF Code of Ethics, and to contribute actively and positively to the aims of the group.  If you are interested in joining the group, or would like to find out more, please leave a comment below or email me.


The Happiness and Positive Psychology Interest Group meets quarterly at the Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Road Norwood, unless an alternative venue is advised. A draft annual schedule will be developed for 2012.

In 2011 we ran 3 very successful forums on positive emotion and the work of Barbara Fredrickson; resilience in life and at work; and engagement and flow, featuring guest speaker Psychologist Mario Virgili.

2012 Program

Current and interested group members are now invited to provide your thoughts and ideas In order to help plan the program for 2012:

  • what topics are you interested in?
  • how often would you like to meet?
  • do you have any ideas for guest speakers?
  • would you be interested in joining a small group to help run the forum?
  • would you like to present on a topic relevant to the forum?

Please leave a comment below or email me with your suggestions so we can plan a program that meets your needs.

Convenor: Jo Saies

Jo Saies is director of PB Performance CoachingWith qualifications in Psychology, Human Resource Management and Positive Psychology Coaching, Jo has been helping people to achieve their full potential for over 25 years. Her credentials as a high energy speaker, performance coach, successful leader, outdoor adventurer and former Australian representative athlete, provide a unique blend of experience, wisdom and insight. As Adelaide’s premier Positive Psychology Coach, Jo exemplifies what it means to lead a rich, happy and satisfying life, and inspires others to do the same. She has been an active member of the International Coach Federation in SA and the ACT since 2005.