Professional Training Program

Our international programs find ground in the original training format developed by Machteld Huber, which we still work with today. Machteld developed this program in close collaboration with certified Positive Health trainers.

The core of this program is learning by doing. We use powerful methods and create room for reflection on your actions. In this program you will start working with the Positive Health concept from the very beginning in the first session.

There is not one blueprint for working with Positive Health. It’s about a different way of thinking, a different way of holding the conversation and supporting your clients or patients. You get to develop these skills using real life examples from your own professional environment. The training modules consist of a smart mix of theory and practice, of self-reflection and peer-to-peer coaching. It’s a constant dance of being in dialogue with yourself and others.

Both module 1 and module 2 are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. The 'Essence of Positive Health' course offers 2 CPD points, while the more extensive 'Power of Positive Health' course awards 10 CPD points.

  • Working with Positive Health has been a transformative journey for me. It's empowering to realize that I hold the keys to my own well-being, and this training has given me the tools to unlock a healthier and more fulfilling life for me, but also for my patients.

    Participant training            


  • The essence. An introduction module of the background and how to experience Positive Health for your self.
  • The power of Positive Health. A practical training how to apply the alternative dialogue with patient/client in your daily work
  • Implementation. Bringing Positive Health to your workplace environment.
  • Local Trainer Development. Learn to train others.
  • E-learning available in English, Germand and Dutch.
  • Training available in different languages, countries and/or online.
  • Module 1 and 2 are accredited with CPD points.

Module 1

Essence of
Positive Health

Module 2

Power of
Positive Health

Module 3

Implementation of Positive Health

Module 4

Local Trainer Development

During the training you will learn about the Dutch example of how Positive Health integrated into the Health Care systems and is finding ground in all areas of health and social care, and in many regional and national initiatives as well as workplace environments.

Our aim with the training Positive Health is to have you experience your own Positive Health and to have this experience be the soil to help other people with theirs. To take a broader view on health.

During and between the sessions, we spend time and attention to support participants in their individual growth on how to bring Positive Health into your life and working environment.

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  • Positive Health is about a broader perspective on Health. So often, there is a deeper question behind a question, my patient brings to my table and there is more to it than the initial medical complaints they come in for

    Karolien van den Brekel

Health as the Ability to adapt and to self-manage

The General Concept of Positive Health is ‘Health as the ability to adapt and to self-manage, in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges.’ 

The training will be available in seperate “building blocks”. It will be available in our online academy and hybrid locally organized.

The training is a process of 2-3 months with 3-4 sessions.

It starts with:

  • An introduction to “working with Positive Health”

Then 3 sessions conversation skills to apply Positive Health into practices:

  • Your Positive Health
  • Conversation with the other
  • Embedding Positive Health and next steps

With videos, the handbook Positive Health and other inspiring content you will be prepared for every session. To use Positive Health in daily practice it is important to realize that Positive Health is about connecting with someone.

Positive Health - training 1
Positive Health - training 2

After the training Working with Positive Health, the participants

  • Are aware about their contact with a patient-client and experience what the added value is of seeing the other person sincerely.
  • Know how to use the spiderweb as a dialogue tool: where working with Positive Health is about 3 elements.
  • The broad reflection on your life – ‘My spiderweb’.
  • The ‘different conversation’ – What matters really to you? What would you like to change?.
  • The availability of practical ‘Actions’ which the person choses him/herself and coaching on the choice.
  • Have the intention to work from the concept of Positive Health, know their personal needs, the needs of their team and organisation.

Target group

Professionals working in health care who want to learn how to apply the concept of Positive Health into practice. Enthusiastic and motivated participants, ‘early adaptors’.