Featured Members, Positive Living Newsletter

New Member: Ruth Cooper-Dickson, BA (Hons), MA, MSc

A positive psychology practitioner and resilience, wellbeing and accredited trauma-informed coach, I work with individuals, global brands, and charities to help them thrive. Bringing with me many years of experience in Mental Wealth consultancy, accredited coaching and training, my work has taken me to diverse environments—from multinational corporates to refugee camps in the Greek Isles, and the favellas in Brazil.

I founded global Mental Wealth consultancy, CHAMPS, in 2015 to support businesses on their journey of positive organisational culture change. In addition, I founded Community Interest Company, ‘CHAMPS for Change CIC’, in 2019, where the dream to have a post-traumatic research hub and the vision that people who have experienced traumatic life events are empowered to thrive, flourish, and achieve their life-changing goals with confidence and self-belief in an unbiased and inclusive society with fewer barriers.

Reinforcing my standing in the research community, I am a DProf candidate for September 2021 at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, researching in the field of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling. This is what has attracted me to the International Network on Personal Meaning, and I hold a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) from the University of East London.

A highly accomplished public speaker, I have delivered keynote presentations internationally, more recently at the 2020 Women’s Economic Forum in Slovenia, where I displayed my e-poster presentation at the 7th International Positive Psychology Association World Congress on coaching and post-traumatic growth. I am currently writing another research paper on the impact of a structured coaching programme for women who are in thrivership having experienced domestic abuse. I also work on a casual basis supporting the Psychology Department at The University of East London on the MAPPCP programme.

Putting compassion, empathy, and authenticity at the heart of everything I do, I often share my lived experience of panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and trauma. I’ve been a patron of a UK charity, No Panic, for a number of years.

I am a keen writer and the resident positive psychology expert for the “On the Couch” magazine. I appear regularly in the national press and media titles, either writing commentary or providing expert opinion on positive psychology and trauma-focused topics.