Building Positive Psychology

CourageCertified Facilitator Training in the use of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® for Positive Psychology.

If you, like us, think that four days of play, learning and positive psychology in sounds pretty nice, then join us for certification in using LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology.

If you want to learn how this exciting and playful method allows groups to gain  a deeper, more meaningful understanding of various issues, especially those related to engagement, resilience and wellbeing in general then do not hesitate to join us.

Planned training:

  • 2019: August, 12-15, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2020: January, 6-9, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Days of fun and experential learning during which you will explore how you can offer novel solutions grounded in three positive psychology workshops based on LEGO® Serious Play®. These workshops relate to the areas of character strengths, purpose and a shared WHY as well as Carol Dweck’s theory of Mindset.

The book Exploring Positive Psychology with LEGO® Serious Play® is included and will be used as training material during the whole program.


There is even more

Learn the core elements of the Hands On Thinking method that provides an effective use of the LEGO® Serious Play® method and discover how to integrate these with positive psychology. In short you will learn how to:

  • Design your own LEGO® Serious Play® for positive psychology workshops
  • Introduce LEGO® Serious Play® to a group
  • Select materials needed for different workshops
  • Facilitate the building of individual models and stories related to character strengths
  • Facilitate the building of shared models and stories in order for groups to explore shared purpose and WHY
  • Facilitate the building and exploration of fixed and growth mindsets.

And if that is not enough you will also get:

Two hours of online follow-up coaching with master trainer Mads Bab on putting what you have learned into practice

And just to be sure – besides insights into the science of positive psychology you will, upon completing the training, hold a certification that provides you with the skills to design, offer and facilitate LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology workshops of your own.

The certification is the only in the world that covers the use of the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology Method. In covers introduction and training in accordance with the standards set forth by the Association of Master Facilitators in The LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology Method.

So come along – join us now!



All days will include model building with LEGO®. Expect a ratio of at least 60/40 – model building / discussions.

Upon completing the training you will recieve certification that allows you to call yourself a Certified Facilitator using LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology and offer workshops of your own.


The total price of the certification training is 2.500€ excluding VAT. Early bird price is available before 3 months of start. Early bird price is 2.300 € (17.000 DKK + moms)


Price includes all materials, as well as all meals and beverages. Price does not include flight tickets and hotel.



Mads Bab (MAPP)

Mads, who lives and works in the home country of LEGO, Denmark, has worked with LEGO® Serious Play® for more than 9 years and pioneered LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology. Mads who holds a master degree in applied Positive Psychology, is an experienced facilitator of group processes and author of books on flourishing at work. Mads is also part time associate professor on the Danish Master of Postive Psychology program.

From his Danish based consultancy Gnist (Danish word for Spark), Mads has worked with LEGO® Serious Play® for positive psychology around the world and presented the ideas at conferences in USA, China and around Europe.


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“Thinkering’ is a word coined by Michael Ondaatje in his novel The English Patient. It expresses the creation and understanding of concepts in the mind while tinkering with the hands.

When we physically engage with things, especially with our hands, we generate a great variety of sensory images. These sensory images help us understand our immediate realty and serve us in our personal and shared meaning making.

A surprisingly large part of the human brain is dedicated to controlling the hands. Therefore, when people construct things with their hands they simultaneously construct theories and knowledge in their minds. When we “think with our hands” we create more new neural connection thus unleashing creative energies, new modes of thought, and novel ways of seeing what most adults have forgotten they even possessed. The notion of “learning by making”, or “thinking with your hands”, draws on neuroscience, the use of play and expressive arts in therapy. It bring out insights and learning that intellectual reasoning alone might not be able to discover.

LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology has shown that adults can regain their ability to play, which offers creative possibilities because it emphasizes freedom and plays down responsibility, self-consciousness and shame. This non-judgemental environment of play is more likely to foster surprising and innovative ideas.

Hands On Thinking™

The Hands On Thinking™ method is the core of the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychilogy method as well as a range of other tangible and visual facilitation methods.

The six elements of the Hands On Thinking™ method provides a framework and language that helps participants relay what they know, hope for and seek to do. More importantly it also ensures a structure that enables learning and creative collaboration in groups.

The Hands On Thinking™ method was developed by the Danish expert in organisational learning and development Mads Bab. Through his own action research and supporting research from the science of learning, well-being and positive psychology as well as neuroscience the method outlines the DNA of “thinkering” – The creation and understanding of concepts in the mind while tinkering with the hands.

Hands On Thinking™ extends the open source aspects of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® as outlined on It takes a holistic approach to the method by providing a framework that helps the facilitator look beyond LEGO® bricks onto the purpose and content of the workshop.

By learning how to use the Hands On Thinking™ method as a facilitator you not only learn how to leverage the use of LEGO® in workshops but also how you may use other tangible and visual tools to ensure collaborative learning and sustainable change.

The Hands On Thinking™ (HOT) method consist of these six elements:

  • Purpose of the session;
  • Framing the model building;
  • Sharing narratives and metaphors;
  • Exploring and reflecting together;
  • Combining and connecting to identify patterns and shared stories.
  • Capturing insights and moving forward;

Purpose of the session

Fundamental to any LSP session is the purpose of using the tool. Generally speaking, LSP should never be the goal or purpose of the workshop but “only” the means to explore a topic relevant to you and your participants.

Framing the model building

Framing the model building is a fundamental part of any LSP session. A good framing helps focus attention in the right direction and aligns group members towards the same general idea. Good framing ensures open, insightful and interesting conversations that help participants understand the challenge at hand.

Sharing narratives and metaphors

“Everyone builds – everyone shares” is a core principle of a LSP session and really is the moment in a workshop where the group starts seeing each other’s opinions.

Exploring and reflecting together

While the metaphors that have been modelled are shared it is generally advised just to listen and reflect silently. As a facilitator you may, however, ask exploration questions or encourage other participants to do this. This part of the Hands On Thinking™ method is in many ways what separates a good LSP session from a great one.

Combining and connecting models to identify patterns and shared stories

The connective aspect of LEGO® invites participants to not only connect individual building blocks but also whole models. These can be aligned into a combined narrative, connected to explore systems or organised into themes allowing participants to explore patterns and emergent properties of the challenge at hand

Capturing insights and moving forward

A LSP process enables divergent thinking but every LSP session must end with users moving from simulations to the real world. Capturing the most important insights and develop a way to keep these in the attention of the users is fundamental to ensure a longer lasting effect of a LSP session.