There are countless research articles that highlight the benefits of promoting character strengths in the workplace. When individuals are aware of their strengths, and have the opportunity to use them within their work or school day, they are happier and more engaged. Many organizations all over the world are already using a strengths-based approach and they are seeing an increase in productivity and improvements in the overall company culture.

With all of the articles and information on positive psychology, the first step can seem daunting. You might be asking yourself, “where do I begin?”. We’ve tailored this course to answer that question. Our online, comprehensive training is designed to equip and prepare professionals that are interested in integrating character strengths into their work with clients, students and/or employees.

This professional development course is convenient for all schedules and time zones. The comprehensive 7-session training is completely asynchronous and self-guided so you can work through the materials at your own pace. We recommend that you work through 1 session per week (for 7 weeks) and then spend the remaining weeks reviewing any of the materials from the course.

Session Topics

Session 1- Empowering with Strengths- Explore the history of VIA character strengths and the reason they are known as the “backbone of positive psychology”.
Session 2- The Power of Signature Strengths- Discover the latest research around the importance of top character strengths and strategies for employing them.
Session 3- The Golden Mean- Learn how to find the right balance of character strengths use with a detailed review of the PERMA model of well-being and the areas of strength overuse and underuse.
Session 4- Action During Consults- Put knowledge into action in this week’s class with hands-on strategies for introducing character strengths to your work with others.
Session 5- A Working Model- Practice using an effective model for working with character strengths known as: Aware-Explore-Apply.
Session 6- Strengths Interventions- Discover many different ways to use character strengths when facing difficult or challenging circumstances.
Session 7- Life Problems- Learn research-based strength applications and interventions that you can begin employing immediately with your clients, students and employees.

Please note: Effective July 13, 2020, the VIA Me, VIA Pro, Lesser and Comparison Reports referred to in this course are no longer available. Learn more about the new VIA Total 24 and VIA Top 5 Character Strengths Reports here

ICF: This course provides 7 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development.

Register and get started immediately! You have access to this course for 14 weeks so you can work through the materials at your own pace.

Learn how to activate the strengths in others so they can reach their full potential.

Register now and get 50% off another specialized module!

Total Price:
$587.50 usd

Course Faculty

Dr. Ryan Niemiec
Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, is author or co-author of nine books, an award-winning psychologist and a widely traveled international speaker. Ryan is the creator of MBSP and has led hundreds of mindfulness groups over the last two decades. As education director of the global nonprofit, VIA Institute on Character, he's a leading voice in the education, research, and practice of character strengths. He lives with his family, which includes three young and zestful children, near Cincinnati, Ohio.