You have hope. We all do. It is one of those things that scientists have discovered resides in you, innately, unconsciously. It's a powerful strength that you can nurture to create new, positive thoughts about any challenges you might face.

You might already be adept at recognizing the silver lining in small everyday "challenges", but how does your hope hold up during big transitions?

This course will help you leverage your strength of hope, and all of your other character strengths, during times of transition and change (for example, a change in employment or relationship status; retirement; etc.). You'll explore how your strengths can help you face challenges with confidence and emerge happier, more self-aware and more resilient. Use the lessons learned now and use them to prepare for future challenges that may come your way.

Session Topics

This course is organized around four phases of transitions. Giving attention to each phase can help you bring the best of yourself to life challenges. Learning key tips and research around each phase can also assist you in educating and guiding your clients through their life transitions.

Gathering Wisdom: learning from the past
Facing the In-Between Space: facing the tensions and challenges of the present moment
Envisioning Your Future Self: looking to the future exploring what "might"/"could" be for you
Beginning Anew: attending to self-care, including the four pillars of health

ICF: This course provides 4 credits for the International Coach Federation in Resource Development

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

Please note: Effective July 13, 2020, the VIA Me and the VIA Pro 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

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.

Dr. Donna Mayerson
Dr. Donna Mayerson is a licensed psychologist and earned her master's degree in special education. Formerly a coaching director of Hummingbird Coaching Services, she is a certified coach who has used her deep knowledge of the VIA strengths as a framework for individual and organizational change with hundreds of education administrators and teachers, leaders of youth-serving organizations, in training coaches/practitioners and with individuals and families.