Are you getting all that you want out of life? If you would like to enhance the way you see the world and your place in it, start with your strengths. Your unique strengths are personal superpowers that can be applied to improve any situation, at any time, and with anyone. But harnessing these qualities requires self-awareness, exploration and practice.

In this 7-module course, you will learn guiding principles, such as strengths-spotting, mindful strengths use, and using strengths in new ways that you can use in your work, with your family and friends, and in your community. Learn how to apply your strengths with engaging video lectures, real-life stories, practical exercises, handouts and much more. Each module takes approximately 1 hour to fully complete, but since this course is self-guided you can review the materials as much as you wish! We recommend working on 1 module/per week to complete the course in 7 weeks. Start now and activate your best qualities!

Why take this course?

By taking this course you will learn from the world expert in character strengths, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, about how to use your best qualities to make improvements in your life. Research shows that by developing your character strengths you can enhance happiness, lower depression, improve relationships and many other positive outcomes. The course is self-paced so you can move through the material in a way that suits you best. Course activities are available for download and are yours to use beyond the 14 week timeframe of the course.

Who should take this course?

This foundational course is focused on applying character strengths to create positive life changes. It is perfect for anyone interested in personal growth, greater well-being and/or finding strengths-based solutions to problems. Professionals, such as managers, educators, coaches, psychologists, and social workers will find it valuable for their own professional development as well as to share with their clients, employees, and students to support them in their own growth.

Session Topics

This foundational course on character strengths is presented in 7 sessions to apply character strengths to all areas of your life.

Strengths 101
Increase Happiness
Boost Relationships
Improve Work Engagement
Manage Stress & Health
Find Meaning & Purpose
Accomplish Goals

Course Details

Delivery: On-demand, materials added to your VIA account
Course Length: 7 Sessions
Session Length: Approximately 1 hour
Course Access Time: Self-paced, 14 weeks
Pre-requisites: None
Languages: English (closed captioning available)
ICF Credits: 7 Resource Development CCEU's

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.

Did you know? People who apply their strengths often are 18x more likely to be flourishing.

Expert Guidance to Explore Your Strengths

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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.
Start with Strengths FAQ's
Will I have handouts that I can keep and review at a later date?

Yes, in each module there are PDF handouts that you can download for the practical exercises that we recommend.

Do I need to pay for any other materials such as textbooks?

No, all the material you need is included in the course content. After you take the VIA Survey (before starting this course), you can consider purchasing one of the more in-depth reports.

You may also be interested in the new practical book The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality, by Drs. Ryan Niemiec and Robert McGrath. This book reviews the what, the why, and the how of each of the 24 character strengths and is now the go-to book In applying strengths In a personal way.

Can I purchase a course for multiple individuals in my organization?

Yes, and we offer bulk discount pricing when purchasing multiple courses. Please contact us with course name and quantity for more information.

What if I’m not satisfied with my purchase?

We feel confident you will find VIA products valuable, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may request a refund. Refunds are issued based on product purchased. See our Refund Policy for details. Terms of Service