$3,999.00USD
  • Live ExperienceThe MBSP Course, MBSP: Advanced Practice Course and personalized training sessions are delivered live for maximum engagement
  • Exclusive benefits Access to official MBSP materials, retreats and discussions
  • Personalized Report Included (PDF Download) Learn your ratings for the 5 mindfulness skills
  • Practice with an Expert Experience group and one-on-one sessions with Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of MBSP and global leader in mindfulness and character strengths
  • 9 month timeline Certification takes approximately 7-9 months to complete
  • 3 year Certification Certified for 3 years with option for renewal
  • Language English offered (closed captioning available)

About MBSP Certification

MBSP Certification shows you are approved by the VIA Institute to deliver the Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice program (MBSP) to groups or individuals.

MBSP is the first evidenced-based program to bring the best of the science of character strengths and mindfulness together. Research shows MBSP boosts well-being, work productivity, purpose, engagement, meaning, stress management, problem management, and positive relationships. Learn more about MBSP.

What Will You Gain From Becoming MBSP Certified by the VIA Institute?

This exclusive Certification program will:

  • Prepare you to deliver the MBSP program to your groups, providing guidance and resources to make you feel comfortable, confident, and competent.
  • Establish you as one of the pioneers at the bridge of science and practice with both mindfulness and character strengths.
  • Provide evidence-based, transformative activities for your clients, students, & employees.
  • Teach you how to help your clients build well-being and overcome adversities in life.
  • Distinguish you in the rapidly growing strengths community, mindfulness community, and positive psychology/well-being community.
  • Enhance your credentials as a helping professional.
  • Provide you with the most authentic, comprehensive MBSP training from the top mindfulness and character strengths leader in the world Dr. Ryan Niemiec.

Who Should Become MBSP Certified?

Anyone interested in leading Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) with groups or individuals in a variety of settings—counseling, coaching, education, healthcare or business.

  • ❝ The MBSP training has been one of the best courses I have ever attended. I have learned new skills and techniques that will support me in managing my stress and anxiety, and that I can pass on to my clients and family. Ryan is one of the most kind and knowledgeable trainers. I will be telling everyone in my network to do this training!❝

    • K.C.
    • Positive Psychology Coach

How Do You Become Certified?

1

Register and Submit Payment All MBSP Certification components listed below are included in registration and payment.

2

MBSP Program Attend and experience all sessions of the 8-week program, including the MBSP Retreat. If you've already completed MBSP through VIA, contact us at info@viacharacter.org to access the discounted price of $3,499 USD for Certification.

3

Engage in MBSP Practice It is important to develop, deepen, and maintain a personal practice with mindfulness and character strengths. The MBSP program provides a large number of practices that you can continue with long after the eighth week.

4

MBSP: Advanced Practice Course Attend and experience all sessions of the 6-week course.

5

MBSP Project Complete the MBSP project (discussed during MBSP: Advanced Practice Course).

6

Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report Review the Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report exploring your top character strengths and the five key areas of mindfulness.

7

Lead MBSP in Full at Least 2 Times Lead MBSP in your community, with clients, with patients, with students, or with employees. It is also acceptable to lead the full program with peers or family members to become more comfortable and confident. You might also lead MBSP with a one-on-one client, however, it is strongly recommended that you lead MBSP at least one time with a group. This criterion of leading the 8-week MBSP program, in full, on two occasions can be done at any time, but it must be completed prior to beginning the personalized one-on-one training sessions.

8

Personalized Training Sessions Complete 3, one-on-one (remote) personalized training sessions with Dr. Ryan Niemiec or an approved, certified trainer in the MBSP Program.

9

Sign and return MBSP Certification Agreement Congratulations, your certification is valid for 3 years and eligible for renewal.

Upcoming MBSP Session Dates

Experiencing the MBSP Program is the first requirement in Certification. We are now enrolling for Winter 2022 MBSP Program sessions (choose 1 session at checkout). To receive notifications for future sessions, sign-up for our email newsletter.

MBSP Winter 2022 Session:

  • Wednesday, January 26, 10:00-12:30 PM EST (30 minutes longer)
  • Wednesday, February 2, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, February 9, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, February 16, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, February 23, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, March 2, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Friday, March 4, 8:00-1:00 PM EST (half day online retreat)
  • Wednesday, March 9, 10:00-12:00 PM EST
  • Wednesday, March 16, 10:00-12:30 PM EST (30 minutes longer)

Upcoming MBSP: Advanced Practice Course Dates

Only participants enrolled in MBSP Certification will be able to join the 6-week MBSP: Advanced Practice Course. Spring session dates are listed below for future planning.

MBSP: Advanced Practice Course Spring 2022 Session:

  • Wednesday, April 27, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 4, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, June 1, 11:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

Exclusive Benefits of MBSP Certification

  • Official MBSP session-by-session, Powerpoint slides for online or in-person delivery of MBSP.
  • Ongoing access to MBSP sessions (recorded) to maintain awareness and develop skill.
  • MBSP Leader Resource Manual, including electronic files of MBSP handouts (not for electronic distribution) and user-friendly materials to support MBSP leaders.
  • Access to complimentary roundtable discussions offered throughout the year, focused on trending topics, discussion of group processes, case example sharing, and Q & A on MBSP.
  • Access to complimentary MBSP Retreats for one year.
  • Certificate denoting your MBSP Certification.
  • Bulk pricing on the Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report, helpful for those integrating this into their MBSP groups.
  • Connection with a growing network of MBSP leaders.
  • Use of VIA’s MBSP certification symbol for your website, marketing materials, and signature line.

Course Details

  • Live ExperienceThe MBSP Course, MBSP: Advanced Practice Course and personalized training sessions are delivered live for maximum engagement
  • Exclusive benefits Access to official MBSP materials, retreats and discussions
  • Personalized Report Included (PDF Download) Learn your ratings for the 5 mindfulness skills
  • Practice with an Expert Experience group and one-on-one sessions with Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of MBSP and global leader in mindfulness and character strengths
  • 9 month timeline Certification takes approximately 7-9 months to complete
  • 3 year Certification Certified for 3 years with option for renewal
  • Language English offered (closed captioning available)

Course Faculty

Dr. Ryan Niemiec

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), an evidence-based program that integrates the science and practice of mindfulness and character strengths. It is the first, and one of the only mindfulness programs in the world to offer an alternative to the deficit-based approach, by targeting what’s best in people rather than targeting problems.

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps to becoming certified in MBSP?

MBSP certification involves completion of 2 live, online courses with the VIA Institute- MBSP (open to the public) and MBSP: Advanced Practice Course (only available for Certification registrants), as well as completion of an MBSP project, leading your own MBSP groups and 3 one-on-one training sessions with a certified MBSP leader. After you have completed all of the requirements, you will sign an MBSP Policy Agreement Form and receive your official MBSP Certification.

How long does it take to get certified?

MBSP Certification typically takes 7-9 months to complete. It could take longer depending on your availability to attend the required live, online courses, MBSP and MBSP: Advanced Practice Course, which are scheduled by VIA several times throughout the year.

Can I add a MBSP Certification logo/designation to my website and email signature?

Yes. Upon completion of the certification program you will receive a complete list of how you may use the certification logo/designation.

Are payment plans available for the MBSP Certification?

Yes, payment plans may be available upon request however, full payment must be made before the MBSP: Advanced Practice Course April 2022 course. Please contact us at info@viacharacter.org for more information.

If I have taken MBSP and/or MBSP-2 in the past, will I receive a discount on MBSP Certification?

Yes, if you have previously completed MBSP and/or MBSP-2 Learning to Lead with the VIA Institute the discounted price is $3499 USD. Please contact us at info@viacharacter.org to receive access this discounted price.

What is the refund policy for MBSP Certification?

If you change your mind prior to engaging in MBSP or any of the certification activities AND within 180 days of payment, you will receive a full refund to your original form of payment. If you decide during or immediately after completing MBSP and you have not engaged in other parts of the certification, then as a courtesy, you may be refunded the full certification price less the retail price of the MBSP course. Refund may be provided by check. At any point after that, and/or after the one-on-one training sessions begin, there will be no refund for the MBSP Certification payment. If you are unable to meet all the criteria in the 3 years times, we do not provide a refund.