Published: 2010-03-02

Master the Backbone of Positive Psychology

The VIA Intensive: Strengths is a 2-day, deep dive into the research and science-based interventions on the VIA Classification.The VIA Survey and the new VIA Interpretive Reports are fast becoming one of the most important tools in a psychologist’s or coach’s toolbox. The tools help identify and illustrate a client’s unique constellation of 24 strengths of character. Created by Drs. Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson, (Character Strengths and Virtues, 2004) the survey has been used by more than 1 million people worldwide.

You’ll walk away confident in your understanding of the Classification and knowledgeable about the research base. You’ll practice applying specific interventions that will allow you to increase your effectiveness with clients. You’ll also feel confident in your ability to design and lead engaging workshops that employ the use of the survey and reports. And, because the course is led by VIA’s Education Director, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, who has coauthored Positive Psychology at the Movies and Movies and Mental Illness, you’ll learn how to use movie clips in your presentations to make them even more engaging.

Your Instructor

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D., is Education Director of the nonprofit VIA Institute. He is co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths (2008) and two editions of Movies and Mental Illness (2005; 2010), and has written a number of related chapters and articles. Dr. Niemiec is a practitioner; he’s a psychologist and certified coach who has used the VIA character strengths in individual therapy, group therapy, coaching and consulting. He has presented internationally on a variety of positive psychology topics, ranging from strengthsbased practice, positive assessment and positive interventions, to spirituality and mindfulness meditation.

Continuing Education Credits

ICF: The International Coach Federation has approved 12 CCE units (6 in Core Competencies and 6 in Other Skills and Tools).

APA: The VIA Intensive has been reviewed and approved for CE credit for psychologists by the American Psychological Association’s Continuing Education Committee. This program offers 12 CE credits for psychologists.

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