Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP Part I) Dates: February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 21, March 26 RETREAT, March 28, April 4 (*Note: no class March 14)
Time: 12:00- 2:00 PM EST (*Note: The retreat on March 26 is from 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM)
Learning to Lead MBSP (MBSP II) Dates: April 18, April 25, May 9, and May 16 (*Note: no class on April 11 or May 2)
Time: 12:00- 1:30 PM EST
MBSP Part I and Part II Course Tuition: $500 USD
Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP Part I) + Learning to Lead MBSP (MBSP Part II) is a total of 12 weeks. The first 8 weeks is the cohesive, experiential MBSP program (based on Dr. Ryan Niemiec's popular book Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing) in which concepts and practices build from week to week. It builds from the basic principle that one needs to experience concepts before applying them. The follow-up 4-week program, Learning to Lead MBSP (MBSP Part II), is designed for those who want to lead MBSP in their unique setting.
MBSP brings together the latest science of mindfulness and character strengths into a practical program to help people flourish. It is grounded in a blending of experiential exercises, mindful living meditations, and dyad and group discussions. The practice of mindfulness can help people: improve their skill of strengths-spotting, focus on strengths in relationships, break through strengths blindness, and find the “golden mean of strengths” (i.e., strengths expression that balances overuse and underuse and is sensitive to context). Character strengths, in turn, can be used to overcome common obstacles that emerge when developing mindfulness and serve to “supercharge” both mindful living and formal mindfulness meditation.
MBSP II explicitly covers strategies/tips for leading MBSP, reviews MBSP cases, and facilitates discussions among participants about progress, pitfalls, and strategies used with their particular population. At the end of these 4 sessions, participants will have greater knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to effectively lead others through MBSP.
This is for both MBSP (Part I) and Learning to Lead MBSP (MBSP Part II), click here if you are interested in just MBSP Part I.
Due to the interaction and rigor of this course, it is important that participants attend all 12 sessions live. If you know of a conflict during one of the 12 sessions, it is suggested you wait to join a future round of MBSP. For those that experience sudden or emergent conflicts that arise, the session recording will be provided (note that breakout discussions are not recorded). We will provide the recording up to a maximum of three times for missed sessions.
Purchase the book Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Includes CD. Order here.
- A working camera on your computer (so you can be seen)
- Working mics on your computer (so you can be heard)
- Good, “wired” connection to the Internet (so you don’t miss out on experiences). A strong “wireless” connection is also possible but a wired connection is recommended.
Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec, VIA's Education Director, is co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths and Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology. Ryan is a licensed psychologist and a certified coach. He develops VIA's courses and VIA Reports. He uses the VIA Character Strengths extensively in clinical work, coaching and consulting. He has presented internationally on a variety of positive psychology topics, ranging from strengths-based practice, positive assessment and positive interventions, to spirituality and mindfulness meditation. In 2017, he was honored with an induction into the elite class of Fellows in the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), for his work contributing to the scientific advancement of knowledge in character strengths, mindfulness, positive media/movies, and positive interventions.
ICF: This course provides 23 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development (28 if attending the retreat).