Positive Relationships And Character Strengths

This course is self-guided and asynchronous. Register now and get immediate access to all of the course materials for 8 weeks.

Tuition:  $175 USD

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We are social creatures. Science is confirming what many people have known for decades, that is, relationships are important for our well-being and our health. In fact, studies are showing that our relationships might be the most important factor that contributes to our happiness. This course is designed to help you enliven, refresh and/or improve any of your close relationships. We will walk you through a 5-module framework that allows you to take a step back and view your partner/friends/family members/etc. from different perspectives. We provide research-based guidance to help you become a better listener, supporter and companion and, in turn, positively impact the way others engage with you. 

2 free VIA Pro Reports included in tuition and will be added to your account upon registration. 

Content: Course Reviews a 5-Module Framework for Positive Relationships:

Module 1. Knowing and Being Known: This session focuses on the importance of respecting and admiring one another and also understanding that each person possess a unique array of character strengths. We'll review how these strengths play a role in the relationship through strengths-spotting and the neural basis of felt understanding.

Module 2. Appreciating and Accepting: In this session we'll discuss the conceptual and scientific links of strengths appreciation, taking a  particularly close look at gratitude.

Module 3. Nurturing: The third module describes the importance of deliberately nurturing relationships using strategies such as upward positive spirals, active-constructive responding, and savoring the good.

Module 4. Resolving and Repairing: In session four we will review how character strengths can be viewed in the context of problems and conflicts. Hot button areas, overuse/underuse, retrospective problem management, compassion-focused reappraisal, letting go of grudges, and character strengths synergies/collisions are among the topics discussed.

Module 5. Growing Together: We conclude by discussing the complexity of the integration of character strengths and positive relationships We'll review challenges and strategies for maintaining relationship bonds through arranging positive rituals, shared meanings, mindfulness, and acceptance.

Course Faculty:

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.


Dr. Donna Mayerson, Advisor for Applied Practice at the VIA Institute, is a licensed psychologist and earned her master's degree in special education.  She was formerly coaching director of Hummingbird Coaching  Services, now Humana.  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.



ICF: This course provides 5 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development.

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