Review from The Psychologist (February 2018)
The application of positive psychology and strengths is growing in organisations, education and in the clinical setting. But the published literature supporting that and offering guidance has been trailing. This book is therefore a really valuable and welcome resource to go some way towards filling that gap.
The VIA Survey has been around for a number of years now and is one of the few academically sound strengths diagnostics that is available at no charge. This book acts as a 'handbook' to understanding the theoretical model, the strengths themselves, and contains descriptions of 70 research-based interventions - quite a lot of return for your investment in the book.
It is extremely well written and, more importantly for me, strikes a perfect balance between academic rigour and practical guidance. It is very accessible, but still provides a robust explanation and discussion of the strengths approach. The suggest interventions provide a treasure trove of exercises to apply with yourself and with others if you have a role as a coach or developmental practitioner.