VIA Courses for Personal & Professional Strengths | VIA Institute

Empower Yourself: Courses for Your Journey

Start with Strengths

Apply science-based practices to activate your strengths, boost happiness and improve well-being.

Positive Relationships

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.

Navigating Transitions

Learn how to rely on your character strengths to guide you through life changes.

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Part I

Mindfulness-Based Strength Practice (MBSP) is an evidence-based program that enhances well-being, improves relationships and helps people manage problems.

Empower Others: Courses to Help Others on Their Journey

Character Strengths At Work: Using Strengths to Engage Employees, Clients and Students

This 7-session online on-demand course, specifically designed for professionals, provides a comprehensive exploration of the fundamentals of using strengths with others.

Character Strengths Interventions: Learning to Unleash What's Best In You and Your Clients

We are partnering with MentorCoach LLC, the leading Positive Psychology coach training school, to present this 8-week unique learning experience.

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice Part II (Learning to Lead MBSP)

Discover how to lead the Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice program with your own groups in this 4-week course.

Are you a professional? You too can use these courses to elevate your work with clients, students or employees.

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VIA Course Leaders

Dr. Ryan Niemiec
Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, is author or co-author of nine books, an award-winning psychologist and a widely traveled international speaker. As education director of the global nonprofit, VIA Institute on Character, he's a leading voice in the education, research, and practice of character strengths. He lives with his family, which includes three young and zestful children, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Donna Mayerson
Dr. Donna Mayerson is a licensed psychologist and earned her master's degree in special education. Formerly a coaching director of Hummingbird Coaching Services, 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.

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