Character Strengths, Character Building Experts | VIA Institute

The Strength Switch Parenting online course is offered on the Strength Switch website with strengths-based parenting expert Dr. Leah Waters.

This course will:

  • Help you find a new and positive way of seeing the qualities and talents in each other.
  • Create an energizing and fun approach to parenting and family communication.
  • Give you a lens to understand the perspectives and motivations of other family members.
  • Provide ways to uncover new strengths in each family members that you may not have seen before.
  • Foster a bonding family approach that builds warmth, trust and happiness.

Session Topics

This online course by Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D) and produced by Lela McGregor (MAPP) is made up of 5 sessions that is done over 5 weeks. Each session is made up of a) an on-line Parent lesson with Lea, b) Family Time and c) Keeping it Alive activities where you get to practice your new skills during the week. We also give you Extended Learning Opportunities if you want to learn more. The course is broken into the following sessions:

  • SESSION #1: Understanding Strengths
  • SESSION #2: Seeing Strengths
  • SESSION #3: Using Strengths
  • SESSION #4: Growing Strengths
  • SESSION #5: Celebrating Strengths

Strength-based parenting doesn’t mean you ignore your child’s weaknesses; it allows you to approach them from a new perspective.

A 5-session online course designed to give you the tools to become a parent who focuses on strengths.

Course Faculty

Dr. Lea Waters, PhD
​Lea Waters, PhD is a professor, published author, psychologist, internationally-celebrated speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching.