Your Professional Strengths Building Toolbox

Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec, VIA’s Education Director, is author of several books including Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing. Ryan is a licensed psychologist, certified coach, and international workshop leader. He develops VIA’s courses, reports, and programs and applies strengths as the centerpiece of Character Strengths Coaching. He also has a weekly blog titled “What Matters Most?” on Psychology Today. 



In this lesson, students will understand the science-based tools, practices, and reports through VIA Institute on Character that support their efforts in bringing out the best in others. For leaders, coaches, consultants, trainers, and teachers.  

1. If you haven’t done so yet, take the free VIA Survey. Print up and review your immediate results.

2. Review the VIA Classification and Fact-Sheet.

3. Watch The Science of Character. Optional: take the associated quiz and discuss character strengths in the forum.


Niemiec, R. M. (2013). VIA Character Strengths: Research and Practice (The First 10 years). In H.H. Knoop & A. Delle Fave (Eds.), Well-being and Cultures: Perspectives on Positive Psychology (pp. 11-30). New York: Springer.



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