Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP Part I)

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Next session: Tuesdays 9:00 AM -  11:00 AM EST: January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5. Online Retreat: Friday, February 22 

*Note: the first and last sessions (Jan 15 and March 5) will be from 9:00 AM- 11:30 AM (extra half hour). 

MBSP Part I Course Tuition:  $400 


Course Overview:

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) Part I is a new program that can be applied to groups or individuals in a variety of settings – counseling, coaching, education, healthcare, or business. MBSP brings together the latest science of mindfulness and character strengths into a practical program to help people flourish. This 8-week program is grounded in a blending of experiential exercises, mindful living meditations, and dyad and group discussions.

The practice of mindfulness can help people improve their skill of strengths-spotting, facilitate a grounded strengths-based approach, break through strengths blindness, and find the “golden mean of strengths” (i.e., strengths expression that balances overuse and underuse and is sensitive to context). Character strengths, in turn, can be used to overcome common obstacles that emerge when developing mindfulness and serve to “supercharge” both mindful living and formal mindfulness meditation.

MBSP is been piloted in several countries. This course will be led by Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of MBSP, and author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing.

**This course provides 17 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development.



“Practice what you preach.” This is a sacred motto for those who are interested in teaching mindfulness or running mindfulness groups. It is also the motto VIA recommends to practitioners working with their clients’ character strengths. One must experience and have one’s own practice of mindfulness and strengths before attempting to teach mindfulness/strengths to others. This is especially true for teachers, managers, coaches, and counselors.

The emphasis of this MBSP Part I course is the experience of MBSP (it is for YOU).

We also offer an additional 4-week course if you are interested in learning how to lead MBSP with your groups. To register for both MBSP Part I and MBSP Part II (Learning to Lead) click here.


Due to the interaction and rigor of this course, it is important that participants attend all 8 sessions live. If you know of a conflict during one of the 8 sessions, it is suggested you wait to join a future round of MBSP. For those that experience sudden or emergent conflicts that arise, the session recording will be provided (note that breakout discussions are not recorded). We will provide the recording up to a maximum of two times for missed sessions.

Purchase the book Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Includes CD. Order here.


  • A working camera on your computer (so you can be seen)
  • Working mics on your computer (so you can be heard)
  • Good, “wired” connection to the Internet (so you don’t miss out on experiences). A strong “wireless” connection is also possible but a wired connection is recommended.

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. In 2017, he was honored with an induction into the elite class of Fellows in the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), for his work contributing to the scientific advancement of knowledge in character strengths, mindfulness, positive media/movies, and positive interventions.



ICF: This course provides 17 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development (22 if attending the retreat).