Navigating Transitions

This course is self-guided and asynchronous. Register now and get immediate access to all of the course materials.

Tuition:  $200 USD

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A common reason many individuals choose to seek out the guidance and counsel of a helping professional is when they are adjusting to a life transition. These transitions can either be self-initiated (ie: starting a family, finding a new career) or transitions that you didn't  necessarily want or plan (ie: divorce, death of loved one) but are faced with nonetheless. Approaching these life changes can sometimes seem  overwhelming. How do these events shape the way you think about  yourself? Our approach is to examine the change through the lens of the individuals' strengths.

This course is designed for both the individual navigating through  their own life transitions, as well as coaches, consultants,  psychologists and counselors that are assisting others through changes.  You will learn how to approach a life transition through 4 phases:  looking at past experiences for wisdom, maneuvering through the ambiguity and unknown, finding hope in the future, and setting practical goals to work towards.

1 free VIA Pro Report included in included in tuition and will be added to your account upon registration. 

Content: Course Reviews 4 Phases of Transitions

1. Gathering Wisdom: This first phase involves reflecting on experiences of the past, namely a situation you have transitioned from already or are in the process of transitioning from (e.g., a previous job or a relationship that is ending). Here, amongst all the details and memories, you will gather forth positive insights that can potentially serve as recipes for future character strengths use.

2. In-Between Space: This second phase involves noticing and facing the tensions, challenging emotions, turmoil, and positivity of that space that sits between where you came from and where you are headed. Much of this is the territory of the “unknown” which you’ll have the opportunity to face directly and build internal resources for managing it.

3. Envisioning Future Self: This third phase involves deliberately looking to the future and beginning to think of “what might be” and “what could be” for you. Here, you will examine an ideal for yourself and begin to create pathways filled with character strengths use to help you get there.

4. Beginning Anew: This final phase involves taking care of yourself. This involves attending to key areas of health that can sustain you, bringing your character strengths to the forefront, and setting realistic, action-oriented goals based on what you’ve learned from the previous three phases.


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.


Dr. Donna Mayerson, Director of Applied Practice at the VIA Institute, is a licensed psychologist and earned her master's degree in special education.  She was formerly coaching director of Hummingbird Coaching  Services, now Humana.  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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