Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice- Intensive (MBSP-int)

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Course Tuition: $350 USD

**Now Accepting Registrations for the MBSP Retreat: Serenity: Returning Home to Your Present Moment, Friday, September 21, 2018. Learn more and regsiter here. 

Course Overview:

Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) is a 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. 

VIA's traditional MBSP course (MBSP Part I) is taught over 8 weeks, once a year. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to this course we decided to create this course, Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice-Intensive, to offer the beloved MBSP course in half the time! MBSP-int is 4 weeks, catering to those individuals who want all of the great content- FAST

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.


Outline of MBSP-int and Readings from Mindfulness and Character Strengths:

  • Session 1: Catching Auto Pilot and Strengths Blindness

    • ​Readings: Chapter 1 and 2

  • Session 2: Integration 1: Creating Strong Mindfulness

    • Reading: Chapter 3

  • Session 3: Integration II: Fostering Mindful Strengths Use

    • Reading: Chapter 4 

  • MBSP-int Retreat: occurs same week as Session 3

  • Session 4: Moving Forward with Authenticity and Goodness

    • Reading: Chapter 5






“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-int 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, MBSP Part II: Learning To Lead. The next session for MBSP: Part II will be in the spring of 2018. 




  • Purchase the book Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Includes CD. Order here.
  • Commit to engage immediately and attend all 4 sessions (and the MBSP Retreat). Recordings of sessions will be provided.
  • Take VIA Survey prior to Session 1 – bring the results to each session.
  • Bring a food item and glass of water to Session 1
  • The technology used will be Go-To-Webinar/Go-To-Meeting; a strong Internet connection is recommended – a good microphone is essential for participation around sharing experiences and asking questions.


Course Faculty:

Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is education director of the VIA Institute on Character. He is the creator of the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program and author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing. He’s an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association in 2017. As a frequent keynoter and workshop leader, he’s offered several-hundred presentations on positive psychology topics across the globe. Ryan is author of several books including the new book Character Strengths Interventions: A Field-Guide for Practitioners; in addition to Movies and Mental Illness; and Positive Psychology at the Movies. He’s penned hundreds of articles for the general public on character strengths and more than 60 scholarly articles/chapters. 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. He lives with his wife and three kids (all 6 and under) in Loveland, Ohio. Ryan is an avid collector of Pez dispensers, a passionate fan of The Walking Dead, and a zealot for Michigan State athletics. His highest strengths are hope, love, curiosity, honesty, perspective, fairness, and appreciation of beauty. 


ICF: This course provides 13 ICF CCEU's in Resource Development (includes the 4 sessions + MBSP Retreat).