Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners

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Dr. Ryan Niemiec's new book, Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners, is the epitome of positive psychology: it takes the “backbone” of positive psychology– character strengths – and builds a substantive bridge between the science and practice. No matter what kind of practitioner you are, this one-of-a-kind field-guide is a goldmine in science-based applications. You’ll be able to immediately bring the science of well-being into action! Get your copy here: Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners



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Dr. Ryan Niemiec presents at Tedx on how the VIA Classification is a common language to describe what is best in ourselves and others. He explains how work around character strengths can be compared to 4 levels of lights: the initial pilot light of awareness, a flicker of positivity when a strength is used, beam of light when the strength is noticed by others, and finally a full glow when the strength is appreciated.


In this podcast with workplace wellbeing expert, Michelle McQuaid, Ryan explains how your character strengths are the fuel that makes your other strengths rise. He reviews ways to identify and develop your strengths at work each day, how to find your "power zone" of strengths and 3 of his favorite strengths-based interventions from his new book,  Character Strength Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners.


This video shows one of the best research-based activities from the book, Character Strengths Interventions, for improving strengths awareness and fluency. 


When thinking about your strengths, remember the 4 E's: Engage, Explore, Explain, and Enhance. 

Conferences, meetings

Ryan was honored as a 2017 IPPA Fellow. This was granted to Ryan for his work contributing to the scientific advancement of knowledge in character strengths, mindfulness, positive media/movies, and positive interventions. 

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Ryan will be a keynote speaker at the 4th Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology 2018, May 23-25, in Toronto, Canada

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Ryan will be a keynote speaker at the 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology 2018, June 27-30, in Budapest, Hungary

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Practitioner Handouts:

Breaking the Ice: Ways to Introduce Strengths to A Group

Breaking The Ice With Strengths

Praise for the Book

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Review from The Psychologist (February 2018)

The application of positive psychology and strengths is growing in organisations, education and in the clinical setting. But the published literature supporting that and offering guidance has been trailing. This book is therefore a really valuable and welcome resource to go some way towards filling that gap. 

The VIA Survey has been around for a number of years now and is one of the few academically sound strengths diagnostics that is available at no charge. This book acts as a 'handbook' to understanding the theoretical model, the strengths themselves, and contains descriptions of 70 research-based interventions - quite a lot of return for your investment in the book. 

It is extremely well written and, more importantly for me, strikes a perfect balance between academic rigour and practical guidance. It is very accessible, but still provides a robust explanation and discussion of the strengths approach. The suggest interventions provide a treasure trove of exercises to apply with yourself and with others if you have a role as a coach or developmental practitioner. 



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Ryan Niemiec takes one of the most important scientific tools in modern psychology for improving our well-being and makes that research come to life in a practical way for practitioners, parent and coaches. In challenging times, we each desperately need to know, hone, and utilize our unique strengths to tip this world toward hope, health and happiness. 

-Shawn Achor, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage 



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I'm so glad you wrote this book! Very important work. This book provides an invaluable guide for teachers and parents, consultants and managers - in fact, for anyone passionate about human flourishing. 

-Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, Bestselling author of Happier and founder of Happier.TV





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