A Free Professional Development Course for Teachers, Coaches, and Leaders
As a manager, coach, consultant, trainer or teacher, highlighting character strengths constructively fosters engagement and well-being in individuals, teams, schools, and organizations. Join us for a free course on using the VIA Survey assessment in your professional work to help others be more creative, productive, and happy. Created in partnership with the world’s leading experts on character strengths at the non-profit VIA Institute on Character and top Wholebeing Institute faculty who are steeped in strengths-based approaches, you’ll learn about the latest science-based tools and strengths practices available today to make a difference in the lives of those you serve—and make your own job easier in the process.
VIA Character Strengths Are “The Backbone of Positive Psychology”
Positive psychology is the scientific study of strengths and virtues, and many other tools and practices, that help people thrive. The landmark book Character Strengths and Virtues by Drs. Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman define 24 universal positive traits—what’s best in you. In this online course consisting of recorded webinars, you’ll understand the importance of spotting signature strengths in others, and how you can help your students, clients, and those you manage see strengths within themselves.
Course Content and Faculty
Your Professional Strengths-Building Toolbox: Understand the science-based tools, practices, and reports through VIA Institute on Character that support your efforts in bringing out the best in others. For leaders, coaches, consultants, trainers and teachers.
Coaching for Positive Change—Building on Strengths, Stories, and Success: Weave the science of character strengths with the art of storytelling to help your clients explore the strengths and successes they can build on to successfully pursue new goals for positive change. For coaches, future coaches, and anyone in a coaching/mentoring role.
Strengths for Transformational Speaking: Learn to use the science of strength-based tools and practices as a speaker (to improve your own capability) and on behalf of your audience members (to increase their capacity to both learn and transform). For presenters, trainers, lecturers and teachers.
Strengths-Based Leadership: Learn to lead with ease as you focus on what others do well, harnessing each person’s signature strength in a collective whole-team approach to forward progress.
Character Strengths for Wholebeing: Learn how a strengths-based approach applies to the whole person using a systems thinking perspective of well-being. This panel discussion with VIA and Wholebeing Institute faculty starts with an overview of wholebeing by positive psychology thought leader Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, followed by a question and answer session.
Each webinar within the series has been recorded and is available in the virtual classroom for your convenience.
- Recorded webinar access
- Recommended resources that build on the coursework
- Suggested homework to strengthen your understanding
- Digital notebook to keep your ideas electronically organized
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