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  • 05 Dec 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar: The link to join will be sent to those that register


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For the first time, Dr. Ryan Niemiec will present using an approach in which YOU will decide the presentation content! As there are now over 600 studies on character strengths, on average a new study coming out each week, and many emerging best practices, there are plenty of possible areas to cover. Throughout this experience, there will be new content, opportunity for questions, a sneak peek at 2020 happenings in our field, and an insider-tour of the new VIA website for you to learn how you can use it to best help your clients and students. Integrated within this experience will be the classic "choose your own adventure approach." Here's an example of how this will work. Ryan might ask something like the following:

"Would you like to hear about a new theory of character strengths or the latest on strengths overuse/underuse? I can send you the PDF of both 2019 papers so you can learn about each but in the CHAT BOX right now choose Path A for me to discuss the theory paper or Path B for the overuse/underuse paper. Choose now."

So, let's have some meaningful fun and direct your learning at the same time. All aboard!


Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He’s education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization in Cincinnati that leads the global advancement of the science of character strengths. Ryan is author of 9 books including the brand new consumer-oriented books The Power of Character Strengths (a #1 Amazon bestseller) and The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief, as well as practitioner-focused books that are leaders in their respective fields including, Character Strengths Interventions, Mindfulness and Character Strengths, and Positive Psychology at the Movies. He has two positive psychology books scheduled for 2020.

Ryan is creator of the evidenced-based, 8-week program, Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice, used across the globe by practitioners; MBSP was the first positive-oriented mindfulness program, the only mindfulness program to target what’s best in us (our character strengths), and the only one to use positive qualities (our character strengths) to improve meditation and mindful living. 

Ryan has penned around 90 scholarly/peer-reviewed articles and given more than 800 workshops, keynotes, and webinars on positive psychology topics across the globe. He’s a columnist for Live Happy Magazine and for Psychology Today, the latter which his column has 1-2 million reads. He’s an award-winning psychologist, certified coach, annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor at Xavier University. Ryan received a Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association in 2011, and was granted Fellow status of the International Positive Psychology Association in 2017. 

On a personal note, Ryan lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three young, zestful children who travel the globe together. Ryan is an avid collector of vintage Pez dispensers, a passionate fan of The Walking Dead, only listens to 1990s alternative rock music, and is a zealot for his alma mater, Michigan State University. His highest strengths are hope, love, honesty, curiosity, fairness, and appreciation of beauty.

Registration is free for Supporting and Lifetime members of the MAPP Alumni Association.  

Registration for Basic members costs $20.  Want to get this webinar for free? If you are a Penn MAPP graduate, you can pay the $49.95 dues now to become a supporting member. You'll get free registration for this webinar and for other continuing education webinars coming up in the next 12 months.


Registration for the general public costs $25.

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