SDS Seminars Online

Working with Character Strengths (Using the VIA Survey in Everyday Practice)



Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology as introduced in 1998 by Professor Martin Seligman, but it has quickly developed a large following amongst the practitioners around the globe. It concentrates on studying and promoting positive human functioning, and developing effective interventions that help to support thriving individuals, families, and communities. Positive psychology aims to go beyond just treating mental illness, and pursues making everyday life happier and more fulfilling

A practical application of positive psychology is to assist clients in identifying their “signature strengths”, to guide them in practicing these strengths in new ways in order to increase and sustain their well-being. Psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches, various other psychological and medical professionals, are using methods and techniques derived from Positive Psychology to work with a wide variety of individuals and groups: whether they be clients with a range of psychological difficulties or those wishing to simply thrive within a work context or in their personal lives.

This video series is an attempt to present practitioners with a clear overview of Positive Psychology principles, its methods and processes and give them guidance about its everyday use with the variety of clients.

You will see an exclusive interview with Paul Grantham, who explores such important features of Positive Psychology as “virtues”, “character strengths” and “signature strengths” and outlines the best ways of using them in practice.

Then you will watch a live session in which Paul Grantham uses the VIA Character Strengths survey results with a client.

The session is followed by a detailed and in-depth discussion with further practical recommendations for therapists on how to use the VIA survey with their clients.

Course tutor

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with extensive NHS, Social Services and training experience. He has written on a range of therapy and helping issues. An extensively informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is a founder and Director of SDS Seminars Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Video
  • Online Test
  • Personalised Certificate for 1 CPD Hour

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