While seeking to understand what barriers and/or disconnects may exist for individuals or groups I take a strengths based approach. Broadening and deepening my experience as a personal trainer for many years working within notable destination spas and presenting, I am also a mental health therapist. When working with clients (both adults and kids) and groups I seek to integrate the benefits of an active, fun and healthy approach. This approach tends to naturally focus more on an empowering, strengths perspective.
Great question, Angela! Yes, I am positive psychology leader with a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and have presented on character strengths and virtues internationally.
In my doctoral work at Temple University, I am teaching Kinesiology (cross training group dance/fitness Lecture/Lab), and applying the psychology of character strengths and virtues. I tie in the Values of Action Inventory of Strengths from Authentic Happiness, and the students love it. It’s a wonderful adjunct to group fitness training.
I presented on Character Strengths and Virtues during my presentations at Inner IDEA recently. Please let me know how I can help further?
Very best, Elaine O’Brien, MAPP,
Positive Fit Lab,
Temple University Kinesiology,
University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center
/agree with Michelle.
Can you give us an example? I find this particularly interesting because I will soon have a BS in Organizational Psychology.
I do understand that motivating people is part of this job, and convincing them to eat well out of the gym is big too.
Giving people the motivation to lift an extra little bit to hit their PR goes a long way.
So what exactly is Strengths Psychology?
Angela, I don’t specifically “specialize” in strengths psychology” however, with my clients who I coach, I request that all of them read Strengths Finder 2.0 written by Tom Rath. I also ask that they complete the assessment that is found in the back of the book.
As a Licensed Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, I have been trained to coach my clients focusing on what is working in their lives.
Another site that I utilize is www.authentichappiness.com This site “is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.”
I believe you will find it quite helpful.