December 21, 2021
Every person has a combination of 24 character strengths and if developed correctly can have a significant positive impact on their lives. Research has shown that using your character strengths can help to protect against, manage and overcome problems, improve relationships and enhance health, & wellbeing.
Character strengths can be nurtured and developed through positive psychology, an approach that is at the core of Worth-it initiatives to improve emotional wellbeing and resilience in children and young people. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human strengths and flourishing and the applied approach enables individuals, communities and organisations to thrive.
Strengths can be applied in schools in order to improve emotional health, wellbeing, resilience and academic achievement and we can provide the training to do this.
Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave and are the keys to you being your best self.
Following extensive character strengths research drawing knowledge from a range of sources including literature, science, philosophy and religion, Peterson and Seligman (2004) identified six universal virtues and twenty-four character strengths considered to be the foundation for developing human flourishing resulting in the introduction of the VIA classification. The VIA has become known as a guide which can robustly identify each strength and virtue.
The virtues identified are wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence: the twenty-four character strengths sit within these six virtues. When skilfully applied character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
Strengths based approaches have been used effectively in school situations and have been evidenced to:
Strengths are an integral part of the SEARCH pathways to wellbeing we use when working with schools to develop positive mental health and wellbeing. We have developed these pathways into our Wellbeing Toolkit Course for teams, which is also available in our DfE Assured Wellbeing Club for Senior Mental Health Leads.
Our approach to working with schools combines training and support is designed and developed to help schools (SLT’s, teachers, support staff and pupils) to learn tools and techniques for increasing their own strengths, knowledge and understanding. Our training helps students build character and resilience, to enable them to develop as well rounded individuals. Most importantly it helps them develop wellbeing and move towards flourishing.
We support schools to develop and embed their own strengths based interventions based on research and practical know how that involve supporting schools to use strengths approaches such as:
Our Strengths based approach to developing student wellbeing is built into our programmes and support for schools. These include
If you would like to find out more about our approach to supporting schools to develop children and young people's mental health and wellbeing access our FREE Introductory workshop or access our FREE Mini Course, which provides an example of how one school has developed whole school wellbeing.
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