What makes the InterStrength™ Approach so powerful? How is it different from other approaches to personality differences?

This on demand course on InterStrength™ Foundations provides an overview of The InterStrength™ Approach to self-awareness and self-management using three interrelated lenses that describe us at our core. 

  • The Interaction Style lens 
  • The Essential Motivators lens
  • The Cognitive Dynamics lens


Some videos in this course are from the Certification courses, so they do include a few 'instructions' and how-to's. Even if you are not intending to facilitate self-discovery, you will get the basics in these videos.

In this course you will

  • Gain an understanding of the basic principles we follow in the InterStrength™ Approach
  • Gain an overview of the Interaction Styles,  Essential Motivators, and Cognitive Dynamics lenses so you can better understand the kinds of information each lens provides. 
  • Begin to identify where you fit within these lenses.


Each lens brings different information to understanding ways we are like others and ways we are different. While they operate separately from one another, they are interrelated and have some 'look-alikes.'

Another free learning opportunity:

Click here to join our monthly free Community and Connection sessions, on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon. Pacific time.

We'd love to have you join us for more learning. Please contact stephanie@interstrength.org for more information about the certification programs and the other learning opportunities available.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    BEFORE YOU START

    • Welcome to InterStrength™ Foundations

    • Important Agreements

    • InterStrength™ Practitioner Code of Ethics

  • 2

    MODULE 1: Overview of the InterStrength Approach

    • InterStrength™ Approach Overview

    • Lenses Approach Overview

    • Optional: Overview of Multiple Models: Happiness in the Communication Zone™ Videos

  • 3

    MODULE 2: Interaction Styles

    • Video: Brief Overview of Interaction Styles

    • Exploring more about Interaction Styles

  • 4

    MODULE 3: Essential Motivator

    • Video: Brief Overview of Essential Motivators

    • Exploring more about Essential Motivators

  • 5

    MODULE 4: Cognitive Dynamics

    • Video: Brief Overview of the Cognitive Dynamics Lens

    • Exploring Whole Type and Cognitive Dynamics

  • 6

    MODULE 5: Instruments and Other Related Ideas

    • Instruments, Interaction Styles, and the Type Codes

    • Video: Using Typology Instruments with Essential Motivators and Links to the Type Code

About the instructor

Senior Learning Facilitator

Linda Berens

Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. is a human and organizational development practitioner who has been teaching professionals since 1982 as well as helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. Linda is recognized internationally in the field of individual differences, developing an innovative, robust system of exploring CORE Personal Patterns to foster development of individuals, teams, and organizations. A warm, engaging teacher, she has contributed to the success of many professional change agents through her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and user-friendly training materials for practical application of understanding individual differences. She is the author or co-author of multiple books and training materials.In addition to holding a license as a California Marriage and Family Therapist and a doctorate in psychology, she also holds certification as a Holacracy Facilitator and in Integral Transformative Leadership from Pacific Integral and the LIOS Graduate College at Saybrook University.

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