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Join our community of people who are seeking a solid framework for deeply understanding themselves and others to consciously navigate a rapidly changing and uncertain world, so that we can empower ourselves, and others, to feel whole, complete and understood.

Learn to use the InterStrength™  Approach with the powerful Essential Motivators lens that is...

  • A framework that quickly identifies deep, core motivations and talents to inform important life decisions and awareness
  • Built on the wisdom of many great thinkers that go back over 25 centuries, articulated as 'Temperament' by David Keirsey in the 1980's, and enriched by Linda Berens
  • A way of understanding ourselves and others that helps build self-esteem and positive regard
  • An elegant, solid theory of individual differences that integrates with the 16 Jungian based personality types

This live and online Certification program is for professional practitioners who want to…

  • Have a tool and framework to help clients identify, and realign with, deep and persistent sources of motivation as well as manage stress stress
  • Provide practices for their clients for improving relationships and dealing with conflict, decisions, and energy
  • Learn more about personality differences using the practical InterStrength™ Essential Motivator Lens
  • Get a firm grounding in how to use the InterStrength™ Approach to foster personal and interpersonal development using the Essential Motivators model
  • Have a new tool in their toolkit that links to the 16 Jungian based Personality Types
  • Have their knowledge and skill level recognized through Certification
  • Join a community of practitioners who are dedicated to self-development as well as providing excellence to their clients

Attendance in the course is limited to 20 people to ensure a learning environment with more interaction and personal attention. We will be following best practices for transforming classroom programs into a positive, online learning environment. There will be group activities, intersession assignments, and application work as well.

What you get:

  • 10 live, Online Sessions for Deep, Rich Learning , Community and Applications 
  • 10 live, one-hour discussion sessions on the Monday following the Friday course sessions.
  • Knowledge, resources, and capacity to create a variety of development experiences
  • An actionable coaching framework to use with your clients
  • 4 booklets from the Understanding Yourself and Others Series authored or co-authored by Dr. BerensPrint
  • 5 different practical job aids
  • Worksheets and handouts
  • The Guide for Facilitating Self-Discovery Process (Essential Motivators section) with scripted lesson plans and applications activities
  • PowerPoint files you can customize to fit into your work
  • 2 hours (or more) individual time with Dr. Berens (greater than $500 value), plus 4 more hours of caring feedback on your work
  • Discounted rate on 1 on 1 coaching sessions with Linda Berens or Stephanie Berens
  • And after completion of assessments, you will be InterStrength Essential Motivators Certified
  • Plus if you also complete the InterStrength Interaction Styles and InterStrength Cognitive Dynamics certification courses, you will eligible to apply for InterStrength™ Self-Discovery Practitioner Certification.

In addition you will a free membership in the private InterStrength online-community where we foster peer-to-peer learning. In a private circle for your course cohort, you can ask questions, share insights, and have insightful discussions with your learning cohort. 

  • Receive the latest thoughts and insights from the desk of Linda Berens
  • Share insights and examples organized by each of the InterStrength lenses
  • Get access to articles and resources to enhance your learning
  • Ask questions and hear the thoughts of your peers and mentors
  • Reply and comment on articles and posts


February 4, 2022- April 8, 2022 

The 2-hour live, on-line sessions will take place on Friday mornings 9-11 am (Pacific Time).

The live one-hour discussion sessions take pace on the Monday following the Friday course sessions.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Graduates of our prior licensing workshops, please contact us if you are interested in updating to the Certification.


We will be using the user friendly Zoom platform for our live, online discussions and another online platform where your course materials will be available to you. You will do best using a computer or a larger tablet so visuals display large enough to read easily. Your experience will be better if you have the bandwidth to turn on video so you can see other participants in our breakout groups. You will need a headset with microphone to keep external noise down and you can participate more freely. You will receive all the technical information you need when we send you the links to log in.

How it works:

The 10 live sessions take place from 9-11 am, Los Angeles time, starting February 4, 2022 and ending  April 9, 2022.  One-hour group discussions sessions are held at 4 pm Pacific time on Monday's following each Friday session.

Other learning experiences are on your own time frame using the Thinkific learning platform.

  1. Once you register we will arrange for your individual discovery session with Dr. Linda Berens.
  2. Get started by reviewing the first modules in the course.
  3. Attend the 10 course sessions live if at all possible. If you have to miss a session, watch the recording and complete the assignments so you can be ready for the next session. These live sessions are rich with learnings from your cohort in breakout groups as well as with Dr. Berens.
  4. Before each session complete your assignments to deepen your knowledge and apply what you learn. Assignments should take about 2 hours each week or less, except for preparation for the practicum assignment, which will take more.
  5. You will have a practicum assignment to deliver a mini workshop or do a 1-on-1 session.
  6. Complete the assignments and knowledge assessments required during the program and participate in the private InterStrength Certification Community platform.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Important Agreements

    • InterStrength™ Practitioner Code of Ethics

  • 2


    • Live Session Details

    • Help with Zoom

    • Navigating Inside Zoom Meetings

    • Participating in Live Sessions

  • 3


    • Welcome

    • Assignment: Autobiographical Survey

    • Living Systems: Please watch this video.

    • When you have time: Overview of Multiple Models: Happiness in the Communication Zone™ Videos

    • An Overview Video: Why? Why? Why?

    • InterStrength CORE™ Approach Files to Download

  • 4


    • Autobiographical Survey

    • License Agreement for the Guide to Facilitating the Self-Discovery Process

    • Self-Study

    • Your Essential Motivators Story

    • Self-Discovery Facilitation Project Report

    • Successfully Complete Ethics Course

    • Discussion Group Participation

    • Ongoing Self-Reflections

  • 5

    SESSION 1: Setting the Stage for Self-Discovery

    • Zoom Link for Session 1: Friday, February 4, 9 am -11 am Pacific Time

    • Required before Session 1: Getting Started: Setting the Frame

    • Fritjof Capra, Living Systems, and Mindwalk video

    • Session 1 Follow up Homework: Skill Sets Reflection and Posting in the InterStrength Certification Community

  • 6

    SESSION 2: Exploring the 4 Essential Motivator Patterns

    • Zoom Link for Session 2: Friday, February 11, 2022, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework to Prepare for Session 2

    • Optional Video: Exploring Essential Motivator Talents

    • Do Before Session 2: Essential Motivator Patterns for Self-Discovery includes Video

    • Deepen Your Understanding

    • Session 2 Follow Up: Mindfulness Practice: Engaging Your Talents

  • 7

    SESSION 3: Deeper into the Patterns

    • Zoom Link for Session 3: Friday, February 18, 2022 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework for Session 3: Target Review

    • What's Nature, What's Nurture: Video

    • Mindfulness Practice: What energizes you the most?

  • 8

    SESSION 4: Exploring the Essential Motivator Processes

    • Zoom Link for Session 4: Friday, February 25, 2022 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework to Prepare for Session 4 (Includes Video)

    • Homework for Session 4: Role Dynamics

    • Essential Motivators 2020A participants writing about the photo

    • Homework: Relationship Reflection Activity—Session 4

    • Other Stories about the Picture

    • Other Writing Samples: Abstract or Concrete Language

    • More Writing Samples from Session 4 2020 A

    • Writing Samples from Session 4 EM 2020. B

  • 9

    SESSION 5: Deeper into the Patterns

    • Zoom Link for Session 5: Friday, March 4, 2022 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Targets Assignment for Session 5

    • Essential Motivator Biases

    • Homework: Berens CORE Facilitation

  • 10

    SESSION 6: 1 on 1 Discovery and Clarifying Type

    • Zoom Link for Session 6: Friday, March 11, 2022, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Essential Motivators Stress Reflection Practice

    • Homework: Measuring Personality Type

    • 2019 Target Changes

    • 1 on 1 and Clarifying Best-Fit

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

  • 11

    Session 7: Activities

    • Zoom Link for Session 7: Friday, March 18, 2022, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Who am I?, Who are you? The Group Targets activity

    • Session 8: Polarity Activity

    • Facilitator Notes and Summaries of Affiliative-Pragmatic Responses

  • 12

    SESSION 8: Activities

    • Zoom Link for Session 8: Friday, March 25, 2022, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Download and bring to Session 8: Activities Chart and Values Handout

    • Do before Session 8: Identifying Essential Motivators

  • 13

    SESSION 9: Your Project and Facilitation Essentials

    • Zoom Link for Session 9: Friday, April 1, 2022, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework for Session 9: Essential Motivators Certification Project Overview

    • Homework for Session 9: Presenting Essential Motivator Patterns 40 minutes Video

    • Homework before Session 9: InterStrength CORE Practitioner Guide

    • Homework for Session 9: Review Facilitation and Practitioner Documents

    • Identifying Others Clues Cheat Sheet and Full Types and Character Book

    • Essential Motivators Project Discussion

    • Resources Mentioned in the Course


All of the tools and processes provided in the certification program are perfect for guiding a client through the self-discovery process. 

David Pierpoint

I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your insights and wisdom. I really enjoyed the class and the whole process. You are so receptive, responsive and really went out of your way to create a personal connection which made all of the difference and is much appreciated. I wish I could jump right into another class with you but I will have to pace myself a bit.

Dana Sherman 

Thank you for sharing so generously of your time, talent and perspective. You are tireless in working to meet the needs of so many different learners. This was an amazing course. 

Deene Morris

I feel honored to have so much interaction with Linda. She was so generous with herself and her time.

Rhonda Corontzos

I have been an OD practitioner and executive coach for a couple of decades, and certified in a variety of typologies. Yet this certification not only provided additional tools to help me be a better professional, the validating and affirming insights I gained from the self-discovery process, has made me a better person. THANK-YOU!

Gwen Hanna

About Your Instructors:

Linda V. Berens

Linda V. Berens serves as co-founder of InterStrength, lead architect of certification, model development and transformational change programs for InterStrength. She 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 more efficiently together. After founding Temperament Research Institute in 1983, a corporate consulting and training organization dedicated to individual differences, she turned her attention to developing a more complete and integrated look at individual differences through the Integral framework. Linda is recognized internationally for her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and for developing 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.

Stephanie Berens

Stephanie Berens serves as co-founder of InterStrength, managing partner, coach and facilitator for InterStrength. She has been extensively trained and mentored by Linda Berens throughout her life and has used that knowledge of psychological type in all aspects—from coaching, to helping build businesses, to applications to sales and marketing. Her professional experience with psychological type ranges from roles managing Business Development, as Training Manager, and in CRM for a training, consulting and publishing company. Her current roles allow her to follow her passion of helping people understand one another, communicate well, and work more effectively together as well as build a business that is dedicated to serving others. She is a Certified Coach Practitioner and specializes in strategies to help reduce conflict and communicate effectively.

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