Learn to use the InterStrength CORE™ Approach with the powerful Interaction Styles lens that is . . .

  • Simple enough to grasp in an hour to bring to light everyday differences that are at the root of much of the conflict we experience in interaction with others
  • Built on the wisdom of many great thinkers that go back over 25 centuries
  • A way of understanding ourselves and others that helps build self-esteem and positive regard
  • An elegant, solid theory of individual differences that surpasses DISC and Social Styles and works with the 16 Jungian based personality types

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

  • Become a part of a growing, empowering and active community that strives for greater understanding and increased awareness
  • Have a tool and framework to help clients identify, realign, and manage their sources of energy as well as stress when interacting with others
  • Provide practices for their clients for engaging others, improving relationships and dealing with conflict
  • Learn more about personality type using the practical InterStrength Interaction Styles™ Lens
  • Get a firm grounding in how to use the InterStrength CORE™ Approach to foster personal and interpersonal development using the Interaction Styles 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.

Enrollment also now includes participation in a weekly, 1 hour Interaction Styles Discussion Group with peers and Dr. Berens beginning Monday, November 1st at 4pm Pacific Time and runs through January 17, 2022. (Participation is optional.)

What you get:

  • A great learning experience
  • 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. Berens
  • 5 different practical job aids
  • Worksheets and handouts
  • The Guide for Facilitating Self-Discovery Process (Interaction Styles version) 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 from Linda on your work
  • And after completion of assessments, you will be InterStrength Interaction Styles™ Certified
  • Plus if you complete the InterStrength Essential Motivators™ and InterStrength Cognitive Dynamics™ certification courses, you will eligible to apply for InterStrength CORE™ Certification

In addition you will receive 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. You will have unlimited access to the cohort circle for as long as we are using that platform.

Upon completion of the course sessions, you will also be invited to join the larger certified community in the Network+ Circle where you will continue to share with a broader group and...

  • 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

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

How it works:

The 9 live, online sessions take place from 9-11 am Los Angeles time, October 26, 2021 through January 21, 2022. 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 chapter in the course
  3. Attend the 9 weekly courses 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, 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.


Live course starts:

October 26, 2021  going through January 21, 2022

The 2-hour live, on-line sessions will take place on Friday mornings 9-11 am (Pacific Time). Sessions are recorded in case you have to miss.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@lindaberens.com


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.

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


    • Certification Success Infographic

    • Welcome

    • Assignment: Autobiographical Survey

    • InterStrength CORE™ Approach Files to Download

    • InterStrength™ Approach Overview

  • 4


    • Autobiographical Survey

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

    • Successfully Complete Ethics Course

    • Self-Study

    • Your Interaction Styles Story

    • Interaction Styles Certification Project Overview

    • Self-Discovery Facilitation Project Report

    • InterStrength™ Community discussion group Participation and Self-Reflections Assignments

  • 5

    RESOURCES: More will be added as they come up in the course

    • Where to access books and training materials

    • Special Training Aids for Workshops

  • 6

    WEEKLY DISCUSSION GROUP SESSIONS with peers and Linda Berens Mondays, 4:00 PM Pacific time

    • Discussion Group Zoom Link for All Discussion Group Sessions

    • Recordings: Interaction Styles Discussion Group Session 1

    • Discussion Group Session 2 November 8 , 2021 Link

    • Recordings: Interaction Styles Discussion Group Session 2 Recordings

    • Discussion Group Session 3 November 15, 2021 Link

    • Recordings: Discussion Group Session 3 November 15, 2021 Recordings

    • Discussion Group Session 4 November 22, 2021 Link

    • Recordings: Discussion Group Session 4, November 22, 2021

    • BONUS Discussion Group Session November 29, 2021 Link

    • Recordings: BONUS Discussion Group Session November 29, 2021

    • Discussion Group Session 5 December 6 , 2021 Link

    • Recordings: Discussion Group Session 5, December 10, 2021

    • Discussion Group Session 6 December 13 , 2021 Link

    • Discussion Group Session 7 December 20 , 2021 Link

    • Discussion Group Session 8 January 10 , 2022 Link

    • Discussion Group Session 9 January 17, 2022 Link

    • Discussion Group Bonus Session 10 January 24, 2022 Link

  • 7

    SESSION 1: Setting the Frame for Self-Discovery and Interaction Styles Patterns

    • Zoom Link for session: Friday, October 29, 2021, 9 am -11 am Pacific Time

    • Certification Success Infographic

    • Read First: Homework to Prepare for Session 1

    • Homework: Getting Started: Setting the Frame (32 min video)

    • Homework: Interaction Style Patterns for Self-Discovery (23 minute video)

    • Session 1 Recordings

    • Jury Foreperson Activity Report Outs and Individual Submmissions

  • 8

    SESSION 2: Deeper into the 4 Styles and Interaction Dynamics

    • Zoom Link for Session 2: November 5, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • What's Nature? What's Nurture?(22 minute video)

    • Homework to Prepare for Session 2 (40 minute video)

    • Video: The Walks

    • Please join the private InterStrength™ Certification Community discussion group.

    • Homework: Interaction Style Examples

    • Session 2 Recordings

  • 9

    SESSION 3: Deeper into the Interaction Styles Processes

    • Zoom Link for Session 3: November 12, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework to do before Session 3: Blended Statements Worksheet

    • Joining the InterStrength Certification Community discussions

    • Out of a Box Typing and Into Personal Agility

    • Homework: Relationship Reflection Activity—Session 3

    • Session 3 Recordings

  • 10

    SESSION 4: More—Interaction Style Processes and Patterns

    • Zoom Link for Session 4: November 19, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework to do before Session 4: Initiating—Responding and Outcome—Process examples

    • Homework for Session 4: Blog and 17 minute video to watch

    • Interaction Styles Responses to Stressful Events

    • Session 4 Recordings

  • 11

    SESSION 5: Stress and Using Instruments

    • Zoom Link for Session 5: December3, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Before Session 5: Energies Assignment

    • Homework: [Video] Measuring Personality Type (20 minutes)

    • Please download worksheet before Session 5

    • Homework: [Video] Using Typology Instruments with Interaction Styles (25 minutes)

    • IMPORTANT: Preparation for Certification

    • The Meeting Video Source and Lesson Plan

    • Session 5 Recordings

  • 12

    SESSION 6: 1 on 1 Demo and Activities

    • Zoom Link for Session 6: December 10, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Download before Session 6: Types of Activities

    • Homework for Session 6: Interaction Style Stress Reflection Practice

    • Interaction Styles Responses to stressful events: downloadable.

  • 13

    SESSION 7: Applications

    • Zoom Link for Session 7: December 17, 2021, 9 am - 11 am Pacific Time

    • Important: Polarity Assignment due by Wednesday, December 15

    • Homework: Berens CORE Facilitation

    • Homework: Berens CORE Practitioner Guide

    • Strategic Uses of Each Lens

  • 14

    SESSION 8: Perspective Shifting

    • Zoom Link for session 8: Friday, January 7, 2021, 9 am -11 am Pacific Time

    • Homework: Perspective Shifting

    • Perspective Shifting Activity Instructions

  • 15

    Session 9: 1 on 1 Discovery and How-to's and your projects

    • Zoom Link for session 9: January 14, 2022 9 am -11 am Pacific Time

    • Facilitating Interaction Styles 1 on 1 online

    • Recording from 5.6.20 Facilitating Interaction Styles 1 on 1 Remotely

    • 1 on 1 Self-Discovery Tips

    • Melissa Bruner's Welcome packet- option 2.docx

  • 16

    Session 10: Bonus Session: Your Project, Style Identification, and Biases

    • Zoom Link for likely Bonus Session 10: January 21, 9 am -11 am Pacific Time

    • Interaction Styles Certification Project Overview

    • Homework: Identifying Interaction Styles

    • Resource for Identifying Interaction Styles

    • Interaction Style Biases: Activity Instructions and Why


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

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About the Instructors

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.

Senior Instructor

Stephanie Berens

Stephanie Berens serves as co-founder, managing partner, coach and facilitator for InterStrength. Stephanie's education is in Behavioral Studies and Communication as well as a deep understanding of diversity and personality type and has been immersed in this business since 1995. 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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