About

Linda Berens Institute was created by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. after over 35 years of studying and working with individual differences in many settings.

Our mission is to help organizations, leaders, teams, and individuals have an impact on the world. We help individuals increase their sense of well being, relationships, and communication effectiveness using the Berens CORE™ Approach.

We provide . . .

  • Specialized programs that optimize individual differences for strengthening organizational culture, employee engagement, and communication
  • Public workshops and coaching for individuals and leaders who want to realize their goals and intentions and improve their communication and relationships
  • Certification programs, resources and ongoing support for practitioners whose roles are to be change agents and growth agents inside organizations or an independent practitioners.
  • Resources such as articles, books, web-based tools, and job aids

Our programs and methodologies are based on an Integral approach to typology developed by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. and were formerly offered under the name of Integral Typeworks. These programs incorporate the Interstrength Method, developed by Linda Berens, Linda Ernst, and Melissa Smith and put into practice by thousands of practitioners worldwide.

Our Heritage

Linda Berens Institute had its beginnings as Interstrength Associates, which was founded as Temperament Research Institute in 1988 by Linda Berens as an organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations learn about and apply individual differences information—specifically temperament information. In 2005, we changed our name to Interstrength Associates to reflect that we are not just focused on temperament theory, but on the powerful applications of multiple models of individual differences information to help individuals and organizations build internal and interpersonal strength.

Some of our milestones:

From 1991 through 1994 conducted MBTI® Qualifying Programs in partnership with Type-Resources.

In 1995 created the first ever Guide for Facilitating the Self-Discovery Process with full color graphics and scripted lesson plans.

In 1995 trademarked the Understanding Yourself and Others® series of self-discovery workbooks.

In 1995 became one of 6 (later to become 8) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Qualifying Program providers in the United States. Our program was approved because of our inclusion of temperament theory and later the Interaction Styles model in the training and our history of already conducting these programs since 1991 with Type Resources.

Between 1991 and 2008, qualified more than 2500 individuals to ethically use the MBTI® instrument in their work.

In 2001 spun off 16types.com as a separate information, training, and product distribution organization.

In 2001 made public a groundbreaking model, Interaction Styles, for understanding typological differences.

In 2004 created the Interstrength Method Certification program.

In 2007 established a partnership with ACER, Dan Foster, and Anne Russell to conduct InterStrength® Method Ceritification programs in Australia.

In 2007 established a partnership with Susan Nash to conduct InterStrength® Method Ceritification programs in the UK.

In 2009 launched The Communication Zone® Certification Program

In 2011 launched Integral Typeworks, LLC as a container for the emerging methodology

In 2012 developed the Berens CORE™ Approach as a ground breaking, growth promoting process that embodies systems thinking, principles of Integral Theory, and a deep understanding of individual differences and development.

In 2013 renamed Integral Typeworks as Linda Berens Institute to integrate all of the work done so far and as a container for what is emerging.

In 2013 created the first ever comprehensive curriculum in the field of psychological type for individual and professional development.

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