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Dr. Richard johnson, PHd

Dr. Johnson's fresh ideas and enthusiasm regarding the spiritual aspects of human development inspire both men and women to live more abundant lives in Christ. Dr. Johnson’s Book: Discover Your Spiritual Strengths, presents his unique Spiritual Strengths Personality Model, which is the inspiration behind the 30 Everyday Virtues™ used in the VIRTUE WORKS  MEDIA Virtue Rating System.

In addition to his earned doctorate in Psychology and Counseling, Dr. Johnson was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010 from Holy Cross College on the campus of Notre Dame, for his work in spiritual gerontology. He has published many articles and over 40 books, many distributed by Catholic publishers like Liguori and 23rd Publications. They are all focused upon God's expansive grace in the maturing years. Two of his books: Creating a Successful Retirement: Finding Peace and Purpose, and 12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality, received Catholic Press Association awards. 


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Broad Reach and Profound Impact

Dr. Johnson is a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate counselor and teacher. In addition to his private practice and in-person events, he presents online courses and video training workshops enabling participants to embrace spiritually vibrant maturity in their own lives and cultivate it in the lives of others. He has taught hundreds of adult ministry leaders. 

Dr. Johnson has given keynote addresses and presentations at national conferences for major ministry organizations including:  National Association for Catholic Personnel Administrators,  National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, Leadership Conference for Women Religious,  National Federation of Priests’ Councils, National Association of Catholic Social Workers, National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. He has also presented to meetings of the Presbyteriate in 70 to 80 Catholic Dioceses.

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Spiritual Strengths Institute

The Spiritual Strengths Institute was founded by Dr. Johnson and is dedicated to the healing ministry of Christ by focusing on inner healing, and assists individuals in cultivating spiritual and emotional health. As a result of decades of research, clinical observation, prayer and experience with thousands of people; the Spiritual Strengths Plan facilitates each person's personal growth with a unique effectiveness.  The Spiritual Strengths Profile is the tool that enables men and women to discover their unique spiritual personality. Each person possesses a distinctive group of signature strengths which can empower them to thrive and flourish amidst the struggles of life. The S.S.P. helps them identify their personal gifts and strengths with deep insight and clarity

Dr. Johnson has been delighted for his Spiritual Strengths Personality Model to be the framework around which the VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA rating system is built. The 30 VWM Everyday Virtues are not a random list of virtues. These 30 spiritual strengths are essential grace-filled interior habits that have been identified and arranged according to the natural God-given positive capabilities of human personality.  Dr. Johnson graciously serves on the Virtue Works Media Board of Directors to offer advice and guidance as we create important tools for parents, grandparents and teachers to cultivate interior emotional and spiritual health through virtue-rich reading, media, and entertainment.