School for Strengths-Based Education

What is SSBE?

Our mission is to teach positive psychology to make people thrive and flourish like a fish in the water. To achieve this mission, we provide individuals with online training courses on strengths-based development and well-being strategies. In addition, we provide consultation and curriculum development to schools, corporations, and governmental agencies based on the principles of positive psychology and experiential learning. Our goal is to implement positive psychological elements into family, schools, corporations, and organizations in Japan in order to create a society, where people can maximize their unique strengths, thriving and flourishing to the fullest.


We provide the following services based on the principles of positive psychology and experiential learning.

  1. 1) Online Courses (Positive Psychology/Solution-Focused Approach)
  2. 2) Consultation (Consulting/Strengths-Based Training/Teacher Training)
  3. 3) Curriculum Development for schools and corporations


Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play (Positive Psychology Center, the University of Pennsylvania).


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning process is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming the experience (Kolb DA, 1984).




Shinichiro Matsuguma, Ph.D.

Shinichiro Matsuguma, Ph.D. is a Japanese licensed psychologist, published researcher, and trainer of positive psychology.

He is a professional lecturer at University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Psychology, teaching positive psychology and motivation to undergraduate students in a manner of experiential learning cycle.

His main research interest is about how to make people thrive and flourish like a fish in the water in spite of the adversity. He also works for The Gallup Organization as a consultant, facilitating the official strengths-based coaching courses online. He is also dedicated to promoting strengths-based cultures in schools, corporations, local communities, and educational policies in Japan.

He was awarded as one of the finalists of Clinical Case Study Challenge, the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne, Australia in 2019. He completed Ph.D. in Medicine, specializing in positive psychology at Keio University Department of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He finished M.A. in Teaching at SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA.