Building Healthy Relationships
Building Healthy Relationships seeks to work towards stopping violence through early intervention. With integrated components for elementary, middle and high school, we help students build the social-emotional skills they need to treat one another with respect and dignity as they mature.
... children are learning how to get along with others and manage their behavior in the classroom and on the playground. Incorporating games and role-playing, we work on self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision making, specifically:
dealing with bullying
The development of social emotional skills enhances the learning environment so that students are positioned both to do better academically and to treat one another with dignity and respect as they mature.
...relationships and social life in general become increasingly important. Building on the framework used in elementary school, we work with middle schoolers on skills that help them navigate their newfound desire for connection, exploring the following:
building a strong sense of self
peer pressure and problem-solving
dealing with cyberbulling and gossip
By establishing healthy communication patterns, enabling the identification of negative behaviors, and learning to break the cycle and patterns of abuse, teenagers come to understand their roles and rights in relationships, addressing potential areas of conflict before real, long-term issues develop.
...helping teens and young adults recognize what is healthy and harmful as they begin to engage in dating and intimate relationships is vital. In small group settings, we foster a safe environment where teens can share and discuss:
healthy and unhealthy relationships
setting and honoring healthy boundaries
what to do to be safe
A significant component of this effort is not only to provide information and education to young people, but also to administrators and teachers. Intimate partner and teen dating violence may happen outside of school, but these events and their effects are carried directly into the halls and classrooms.