The Relationship Literacy Program addresses four general areas:
1. Relationships and Self-Identity (personal and social)
Healthy relationships signify something more than intimate emotional and physical connection. They are sources of light and correction, teaching and learning, bonding and becoming who we are. We discover other people and ourselves through participation in them. In this section, participants explore many aspects that help to form individual identity and social connection. They identify differences and similarities, expectations and roles in the making and sustaining of healthy relationships.
2. Prevention of Relationship Abuse and Violence –
Relationship abuse and violence are wide spread in many cultures throughout the world. Participants are made aware of specific types perpetrated by men and women, boys and girls in dating and intimate partnerships, and acquaintance, family, school and work relationships. Participants consider the impact of abuse and violence on victims, as well as legal, personal, and social implications.
3. Self-Management –
We are foremost in charge of our thinking, feeling, and behaving in relationship with others. Self-Management involves learning effective tools and practicing important skills to manage self emotionally and behaviorally. Participants practice ways to monitor, express and vent feelings, critique and re-direct thoughts, manage time, talent and other personal behavior respectful of themselves and the differences of others. Areas of management include anger and stress management, and affection management.
4. Healthy Relationships -
Like raw gold relationships are life’s treasures to uncover. In homes, schools, neighborhoods, places of work and worship relationships appear hidden in least likely places. Once we find them however, the real work and adventure begin. Healthy Relationships are accomplished through the work of deliberate minds, managed emotions, chosen behaviors and positive attitudes. Participants explore life areas for relationship success, uncover important principles and tools for relationship planning, and strategize methods to build and sustain healthier personal and social connections.