REAL Essentials Certification Training

Michigan Public Health Institute
Okemos, MI (Lansing area)
March 12th 8:30 AM - March 13th 5:00 PM

Young adults need the skills to develop healthy relationships, avoid high-risk behaviors, and navigate issues around sexual health. Join the growing list of educators committed to the success of their community through proven relationship education.

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Monday, March 12th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 13th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

This 2-day interactive training includes:

  • Curriculum
  • Full Certification
  • Access to exclusive online training and resources

This workshop is hosted in collaboration with the Michigan Public Health Institute. 

REAL Essentials

REAL Essentials is the country’s leading relationship education curriculum. It is specifically designed to equip adults to teach young people skills for combating challenges they face in adolescence. Lesson content captivates the heart and directs students toward positive decision making.  All lessons are inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate.

Activities prepare students to better understand and address:

  • Their individual identity and how to recognize and respect differences in others
  • How to develop healthy dating strategies and ideas for staying connected with good friends
  • Skills for setting appropriate boundaries and strategies for sticking to them
  • Understanding safe social media guidelines and viewing advertisements through an accurate lens
  • Creating vision and applying it to future dreams and success
  • Learning the benefits of commitment and healthy marriage
  • Effective communication techniques for navigating conflict and expressing oneself
  • Developing leadership skills for gaining future employment and keeping a job
REAL Essentials Certification Training - March


Mitzi Norton

January 26, 2018
I have been through a lot of trainings and done many and this was fabulous! (I tend to be a training snob). I just loved how kind but statistically driven this was. That was so impressive.

Jolona Smith

January 26, 2018
Thank you so much for putting all of this together in a way that will affect every person in every situation. I have wanted something like this for a long time and am greatful for you all.

Andrew Smith

January 26, 2018
Great class, I learned a ton. I knew I would use parts of this, but I think I will use mot all of it.

Chip Albertson

January 26, 2018
Incredible class that really equips participants, to not only understand the vital material, but also to be able to pass along the information and teach it.

Jeff Wennberg

January 27, 2018
Effective handling of difficult topics.I gained cold hard facts.

Jessie Pippin

January 05, 2018
The changes made to the curriculum are wonderful. Seems better organized, concise and easier to create a student workbook.

Christa S.

January 05, 2018
-I am hoping that all of the updated curriculum is available online because I like the revision much better. -I am very inspired by the workshop. I want to take the tools I've learned and implement them in my local community right away.

Angela Land

January 05, 2018
I was so inspired to make the lessons fun! So much wisdom that related to all the topics concerned.

Tammy Stewart

January 05, 2018
Renewed excitement about reintroducing marriage into the classroom!

Jacqueline Abrigo-Harbison

December 14, 2017
Very informative. Awesome hands-on activities.

Patrick Harbison

December 14, 2017
Thank you!

Rachel Go

December 14, 2017
Thank you for your time and wisdom!

Susan Yezbick

December 14, 2017
Outstanding class and instructor! Thank you.

Dr. Andrea Hazim

December 14, 2017
I would love to stay connected and pray that there would be an opportunity to be mentored beyond REAL Essentials. What a joy to be with Joneen for three days! I'm sad it's over!

Jen Anderson

November 04, 2017
Y'all are ROCKSTARS.

Dorothy Kuhfar

October 20, 2017
Thank you!! You're an awesome instructor!

Cheryl Bowdridge

October 20, 2017
All I can say is amazing!

Lois Trenholm, D.C.

October 20, 2017
My passion for teaching REAL Essentials is renewed and UPGRADED!


October 21, 2017
This course is for everyone! I learned so much.

Faye Barnhart

October 11, 2017
We absolutely loved the training and are excited to expand into even more schools this year! We your curriculum because it is so well done and meets the needs we are seeing in the schools. Well done! Keep up the good work!

Cheryl T.

October 13, 2017
Words cannot express how much I enjoyed the training but most of all meeting the amazing instructors who truly have a passion for what they do. You guys are incredible. I left feeling empowered! I am excited about the upcoming year using Real Essentials. We are beginning to come up with the format of the modules and building our “flow”. I love the flexibility of this curriculum.

George L.

September 21, 2017
This training blew me away! There are so many applications for the material/curriculum provided.

Lasandra B.

September 22, 2017
I LOVED it! You guys are doing so much good work! I love that the information is based on research.

Abigail M.

September 21, 2017
Truly top-notch program based on a standard of excellence!

Sharon K.

September 21, 2017
Thank you! This has been wonderful. God Bless you!

Carla S.

September 22, 2017
Thank you for your partnership, you are fabulous and greatly appreciated!

Jeanna F.

September 22, 2017
I am so excited to use this with the multiple groups of kids I come into contact with. Thanks for making this relevant to a mom with a vision and not just professionals in the social work arena.

Jeanna F.

September 22, 2017
I am so excited to use this with the multiple groups of kids I come into contact with. Thanks for making this relevant to a mom with a vision and not just professionals in the social work arena.

Jeanna F.

September 22, 2017
I am so excited to use this with the multiple groups of kids I come into contact with. Thanks for making this relevant to a mom with a vision and not just professionals in the social work arena.

Darla H.

May 18, 2016
Our facilitators have implemented many of the activities in this tool kit and the training was extremely beneficial for those just coming into the SRA field.

Nancy C., Curriculum Coordinator

January 15, 2016
We are about to launch our Relationship Education “course” in our middle school (grades 6-8) and are extremely excited about the next few months. Having gone through the training, our staff feels well-equipped to start “getting REAL” with students about areas that we have previously shied away from in the past. The training is FABULOUS and Joneen and Lauren were incredibly informative, engaging, and helpful in making this View More

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