REAL Essentials Respond

REAL Essentials Respond

Military personnel and Emergency Responders face heightened stress in relationships due to trauma exposure and the nature of the job. REAL Essentials Respond is designed to equip both with preventative relationship skills for encountering this stress with a plan.





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A science-supported, skills-based, certification training in the Center for Relationship Education’s REAL Essentials Respond Curriculum. REAL Essentials Respond is a high-impact, activity-based methodology for equipping individuals with preventative strategies for safeguarding relationships from trauma and hurt, thus decreasing toxicity among people in the workplace and at home. Healthy connections are a central indicator of overall health and wellness, and the REAL Essentials Respond curriculum provides tools to approach relational wellness from a prevention model. This TOT (Trainer of Trainers) certification equips emergency responders and military personnel to facilitate REAL Essentials Respond within their agencies. Certified trainers can utilize the curriculum to integrate personalized relationship skills training in peer support services, academy trainings, and or on base. Certified facilitators have access to online resources including PowerPoint slides, curriculum updates, and continued support from the Center for Relationship Education.

Activities prepare participants to better understand and address:

  • Individual identity and how to recognize and respect differences in others
  • Skills for setting appropriate boundaries and strategies for sticking to them
  • Understanding the impact stress has on relationships and effectively managing it
  • Casting future vision when vocational roles change or retirement begins
  • Effective communication techniques for navigating conflict
  • Nurturing and supporting family relationships within the high risk/high-stress emergency response and military occupations
  • The physiological impacts of the job and how they can impact relationships
  • How traits and skills that are praised at work can often be a detriment at home


REAL Essentials Respond curriculum arrives with:

  • Online Resources
  • Workshop presentation slides
  • Love Tank t-shirt
  • Video Training



February 02, 2022
Great material and excellent [Master Trainer]! I have learned so many ideas that will be beneficial at work as well as at home.

Josh A.

February 02, 2022
I decided to attend this class in hopes of helping my department. The class prepared me for this, but it provided me with much more than I anticipated. It opened my eyes to myself and my own relationships. I look forward to growing all those relationships.

Jason S.

February 02, 2022
Jonathan is an energetic [Master Trainer]! I'm looking forward to getting his message out to my coworkers and using the tools that he taught me to strengthen my relationships with my family.

Casey W.

February 02, 2022
[Respond] was an excellent workshop. Really great information. Jonathan was an amazing [Master Trainer]. A lot of valuable lessons learned. I'm excited to share all the information with the rest of the fire department!

Andrew K.

February 02, 2022
I was blown away by this [training]. It was clear, impactful, and has inspired me to pursue better relationships with those around me.

Michael S.

February 02, 2022
I wish I would've had this training as a youth. Much of this was in my life, however this [training] really brought it together. Now that this information was channeled - it was usable.


February 07, 2020
Great way to gain tools for improving your relationships, especially for families comprised of first responders and the difference that component brings to the relationship.


January 30, 2020
Excellent, eye-opening exposure to key communication essentials that will benefit anyone, but truly help facilitate a more open and positive first responder culture.

Lacy B.

January 30, 2020
Great workshop. Great content. Relatable to a large group of ages and people. Life would be easier if we could all grasp & utilize these strategies.

Nick M.

January 30, 2020
Overall the class was timely with the many challenges facing responders. Discussion was lively and instructors were always open to attendee input.

Dan F.

November 15, 2019
This was awesome for our relationship and gave us great tools to continue to build on this foundation that has been built.


November 15, 2019
I was extremely impressed by the messages and the education I received this weekend. The training was very directed towards first responders in a useful and honest fashion. Lots of trainings are not terribly applicable for us but this was awesome. I definitely took skills and knowledge rom it that will be used in my marriage.


November 15, 2019
Excellent workshop. So much information to make us really think about where we are. SAFE environment. Thank you.


October 22, 2019
Great training to provide education to 1st responders that is seriously lacking.


October 22, 2019
Some information was similar or familiar. Most was excellent in application and significance to First Responder Communities. I am very excited to apply these tools to our departments.

John G.

August 08, 2019
Excellent content and delivery. thank you for such a well-built and delivered program. It is extremely useful to P.D., F.D and all first responders


August 12, 2018
It was very informative and more than I expected. This was an amazing opportunity for our 1st Responders.

Jessica M.

April 22, 2018
Thank you for providing this opportunity for military families who have an exceptionally difficult time with the possibility of deployments.

Darrell S.

November 05, 2017
A needed workshop for all couples, especially military couples!

Tiffany N.

November 20, 2016
Thank You for having this program, especially for military couples. We're new to this lifestyle and adjusting has been challenging, so it's nice to be able to put our marriage first and also remember why we LOVE each other.

Mandy D.

September 18, 2016
This class was amazing! I really appreciate the time and energy put into making these classes for our military families. My husband and I have bonded tremendously in these last few days an we look forward to using these tools not just for us, but for our family!

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