REAL Essentials Certification Training

The Center for Relationship Education
8101 E Belleview Ave., Suite G
Denver, CO 80237

April 30 & May 1, 2020
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Healthy relationships are essential for life success. Become a relationship expert, and impact your community by being certified in the REAL Essentials relationship education curriculum suite.


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Why 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



Thursday, April 30th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, May 1st from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM




August 02, 2019
Very interactive and thorough training that has given the participants the confidence to facilitate the REAL Essentials lessons.


August 02, 2019
This workshop has been refreshing, encouraging and very informative. Enjoyed all of the activities and conversations.


August 02, 2019
Great class. Empowering for teachers and for youth.


May 29, 2019
This workshop was very informative and interactive. I've learned so much professionally and personally. The activities are amazing and I love how they have takeaways.


May 29, 2019
The workshop was AMAZING! It was structured well and extremely informative. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable, personable and took her time showing us the way.


May 28, 2019
I LOVE this approach to teaching and educating people for the present and the future. Plus good for my own personal relationships. It is brilliant in creating confidence and certainty of every single person, along with respect & kindness to each other!


May 22, 2019
Amazing. In Depth, detailed information that is very usable. Anyone can become an expert with this material - very basic and easy to understand. Very impressed with how presenter stayed on track and kept the group focused.

Valerie N.

January 08, 2019
Amazing! What a fresh take on teaching relationships to our youth.

Katherine J.

December 13, 2018
This was a great workshop. I was able to learn about the curriculum in depth and take away best practices for presenting it to students.

Spencer S.

December 13, 2018
This workshop provided a fun, energetic, and concise experience. I learned practical application of all material and I was so easily engaged in the training due to the enthusiasm of the presenter.

Brandi K.

December 13, 2018
The workshop was an amazing experience! it's practical, enjoyable and provides lots of skills.

Whit M.

December 13, 2018
The training was Excellent! Excellent. Excellent! I am ready to implement with my students!

Connie A.

December 13, 2018
Wonderful training with essential information for today's youth and young adults.

Amanda H.

December 13, 2018
This was a great training and I look forward to having this program be a part of my school counseling curriculum at our high school. I also love that it's really thorough!

Christel W.

October 16, 2018
This workshop was informative, and it gave great illustrations on how to connect with your audience. The workshop left me feeling confident about the work that I am currently doing. Great workshop.

Amos B.

October 16, 2018
This workshop changes the game in equipping young people for a better future. The information contained in this book is gold and will impart knowledge to the lives that use it and receive it.

Amanda W.

April 27, 2018
This might be my lifes work. I am a nurse and I have a heart for prevention. Real Essentials is the Tool that I will use to help kids, through education to make the choices to avoid so many hurts in life and it will promote positive life outcomes.

Angela B.

April 27, 2018
Well presented and fun to learn - left me feeling empowered and better prepared to speak with local school systems - appreciated how well thought out all the information was because it stayed relevant and non-judgemental for youth (and my self) regardless of religion, gender identity, their past etc.

Gina L.

April 27, 2018
Very professional, confidently and engagingly presented. Made me feel empowered to teach this.

Mitzi N.

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 S.

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 S.

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 A.

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 W.

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

Jessie P.

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 L.

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

Tammy S.

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

Jacqueline A.

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

Patrick H.

December 14, 2017
Thank you!

Rachel G.

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

Susan Y.

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

Dr. Andrea H.

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 A.

November 04, 2017
Y'all are ROCKSTARS.

Dorothy K.

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

Cheryl B.

October 20, 2017
All I can say is amazing!

Lois T.

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


October 21, 2017
The workshop was engaging and full of additional resources for further study and mastery at the concepts, framework, and skills.

Faye B.

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.

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.

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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