REAL Essentials Foundations Certification Training

Michigan Public Health Institute
Okemos, MI
March 19 & 20, 2020
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

 

This REAL Essentials Certification Training is postponed amidst concerns regarding COVID-19. Please check back soon for rescheduled dates. 

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.

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

 

Location

Michigan Public Health Institute
2436 Woodlake Circle
Okemos, MI 48864 

Schedule

Thursday, March 19 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, March 20 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Reviews

Katauri T.

March 14, 2020
This workshop was encouraging, empowering and very informative. With so much detail and data I find myself being uplifted and encouraged to inform those who are in need of my services after attending.

Patti W.

March 14, 2020
I would highly recommend attending this workshop as it has valuable information that equips the educators in a practical and non-threatening way.

Participant

March 14, 2020
Absolutely amazing. The trainer unified us and brought about purpose. I am excited to begin teaching this class. The workshop was fun, informative and created several call to actions for me to improve my life and relationships.

Angela F.

February 25, 2020
Great info. Practical Tools. Great pace. Enjoyed the modern powerpoint and videos.

Kimberli S.

February 25, 2020
Very informative! Fun! Great opportunities for discussion. Great opportunities for connecting and networking. Excellent format. Actually going through the lessons was very helpful.

Sarah F.

February 25, 2020
Excellent information, excellent presentation, speaker stayed on topic, shared useful information, very applicable, good amount of time.

Participant

February 28, 2020
I think this was an outstanding workshop. I came out of this workshop more empowered to help my personal family and students.

Participant

February 28, 2020
It was the perfect combo of information and interaction.

Ryan C.

February 28, 2020
The REAL Essentials workshop provided clear, fun and applicable training. Each activity and lesson was explained, modeled and given rationale in a way that was coherent and comprehensive. the evidence-based curriculum presentation was excellently presented.

Participant

February 28, 2020
So excellent! So much intentional thought, data and creativity to make this outstanding curriculum and vital for our kids (parents) to know.

Participant

February 28, 2020
The workshop provided tools to be an effective communicator in the classroom. The practicality can be applied and used with audiences of all ages. REAL Essentials' life lessons and skills are imperative to being a healthy and balanced adult.

Sarah T.

February 28, 2020
Excellent experience. I feel equipped to teach these lessons with confidence.

Grace Ann B.

February 28, 2020
This workshop was amazing! Very well thought out, informative, engaging and inclusive to creating a great network of professionals. Thank you for providing all of these great materials!

Elizabeth

February 28, 2020
This workshop was very rich, informative and inspiring.

Maureen D.

February 04, 2020
Action-packed with many eye-opening activities! Up-to-date data! Well-paced! The hours flew by!

Participant

January 30, 2020
A very powerful experience. I learned many tools that I can apply to not only my life, but tools that can help change the lives of others.

Participant

January 30, 2020
The trainer was very knowledgeable. The content is helpful. There are a lot of great tools and activities that you walk away with.

Participant

January 30, 2020
I've really appreciated this hands on learning experience and the broad applications of the concepts to so many populations, ages and settings.

Deanne D.

January 30, 2020
I have spent many years going to classes and workshops. (I am 68 years old). This is the best I have ever been to. Curriculum is fantastic. Lauren is real and engaging. So informative.

Participant

January 30, 2020
This workshop was incredibly eye opening. We're all in relationships every single day of our lives and we lack basic skills to build and nature relationships. I'm so excited to have received this training!

Peggy M.

January 30, 2020
The time is wells spent. Enjoyable, practical, relational. It helps on a personal, family and community level.

Alex W.

January 30, 2020
I really enjoyed all parts of this workshop. I wasn't expecting to learn and take away so much in such a short time period.

Participant

January 30, 2020
This was an amazing training! I wish I had this when I was going to school. I feel well well equipped to educate the kids! Enthusiastically anticipating launching the kids into adolescence.

Participant

January 30, 2020
The information that was given was easy to understand. I feel confident in being able to teach this curriculum to students in an informative and educated way.

Jessie A.

January 30, 2020
Excellent content. Amazing Trainers. I never got bored. This is valuable in all areas from schools to pregnancy centers to marriage counselors. I've been to a lot of trainings, and this is by far the best.

Participant

January 30, 2020
Very informative, relateable and easy to understand.

Mary B.

January 30, 2020
Such necessary lessons and tools for not only teenagers and young adults but for everyone!

Megan L.

January 30, 2020
The workshop was excellent. It was well-paced and packed full of awesome activities. The presenters did a tremendous job!

Sarah M.

January 30, 2020
This has been invaluable for me! I am excited to bring this information into both the classroom and the counseling room. I love the purposefulness that has gone into the curriculum. It is very appropriate for the struggles this generations faces and teaches the lost art of relationship skills.

JD L.

January 30, 2020
Incredibly practical! I learned so many different exercises that will help bring the valuable content to life as well as make it stick!

Trevor W.

January 30, 2020
An excellent experience. Enjoyed the examples and the instructor did a great job. I feel ready to teach.

Debbie S.

September 20, 2019
Great info! Many different uses for multiple applications throughout our organization.

Sarah H.

September 20, 2019
This workshop was an energetic and passionate way to learn about how to teach healthy relationships. Being able to participate alongside other people who have a heart for changing young people's lives was a memorable experience.

Areyla M.

September 20, 2019
I have learned an abundant amount of information. Not only have I benefited professionally, but I was also benefited personally. I will be taking back a lot of helpful and healthy skills. Thank you!

Crystal M.

September 20, 2019
This has been an amazing experience. Learning how to implement these powerful exercises empowers me and motivates me to not only be a world-changer but to also help the people being taught this curriculum to be world-changers as well.

Christie S.

September 20, 2019
This was so much fun and so interesting! I am all about relationships, and I believe these activities will really help me to connect with the students that I serve.

Participant

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

Participant

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

Jen

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

Participant

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.

Participant

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.

Participant

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!

Participant

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!

Participant

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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