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Reviews of our Curriculum, Guidebook for Corporations,

Professional Development Workshops, and Online Trainings

Reviews from Schools

“The program has helped our students not only build self-esteem but it has given them the tools to be effective communicators.”

Robert Gentile, Principal

Health Professions High School

New York, New York



“The PD (Professional Development for Teachers) TRF gave the Deans, Guidance Counselors and Social Workers for District 8 in the Bronx was truly great. A counselor who’d been with the DOE for over 20 years said it was the best session she’s ever attended. Let’s ensure this was the first of many: our participants are interested in having TRF present throughout the school year.”

Anthony Stiffler, Deputy Director 

Student Services NYC Dept. of Education

New York, New York 



“The Relationship Foundation's unique professional development training on empathy, [and] expressing needs and feelings respectfully gives us tools to effectively cultivate beneficial life skills for our students. We’re enthusiastic about continuing our relationship with TRF because of our firm belief that their work has the power to transform not only schools, but also entire communities.”

Vincent DiGaetano, Principal

Bronx Alternate Learning Center (ALC)

Bronx, New York


"My ALC students show great enthusiasm for The Relationship Foundation’s program, Healthy Relationships 101. The information about how to communicate well, how to connect with others—'Relationship Ed' if you will—and how to listen empathically to both teachers and fellow students, are all invaluable lessons that I recommend heartily to any school.

Dr. Joe Rand, Principal

Brooklyn West Alternate Learning Center (ALC)

Brooklyn, New York


“How does one navigate the conundrum of relationships with kindness and respect? How does one avoid spiraling into anger?  How does one maintain connection for successful communication? Healthy Relationships 101 reveals that the answer is simple: respectful communication is key.  As I put into practice the Healthy Relationships 101 work with my students, the interactions are like small miracles.”

Susan Wallen, 

Education Director, Hudson Montessori School, 

Jersey City, NJ



“I recommend Michael Jascz and The Relationship Foundation, because after teaching in inner city schools in London and New York City, I have never come across a provider of learning for teachers and students, that addresses the fundamental need in public education for Social and Emotional Learning in such an inspiring and academic way.”

Rebecca M.K. Centeno

Teacher

John Adams High School

Queens, New York



"I am a Special Education Teacher with over twenty years' experience working with at-risk youth. I have a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and currently run the Behavior Program at a large suburban high school. I have worked with children with every type of diagnosis known to medicine and psychology. Many of the children in our RTI and Special Education programs are communicating loudly through their behavior but they are not equipped with the vocabulary to reach the people who can help. Having worked withpregnant/parenting teens, kids that were active gang members, and kids that had substance abuse issues and academic issues, I know a curriculum like this could have been of great benefit to them. Healthy Relationships 101 creates a module for increasing relational capacity between students and teachers using best educational practices.” 

Donna Wolfe

High School BASE Teacher 

Behavior Academic Support Education

Garland, Texas



“We are very excited about this curriculum—possibly even more than before we began—and are so grateful to be able to share it. We are teaching it in the city’s Alternative Learning Center and students are getting full English credit who attend. Students are engaged, completing and handing in worksheets. The director of the school wants to offer it ongoing. Thank you for keeping in touch and for your guidance.”

Kristen Partlow

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Community Health CHI St. Joseph's Health 

Park Rapids, Minnesota

 

 

“I am using the curriculum in an alternative school for middle and high school students. It's been excellent! Many of the students in my groups have behavior problems, self-esteem issues or just plain old teenager issues.  The curriculum is really helping them understand thinking of others needs, having empathy, understanding the difference between needs that are met and not met, feeling, etc. I really enjoy using it, the teachers are so thankful to have me there to facilitate it and the counselors/case managers are really excited to see the students start talking about things in a healthy way. 

 

I have been spreading the word about your book and the guidebook to other advocacy centers and at meetings.  It's been well received in my schools and I hope that it spreads to many, many more.”

Jennifer Azzarano

Education Specialist

Beyond Abuse

Greenwood, SC



“We have been using the curriculum in class, and it is a great jumping point to keep the kids interested and involved.  The content is fantastic, so I appreciate what you guys have come up with! This is great work, and I look forward to any upcoming versions you may have of this curriculum!” 

Rob Christensen

Middle School Counselor 

Thompson Falls Public School

Thompson Falls, Montana

 


"Michael led a rich and engaging workshop on the importance of communication in establishing healthy relationships. Michael was a great facilitator, and the students were actively contributing to discussions and activities. They had fun too!"

Sarah Cacicio

Program Coordinator

Pathways to Graduation

Queens, New York



“We have found the topics to be very relevant and important for our students.  Your topics and insights are on point.”

Dianna Moyer

Assistant Principal

South Paulding High School

Douglasville, Georgia

 

 

“We’re thrilled with the program. We have been using Healthy Relationships 101 in our Life Skills class with Middle and High School students ranging from 10-18. The students are using it to manage sibling, parental and dating relationships. They are aware that relationship skills are some of the most valuable tools that will affect the rest of their lives both personally and academically. This summer, we’ll incorporate this program into our co-op classes.”

Ty Salvant

Founder Young Scholars

Homeschooling Network

New Orleans, Louisiana



Reviews from Organizations

"We are currently using the guidebook in workshops and seminars for our violence prevention unit in the hospital. We have a father’s workshop to help men who struggle with family roles and responsibility. We are witnessing significant change in our clients and the empathy piece is producing great results. The same goes for the work we do with couples. In addition, we are on the 9th session in an alternative high school where students receive English credit for taking our course. They are very engaged by the work.”

Kristen Partlow

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Community Health 

CHI St. Joseph's Health 

Park Rapids, Minnesota

 

“I am working with addiction and mental health clients. Many of the triggers to previous behavior have been sighted as a reaction to poor communication and confrontation with loved ones. We meet 2 hours a week and do one unit at a time depending on where the conversation goes.  Clients are now forming articulate, empathic, nonjudgmental requests as we are finishing session 4. We do pairs, role plays, and I give homework which uses the new skills. Clients report back how it worked for them or what they experienced. Positive feedback has prompted me to start a new group with new people so more people can benefit.”

Stephanie Sireix, MS, LPC, CADC I, QMHP

Polk County Behavioral Health 

Dallas, Oregon

 

“I am using the curriculum in an alternative school for middle and high schools students. It's been excellent! Many of the students in my groups have behavior problems, self-esteem issues or just plain old teenager issues.  The curriculum is really helping them understand thinking of others needs, having empathy, understanding the difference between needs that are met and not, feeling etc. I really enjoy using it, the teachers are so thankful to have me there facilitating it and the counselors/case managers are really excited to see the students start talking about things in a healthy way. I have been spreading the word about your book and the guide to other advocacy centers and at meetings.  It's been well received in my schools and I hope that be it spreads to many, many more. “

Jennifer Azzarano

Education Specialist

Beyond Abuse

Greenwood, SC

 


“Upon introducing the empathy lesson, my group members responded with an open mind. They related to the material, which led to a full discussion of their behaviors and the impact it has had on others, giving them an opportunity to step in another’s shoes. It provided perspective and understanding of their behavior and its impact on their loved ones and the surrounding community. This population will truly benefit from a fuller understanding of boundaries, empathy, and respect.”

Kathleen Burns

Sex Offender Treatment Counselor 

Otero County Prison Facility

Chaparral, NM

 

“I found your curriculum online. I am currently tasked to teach inmates enrolled in the reentry program about marriage. In our last two years of meeting with the brothers at the detention center, we noticed most, if not all, are not married, but are in a relationship of some sort. We decided to focus on relationships with marriage being the goal. My search for a standard curriculum on relationships led me to your site. I reviewed the empathy session in the guidebook and that hooked me.”

Ken Stevenson

Prison Counselor

Inmate Reentry Services

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 “We are using the curriculum, and the inmates have been receptive to it. How to differentiate between what is a “request” vs. a “demand” seems to blow their minds!! We like the concept of reducing conflict by the idea of it’s not the needs that are a problem, it’s the strategies to meet those needs. There’s some really good stuff in your book that helps to put the information from the sessions in context.”

Corinne Kiedrowski 

Unit 6 (Pre-Release)

Wisconsin Prison Resource Center

Winnebago, WI