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Relationship University is a voluntary program providing FREE healthy relationship education to Sioux Fall area communities. Our mission is to strengthen marriages and relationships within the community for individuals and families, of all ages and diversities, through skill-based education.

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Parenting the Love and Logic Way®

-Parenting  Course-

The Love and Logic Institute, Inc. was founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. Curricula developed through the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. is based on the experience of a combined total of more than 75 years working with and raising kids. Parenting the Love and Logic Way® gives simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. The love portion of the course teaches parents to allow children to grow through their mistakes. The logic portion teaches parents to allow children to live with the consequences of their choices.

 Parents learn how to:

  • Avoid unwinnable power struggles and arguments.
  • Stay calm when their kids do incredibly upsetting things.
  • Set enforceable limits.
  • Avoid enabling and begin empowering.
  • Help kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them.
  • Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators.
     

The Love and Logic® techniques in action sounds like this:

Dad: “Oh, no. You left your bike unlocked and it was stolen. What a bummer. I bet you feel awful. Well, I understand how easy it is to make a mistake like that.” (Notice that the parent is not leading with anger, intimidation, or threats.) Dad then adds,” And you’ll have another bike as soon as you can earn enough money to pay for it. I paid for the first one. You can pay for the additional ones."

*Love and Logic® is a registered trademark of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

 

*This website is not associated with or sponsored by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. Love and Logic® is a registered trademark of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. Love and Logic® was founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., with continued creative and operational direction by Charles Fay, Ph.D. It is based on the experience of a combined total of over 100 years working with and raising kids and is based on a psychologically sounds parenting and teaching philosophy called Love and Logic®. For more information, please go to www.loveandlogic.com or call 800-338-4065.

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Within My Reach

-Singles Course-

Within My Reach offers a skills-based program with critical, concrete tools that help participants control their own relationship in a way that will lead to more enriching, more satisfying interactions with the people that matter in their lives.

Why it Matters

This curriculum empowers individuals to:

  • Practice replacing communication danger signs with proactive strategies for respectful talking and listening.
  • Examine the warning signs of dangerous patterns in relationships.
  • Develop skills to help manage stress and reduce the negative effects of stress.
  • Explore personal needs and expectations and the role that decision-making plays in realizing those needs and expectations.
  • Learn the brain science behind love and how to enjoy and thoughtfully navigate decisions while in love.
  • Acknowledge the long-term satisfaction possible through the gift of commitment.
  • Discuss forgiveness, infidelity and knowing when to end an unhealthy relationship.
  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities inherent in step--parenting or blended families.


What's Unique About Within My Reach?

We often hear participants say, “I wish I had known this when I started dating” after taking a Within My Reach workshop because this curriculum helps singles set their goals when it comes to personal and relationship development and commit to making decisions that proactively realize those goals.

Participant Driven

Within My Reach includes activities that engage individuals and whole groups of participants in the application of the themes to their own lives.

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Meant to Be

- Couples Course -

Meant to Be builds on a couple’s existing strengths and adds critical life and relationship skills to create safer, more stable unions that help heighten the quality of life for the individuals in that relationship as well as their children, including: fostering improved communication, managing expectations, and devoting themselves to a mutual commitment and support.

Why it Matters

This curriculum empowers couples to :

  • Replace communication danger signs with proactive strategies for respectful talking and listening.
  • Explore sharing fun and satisfying intimate needs by working as a team to nurture and support each other.
  • Practice managing stress and reducing the negative effects of stress on a relationship.
  • Recognizing and communicating issues and expectations, including planning for the future.
  • Investigate the impact that past experiences can have on a couple’s future.
  • Acknowledge long-term satisfaction through the gift of commitment.


What's Unique About Meant to Be?

Meant to Be was constructed with the same critical relationship strategies that launched PREP to begin with, but with a critical focus on how adults learn best - by engaging in activities that reinforce self-awareness and apply healthy decision-making strategies to their own circumstances. Courses ask participants to work independently as well as interact in a small group and whole group activities, engaging them with the curriculum and each other in highly interactive ways.

Participant Driven

Meant to Be includes over 34 activities and moves away from the traditional lecture format to help engage busy couples in the actual application of the themes presented.

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Military Meant to Be

- Military Couples Class -

Military Meant to Be is a military-based curriculum designed to facilitate partners through the issues that all romantic couples face (examples: communication, stress, and support) in addition to issues that are specific to military families, such as deployment and re-integration.

Why it Matters

This curriculum empowers couples to:

  • Replace communication danger signs with proactive strategies for respectful talking and listening.
  • Explore sharing fun and satisfying intimate needs by working as a team to nurture and support each other.
  • Practice managing stress and reducing the negative effects of stress on a relationship.
  • Recognizing and communicating issues and expectations, including planning for the future.
  • Investigate the impact that past experiences can have on a couple’s future.
  • Acknowledge long-term satisfaction through the gift of commitment.
  • Face the challenges of deployment and re-integration as a team.
  • Develop ground rules for engaging in important conversations respectfully and productively.


What's Unique About Military Meant to Be?

PREP devoted its energy to the issues that military couples most often face, such as the hardship of deployment. Military Meant to Be includes the same invaluable relationship education that all our curricula offer, but, in addition, helps military families maintain a focused communication of expectations, even as roles shift in long absences.

Participant Driven

Military Meant to Be includes over 61 activities that move away from the traditional lecture format to help engage busy couples in the actual application of the themes presented.

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Got Your Back

- Military Singles Course -

Got Your Back is a fun, interactive, and relevant curriculum that focuses on helping military individuals to improve understanding and decision-making in their relationships. The goals include helping individuals handle stress more effectively, limit destructive communication patterns, understand safe and unsafe relationship dynamics, and be more intentional about expectations and actions in seeking successful relationships with others.

Got Your Back is built for individuals rather than couples and meaningful for today's young adults (especially those under 35).

Why it Matters

This course empowers individuals to:

  • Learn to replace communication danger signs with strategies for respectful talking and listening.
  • Look at the warning signs of dangerous patterns in relationships.
  • Manage stress and reduce the negative effects of it on their lives, including alcohol abuse.
  • Explore personal needs and expectations and the role that decision-making plays in realizing them.
  • Learn the brain science behind love and how to enjoy making decisions while "in love."
  • Acknowledge the long-term satisfaction possible through healthy choices regarding commitment, including why fatherhood matters.
  • Discuss forgiveness, infidelity and knowing when to end an unhealthy relationship.


What's Unique About Got Your Back?

Military singles are already responsible, committed citizens but they also strive to find balance in their personal lives. Got Your Back helps participants to set their goals and commit to what they want for themselves in life. Individuals are helped to see how small decisions and actions can help them realize their most important goals in both personal and professional relationships.

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Walking the Line

- Criminal Justice Involved - 

Walking the Line addresses the issues that inmates face as they negotiate relationships with the challenges that come from living in confinement. The material focuses dually on being proactive about improving relationships through whatever means possible prior to release as well as managing expectations and employing effective relationship strategies after release.

Why it Matters

This curriculum empowers individuals to:

  • Explore the role personality plays in their needs and their interactions with other people.
  • Note their own issues and experiences as common starting points of conflict.
  • Recognize communication danger signs and replace them with respectful speaking and listening skills.
  • Handle anger and stress well.
  • Learn the guidelines for making significant decisions regarding relationships and commitment.
  • Explore the role their own father plays in their lives and discover the significant impact they may have in the lives of a child.
  • Gain skills needed to navigate re-entry into society successfully or, for those with life sentences, seek ways to connect with community from within the prison walls.

 

What's Unique About Walking the Line?

The experiences and challenges that inmates face as they try to maintain or salvage their relationships outside of prison are significant. PREP partnered with specialists in the field of corrections to meet the particular needs of incarcerated men/women in respectful, interactive and powerful ways.

Participant Driven

Walking the Line includes over 68 activities that move away from the traditional lecture format to help engage busy couples in the actual application of the themes presented.

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Winning the Workplace Challenge

- Adult Workplace Course -

Winning the Workplace Challenge is a relationship-building skills program for the workplace. This program reminds participants that having successful, safe and productive professional relationships requires intentional effort.

We know that our relationships aren’t neutral. What happens at home rarely stays at home, and what happens at work can destroy an evening with your family. The skills and knowledge in this program can help you reduce workplace conflict, improve your communication style, and impress those who really matter.

Topics in this workshop include :

  • Replacing negative communication patterns with proactive strategies for respectful listening and talking.
  • Understanding your personality and how it impacts your relationships and communication style.
  • Understanding and exploring your own hidden issues, so that you can manage emotional responses more effectively.
  • Making important decisions about how you can improve your professional relationships.
  • Learning an effective method for communication – “The Speaker Listener Technique.”

 

Winning the Workplace Challenge is an engaging, educational, and practical program for improving your relationship skills, or those of your employees. Relationship University offers this program through our community workshops, but also can make arrangements to deliver the program on-site.

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Love Notes

- Youth Relationship Course -

Love Notes is geared towards older teens and young adults. The course aims to help young people make wise relationship and sexual choices — choices that will help them, rather than create barriers, for achieving their education, employment, relationship, and family goals.

Why It Matters

Participants gain self-knowledge, but also real skills for knowing what a healthy relationship is and isn’t, choosing partners wisely, and developing and maintaining healthy relationships. The course also provides rich frameworks to help participants assess current or past relationships. Participants are helped to identify what might need to change or improve for a relationship they want to continue and deepen. But most importantly, participants learn how to go about their next relationship more wisely and cautiously.

What’s Unique About Love Notes?

Love Notes builds assets and protective factors. It appeals to young people’s aspirations, rather than emphasizing what they must avoid. It offers engaging ways to learn more about themselves, to cultivate a vision of what they want for their future, to establish and to take steps towards their educational, parenting, employment and relationship goals.

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Money Habitudes

- Youth Financial Course -

Money Habitudes is a program introducing youth to the non-technical, human side of money – a critical element of successful money management. The three active lessons explore how hidden attitudes affect the way people-especially those with few financial resources – actually behave around money.

Topics include:

  • Why money management is important in our lives.
  • Different approaches to handling money –spontaneous, practical, carefree, security, generous, and more.
  • The symbolism of money– as a sign of power, status, love, safety, independence, loyalty and more.
  • The influence of family, media, culture, and life events.
  • The advantages and challenges of different approaches to money.
  • The interplay between money and relationships.
  • A key goal is helping young people identify their personal financial patterns – and why these matter. The award-winning Money Habitudes® card game, integrated into the lessons, makes the process fun and engaging.

 

Money Habitudes 2 is written specifically for at-risk or low resource youth in community programs, including pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, and workforce development. The scenarios are realistic, reflecting the students’ limited resources and lack of financial know-how.

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Why Relationship University?

Because relationships matter! Research has shown healthy relationships and meaningful connections are essential to our health, wellness, and even long-term employment. They are essential to leading better lives. Relationship University provides the community with tools such as improving communication, mastering parenting skills, learning conflict resolution, and managing the family budget to strengthen families and positively impact children to unite the communities we call home.

Supportive Services

  • Personal Coaches - Help guide participants with a personal plan and assist with search/setup of supportive services if needed (ex. job searches, counseling, financial education, child care, and transportation). 
  • Cultural Activities - Cultural activities are available to participants on a monthly or bi-monthly basis at no cost. 
  • Financial Fitness - Financial education workshops and one-on-one credit counseling is also available to participants at no charge.