Friendology 101 is a skills-based social and emotional learning program to help build and practice children’s skills in fostering and maintaining healthy friendships. The program covers topics such as developing and maintaining friendships, putting a voice to feelings, conflict resolution, respect and thinking about other’s feelings, communication (e.g. active listening) and managing difficult situations (e.g. birthday party invitations, saying “no”).
Friendology 101 is delivered in 8 one-hour sessions taught once per week by primary school teachers and other staff. It teaches girls and boys how to put a voice to their feelings, create healthy friendships, and build a solid foundation for future relationships. Along with learning what’s normal in a friendship and the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, students also learn and practice our proven step-by-step approach for putting out common Friendship Fires (conflict-resolution) and how to combat mean-on-purpose behavior.
In conjunction with Friendology 101, URSTRONG also offers workshops that have core/common aspects to Friendology 101 for children in years 1-6. These are presented by trained URSTRONG presenters, with parent-child workshops also being available.