MSU Extension Institute for Improving Health & Nutrition
Promoting Social & Emotional Health
Building healthy relationships & safe settings for Michigan’s young people, families & communities.
Social and emotional health and well-being is critical to all aspects of health and involves the social, mental, psychological and inner strengths of a person’s life across the lifespan. This includes forming and maintaining satisfying and healthy relationships, taking another’s perspective, resolving interpersonal conflict, feeling capable and whole, expressing emotions, navigating stress, having supportive relationships, and having a positive sense of self – including developing a healthy sense of identity around aspects related to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and abilities/disabilities.
Education Provided in Kent, Allegan and Ottawa Counties
Community-Based Nurturing Parenting—This series is designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents strengthen and build parenting skills that foster positive family relationships. 6-week series. Fee: $30
Alternatives to Anger: RELAX— This program is designed to help adults, parents and caregivers increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice. 4-week series. Fee: $20 per person or couple
Alternatives to Anger: RELAX for Parents and Teens—This program is designed to help adults and their teens (11-17), learn together to increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice. 4-week series. Fee: $20 per family
Alternatives to Anger: RELAX Train the Trainer Workshop—This workshop is for agency personnel who wish to deliver the Alternatives to Anger Series with their clientele. This one day workshop provides hands-on training on facilitating the 4-week series, and curriculum materials. 1-day workshop. Fee: $80 (includes lunch & materials)
Safe Dates—This adolescent dating abuse prevention program is designed to help teens understand the attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence, with the goal of helping them develop healthy relationships. This multi-session program can be provided within school classrooms, as well as in a variety of other community settings. 10 one hour lessons. Training provided free.
ABCs of Bullying Prevention—During this workshop participants will share perspectives on the prevalence and types of bullying behaviors affecting their communities – and explore how these perspectives connect with recent research. Examine bullying, bias and harassment through the lens of differences. Explore key strategies for addressing these complex issues at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels. 3-hour workshop. Fee: $20 (includes continental breakfast).