Every Thursday, April 6th - May 18th 6-8pm
Affirmations Community Room
$25 per person for the entire series (7 sessions)
Registration closes Friday, March 31st.
This is a 7 session relationship skills series for LGBTQ+ people and their allies. This class focuses on relationships of all kinds, including family, professional, and romantic.
Session 1: Power and Privilege
We will go over some basic concepts about relationships that are the foundation of the series, including an anti-oppression framework that will guide our conversations.
Session 2: Values
We will talk about the role of values in building healthy relationships. We will explore and clarify our own values and discuss how our values impact our relationships.
Session 3: Expectations & Negotiation
We will look at identifying our expectations and negotiating from them as ongoing and essential components of building relationships. We will explore skills for making agreements in our relationships and for creating our relationships with each other.
Session 4: Accountability
We will talk about what accountability – what it is and what it isn’t! We will discuss several models of accountability and examine ways to bring this essential skill into our relationships.
Session 5: Boundaries
Boundaries are an essential part of healthy relationships. In this session, we will explore our choices about whom to set boundaries with and examine the tools we use to set and maintain healthy boundaries with the people in our lives.
Session 6: Conflict
We will apply the negotiation, communication, and boundary‐setting skills we discussed during the previous weeks to challenging topics that can cause difficulty in relationships.
Session 7: Community Connections
Relationships exist within the context of other relationships. In this session, we will discuss the importance of maintaining and supporting our community connections.
This initiative is presented by The Michigan Network, which includes Affirmations, Equality Michigan, HAVEN, Turning Point and Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council. Facilitators are all LGBTQ-identified and knowledgeable about healthy relationships and abuse in LGBTQ communities.
The Relationship Skills Class curriculum was developed by The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse in Seattle, WA.
For questions, please contact:
Education and Training Manager