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Learn To Strengthen Your Relationships Through Authentic Communication 

Every person has the capacity to be successful in life, whether in a formal role or in the way they choose the lead their lives. In order for an individual to move into this place of power and responsibility, they need to be taught skills that prepare them to believe in themselves, act from a place of confidence, and interact well with others.

The first step in developing a these skills requires the cultivation of a deep awareness of self, including an understanding of physical, emotional, and mental states, as well as the perspectives, values, and beliefs that shape perceptions of the world. As a person develops this level of self-awareness, they are able to interact with others in a healthy way.  Success in life follows naturally as they learn more advanced relational skills and move into a place of interdependence. Becoming attuned to the needs and states of others allows for interpersonal interactions that are conscious, productive, and meaningful. The development of these foundational skills lays the groundwork for honing the necessary self-efficacy skills and qualities advantageous to becoming a successful in life.

At HLS, we support individuals,  families, schools, and organizations through the use of our Authentic Communication Curriculum. Although designed to be taught in a class/workshop setting, the modules can be customized to support small groups and individual needs as well.

socialCurriculum Design

The Authentic Communication Curriculum is designed to build emotional, social, and communication skills that are critical to leadership of both self and others. Each module begins with activating prior knowledge and building background for the particular skill. The activities then move from developing deeper knowledge of the skill, to role-playing with scenarios, to triad discussion groups of real life situations. Finally, the culminating activity for each module is a “Taking It To The Streets” component where individuals are asked to apply the skill outside of the classroom and write about their experiences in a Reflection Journal.

Built into each module is the opportunity for students to have a voice in make choices about their learning, which enhances their experience, increases motivation, and individualizes instruction. They have multiple opportunities to master the skill and understand the concept from multiple perspectives, including the examination of different cultures and global issues in relation to the skill. In addition, each module incorporates activities that allow for collaboration and engagement to enhance the learning experience.

Core skills:

Awareness of Self and Others Self-efficacy Skills
  • Focused Listening
  • Assertive Communication
  • Identifying, Understanding, and Expressing Emotions
  • Positive Self-talk
  • Empathetic Communication
  • Listening to Understand
  • Seeing the Uniqueness of Others
  • Acceptance of Others
  • Working Well With Others
  • Asking Open-Ended Questions
  • Perception Checking
  • Positively Reinforcing Others
  • Conscious Choice
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience (Seeing Problems/Failures as Opportunities)
  • Visioning
  • Innovation
  • Acting with Intention/Reasonable Goal-Setting
  • Making Decisions/Taking Action
  • Facilitating Commitment to Self
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Maintaining Balance
  • Knowing How To Stay Informed
  • Making Personal Economic Choices
  • Accessing, Evaluating, Using, and Managing Information
Dynamics of Interaction Projects
  • Accepting/Owning Projections
  • Authentic Sharing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Maintaining Equanimity in Challenging Situations
  • Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback
  • Cooperation
  • Focused Questioning
  • Making a Contribution
  • Facilitating Global Awareness
  • Community Participation/Service
  • Creating a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Environmental Activism


Global Connection:  

This curriculum outlines the foundational skills necessary for success in any arena, whether it is in the classroom, on the playing field, in the college environment, or in a fulfilling career. In addition, these skills increase in importance as people become more connected globally and are required to interact with others from different cultural backgrounds. Furthermore, due to the ever-changing environment in which we live, it is uncertain what types of jobs will be available in the future. It is certain, however, that whatever careers the future brings it will be necessary for people to be able to communicate and collaborate in a meaningful way with others.

What Children Have to Say:


“This class has helped me be a better leader and to understand different leadership qualities.  I know that this learning is going to help me with communicating with others.” – Carolyn, grade 4




“It has helped me in real life.” – Liam, grade 4




“This class has helped me be a better leader.” – Ashley, grade 3




“This program has helped me not only inside the classroom, but outside of the classroom too.” In reference to the Assertive Communication Lesson: “I used to be the passive kind of guy, but I am now at the assertive level.” – Kai, grade 4




“I learned how to handle difficult situations in this class.” “ I think that this was a great class and that some of the focused students learned a lot from it.  I know I did.” – Tenzin, grade 5




“It [this class] has helped me on what I should do when listening to serious conversations.” – Sebu, grade 3



“I enjoyed sharing in tripods about what’s going on [with me].” – Jonathan, grade 5




“This [class] helps me with my parents, my teachers, and my friends.” – Cassidy, grade 5



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