Positive Life Changes

Workbook 2: How Do I Get Along with Others?
(Packet of five)
Pages: 106
ISBN: 9780878226436
Item Number: 5570

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The main focus of this workbook is on helping individuals understand other people’s points of view and consider how their actions affect others, how other people influence their actions, the importance of friends and healthy relationships, and how they can build a network of positive social support.

The lessons in this workbook are designed to help participants learn more about how they are connected to others, how to consider the welfare of others, and how to recognize the different ways that peers and groups influence their behavior. The primary goals are to increase skills in empathy, recognition of peer influences, and ability to resist peer pressure, as well as to help participants build a positive social support network. Emphasizing concern for others, moral system of belief, and prosocial connectedness, lessons help participants increase their understanding of others’ perspectives and awareness of how others feel (empathy building). Lessons also emphasize social influence and how peers and social groups can promote prosocial behavior as opposed to encouraging risky or harmful behaviors. The importance of positive social support now and in the future is highlighted.

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Resource Review

“School psychologists are always looking for new, research-based interventions and programs. . . . By teaching students empathy, the importance of belonging to positive social groups, and other skills, Positive Life Changes enhances social skills and life competencies. . . . The assessment materials included with the program allow data-based decisions to be made about the intervention and the individuals in the program.”

—Amanda Pike, MSPA Newsletter
Minnesota School Psychologists Association

Part 1: Connecting with Others

  1. Me and You—In this lesson, participants learn about perspective taking, or how every person sees things from a different point of view. They also learn how to consider different perspectives when solving problems.
  2. Empathy: Our Social Glue—This lesson examines the concept of empathy—feeling what others feel. Participants are asked to identify and “try on” how other people might feel in different scenarios. They are also asked to generate solutions that consider others’ feelings.
  3. Caring Connections—This lesson builds on Lesson 2 and emphasizes being attentive to one’s own feelings and those of others in order to increase empathic communication—the ability to connect with others by sharing feelings.
  4. Heroes Among Us—This lesson focuses on two heroes, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and their use of empathic listening, nonjudgmental responding, and cooperation. Participants rate themselves on characteristics relating to concern for others and are invited to think of and carry out a random act of kindness.

Part 2: My Friends and Me

  1. Friends and Frenemies—In this lesson, participants learn about what they look for in a friend and identify unacceptable characteristics in people, or deal breakers. They also have the chance to consider how friends can be supportive and helpful or harmful and how to determine whether someone is a real friend or a “frenemy.”
  2. Two Hearts: Romantic Relationships—In this lesson, participants learn about what they look for in a boyfriend or girlfriend, including deal breakers, and examine stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that can influence their relationships. They also learn about effective communication in relationships and how to avoid misunderstandings.
  3. Groupthink: The Power of Many—In this lesson, participants learn about groupthink (how people can make ineffective decisions when they are in groups) and how group-think can be minimized. They also learn about conformity and the value of having a “designated thinker” in a group.
  4. Befriend Me Not: Resisting Negative Peer Pressure—In this lesson, participants learn about peer pressure, the power of persuasion, and how to resist negative peer pressure and do what they think is right.

Part 3: Social Support

  1. Where Do I Belong?—In this lesson, participants learn the importance of belonging to social groups that reflect who they are and help them work toward positive future goals. They also learn how other people may prejudge or stereotype them because of their group membership.
  2. My Circle of Support—In this lesson, participants learn about social support, how it is important for health and well-being, and how they can build a bigger circle of support.
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