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Say It Straight (SIS) is a communication training program designed to help students and adults develop empowering communication skills and behaviors and increase self-awareness, self-efficacy, and personal and social responsibility. In turn, the program aims to reduce risky or destructive behaviors such as substance use, eating disorders, bullying, violence, precocious sexual behavior, and behaviors that can result in HIV infection. SIS began as a school-based program for use in grades 3-12 and has expanded to include students in detention and treatment, parents, high-risk communities, and adults in treatment. SIS is delivered in 5 – 15 sessions.
Facilitator training will include discussion of the basis of the program in social learning, emphasizing values such as resiliency, courage, compassion, and integrity. Participants will experience program activities such as creating and acting in role-plays or “movies” which explore how they feel when they engage in empowering and disempowering communication/ behavior.
This session is limited to 18 participants. The training is three full days (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday) and one half day (8:30 a.m. to noon Friday).