The health skill, Interpersonal Communication, guides students to better understand, practice, and reflect on their interactions with others. By providing students with a safe space to practice strategies for healthy communication, students are more prepared to handle social situations throughout their life. Interpersonal Communication is written in four stages: Communication Techniques, Boundary Setting/Refusal Skills, Conflict Resolution, and Collaboration. Each stage of this model supports students to better understand themselves and their community while working toward having more authentic, intentional dialogue with others.
The four stages of Interpersonal Communication were designed to support the growth of each student toward more complex levels of communication, beginning with the individual and ending with effective group work. These stages were developed in sequential order to ensure strategies build upon one another, leading to more inclusive, authentic, and collaborative teamwork.