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Frequently asked questions

Our purpose is to see relationships thrive and to this end we train people in relational skills with God and each other. Understanding relational skills can take some time, especially if the concepts are new to you.

Read through our FAQs, watch some of our videos, or click around our site some more, and if we didn’t cover something then please contact us.

  • Relational skills are the set of abilities that help us coordinate our lives, understanding, motivation, timing, moods, values, attitudes and actions with whatever is going on in the hearts and minds around us.
  • Relational skills are brain-based skills that are essential for developing healthy connections and relationships. Ideally, these skills are learned from our families beginning in infancy. However, all of us have gaps, ranging from minor ones to large ones. To fill these gaps, we need to intentionally develop the skills that we didn’t receive in our early years.
  • Ultimately, relational skills are about accuracy of perception. The best relational skills allow us to see and treat ourselves and others as God sees and treats us. An overview of the relational skills can be found at – select one to access for more information and resources for building that skill.
  • Watch our 10-min video “How The Relational Skills Address My Biggest Problems – What Are Relational Skills?”
  • Relational skills are what makes all our other skills better! Relational skills are foundational for healthy and joy-filled relationships. 
  • Relational skills provide the ability and capacity to build meaningful connections with the people in our lives. With practice, relational skills are what we use to maintain our relationships during strain, conflicts and difficulties so we endure hardship well as we stay connected.
  • Watch our >2-min video “Why Do We Need Relational Skills?” – Impact your emotional and relational health AND the quality of your relationships by learning simple relational skills!

Developing the relational skills in your own life will inevitably spill over to your parenting capacities. However, the following resources are geared specifically for parents: 

  • Ultimately, relational skills are about equipping people to better manage what they feel. Counseling is, in many ways, the avenue where we guide people to better manage what they feel, so counseling and relational skills intersect! 
  • View this free webinar directed specifically toward counselors, pastors, coaches to learn how relational skills can help you and your counseling practice. 
  • The Joy Switch is a useful on-ramp to introduce clients to skill training. This book is a quick and easy read that offers 19 practice exercises. The Joy Switch gives a solid foundation on why we need relational skills while the exercises provide hands-on practice. This book is great for individual as well as group practice. 
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