URSTRONG - Friendology 101

  • Overview

    Dana Kerford
    Who is this for?
    Who is this from?
    Primary teachers and staff
    Mentally Healthy Communities
    Primary School
    Connectedness and relationships, Social and emotional learning
    URSTRONG's Friendology 101 aims to enhance the social and emotional learning and wellbeing of children through friendship skills. It teaches children a common language for confidently managing conflict and creating a culture rooted in respect and kindness. URSTONG strives to empower boys and girls with the skills and self-confidence to develop healthier relationships.
    Friendology 101 curriculum is $995 for years 1 to 6.|For costs of URSTRONG s workshops, please visit www.urstrong.com/events/organize-an-event/
    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania
    Michael Kerford
    Mobile number
    0450 564 107
  • Implementation

    Detailed description

    Friendology 101 is a skills-based social and emotional learning program to help build and practice children s skills in fostering and maintaining healthy friendships. The program covers topics such as developing and maintaining friendships, putting a voice to feelings, conflict resolution, respect and thinking about other s feelings, communication (e.g. active listening) and managing difficult situations (e.g. birthday party invitations, saying no).|Friendology 101 is delivered in 8 one-hour sessions taught once per week by primary school teachers and other staff. It teaches girls and boys how to put a voice to their feelings, create healthy friendships, and build a solid foundation for future relationships. Along with learning what s normal in a friendship and the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, students also learn and practice our proven step-by-step approach for putting out common Friendship Fires (conflict-resolution) and how to combat mean-on-purpose behavior.|In conjunction with Friendology 101, URSTRONG also offers workshops that have core/common aspects to Friendology 101 for children in years 1-6. These are presented by trained URSTRONG presenters, with parent-child workshops also being available.

    Program structure & method delivery

    Friendology 101 is delivered as 8 one-hour sessions taught once per week. It is ideally taught as a unit plan within health classes to all the students in grades 1 to 6. This is the best approach to create a whole-school approach, but it can also be delivered by focusing on one particular grade, be delivered by guidance/wellbeing staff in various classrooms or delivering it as an optional after-school or lunch club. At the end of each session, a Friendology Project is assigned (e.g. invite a new friend for lunch, spend a lunch recess alone, etc.) so students have an opportunity to practise skills in between sessions. |The 8 sequential sessions, designed for students in grades 1 to 6, centre on the following key concepts:|How to Get Real " focuses on the importance of being true to who you are, embracing your unique self, and dispelling myths around gender stereotypes.| How to Make Friends " focuses on the art of friendship-making starting with how to introduce yourself, find something in common, and have a conversation. Students also learn what s normal in a friendship through the 4 Friendship Facts.| How to Be a Great Friend " focuses on the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships using the Friend-o-meter, attributes of a great friend, and the importance of spending the most time in healthy friendships.| How to Put out Friendship Fires " focuses on putting a voice to your feelings and conflict-resolution using our step-by-step approach for putting out Friendship Fires ®.| How to be a Friendship Ninja " focuses on understanding the difference between normal conflict (Friendship Fires ®) and Mean-on-Purpose behavior. Students learn how to say a Quick Comeback and report to a grown up to combat intentional unkind behavior.| How to Handle Tricky Situations " highlights hot topics and common challenges in tween friendships including how to handle being in the middle, managing birthday parties, how to say No! to friends without feeling mean, and how to keep friendships healthy online.| How to Take Control & Feel Heard " focuses on taking control of butterflies (e.g. anxiety) and strategies for managing those ˜movies in our minds. Students also learn the importance of expressing how you feel and being a good listener.| How to remember URSTRONG! " brings all the topics together by reviewing and reinforcing important concepts, recognizing the strengths in one another, and a chance for each child to showcase their sole.

    Student assessment measures


    Professional learning compulsory


    No formal parent/carer component provided for URSTRONG's Friendology 101, but URSTRONG offer parent-child friendship workshops (for grades 1-6).

  • Evidence

    Identified theoretical framework

    URSTRONG draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning s (CASEL) model of the five social and emotional learning competencies (self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills) to help children develop healthier relationships.
  • Authors


    Dana Kerford

    About author(s)

    Dana Kerford is a teacher, Friendship Expert, and Founder of URSTRONG. She has worked with tens of thousands of children, parents, and educators across Canada, the United States, and Australia. Dana trains and coaches Licensed URSTRONG Presenters, speaks at conferences around the globe, and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and TV programs.