PRESENTATION: Healthy Relationships - In College and Beyond
After being in a 4 year relationship where everything went wrong, everyone recognized that except for Tricia. For her, it felt completely right at the time. He was handsome, very smart, accomplished in his arena of work, and he had the gift of gab. His innocent or joking comments eventually turned into harsher words until she started believing all these awful things about herself. Eventually the relationships with her friends and family were no longer as important as this romantic relationship. Once Tricia got a job working with patients, she realized that she got along really well with all of her co-workers, despite comments from her significant other that "nobody likes you" or "you're a miserable person." That was the "aha" moment when she was able to break away and start seeing a counselor to realize what had happened.
Good relationships in college are possible by being truthful with yourself in what you're looking for, without feeling as if you need to change someone in order for them to fit. Love doesn't hurt. We should learn from the past relationships that didn't work. When it's right, it's beautiful, welcoming, and warm. It starts by knowing what you are worth.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Define and recognize dysfunctional relationships - hopefully before it starts.
2. Explore how to stand up for your values and beliefs in a relationship and say no when there is a conflict in those values and beliefs.
3. Identify and describe healthy relationships.
4. Summarize how to be a good partner in an existing relationship.