Healthy Relationships Curriculum Can Support Student Well-being During And After COVID-19

New Healthy Relationships Curriculum Can Support Student Well-being during and after COVID-19

El Camino: The Road to Healthy Relationships, an SEL curriculum for middle school students developed with direct input and collaboration from students and educators. The 10-lesson curriculum can be delivered by classroom teachers and other school staff without mental health training and can help teens navigate a unique back-to-school season during the pandemic, especially since they may feel a significant lack of control over their situations, strong emotions and stress, and interrupted social connections.

The curriculum incorporates a decision-making framework called STAR: Stop. Think. Act on your values. Reflect. The STAR framework respects teens’ ability to think and act independently by helping them identify the personal values that are most important to them and consider how those values can inform decisions they feel proud of.

The lessons also include interactive, youth-driven discussions, and activities and role plays that allow youth to practice new social and emotional skills, including identifying and managing emotions, making decisions, setting personal boundaries, and communicating assertively.

Although the curriculum was designed to be delivered in-person, many of the program’s lessons can be adapted to a virtual environment.

The full El Camino: The Road to Healthy Relationships curriculum is available for anyone to use at childtrends.org, and includes both a training manual and a recorded webinar that briefly reviews the highlights of each lesson.