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The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs (Coursera)

This course provides an introduction to:
1. Basic concepts of The Strategies and Skills Learning and Development System (SSLD), their relevance for every day relationships and provide advanced concepts for participants who work in fields of social work and health care .

2. Basic practice principles and methods of SSLD, illustrated by relationship management case studies.

3. The SSLD framework for relationship management assessment; N3C (needs, circumstances, characteristics, capacity) and problem translation.

4. Core competencies in the relationship management application of the SSLD system: Observation learning, simulation, real life implementation, review and monitoring.



Module 1 – Relationships in Our Lives

Introducing the course and the basic concepts of SSLD (Strategies & Skills Learning & Development).

Graded: Why do YOU have relationships?

Graded: N3C Case Analysis Practice

Graded: The Controlling Partner: Underlying Needs

Graded: Managing Differences


Module 2 – Getting Started

SSLD conceptualization of relationship: Addressing participants’ needs as key condition of possibility. This module will discuss the social exchange theory, life-scripts, managing differences, and responsive assertiveness .

Graded: Your Social Scripts and Relationships

Graded: Strategies on Changing Relationship Pattern

Graded: Create a game plan for your first (or next) date!

Graded: Impression management


Module 3 – Communication

This module covers topics on how to build and manage your relationships through effective communication skills such as listening, understanding, reception, and expression.

Graded: Identifying the 4 content areas

Graded: Differentiating Needs & Wants

Graded: Listening to Needs

Graded: Understanding Attributions & Signifying Acts

Graded: Expressing Facts or Ideas

Graded: Expressing Needs

Graded: Learning to Manage Your Emotions Better?


Module 4 – Building Relationships that Work for You

This module addresses relationship building based on communication, reception, and expression skills learned in Module 3. Additional topics on relationship problems will also be discussed.

Graded: What are the 6 domains of our lifeworld?

Graded: Assessing Compatibility

Graded: Exploring Your Own Idea of Intimacy

Graded: Creating Your Own Happenings and Rituals

Graded: Valuable Lessons Learned


Module 5 – Challenges, Endings, and Transformation

Introduction to the concept of Six Domains of Human Life and its application in different parts of a relationship. This module explores the transformation and termination of relationships and their challenges.

Graded: Relationships that Need to be Transformed

Graded: Transformed Relationships

Graded: Managing Transformation

Graded: Get Over Self-Blame and Guilt

Graded: Managing the Emotional Challenges of Transformation/Termination

Graded: Major Transitions in Life


Module 6 – Relationships & Self

The final module covers various topics related to relationships, including love, sexuality, intimacy, and relationship problems.

Graded: Your Own Idea of Love

Graded: Activity, Interaction, and Relationship

Graded: Communicating the Meaning of Sex

Graded: Deviant Sexual Practice and Culture

Graded: Social Disadvantage and Sexual Life-Chances

Graded: Dysfunctional Relationship

Graded: Review

Graded: Sharing A Good Lesson

Graded: Have You Changed?