The Relationships are Treasures curriculum is an abuse and violence prevention curriculum designed for children in 5th and 6th grades. The program focuses on ways to create and sustain healthy relationships with family members, friends, acquaintances, authority figures and others while pointing out often overlooked patterns of abuse and violence and ways to prevent them.
Part of the Relationship Literacy Program Series the curriculum breaks into two modules: Preventing and addressing unhealthy relationships and Creating and Managing Healthy Relationships. The curriculum teaches valuable self-management skills, both emotional and behavioral, and concepts, principles, and tools necessary to sustain healthier relationships.
To prevent and treat abuse and violence in relationships require a comprehensive approach sensitive socio-culturally and developmentally appropriate across the life span. This curriculum takes such approach to impact greater knowledge, positive attitude and motivation concerning relationships.
Brian C. Alston developed The Relationship Literacy Program over a ten year period mediating conflicts within inner-city communities, creating and facilitating anger management, violence prevention and healthy relationship curricula in schools, correctional institutions and treatment facilities. In these different settings, participants found The Relationship Literacy Program comprehensive in scope, culturally sensitive, consistent with real life, and applicable to various types of relationships like family, peer, work, and others. From 1990-present Mr. Alston has counseled youth and adults offering individual, couples, family and group therapy. Currently, Mr. Alston is pursing his doctorate in clinical psychology. He holds master degrees from Boston University and Hartford Seminary, and the Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.