A workshop for leaders who want to create secondary schools and programs where all young people experience developmental relationships, to help them be and become their best selves.

Getting Relationships Right

MARCH 4-5, 2020 - COLUMBUS, IN

Why kids need relationships to be "right." The research. 

Research being conducted at Search Institute is demonstrating that when young people experience relationships with adults that are characterized by five essential elements, their outcomes are significantly better in a wide range of areas – from mastering social and emotional skills to succeeding in school – and risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and fighting are significantly lower. 

Getting Relationships Right will put you on the path to creating a relationship-rich environment that will enable all young people to thrive.

The workshop prepares participants to return to their secondary schools and programs to lead professional development sessions and organizational improvement efforts that help staff build developmental relationships with all of the young people that the organization serves. To help them achieve that objective, leaders leave the workshop with:

What will Getting Relationships Right help me do? 

Detailed instructions for professional development sessions that help staff strengthen relationships.


PowerPoint presentations that facilitators can use to guide staff through professional development and organizational improvement sessions. The PowerPoint presentations all feature detailed notes that help facilitators inform and engage participants in the content of the module.


The Leader's Guide to Getting Relationships Right, which provides comprehensive instructions for facilitating professional development and organizational improvement sessions focused on helping staff build more developmental relationships with the young people they serve.



The Developmental Relationships Youth Activities Book, which includes thirty structured activities for building developmental relationships with and among young people.


December 2018 GRR Attendee

"This training is completely applicable to my organization and definitely needed!"

"Strong facilitation - strong planning - great resources - mostly based on adult learning - gives choice and engagement. Thank you for not lecturing. Loved that we were asked to facilitate and apply." 

December 2018 GRR Attendee

Teams of two or more people from secondary schools, youth programs, and other organizations that serve young people should attend. While teams can be comprised of people who play many different roles, at least one member of the team should be a leader who has responsibility for the professional development of staff or other important aspects of organizational improvement.  

Who should attend?

Yes! Studies that scholars at Search Institute and elsewhere are conducting are showing that relationships are the “active ingredient” – like fluoride in toothpaste – in schools and programs that succeed with all young people. That is why if you don’t get relationships right, you are unlikely to achieve the outcomes you seek and your young people deserve.

Is it REALLY worth my time?

Download the

Getting Relationships Right

Fact Sheet

If you don’t get relationships right, you are unlikely to achieve the outcomes you seek and your young people deserve. 

Registration and Pricing


Hotel Indigo, 

400 Brown St.

Columbus, IN 47201


Carrie Foster

CEUs Available

12 clock hours


$725 each for groups of three or more (usable at all times)

$745 individual early bird price - through Feb 7

$795 individual price -Feb 8-Feb 21

MARCH 4-5, 2020


Daily Schedule

8:30 AM: Breakfast*and Registration

9:00 AM: Workshop Start Time

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch*

4:30 PM: Workshop End Time

*Breakfast, lunch & refreshments provided


Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Recommended Hotel

Hotel Indigo, 

400 Brown St.

Columbus, IN 47201

(Registration link coming soon)

(Onsite training for your team!)

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Getting Relationships Right is a collection of resources for professional development and organizational improvement that enable leaders of youth programs, secondary schools, and other youth-serving organizations to strengthen the relationships they build with young people. The content of Getting Relationships Right is based upon the applied research that Search Institute is now conducting to understand and strengthen the role of developmental relationships in the lives of all young people, notably including those who are growing up in marginalized communities and who face barriers to success such as poverty, racism, and discrimination. 

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About Search Institute

For more than 60 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.

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