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General Information

Summary Paragraph

The Getting Real training is a component of The Creating Lasting Family Connections ® (CLFC) Fatherhood Program: Family Reintegration. Through the "Getting Real" training, participants can develop a greater awareness of the various types of responses (intimate and defensive), various levels of depth of communication, and the impact these factors may have on the receiver by identifying the response they use most, examining their ability to express their feelings and ideas clearly, and establishing a new pattern of interactions that will enrich their relationships. The "Getting Real" communications module is a highly interactive training offered to parents, youth, and other caring adults interested in enhancing their relationships by examining their responses to the verbal and nonverbal behavior they experience in their interactions with others. When the NREPP-listed CLFC Fatherhood Program is implemented in its entirety, training is required for program fidelity. Training is not required, but is strongly recommended, for implementing individual CLFC program modules.

Curriculum Purpose

"Getting Real" promotes skills of self-awareness and mutual respect. The training focuses on combining thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a way that leads to powerful and meaningful message transmission on the part of the communicator. The training helps promote insights and experiences that help us become great listeners for others who may be struggling to say what they really want us to hear.

Curriculum Type Healthy Marriage / Relationship
Edition 2007
Other Versions Available Yes- Spanish
Total Hours 7.50 to 10.00 hours
Total Hours Flexible Yes
Frequency Youth: five1-1.5 hour sessions; adults: five 1.5-2 hour sessions
Frequency Flexible Yes
Delivery Format In-Person
Optional Topic Areas Available Yes
Supplemental Facilitator Aids Available Yes
Curriculum Has Been Evaluated Yes
Other Languages Available Yes

Target Learner Characteristics

Age Youth version (ages 9-17) and adult version (18 years and up)
Income Level Not Specified
Race / Ethnicity Black, Latino
Education / Literacy Level Not Specified
Relationship Status Not Specified
Military Family Not Specified
Incarcerated Father Not Specified
Non-residental Father Not Specified
Multi-partner Family Not Specified
Step Family Not Specified
Expectant Family Not Specified
Parents Not Specified
Relationship In-Distress Not Specified


Basic Instructional Materials Getting Real Manual; Getting Real Notebooks (25); Poster Set
Basic Materials Cost $250.00
Additional Training Costs Yes
Copies Can Be Made No
Discounts Yes

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance is Available Yes

Evaluation Tools

Customer Satisfaction Survey Available Yes
Pre/Post Tests Available Yes
Additional Cost Yes
Test Grading Options Not Specified

Facilitator Requirements

Facilitator Qualifications Outgoing and caring personality; non-judgmental/tolerant of different opinions; able to handle/accept ambiguity; able to hold and model moderate beliefs and attitudes; natural helping attitude; has experienced successful group oriented personal growth opportunities; able to recognize, name, and express feelings as they occur; able to build meaningful relationships
Additional Teaching Requirements Trainer should demonstrate knowledge and skills of the curriculum, available support services and have access to assistance or supervision for referrals.
Technology Requirements Not Specified
Instructional Approach The "Getting Real" training operates under the overarching premise that it is possible for parents to learn more effective communication and refusal skills, if they are given the opportunity to practice and test out these skills in a closed group setting with other interested adults or parents. The structured program was designed using a wide variety of learner focused, experiential learning techniques and special hands-on participatory activities. The program is designed to be facilitated by two trained and certified CLFC/GR trainers who also provide opportunities for participants to receive additional practice in private case management sessions.
Who Attends Adult module: adult caregivers, concerned persons, older siblings or parents (ages 18 and up); Youth module: ages 9-17
Group Size 12 to 18
Facilitator Training Required No

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