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Everyone Can Develop Skills for Success

An Invitation to participate in an innovative program which improves
lives and work environments through practical changes and skills building.

Skills for SUccess

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute has traditionally provided essential skills-based self-esteem education to high-risk, underserved people and the professionals who serve them.  By practicing self-esteem principles, our participants learn how to make healthy life choices, gain confidence to meet challenges, and become economically independent.  Our educational Institute has served thousands of clients and service providers and is the only organization of its kind dedicated to delivering self-esteem  educational programs as the foundation for changing people’s lives.  Our exciting Skills for Success Program is based on the latest research on self-esteem development. The information in each unit is pivotal to the development of self-respect and self-efficacy, the two main characteristics of people with high self-esteem.

The teaching staff at Self Esteem Boston uses a self-esteem based approach to training which encourages self-discovery. Our interactive workshops combine exciting presentations by our expert staff with experiential activities and discussion to engage workshop participants in cooperative learning. By creating an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, ideas are shared freely and new knowledge is more easily assimilated. Relaxation, variety and fun combine to create the high interest level necessary for optimal retention and positive change.

All of our programs are based on the idea that self-esteem influences all aspects of our lives. How we think about ourselves determines how we think about others. If we are able to acknowledge our inherent self-worth and hold firm in the belief that we are capable of learning, changing, and growing, then we can live more peacefully and more cooperatively. The Skills for Success Program provides participants with the tools and skills necessary for the attainment of a happy, peaceful and productive life.

Educators, parents, business and government leaders agree that we need to help individuals develop healthy or high self-esteem.  What does that mean? Tolerance and respect for others, responsibility for one’s actions, integrity, pride in accomplishments,  self-motivation, a willingness to take responsible risks, the capability of handling criticism,  responding to  challenges and setting worthwhile and demanding goals, as well as becoming trusting, confident and respectful of one’s decisions, abilities and self-worth.

Self-esteem is developed through an internal, educational approach, using interactive exercises, which ultimately helps us succeed at work and in life.  At Self-Esteem Boston Educational Institute, our mission and focus to build self-esteem through diverse direct client service programs serving homeless and domestic violence shelters, pre-release prison groups, substance treatment and recovery residences as well as other at-risk groups facing critical needs.

Self Esteem Boston’s “Skills For Success” program is an intervention designed to 1) help people navigate life’s challenges and instill a sense of their own competency and self-worth; and 2) help people affirm their right to success and happiness. 


Communication Unit

An essential ingredient for success in all aspects of life is the ability to communicate effectively and assertively. The participant will learn communication skills and develop ways to use them as a tool for personal success.

CM-01:  Communication Guidelines

Your interactions at work and home can improve dramatically when you develop strong communication skills. Discuss communication guidelines and the rewards of effective communication. Identify areas for improving communication skills. Learn how effective communication leads to better self-esteem.

CM-02:  Understanding “I” Messages

Express yourself assertively and respectfully, and still say what you want to say.
Discover how to express wants and needs appropriately. Learn how to compose a confrontational “I” message. Find out how practicing clear and direct communication raises self-esteem.

CM-03:  Assertiveness Skills Assessment

Knowing how to ask for what you need, set a clear boundary, and stand up for yourself while maintaining respect for others are critical life skills. Learn the meaning of assertiveness and how it improves communication. Assess and become aware of assertiveness skills. Focus on improving assertiveness skills.
Understand how becoming more assertive builds self-esteem.

CM-04:  Listening Skills

How do you show others that you are listening to them? Learn about active listening skills. Practice being attentive and listening in nonjudgmental ways.
Identify areas for improving listening skills. Discover how active listening helps resolve conflict, improve relationships, and builds self-esteem.

Relationship Dynamics  Unit

Learning to develop and maintain positive relationships is a vital skill of the successful individual. The participant will discover how to deal with relationship barriers and will acquire tools for maintaining positive relationships.

 RD-01:  Bridging Relationship Barriers

Being accepted and included by others is a basic human need.
Identify barriers to successful relationships.
Develop ways to overcome relationship barriers.
Determine how much personal responsibility to take in creating healthy relationships.
Interact with others by sharing insights.

RD-02:  Support Networks

Who do you turn to in times of need, when you want understanding, encouragement, support, or assistance of any kind?
Assess the strengths and gaps in a support network.
Identify the first steps toward strengthening support networks.
Learn how adequate support can be a safety net for self-esteem.

RD-03:  Boundaries Assessment

Clarifying and respecting boundaries can make any relationship stronger.
Learn about the value of setting personal and professional boundaries.
Assess boundaries and understand how they affect your life.
Discover how to build self-esteem by asserting healthy boundaries.

RD-04:  Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving direct feedback can be uncomfortable and receiving criticism is difficult for many people.
Learn guidelines for giving helpful and constructive criticism.
Learn ways to be less defensive and more open to receiving negative feedback.
Identify areas for improvement.
Discover how building feedback skills improves relationships and increases self-esteem.

Conflict Resolution Unit

Conflict is inevitable. The intent of each class in this series, is to teach techniques that lead to peaceful resolutions in which everybody wins. The participant will learn techniques for coping with everyday conflict and learn to use conflict resolution skills to handle conflict in a positive manner.

CR-01:  Conflict Escalators

Conflict can quickly explode from a disagreement to a fight.
Identify behaviors that escalate a conflict.
Discuss behaviors that decrease tension in a conflict.
Learn how healthy behaviors during conflict can increase self-esteem.

CR-02:  Conflict Resolution Skills Assessment

Finding your strengths in conflict resolution improves confidence. Knowing your weaknesses allows you to improve your conflict resolution skills and achieve success.
Raise awareness of conflict resolution skills.
Learn ways to improve conflict resolution skills.
Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction.
Understand how to build self-esteem by developing conflict resolution skills.

CR-03:  Attitudes Toward Conflict

Negative attitudes and beliefs about conflict can make it hard to reach a win/win outcome.
Explore common myths about conflict.
Develop healthier attitudes about conflict.
Discover alternative ways of dealing with conflict.
Learn how healthy attitudes about conflict can increase self-esteem.

CR-04:  Handling Challenging Relationships

Even the best relationships have challenges. How can you create harmony and also keep your personal integrity?
Explore a relationship challenge through an introspective process.
Focus on relationship goals.
Clarify how much responsibility to take in resolving relationship problems.
Determine a path to more harmonious relationships.

Participants will:

  • Build their self-confidence
  • Enhance feelings of self-worth
  • Develop social and economic goals
  • Communicate with confidence
  • Ability to make good decisions
  • Confidence in managing money
  • Facilitators Guide
  • Activity Sheets
  • Pre and Post Evaluation Tools


  • You’ll likely witness an increase in both employee satisfaction and retention from staff feeling both valued and motivated – this very well might mean they’ll enjoy their work to a greater degree and be more willing to go that extra mile for your clients!
  • Develop higher functioning, and more effective and productive teams
  • Build client confidence communication and advocacy skills – these should reduce recidivism and relapse, and increase clients’ chance of success!
  • Feeling of self-empowerment
  • Attitude toward money
  • Ability to set personal and career goals
  • Ability to be self-assertive
  • Ability to Communicate Strengths
  • Ability to create a clear career path


  • Ready-to-use, easily implemented presentations, lesson plans, and facilitator’s guide – saving you extensive planning time and the associated costs of developing your own training program
  • Interactive activities and exercises to help clients develop skills to overcome barriers to reach their goals
  • Evaluation tools to measure client program outcomes
  • Multi-language material – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Arabic



Our Skills for Success curriculum is an expanded life skills program which develops basic self esteem tools and essential personal skills such as setting and achieving goals, positive communication, and effective parenting, leadership skills, learning how to work successfully with others, and sustaining accountability.

*These materials are for educational and informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Self Esteem Boston makes no representations regarding the results of following the program set out in these materials.