Social Skills

Assertiveness Programme: Your Choice




Assertiveness Programme: Your Choice

Your Choice: Assertiveness Programme


Shay and Margaret McConnon


The Assertiveness programme will heighten the student's awareness of and give practice in the skills of assertiveness. Being assertive improves people’s chances of getting what they want, reduces frustration, leads to open, positive relationships and increases feelings of self-worth.

Assertive people can communicate both positive and negative feelings clearly and honestly. They have the confidence to stand up for their rights. They do not suffer undue anxiety or guilt. They will regard the feelings and needs of others. They do not bully, ridicule, manipulate, mumble or sound apologetic. They maintain their own dignity and self-respect while respecting others.


2213, 66 A4 pages, spiral binding



Strategies 1 -4
Encourage students to think about their behaviour and how they react. Aggressive, passive and assertive responses are contrasted and the consequences of these ways of behaving are explored.

Strategies 5-7
Verbal and non-verbal skills involved in assertiveness are identified, modelled and practised.  
Strategies 8-9
Students assess themselves on the various types of assertion and identify people with whom they find it difficult to be assertive. 

Strategies 10- 11
Attention is drawn to the difficulties young people can encounter in saying 'no'. 

Strategies 12- 13 Evaluation

Also available:

The Assertiveness Board Game

The Assertivness Card Game


The Full Programme

Active Learning Your Choice Introduction
Assertiveness Programme
Boyfriends, Girlfriends Programme
Conflict Programme
Decision Making Programme
Feelings Programme
Groups Programme
Interpersonal Communication Programme
Nature of Friendship Programme
Self Awareness Programme
Self Esteem Programme
Skills of Friendship Programme
Stress Programme

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