Healthy Relationships Suite

Learn how to build a strong foundation for your relationships that will last in the Healthy Relationship Suite. You'll also discover interpersonal communication codes and how you can form better responses when dealing with others and engage in self-discovery by looking at your skills and creative abilities to boost your confidence.

72 Course Hrs
Starting  October 12, 2022
Offered in partnership with your preferred school


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Course code: B8929

In this course, you will learn the Keys to Success in Marriage and Relationships, which targets how to build a solid foundation for your relationship that is lasting. Interpersonal Communication will show you how to manage the conscious and unconscious codes we send to each other, and how to respond. Lastly in this course bundle, you will learn Individual Excellence which develops career-enhancing skills, creative abilities, confidence and personal organization.

Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.

Individual Excellence

Week 1

Learn how to start developing a useful career plan, regardless of whether you're at the beginning of your journey or have been traveling on the road for a while. You'll also take an in-depth look at goal setting.

Week 2

Learn to become a better communicator with verbal and written communication principles. You'll also work to improve your listening skills and understand how your nonverbal communication can benefit or hinder you.

Week 3

Understand and apply the keys to personal organization: awareness, preparation, execution, and follow-through to become more organized. Then examine key elements of problem solving, present a model of decision-making, and discuss how to use numerical methods to arrive at the best solutions.

Week 4

Learn concepts of time management that will help you increase productivity and accomplish a greater number of objectives. You'll also learn to understand what stress really is, identify where it comes from, find out how it affects you, and apply some stress reduction and coping strategies.

Week 5

Understand what risk is and learn concepts and strategies to help you take calculated risks and make the right choices. You'll also learn all about conflict including where it comes from and different strategies that can help you manage it constructively

Week 6

The final week of the course deals with financial skills. You'll learn the differences between bookkeeping and accounting, share basic accounting terms, view various types of accounting methods, and walk through the two most widely used financial statements. Then examine various types of costs, determine what cash flow really means, identify key differences between financial and cost accounting, and explore how to make rational investments.

Interpersonal Communication

Week 1

Explore two detailed models that explain the complex nature of communication. You'll learn how words, the situation, what's going on in the heads of those communicating, and even environment are all connected—and that they all change from one communication event to the next. Then learn seven premises of communication that will help you understand how to respond in any situation and two strategies for improving communication competence when you feel shy, apprehensive or reluctant.

Week 2

Learn how our individual emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and values as well as self-esteem and group belonging influence how we communicate and how we seek gratification of specific human needs through the communication process. You'll also come to understand how language affects reasoning abilities and its limits.

Week 3

Learn that men and women develop and use very different nonverbal communication behaviors—sending messages of either inclusion or exclusion. Then look at cultural identity and how it molds habits of communication no matter what the language of the culture is and how individuals and groups generalize and stereotype others.

Week 4

Explore types of listening as well as the discipline listening requires. Then learn how brain structure as well as physical structure helps determine how men and women communicate. You'll also learn about the ways humans learn to act as either masculine or feminine and who teaches them.

Week 5

Discover the three main characteristics that make up any relationship as well as the stages that all relationships go through. You'll also examine several communication theories that will be useful in analyzing and understanding communication behaviors of yourself and others and learn how you can influence the behavior of others in the communication situation.

Week 6

Learn how people can change the direction of a conversation to advance a personal agenda as you discover strategies of persuasion, characteristics of credibility, and how to achieve a sense of control in a communication situation. Finally, you'll learn how to identify various types of interpersonal conflicts. You'll also learn how to dissect a conflict and apply four steps to successful conflict resolution at work, within the family, or among friends.

Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success

Week 1

Maintaining a relationship is a skill that anyone can improve, and in this lesson, you'll start to learn how. Then, you'll find out about the seven stages that every relationship goes through. Knowing these stages will help you to predict problems and defuse them.

Week 2

Explore the balancing act between the focus on the "we" of the relationship and the focus on the two individual "I's" that define each partner as you find out how you and your partner can each fulfill your needs and still have the freedom to grow individually. Then, learn the rules of fair fighting to properly handle inevitable disagreements.

Week 3

Learn to recognize the warning signs of marital problems that could lead to divorce, and take action to keep your relationship healthy. Then, we'll explore repairing a damaged relationship, dealing with grudges, and rebuilding trust.

Week 4

In this lesson, we'll talk about how to make relationship tune-ups effective and fun. Then, you'll learn how to make sex enhance, not disrupt, your closeness with your partner.

Week 5

In this lesson, we'll tackle the topic of adultery. By understanding the source of adultery, you can either avoid it in the first place or withstand the emotional turmoil that cheating can bring. Then, learn how to deal with relationship triangles which form when your relationship involves more than two people (children, family, friends, etc.), or when money issues or other problems outside the relationship demand attention.

Week 6

Learn to deal with money issues that may arise and keep your relationship happy, healthy, and loving—regardless of how much money you might have! And finally, we'll talk about reasons to end a relationship and reasons to hold on

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course
  • 72 course hours
  1. Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success
    1. Why Relationships Can Be So Challenging
    2. The Seven Stages of a Relationship
    3. Maintaining Your Identity
    4. Learning to Fight Fair
    5. Recognizing Warning Signs
    6. Resolving Conflict: Break Up to Make Up
    7. Creating a Maintenance Program
    8. Understanding the Role of Sex
    9. How to Adultery-Proof Your Relationship
    10. Dealing With Relationship Triangles
    11. Overcoming Money Issues
    12. Break Up or Make Up?
  2. Interpersonal Communication
    1. Communication Basics
    2. Communication Misunderstandings
    3. The Personal Side of Communication
    4. Language and Logic
    5. Nonverbal Messages
    6. Intercultural Communication Differences
    7. Effective Listening
    8. Gender Communication Differences
    9. Relationship Dynamics
    10. Communication Rules
    11. Conversation Climate
    12. Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
  3. Individual Excellence
    1. Introduction; Your Career Plan
    2. Goal Setting and Creativity
    3. Interpersonal Communication (Getting People to Listen and Listening to People Speak)
    4. Written Communication
    5. Becoming and Staying Organized
    6. Problem Solving and Decision-Making
    7. Time Management (Taking Control)
    8. Stress Management (Is Stress Desirable?)
    9. Risk Management (How Much Should You Take?)
    10. Conflict Management (Should It Be Avoided?)
    11. Financial Skills (Part I)
    12. Financial Skills (Part II)

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil has over 25 years of experience as a counselor and therapist, and specializes in issues related to dating, marriage, divorce, and infidelity. Weil is the author of numerous books and has been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and Good Morning America.

Laurel Bragstad combines her understanding of communication theory and human relationships to design curriculum in interpersonal communication, public speaking, journalism, persuasion, and theory and research. With a Master of Arts degree in interpersonal communication and rhetoric, she has taught a wide range of courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Her publications include several articles in ETC: The Journal for the International Society of General Semantics, a chapter in Classroom Exercises for General Semantics (published by the International Society of General Semantics), and a novel entitled In the Comfort of Shadows.

Becky Swaim has taught since 2000, focusing on Administrative Assistant Fundamentals, Administrative Assistant Applications, and Individual Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach. Her experience includes managing large staff in medical billing and collections and as a program manager to various medical practices.

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.