Theme: Family & Relationships

Healthy Communication in Casual and Romantic Relationships

by Erika Evans

This lesson serves as an introduction for participants to explore various components of healthy communication with casual or romantic partners. Using Sexual Script Theory (Simon & Gagnon, 1973) and Communications Theory (Fiske, 1990), participants will engage in multiple activities that help them identify ways to empower themselves while making casual and/or romantic relationship choices.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Create a personal definition of healthy communication.
  • Explain one benefit of establishing and evaluating one’s own sexual script.

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Group Size

This lesson is written for 12 participants and  one facilitator. While it can be adapted for smaller groups, it should not be used for groups larger than 15 participants. A second facilitator is encouraged for groups larger  than eight participants.


105 minutes


Permanent markers (multiple colors)
Printer paper
5”x7” notebooks (or loose-leaf paper)
Writing utensils
Printed handouts