What are assertive skills?
In order to effectively utilize knowledge regarding the extent of one’s abilities, assertive skills are used to
assist students in becoming advocates for themselves.

Students begin this process by studying
the four
different styles or methods of communication: assertive, passive, passive-aggressive, and aggressive. The style that is the most effective out of the four methods of communication is the assertive style. 

Learn more about assertive skills and get involved with the community by reading the Assertive Skills blog.



Assertive Skills Inventory

Personal best

Respect for others


Purchase R U Assertive? Stand Up Skills for Teenagers as a paperback for $14.95 or an eBook for just $7.99!

R U Assertive? Stand Up Skills for Teenagers
is a
book that was written to provide a vehicle for helping pre-teens and teenagers develop better communication skills and self-esteem.

It is pragmatic in its approach and provides useful exercises and recommendations.  This book’s utility reaches beyond the teenage population.  Parents, teachers, and administrators can learn better ways of accessing their feelings and meeting their needs by requesting appropriate assistance from others.

R U Assertive? Stand Up Skills for Teenagers
also has useful chapters on self-advocacy and self-support techniques.  There is an informative chapter on learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.

Responsibility for ourselves


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Link to purchase the R U Assertive book for $14.95.
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Praise for R U Assertive: Stand Up Skills for Teenagers

"The biggest selling point of R U Assertive? is that it is appropriate for three distinct audiences:  teens, parents, and counselors.  This book provides a “ready made” format for group sessions.  The activities are excellent.  Ms. Marcus’ section on boundaries is the clearest that I have read."

SJ, Ph.D.
Middle School Guidance Counselor