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Front cover images of RSM® and RSM-CV®The Rela­tion­ship Skills Map® (RSM®) has been exten­sively reviewed and field-tested by expe­ri­enced men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als since 1991.  An in-depth doc­toral study (Webb, 1991) estab­lished the use­ful­ness and dis­crim­i­nate valid­ity of the RSM® with dis­tressed and non-distressed cou­ples.  The ini­tial ver­sion of the RSM® con­tained 270 items pre­sented in an inde­pen­dent response for­mat using a mod­i­fied Likert-type scal­ing tech­nique.  In this for­mat the RSM® was used as an infor­mal assess­ment of rela­tion­ship skills.  The results were found use­ful in devel­op­ing skill devel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties in rela­tion­ship enhance­ment classes and skill devel­op­ment groups.

Pro­fes­sional col­leagues encour­aged the val­i­da­tion of the RSM® assess­ment for use in psycho-educational classes teach­ing healthy rela­tion­ship skills, pre-marital and cou­ples coun­sel­ing, and as a con­sult­ing model for devel­op­ing healthy and effec­tive rela­tion­ships in work set­tings.  Form A of the RSM® is appro­pri­ate for coun­sel­ing and rela­tion­ship skills devel­op­ment.  Form B is a par­al­lel instru­ment that is use­ful in out­come research.  The RSM® Cor­po­rate Ver­sion is appro­pri­ate for assess­ing the qual­ity of rela­tion­ships within a work environment.

The RSM® is a pos­i­tive self-assessment of emo­tional intel­li­gence skills impor­tant in estab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing healthy inti­mate rela­tion­ships (RSM®-A/B®) and pro­duc­tive and effec­tive work rela­tion­ships (RSM®-CV®).  The equiv­a­lent forms of the RSM® coun­sel­ing ver­sion (A and B) may be used for out­come research and as a model for mutu­ally con­struct­ing treat­ment plans to clar­ify the goals of rela­tion­ship coun­sel­ing and skill development.

The RSM® coun­sel­ing ver­sion (Forms A & B) are use­ful in indi­vid­ual rela­tion­ship coun­sel­ing, con­joint cou­ples and mar­riage coun­sel­ing, and fam­ily coun­sel­ing.  The RSM® results pro­vide a pos­i­tive and strength focused begin­ning point for for­mu­lat­ing ini­tial treat­ment plans for indi­vid­u­als and/or cou­ples begin­ning psycho-educational classes or skill devel­op­ment groups.
The struc­ture of the RSM® pro­vides a pos­i­tive and prac­ti­cal frame­work for con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing healthy rela­tion­ships.  Unlike tra­di­tional mea­sures of rela­tion­ship sat­is­fac­tion and per­son­al­ity, the RSM® results are related to spe­cific behav­iors that can be learned and devel­oped.  The RSM® results help iden­tify skill strengths and areas for change and devel­op­ment.  The RSM® is a reflec­tive learn­ing tool and a per­sonal guide to mean­ing­ful emo­tional learn­ing and per­sonal skill development.

The RSM® –CV® (Cor­po­rate Ver­sion) was devel­oped to assess the qual­ity of work rela­tion­ships in cor­po­rate and orga­ni­za­tional set­tings.  Emo­tional Intel­li­gence (EI) train­ing is a major focus in cor­po­ra­tions and build­ing healthy and effec­tive work rela­tion­ships is a pri­or­ity.  A recent book, Fuel­ing Suc­cess:  How Emo­tional Intel­li­gence Helped Hin­dus­tan Petro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (HPCL) and its Employ­ees Grow (Sen, Nel­son, and Rao, 2009) illus­trated the value of rela­tion­ship focused emo­tional learn­ing in trans­form­ing the cul­ture of a global For­tune 500 company.

Within the cor­po­rate con­sult­ing and train­ing con­text the RSM®-CV results are espe­cially help­ful in; (a) assess­ing and devel­op­ing healthy rela­tion­ship skills, (b) iden­ti­fy­ing and clar­i­fy­ing rela­tion­ship skill devel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties for facil­i­tated men­tor­ing, and © pro­vid­ing a research derived basis for exec­u­tive coach­ing and lead­er­ship devel­op­ment.  Healthy intra and inter­per­sonal rela­tion­ships are the foun­da­tion of pro­duc­tiv­ity and per­sonal well-being.  Devel­op­ing human poten­tial and lead­er­ship excel­lence are global pri­or­i­ties in 21st cen­tury corporations.

The RSM® pro­vides a pos­i­tive assess­ment and sys­tem­atic emo­tional learn­ing sys­tem for devel­op­ing emo­tional intel­li­gence skills.  Emo­tional intel­li­gence is oper­a­tionally defined as a learned and devel­oped abil­ity to think con­struc­tively and behave effec­tively and wisely.  The trans­for­ma­tive and research derived the­ory of Emo­tional Intel­li­gence (EI) that is foun­da­tional to the RSM® assess­ment and emo­tional learn­ing model has been val­i­dated in a vari­ety of set­tings (Nel­son and Low, 1977-present).  The RSM® is a valu­able emo­tional learn­ing model for indi­vid­u­als who want to explore, iden­tify, under­stand, learn, apply, and model emo­tional intel­li­gence skills to learn, strengthen, and enhance pri­mary and/or work relationships.

Pric­ing: $20 per assess­ment.  Avail­able in paper and pen­cil only. Please con­tact us for more information.