Empower students to handle their challenges with confidence using the Connection Practice.

(it only takes 4 hours to learn to use this social-emotional skill with your students)

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This online course is a good fit if you’d like to:

  1. teach kids how to efficiently release negative reactions and access their best thinking
  2. be able to help more students than you do now
  3. accelerate your own personal growth

What makes us different

Hands-On Learning

The course includes portable Connection Practice boards that you will receive in the mail. These can be used by you personally and used in counseling students. The boards are used to quickly transform challenges into successes and enhance positive experiences too.

Feel supported by Rita Marie, staff and peers

In every Zoom session, we create an emotionally safe space for you to learn this skill and ask questions.

Receive personal attention

Experience the power of the Connection Practice in a private 1-on-1 coaching session with a Master Coach.

Celebrate your wins

Share your wins in a Zoom call and a private Facebook group.

Meet Rita Marie Johnson

Rita Marie Johnson is an educator, speaker, award-winning author, and creator of the Connection Practice.

Many conflicts arise from unresolved emotional pain caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Rita Marie Johnson healed herself of childhood trauma using the Connection Practice. She is determined to prevent ACEs by creating emotionally safe families and schools around the world.

Her practice has been shared with 150+ certified trainers and reached over 100,000 people. Rita Marie’s vision is for the Connection Practice to be integrated into homes and schools so that social-emotional connection is valued as much as reading, writing, and math.

What world leaders say about Rita Marie

Oscar Arias

President of Costa Rica
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Combining empathy and insight, as Johnson as shown, is a valid and proven way to improve human relations"

Eileen Rockefeller

Co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning
"Rita Marie Johnson’s model, the Connection Practice, adds a much-needed, simple and effective approach to our social-emotional learning toolkit."

Carlos Francisco Echeverria

Former Minister of
Culture of Costa Rica
"Rita Marie Johnson has helped thousands of children and teachers prevent school violence through her connection method."

What people say about the Connection Practice

As a counselor, the Connection Practice is so effective in helping students use empathy to work through a negative situation.
"Once a student realizes that a peer's negative behavior has an emotional component, their heart softens and they are then in the right mindset to solve the problem with insight."

Kristen Saccone

The Connection Practice has given me the tools to deal with problems I face on a day-to-day basis.
"It empowered me to not absorb problems, but rather address them in the moment and let them go. I’m so thankful the Connection Practice is a part of my life.”

Gina Barnert

The most amazing part of the Connection Practice is that it's so simple.
"It's efficient, scientifically-based, and easy-to-use anywhere. It’s like a tool in your tool belt that you can use at any time.”

Belinda Sloan

If you really want to connect authentically in any moment, use the Connection Practice.
"As a parent, I used to put my needs on the back burner and let the emotions of my child wash over me. Now, even when I’m having a bad day, I know how to stay calm and collected as my child continues to grow their emotional bearings.”

Kelsey Visser

How in just 4 hours, this program teaches you to empower students to solve their own challenges.



Learning Zoom Session

Sunday, April 19th at 5:30pm PST

  • Learn directly from the creator of the Connection Practice, Rita Marie Johnson, so you can understand the basic steps and science of the method.



Personal 1-on-1 60-minute Coaching Session with a Master Coach

(choose from multiple time slots)

  • Use the Connection Practice to solve one of your most pressing challenges so you can teach students how to resolve theirs.



Support Zoom Session

Sunday, May 23rd at 5:30pm PST

  • Join the Course Coordinator, along with other participants in the course, to get your questions answered.  



Celebration Zoom Session

Sunday, May 10th at 5:30pm PST

  • Share your successes and learn how others in your community have used the Connection Practice.

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Connection Practice Board
and Board Resource Page
Learning Zoom Session$100
Support Zoom Session$100
Celebration Zoom Session$100
Bonus: Private Coaching Session$100

Total Value



$497 $197

What happens after you order


Click the “Begin Your Experience” and access a Secure Order Page.


Complete your order and receive an email with your login and password.


Receive your CP Boards by mail and email reminders before your first call.

Frequently asked questions

We host one 30-Day Quickstart every month. You may visit connectionpractice.org/shop to pay for the next 30-Day Quickstart.

The program lasts for 30 days and you will either meet with your group or coach for 1 hour every week.

No worries. We will send Zoom recordings the day after every call.

After the Learning Zoom Call in week 1, we will send you a link to schedule your private coaching session with our International Director of Parent Training, Kelsey Visser, or our International Director of Teacher Training, Aya Nozawa. You may choose between multiple time slots to schedule a Zoom call during week 2 of the program.

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, we offer a 7-day money back guarantee after the program begins.

Yes, but you need to submit your request at least 5 days prior to a program’s start date. We offer the 30-Day Quickstart every month. Additionally, once you have started a program, you cannot switch to another cohort.

No, we will never kick you out of the Facebook group for your program. You may continue to reach out to others in your cohort. However, after your program ends, we will no longer have a moderator helping the group.

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