Assertive Communication and Confidence for Women

Assertive Communication and Confidence for Women

This course will develop your ability to express yourself clearly and directly; to listen creatively and to communicate effectively. You’ll learn the basic techniques of assertive communication (verbal and non verbal) and you’ll have the opportunity to put those techniques and experiences into practice within a supportive and encouraging group atmosphere.

Course Content

  • Communication and assertiveness principles and styles
  • Non verbal communication
  • Listening skills
  • Rights and needs - assertiveness (yours and others)

This course is also offered as a professional development course for organisations or groups. Contact us for more information at

This course is three hours per week for four weeks.

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Please note: You may be charged a portion of the Compulsory Student Services Fee that supports our services available to students. For full information on the Compulsory Student Services Fee, visit fees and finance.

How to apply

To apply for one of our short courses, fill in a copy of the application form, available here, and email to or mail to Enrolment Centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise the difference between assertive, aggressive, passive and indirect behaviours.
  • Demonstrate an understanding on non-verbal communication.
  • Understand their rights and needs and the rights and needs of others regarding effective communication.
  • Express themselves clearly and directly using 'I' statements.
  • Demonstrate effective listening skills.
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Upcoming Dates

Monday 10 August -
Monday 31 August

Mondays - 9am-12pm

Room W111

Christchurch City campus
Friday 30 October -
Friday 27 November

Fridays* - 9am-12pm

*Please note: there will be no class on Friday 13 November - Show Day

Room W111

Christchurch City campus