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Educational Resources starting with The 5 Needs Workbooks

Amazon links to each of the workbooks published by Leader Resources is provided on the resource page and can be found on Amazon by searching "Wendy Swenson."  The workbooks can be used alone or as part of a group setting. There are several ways to incorporate The 5 Needs workbooks into the work you are currently doing and ways to create a program using the material we can provide. 

Training and Development: Specific Guides

We will soon provide specific guides for each of The 5 Needs. We know time is tight! If you are working with students or families that have one pressing concern requiring more attention than another, the guide will help you focus there. If your time is short and you are pressed for ideas on how to teach a need, we can help you.  A Project Based Learning guide will be available in the near future.

What are The 5 Needs anyway?

  1. Staying Alive
  2. Love and Belonging
  3. Freedom and Boundaries
  4. Power
  5. Fun

They make up our real, everyday life. As we learn to identify these needs in our life, we can see them in others lives too. We can explore our life and see if we are meeting our needs in healthy ways or ignoring them and creating difficulties for our self or others. We can see how the needs are connected to our attitudes and behaviors. Sounds simple and it can be, however, as you will discover, it is not always easy, or even simple, for everyone. Empathy, compassion, bully prevention, health education, character strengths and academic skills can all be taught when using The 5 Needs as a foundation, format and base to build on. The 5 Needs can open doors to talk about a multitude of issues and concerns. The 5 Needs has been a jumping off place for some interesting, personal conversations that proved to be productive and healing. 

Why bother? What are the results of using The 5 Needs in Life?

Of course, results will depend on a variety of factors, some are in our control and some are not. That said, using The 5 Needs materials has proven to helpful in the classroom, camps, counseling, work with individuals and in groups too. There are no promises or guarantees, just hope.


When asked how using The 5 Needs helped or what it did for them, we heard a variety of responses:


  · Provide a platform to talk about unspeakable topics (like suicide, pregnancy, poverty, and much more) · Provide a framework for groups so there is significant work done that can carry one after the group · Provides life lessons in a workable plan · Provided dinner topics that lead to deeper talks about peers and life · Helped me understand that I was not bad, just human, with human needs · Allowed me to gain me new insights into my family, hurts, trauma and even my identity as a person.


Others said: Helped empower our lives by building confidence and self-esteem, creating a sense of "normal" instead of "troubled or bad." · Helped us learn to take responsibility for our lives (THE BUCK STOPS HERE in learning about Power) · Helped us learn to love our selves · Helped us judge our selves and others less · Brings understanding of our self and others  · Helped develop empathy  · Helped us demonstrate compassion · Helped us be aware of and avoid bullying type behaviors in our selves and identify it in others · Helped us make sense of life and showed us why we did what we did and how to change · Gives us somethings to hold onto when life gets tough · Help us challenge our thoughts, beliefs and assumptions in life about our self and others · Provided a way I could  "Begin Again" when I felt lost and confused, including giving me a way to begin again with an easy, practical way to look at each need in my life and see where I needed to make changes or have gratitude.

We are here to help and want to know YOUR story and ?'s

Do you have ideas? Questions? thoughts? Have you used The 5 Needs materials? Would you share what you have gained and learned? Contact us at wendy@the5needs.com  and share your story and experiences. We care. We are a work in progress, always being and becoming.