About Us


Our Vision and Model
The Relationship Toolshop¼”

Our Founder, Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE, was inspired to create The Relationship ToolshopÂź on the recommendation of Jack Canfield, author of the mega-bestselling Chicken Soup for the SoulÂź series.

From a stage, Jack held up Jody’s book, The Parent’s Toolshop¼, and declared, “The Parent’s Toolshop¼ has the potential to be a multi-million-dollar best-selling niche series. Its Universal Blueprint¼ system applies to any relationship, so there could be the “Divorced Parents Toolshop¼,” “Couple Toolshop¼,” and more!

What is
The Universal BlueprintÂź?

“Loving others may come naturally, but effective relationship skills are learned.“
(And many people don’t learn while growing up.)

This once-secret universal step-by-step problem-solving system supports you in preventing common relationship challenges and empowers you in planning individualized effective responses to each relationship challenge in minutes! Use it to improve your relationships with children and adults, at home and work, and in the world.

Laying the Foundation
Documenting RESULTS

The Relationship ToolshopŸ is an expansion of the original Parents ToolshopŸ Universal BlueprintŸ System, applying a customized version specific to adult relationships.

Before implementing Jack’s grand long-term vision, Jody completed these key goals with The Parents Toolshop¼:

The Universal BlueprintÂź Gets Results!

Expanding to Create a Legacy
Improving Adults Relationships and Serving New Niches

In 2011, The Parents ToolshopÂź expanded to The Relationship ToolshopÂź, to teach the Universal BlueprintÂź System for Improving Adult Relationships and to co-author new resources, curricula, and leader training with parenting and relationship niche experts.

Now, we have a blog network that connects you with qualified professionals with expertise in how to improve a particular type of relationship, relationship issue, or bring culture or language-specific Relationship Toolshop¼ programs and resources to their country. Each is committed to helping people discover, learn and apply a unique problem-solving formula you’ll only find in programs and resources bearing the Toolshop¼ brand name. It’s called the Universal Blueprint¼ for Relationship Success. 

We also have a virtual e-library with training courses and resources from our Certified Relationship ToolshopŸ Experts and other experts who have research-informed, evidence-based information to share with you in a variety of formats, some even offering continuing education credits.

Hello and Welcome to the Relationship ToolshopŸ International Training Institute!

You have arrived at a unique website. It’s actually a hub site or blog network that connects you with professionals who have expertise in helping people improve a particular type of relationship, or relationship issue, or bring culture or language-specific Relationship Toolshop¼ programs and resources to their country.

While they each have highly specialized areas of expertise, they are committed to helping people discover, learn, and apply a unique problem-solving formula you’ll only find in programs and resources bearing the Toolshop¼ brand name. It’s called the Universal Blueprint¼ for Relationship Success.

You can learn more about our founder and the history of how The Universal BlueprintŸ was discovered and The Relationship ToolshopŸ came to be.

See the results of a ten-year research study and hundreds of testimonials sprinkled throughout this site, which show how effective the Universal BlueprintŸ can be in helping you improve all your relationships.

To learn more about the unique “Universal Blueprint¼ for Relationship Success Formula” and what it is, register for our free course, which provides a basic introduction.

To find information, education, and support around improving a particular relationship type or issue or for your country, visit our vast e-library, with courses and resources for each kind of Toolshop¼ we have — and if you are a family life education professional with training programs you want to offer or are a credentialed expert in a new niche, find out how you can co-create a new Toolshop¼ niche division of services and resources!

We look forward to getting to know you better and seeing how we can support you in creating healthy relationships in every area of your life.

Yours in Service,


Start Exploring Today!

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