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I Believe in ME!

A Youth Empowerment Program Focused on Social and Emotional Learning

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I Believe in ME! is a youth empowerment program designed to share the concepts behind living more consciously and deliberately to create the life that one wants.  Created by Rebecca Psigoda, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, this program is based on the principles outlined in the New York Times best-selling book, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley.  The intention of this program is to show youth how powerful they are and that if they can use their imagination, believe in themselves, and follow a few simple steps every day, they can create the life they want.

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Self Awareness
  • Identifying Emotions

  • Expressing Emotions

  • Mindfulness

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Confidence

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Self Management
  • Managing Emotions

  • Resilience

  • Managing Stress

  • Self-Motivation

  • Controlling Impulses

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Relationship Skills
  • Resolving Conflicts

  • Listening Actively

  • Cooperating

  • Teamwork

  • Communicating Effectively

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Social Awareness
  • Being Empathetic

  • Appreciating Diversity

  • Respecting Others

  • Being Compassionate

  • Appreciating Differences

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Responsible Decision Making
  • Identifying Problems

  • Solving Problems

  • Thinking Critically

  • Setting Goals

  • Leadership

What Students Will Learn Through I Believe in ME!

Program Overview

We offer customized curriculums for ages 5-10 years old and 11-14 years old.

The 10-hour program sessions and their intended benefits are as follows:


Session #1 - Introduction 

Benefit – Get to know each other, the purpose of the program, the mutual agreements, and what to expect from the trainer and the program itself.

Session #2 - Thoughts Become Things

Benefit – To establish an understanding of the importance of choice in everything that one does in life beginning with what one thinks about.

Session #3 – Meditation and Visualizations

Benefit – To provide an introduction to the concepts of meditation and visualizations to increase awareness of one’s own mind and its’ ability to shift one’s life experience through intention.

Session #4 – Beliefs

Benefit – To understand that this is where many of our thoughts and emotions come from and that we have the ability to shift to beliefs that are more agreeable to achieving our success in whatever area we choose.

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Session #5 – Empowering Beliefs

Benefit – To understand that limiting beliefs are what often hold us back and show how easy it is to shift them into beliefs that work for us in achieving our goals and dreams.

Session #6 – Emotions

Benefit – Learning the importance of honoring our emotions as life’s feedback system but also to show our ability to shift them to ones that feel better when we are ready to move on.  This includes understanding that we have the ability to choose the emotions that we want in life whenever we like as opposed to waiting for life to provide circumstances for us to react to.

Session #7 – Mandalas

Benefit – To have a quiet reflective experience with a form of art that shows connection and creates a sense of calm.  Acknowledge the importance of art therapy as a choice for managing one’s own emotions.

Session #8 – Dreams, Goals and Taking Action

Benefit – To show the importance of having dreams, designing goals, and following through with baby steps each day towards achievement. 

Session #9 – Vision Boards and Community Puzzle

Benefit – Creation of a physical object that becomes a daily reminder of one’s dreams, or a visual of how important each individual is as a part of a whole provides participants more fun and relaxed opportunity for learning and development of these concepts.

Session #10 – Graduation Party

Benefit – Celebration is an important part of accomplishment, empowerment and having fun!

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I Believe in Me!  is a program that promotes lifelong learning by encouraging youth to develop the following traits:

  • By showing curiosity about human nature and how the world works.

  • By seeking and valuing diversity.

  • By persisting in seeking out new solutions.

  • By using their unique talents and intelligence to promote positive change.

Introducing The IPpie Kids…

These characters represent each module of the curriculum for ages 5-10. They come to life to help guide children through the principles of the I Believe in ME! program. They even have their very own rap song!

IPpie is the nickname for certified trainers in Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities® program.


Meet Your Facilitator

Susan Thurston

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Susan became a certified Infinite Possibilities trainer in 2021 and is excited about sharing the Infinite Possibilities based workshop I Believe In Me! with young people. As a Certified I Believe In Me! Trainer, Susan is passionate about empowering people of all ages to embrace their inner strength and discover their intrinsic value. Susan leads individuals into harnessing their inner potential by giving them the skills they need to feel the difference between merely existing and living the life of their dreams. During her lifetime, Susan Thurston has faced many challenging setbacks.  Using the skills she acquired from workshops, trainings and books, Susan embarked on an inward journey of healing and growth. This was one of the most profound and transformative experiences that would shape her life’s course and influence the direction of her entire purpose, as well as her servitude towards others. She is excited to share these life-changing tools with you. Susan is a certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer®, a certified I Believe In Me Trainer®, a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master and Trainer, and an Intuitive and Healing Consultant. Susan is a writer, public speaker, educator and advocate. She has also worked supporting and empowering adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for over 27 years. Susan has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived on both coasts of the United States after having been raised in the Midwest. She currently resides in Springfield, OR with her husband and two dogs.

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The I Believe in ME! Team

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Rebecca Psigoda


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Mike Dooley


Christy Newlin

Christy Newlin


Jared Schuster

Jared Schuster


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