Webinar Archive – 2018


Detailed Listing

November 2018

Implementing Erin’s Law Through
Relationship Skills Education

Years of research show that robust healthy relationship education can pull many levers in a young person’s life. One sphere it can impact is child sexual abuse prevention.

Erin’s Law, passed in 35 states, requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.The Mary Black Foundation in South Carolina has used Love Notes to help classrooms meet that requirement.

Learn from Anita Barbee, Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, the research underpinnings that make Love Notes such an effective sexual abuse prevention intervention.

Then hear from Polly Edwards-Padgett how the Mary Black Foundation selected Love Notes, gained access to the schools, their implementation approach, including funding, and how you can explore doing the same in your state.


  1. Identify how Love Notes helps in the prevention of sexual abuse.
  2. Exam Erin’s Law to see how it has expanded the opportunities for Sexual Abuse Prevention education in the classroom.
  3. Hear from a community leader about how they implement Love Notes to satisfy the requirements for Erin’s Law


Anita Barbee, PhD, MSSW, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar President, International Association for Relationship Research Lead Evaluator, Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Center on Workforce Development Principal Investigator, FYSB SRAE Grant Champs II: Love Notes Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Polly Edwards-Padgett, Adolescent Health Project Director, The Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg, SC

Cathy Guidry, Training Coordinator, the Dibble Institute
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Handout: Love Notes and Erin’s Law (pdf) Size: 184.6 KB Downloads: 74

CONNECT Handout-2018 (pdf) Size: 454.1 KB Downloads: 69

Final November 14 2018 (pdf) Size: 8.5 MB Downloads: 70

Erin’s law videos: here

October 2018

Self-regulation Skills to Support
Healthy Relationships for Youth


Self-regulation is increasingly being recognized as foundational for wellbeing across the lifespan, including in fostering healthy relationships. This talk will describe principles of self-regulation development using an applied framework based in current research and cross-disciplinary theory (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/seven-key-principles-of-self-regulation-and-self-regulation-in-context), with a focus on adolescents (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/self-regulation-snap-shot-5-a-focus-on-high-school-aged-youth) and young adults (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/self-regulation-snap-shot-6-a-focus-on-young-adults).

The role of emotion regulation in communication and decision-making within the context of youths’ romantic relationships will be discussed. Strategies for promoting emotion regulation, perspective taking, goal-commitment, and problem solving in youth to foster health relationships will be reviewed, including approaches educators can use in teaching and coaching these skills.


1.Identify at least 3 key principles of self-regulation development for adolescents and young adults.

2.Describe one-way emotion regulation affects youths’ romantic relationships.

3.Identify at least 2 strategies for promoting self-regulation in youth.

Presenter: Desiree W. Murray, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham child Development Institute; Research Associate Professor, School of Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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Dibble Institute Oct 2018 SR to Support Health Relationships (pdf) Size: 15.2 MB Downloads: 91

Young Adult Snapshot Accessible 508-Compliant (pdf) Size: 3.4 MB Downloads: 77

Middle School Snapshot Accessible 508-Compliant (pdf) Size: 3.3 MB Downloads: 81

Highschool Snapshot Accessible 508-Compliant (pdf) Size: 3.3 MB Downloads: 84

September 2018

Changing Attitudes: The Impact of Relationship Education on Predictors of Dating Violence

Relationship education targets common correlates of adolescent dating violence, such as gender role beliefs and dating violence acceptance. However, few studies to date have evaluated the influence of relationship education on these two correlates of adolescent dating violence and none have considered the differential and combined effects of participants’ sociodemographic characteristics.

In this webinar we will present a study examining the impact of youth relationship education, specifically the Relationship Smarts PLUS program, on adolescents’ gender role beliefs and dating violence acceptance. Moving beyond the current literature, we will also examine whether and how individuals’ sociodemographic identities, specifically their gender, race, and socioeconomic status, influence change following program participation. Using this information, we will offer suggestions for educators and program developers to further address the needs of youth moving forward

Presenter:Rachel Savasuk-Luxton, Ph.D., Research Specialist and Master Trainer, The Dibble Institute.

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September Webinar (pdf) Size: 2.6 MB Downloads: 96

August 2018

Completely Updated!

Love Notes and

Relationship Smarts PLUS

For the past five years, programs across the United States have been teaching healthy relationship skills to thousands of young people through Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0 and Love Notes 2.1.

Now, The Dibble Institute is excited to announce that both of these evidence-based programs have been updated with brand new information crucial to supporting teens and young adults in today’s world! They respond to changing conversations and conditions spurred on by #metoo, #timesup, smart phones, and social media.

Relationship Smarts Plus 4.0 and Love Notes 3.0 both feature brand-new, age-appropriate content on:

  • Sexual consent
  • Online pornography
  • Sexting
  • Sexual assault
  • Drugs and alcohol – and their impact on relationships
  • Cyberbullying

Relationship Smarts PLUS 4.0 is ideal for younger teens, and Love Notes 3.0 is ideal for older teens and young adults who are at risk of seeing their personal goals derailed by troubled relationships, unplanned pregnancy, and single parenting.

Presenter: Marline E. Pearson. M.A., Author, Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS

Who should attend: Youth-serving program staff and administrators in the fields of healthy relationships, pregnancy prevention, youth development; runaway and homeless youth, corrections, pregnant and parenting teens, workforce development, and rape and sexual violence prevention. Extension agents, health and Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, alternative school staff.

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August 2018 Webinar (pdf) Size: 75.5 MB Downloads: 116

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July 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences:
Implications for Policymakers and Practitioners

David Murphey, Ph.D., research fellow and DataBank director at Child Trends, will review the science of childhood trauma, and the prevalence of childhood experiences that can create it. Trauma, or toxic stress, can have lasting harmful effects on multiple body-systems, affecting lifetime health and well-being. Drawing on recently released data collected nationwide, the presentation will highlight implications for those who work with children and families, or on their behalf.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify some of the adverse childhood experiences (“ACEs”) that can create toxic stress
  • Understand the overall prevalence of ACEs, as well as how that varies according to type of ACE, region of the country, and race/Hispanic origin.
  • Identify some strategies that can reduce the negative impacts of ACEs

Presenter: Dr. David Murphey, PhD, Research Fellow and Director of Child Trends DataBank

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ACES Brief (pdf) Size: 1.4 MB Downloads: 163

ACES Slides (pdf) Size: 26.5 MB Downloads: 171

ACEs FAQ Dibble Webinar (pdf) Size: 93.8 KB Downloads: 238

June 2018

Effectively Addressing Trauma in Healthy Relationship Education

Childhood trauma impacts growth and success in all areas of a young person’s life, including their capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships. How do we most effectively address the needs of traumatized youth in relationship skills programs?

First, everyone in an organization needs to understand trauma, including administrators, supervisors and instructors. Then, we need to provide young people relief from distressing experiences by teaching them effective skills to calm and manage their emotions.

Learn some modest yet proven programmatic changes that will enhance your organization’s effectiveness with young people who have experienced adversity in their childhoods.

Presenter: Carolyn Rich Curtis, PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
Author of “Mind Matters” and Founder of the Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento, CA
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Webinar June-2018: Trauma-Informed Care Slides (pdf) Size: 18.7 MB Downloads: 195

May 2018

Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying and Adolescent Relationships

Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another. Sexting has received an abundance of attention in the popular press. Much of this attention has been limited to (1) legal cases in which teens who create, send, receive, store, and/or disseminate nude pictures of themselves or another teen face criminal charges including child pornography, and (2) cases in which teens are harassed and bullied as a result of the nude picture being distributed beyond the intended audience.

Although media reports often cite various examples of sexting leading to bullying, cyberbullying, and even suicide, we understand very little about the public health importance of sexting. Using data from his ongoing longitudinal study of adolescent health, as well as a recent meta-analysis, Dr. Temple will examine the prevalence of sexting behaviors as well as their relation to dating, sex, risky sex, and psychosocial health.

Participant objectives:

  • Identify the prevalence, course and consequences of teen dating violence
  • Describe the positives and negatives of a connected adolescent
  • Recognize the importance of screening and timely management of coerced and nonconsensual texting

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Temple, Licensed Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health and Research, OB/GYN, University of Texas Medical Branch

Who should attend: PREP Grantees, Extension Agents, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs, Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, Out-of-School Time Instructors, anyone who is concerned about social media and teens and wants to make a difference.

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Temple 2015 Primer on Sexting Size: 276.1 KB Downloads: 155

Final May 2018 webinar (pdf) Size: 20.2 MB Downloads: 152

April 27, 2018 – Special Webinar

2018 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunity – An Opportunity for Relationship Education

Looking for new ways to fund your relationship education work? Take a look at the new Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding opportunities with Aaron Larson, Dibble’s Director of Programs and former staff at the Department of Health and Human Services.

He will go over the basics of applying for federal funding plus he will also take a look at the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) and Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) adaptations of Love Notes (found to be one of the most effective teen pregnancy prevention programs) and Relationship Smarts PLUS. Both programs are currently being successfully used for teen pregnancy prevention in federally funded Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grants.

Presenter: Aaron Larson, Director of Programs, The Dibble Institute. Former Health and Human Services Department administrator and grant reviewer.

Who should attend: Healthy Marriage/Relationships and Responsible Fatherhood practitioners, Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs, Sexual Risk Avoidance and Sexual Risk Reduction staff, organizations interested in applying for the 2018 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunity.

When: Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:00 pm Eastern/10:00 am Pacific

Duration: 30 minutes


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April 2018 Webinar

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education
Programs for Youth:
An In-Depth Study of Federally Funded Programs

Many first romantic relationships occur during adolescence. These relationships can help shape a variety of experiences (both positive and negative).

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs for youth can shape these experiences by improving youth attitudes and expectations concerning romantic relationships and by helping youth develop key skills to form healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy relationships.

This webinar will provide participants with an in-depth look of federally funded HMRE programs for youth. Quantitative and qualitative data of the programs will be looked at.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the organizations implementing federally funded HMRE programs for youth and the youth served by these programs
  • Assess the practices identified through research and evaluation to be optimal for serving youth most effectively; and
  • Identify promising approaches used by grantees to better serve youth in HMRE programs

Presenter: Mindy E. Scott, Ph.D., Deputy Program Area Director and Senior Research Scientist with Child Trends

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April 2018 Powerpoint (pdf) Size: 4.0 MB Downloads: 142

March 2018 Webinar

Working Together:
Developing & Implementing a
Sustainable Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

In October 2016, Dr. Michelle Toews and her colleagues at Kansas State University received a grant to develop, implement, and evaluate the #RELATIONSHIPGOALS program, a sexual risk avoidance education intervention with seventh- and ninth-grade students from a local school district.

The goal of program is to empower youth to make healthy decisions by teaching them the benefits associated with self-regulation, healthy relationships and goal setting, while also teaching them how to resist sexual coercion, dating violence and other risky behaviors. The curriculum used in the intervention is Relationship Smarts PLUS, Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation.

Preliminary results suggest the program is reaching its goal. Specifically, students report that they love the program and share that one of the most important things they learn is how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships. They also say the program teaches them skills they need to develop healthy relationships, particularly effective communication skills, which they use to improve their relationships with their families as well.

Register for this webinar to learn how to build collaborative school partnerships, incentivize student recruitment and retention, deliver effective educational strategies, engage parents, and build a sustainable approach.

Participant objectives:

  • Identify at least two strategies to recruit and/or retain youth.
  • Identify at least two strategies to reduce sexual activity and pregnancy among youth.
  • Describe at least one strategy to sustain their programs.

Presenter: Michelle Toews, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Kansas State University, College of Human Ecology

Who should watch: Teen pregnancy prevention staff, marriage and healthy relationship grantees, Sexual Risk Avoidance practitioners, Title V staff, marriage and family life students and researchers, Family and Consumer Sciences educators, Extension agents and state specialists, community organizations, violence prevention specialists.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

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RQ-SRA Sample Lesson 3/2018 (pdf) Size: 8.9 MB Downloads: 123

March 2018 Webinar (pdf) Size: 5.8 MB Downloads: 139

February 2018 Webinar

Daddy Don’t Go
Dismantling the “deadbeat dad” stereotype

Emily Abt, the producer/director of “Daddy Don’t Go”, will describe the “whys” and “hows” of her feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.

According to the U.S. Census, one in three children in America grow up without a father, placing them at a significantly higher risk to live in poverty, do poorly in school and run afoul of the criminal justice system. This is particularly true for New York City’s African-American and Latino children, of which 54% and 43% respectively grow up in fatherless households.

A 2014 study of over 40 million children and their parents by researchers at Harvard University found that family structure showed the strongest correlation with economic mobility — more so than other factors such as racial segregation, income inequality, school quality or social capital.

Esteemed sociologist/NYT bestselling author Kathryn Edin recently said about the film: “Every American must see this film. Why is it so heartbreakingly hard—even impossible—to be a decent dad in America if you’re poor? “Daddy Don’t Go” should sear the nation’s conscience.”

From National Fatherhood Initiative Blog, April 13, 2017

“Daddy Don’t Go” is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers. Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype and redefine what it means to be a good father for all men.

Presenter: Emily Abt, Producer/Director, Pureland Pictures

To view movie trailer for ” Daddy Don’t Go” go to this link:  https://vimeo.com/78381499

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Daddy Don’t Go References (pdf) Size: 32.8 KB Downloads: 150

Daddy Don’t Go Discussion Questions (pdf) Size: 22.9 KB Downloads: 143

Daddy Don’t Go Resource List Size: 191.3 KB Downloads: 127

February 2018 Webinar Slides Size: 68.3 MB Downloads: 153

January 2018 Webinar

The Success Sequence:
Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’
among young adults

A record 55 percent of Millennial parents (ages 28-34) have put childbearing before marriage, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Panel data by the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies. The rise of nontraditional routes into parenthood among Millennials is one indicator that today’s young adults are taking increasingly divergent paths toward adulthood, including family formation.

New research by Dr. Wilcox and others shows that the success sequence works even for young adults today. In fact, 86% of Millennials who follow the sequence have now moved into the middle class and only 3% of Millennials who follow the sequence are poor today.

Given the importance of education, work, and marriage—even for a generation that has taken increasingly circuitous routes into adulthood—Dr. Wilcox challenges policymakers, business leaders, and civic leaders to advance public policies and cultural changes to make his sequence both more attainable and more valued.

Presenter: W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., Director, National Marriage Project

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The Success Sequence – Webinar Slides (pdf) Size: 5.7 MB Downloads: 178

The Millennial Success Sequence (pdf) Size: 7.7 MB Downloads: 169