Webinar Archive – 2019


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May 2019 Webinar

Friends and Crushes–The Effects of Friends on Romantic Relationships

Peer relationships, particularly friendships, area critical context for development during adolescence. In the relationships, adolescents learn important relationshipskills (e.g.,conflict management, empathy) that can impact their later romantic relationships.

In this webinar, we will explore how adolescents build relationship skills through friendships and discuss the implications friendships have for later romantic relationships.


Specifically, webinar attendees will learn:

  1. The core features of and relationship skills learned in friendships.
  2. How relationship skills learned in friendships affect later romantic relationships.
  3. How relationship education can improve friendship quality and the quality of romantic relationships.

Presenter: Kathleen Hlavaty, Ph.D.Project Manager and Research Associate with Military Families Learning Network, Auburn University.

Who should view: Family life educators; health educators; high school guidance counselors; Family and Consumer Sciences students and educators; and anyone with an interest in adolescence and relationship education.

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Friends and Crushes Slides (pdf) Size: 10.7 MB Downloads: 14

References on Dibble Letterhead (pdf) Size: 230.3 KB Downloads: 5

April 2019 Webinar

Tips for Teaching Relationship Education in High Schools: Lessons from the Field

More than Conquerors, Inc. (MTCI) is nonprofit social service provider in Conyers, Georgia, with a long history of delivering relationship education to high school students. With funding from the Office of Family Assistance at the Administration for Children and Families, MTCI is currently partnering with staff from Mathematica Policy Research and Public Strategies to deliver and evaluate the Relationship Smarts PLUScurriculum in two Atlanta-area high schools.

In this webinar, Phillippia and Brian will discuss emerging lessons from the evaluation and MTCI’s long history of serving youth. The lessons include MTCI’s process for hiring, training, and supporting facilitators to achieve optimal student engagement and impact. They will also include general tips for selecting a curriculum, engaging youth, and making the content relevant for students.


Specifically, webinar attendees will learn:

  1. The steps and characteristics prioritized when hiring facilitators.
  2. How to select the right curriculum for your population.
  3. How to engage youth in relationship education.

Presenters: Phillippia Faust, Director of Programs, More Than Conquerors, Inc., Conyers, GA

Brian Goesling, Ph.D., Senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.

Who should attend:Healthy marriage/relationship grantees, staff, and evaluators; teen pregnancy and dating violence prevention practitioners; health educators; high school guidance counselors; Family and Consumer Sciences students and educators; and anyone with an interest in youth and relationship education.

Duration: 60 minutes

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April 2019 Webinar Slides (pdf) Size: 3.2 MB Downloads: 19

Five Tips for Teaching (pdf) Size: 348.6 KB Downloads: 12

March 2019 Webinar

Rural Vs. Urban Youth: Are They Really That Different?

When educating youth, one must be aware of their uniqueness as it relates to a variety of demographics, including the community where they are living. If youth cannot take the information you are providing and use it in their daily lives and in their community, then all of the education is for nothing.

The evidence-based Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance Education(SRAE) curriculum is being used successfully in two SRAE programs that serve high-risk youth in very different communities – one in rural West Virginia and the other in New York City. In this webinar, we will discuss how, while these youth may seem like they are worlds apart, we have found that their response to this curriculum and relationship experiences are not all that different.

Presenters: Torri Childs, MA, Field Research Associate who has worked with AMTC and Associates since 2008.

Crystal Agnew, Deputy Director of Trinity Church, Peacmeakers Family Center

Melissa Ballard, Program Director for the Mission West Virginia SRAE Program

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Rural vs. Urban-Are they really that different? (pdf) Size: 13.1 MB Downloads: 24

February 2019 Webinar

The Power of Relationship Education for Student Success

Marline Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS, will make the case why a 4thR is needed for increasing student success. Learn why relationship education must be a central tool to help young people reach their school, work, and family goals by increasing their agency over their love lives. She will cover recent research and share evidence-based solutions to the pressing problems that face today’s youth.


  1. Identify at least 2 key reasons why relationship education is key to helping students succeed.
  2. Describe current trends that could be reversed by teaching relationship education.
  3. Identify 2 evidence based strategies that could be implemented to help students succeed.

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

Who should attend: Healthy marriage and healthy relationship organization grantees, staff, evaluators, policy makers; teen pregnancy and dating violence prevention practitioners, Extension professionals, health educators, family stabilization staff, anyone with interest in youth and relationship education.

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February Webinar (pdf) Size: 4.9 MB Downloads: 32

January 2019 Webinar

What Do We Really Know About
“The Cycle of Violence”?

Research & Practical Implications

It is commonly said that youth who are exposed to interparental domestic violence are at an increased risk of experiencing dating violence in their romantic relationships. This phenomenon is often referred to as “the cycle of violence” or intergenerational transmission of violence. There is ample evidence supporting “the cycle of violence” hypothesis, yet, most youth exposed to interparental domestic violence do not go on to experience violence in their romantic relationships. How can we explain these seemingly opposing findings?

Specifically, webinar attendees will learn:

  1. What factors can increase or decrease adolescents’ risk of dating violence.
  2. How individuals can help prevent or break the cycle of violence.
  3. How to help promote posttraumatic growth and resilience in adolescents’ romantic relationships.

Presenter:Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Haselschwerdt Cycle of violence (pdf) Size: 5.6 MB Downloads: 58