April 2010

In this issue:

Where’s Waldo (or relationship skills

Remember the game, “Where’s Waldo”? You’d focus on a picture looking for the guy with the red and white cap on? Well, I’ve been playing “Where are Relationship Skills Classes”! You would be amazed at what I found!

You can find relationship skills programs in many public school family and consumer science and health classes. You can find them in juvenile corrections settings. You can find them in workforce development programs for young adults and young parents. You can find them in suicide prevention programs for GLBTQI youth. You can find them in pre-prom workshops and summer fun days. You can find them in pregnancy prevention programs and fatherhood programs. You can find them at Jack and Jill of America and the National Charity League.

There are so many good places to reach youth with relationship skills programs, it’s hard to find a place where they can’t be taught!

Please let us know the interesting places you find or teach romantic relationship skills to young people!

Keep up the good work!

With all good wishes,

Kay Reed
Executive Director

PS: As I write this, the $75 million in pregnancy prevention funding for proven programs has just been announced. The $25 million for promising programs will be announced shortly. As soon as it is, we will dissect the RFP and let you know how you can include relationship skills programs. We will also be happy to personally consult with you on winning grant approaches. Let us know how we can help you!

Primary prevention of child abuse is possible

As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, consider these recently released facts:

“Children living with their married biological parents universally had the lowest rate, whereas those living with a single parent who had a cohabiting partner in the household had the highest rate in all maltreatment categories. Compared to children living with married biological parents, those whose single parent had a live-in partner had more than 8 times the rate of maltreatment overall, over 10 times the rate of abuse, and nearly 8 times the rate of neglect.” (Sedlak et al., 2010)

Sedlak, A. J., Mettenburg, J., Basena, M., Petta, I., McPherson, K., Greene, A., et al. (2010). Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4): Report to Congress. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Editor’s Note: If you care about child abuse primary prevention, then you care that young people learn healthy romantic relationship skills so they can form healthy, safe, long-term marriages in the future.

Love Notes – Release 1.1

For those of you who have purchased Love Notes, we have news!

Marline Pearson, thanks to her personal commitmentto continuous improvement, has refined and reorganized Lesson Ten (Let’s Talk about Sex: Decide, Don’t Slide!). .  Marline has added new material based on current research on pre-commitments and behavior. Please replace the current Lesson 10with this new and improved version.

Lesson Ten explores sexual meaning and intimacy, provides youth frameworks for making clear decisions on boundaries and for how to pace a relationship, and teaches about the “success sequence.” It offers medically accurate information on reproductive health and birth control. The lesson culminates with the development of a concrete plan for ones’ own sexual choices.

The revised lesson, together with Lessons 13 and 14 (Unplanned Pregnancy Through the Eyes of a Child), offer promising new approaches to pregnancy prevention. Although sexuality is indirectly woven throughout the healthy relationship concepts and activities of Love Notes, these three lessons directly focus on sexual decision-making and pregnancy prevention. They offer new angles and new sources of motivation for youth to make wiser sexual choices.  We are confident that you will find this new lesson, filled with multi-media activities, engaging for the young people you teach.

To receive a copy of the new Lesson 10, please email RelationshipSkills@DibbleInstitute.org your contact information with a scan of the title page from the Instructor’s Guide. Or, fax the title page to 972-226-2824 with a request for the new lesson. We will get it right out to you.

Special Love Notes In-Depth Training – open to the public

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to train directly with Marline Pearson on Love Notes, her new relationship skills program for young adults and young parents.

The Love Notes Training Institute runs from 8:30 to 5:30 on July 7 and 8.

The training will be part of the Smart Marriage Conference in Orlando.

Don’t miss out on this open to the public opportunity! Register now.

Free! The Baby Borrowers – Season One DVD and Discussion Guide

In partnership with The Dibble Institute, The National Campaign is offering the hit NBC series The Baby Borrowers free of charge for use as an educational tool.  Each DVD comes with a discussion guide so teens can watch the show and discuss what they have seen.  The discussion guide questions focus primarily on the relationships of the couples that appear in the show.  The guide also asks viewers to reflect on their own romantic relationships.  Click here for more information on The Baby Borrowers.

Available while supplies last.  Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Click here to order your copy.

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant Number: 90-FE-0024. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

CDC Announces Interactive, Online Course
Designed To Help Understand Teen Dating Violence

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention is a 60-minute, web-based training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with Liz Claiborne Inc., Dating Matters also will highlight the importance of promoting healthy relationships.

About The Dibble Institute

The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education, a nonprofit organization, helps young people learn how to create healthy romantic relationships now and in the future.

We offer tools for teaching the practical skills essential for enhancing friendships, dating and love. Just as important, we assist teens in creating the personal vision that keeps them on a positive path.

Dibble’s research based, best practices programs are widely used across the country in classrooms, social agencies, after school programs and other youth settings. We also actively advocate for including relationship education in school curricula.

The Institute is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. Funding for our activities comes from sales of educational materials, training, and consulting services. We also enjoy support from government grants and gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

What we do:

  • Develop and distribute research-based curricula designed for classroom, community agency, youth and church groups.
  • Consult on implementation strategies for teaching youth relationship skills.
  • Publish a free online newsletter.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for youth relationship education – research, trends, grants, programs and general information.
  • Inform community and educational leaders in the benefits of relationship education.
  • Train teachers and others in using the Dibble programs.
  • Advocate for including relationship education in school curricula.

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