Research has shown that how people communicate and handle their conflicts over time will matter greatly to the health and happiness of their relationships. Communication skills transfer to all types of relationships – work, school, peers, family and parent-child. This webinar will identify negative patterns acquired in every day life experiences – the Four Communication Danger Signs. An effective relationship skills program includes the identifying and resolution of these four danger signs. Guest presenters: Irene Varley, Director of Education and Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute
Teens often move too quickly in romance. Breaking romantic development down into 4 specific stages can help teens see the path that leads to healthy partnership choices and understand concerns regarding the choice to “Hook-Up”. Each step in this progression has it’s own important tasks. Moving too quickly through stages or skipping stages puts the individual at risk and at a disadvantage. Making these stages, and the accompanying tasks, clear can help young adults slow down, stay curious, identify obstacles, and avoid potential emotional, mental, and physical injury Guest Presenter: Elsbeth Martindale, PsyD, Creator of the card set and activity book: “Things to Know Before You Say Go.”
Director of Outreach and former literature teacher of 15 years, Dixie Zittlow, shares “The Power of the Love Story.” Hear how the literature based anthology, The Art of Loving Well, serves as an excellent tool for teaching healthy relationship education in a creative and powerful manner. The Art of Loving Well: A Character Education Curriculum for Today’s Teenagers is a nationally acclaimed, relationship skills curriculum from Boston University that teaches healthy relationship skills to youth. From short stories, poems, essays, folk tales, and myths, teachers empower students to connect ideas in literature to choices in real life and build the skills necessary to achieve healthy relationships. You will find it fits into any “teaching” environment! Presenter: Dixie Zittlow l Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute
Who can change the world? You can! We can! Together we can change the world by providing relationship education to communities to impact communities in positive ways. Join our presenter as she shares how implementing healthy relationship education can strengthen families, stop the cycle of abuse and empower individuals to be productive citizens. She will examine the research regarding child abuse, family violence, and juvenile delinquency prevention. She will also highlight implementation models of relationship education in re-entry, Head Start, Workforce Development, and financial literacy programs. Presenter: Irene Varley, Director of Education, The Dibble Institute
Learn the effectiveness of teaching relationship skills along with job preparation skills. Hear what works in creating an environment for students to comfortably engage in meaningful discussion—essential for facilitating successful relationship skills education. Through the use of The Dibble Institute curricula they will show how students can self-assess the healthiness of their relationships, learn skills to strengthen them, and set goals for the future. Presenters: Jo Anne Eason, Building Brighter Future Program Director, Dibble Institute and Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Public Strategies and Briana Levin, Health Program Coordinator of CCEO YouthBuild
Many of us remember our first crush. Our feet barely touched the ground and we couldn’t get that special someone out of our minds. The feelings of romantic attraction are incredible! Thanks to modern science we now know that most of our “in love” sensations are due to various chemicals naturally coursing through our brains. Join Marlene Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS, to learn about the brain chemistry behind falling in love and how it affects us. She’ll also explore how to help youth understand what they are feeling, appreciate the positives of the early stages of attraction, and make good relationship and sexual decisions. Presenter: Marline Pearson, Author of Love Notes, v.2.0 and Relationships Smarts PLUS v.3.0. Resources: February 2014 Webinar PPT
Now that you have figured out how to deliver excellent, evidence based pregnancy prevention instruction, how about your adult preparation topics? Join PREP Pregnancy Prevention Grant sub-awardees to learn how they are using Dibble evidence based materials to successfully teach the Adult Preparation topics. Learn how to: select the program that best engages your audience and adapt the material to meet your needs for time and topic. Presenters Panel: Felicia Tuggle, LMSW, PREP Director, Georgia Department of Human Services, Atlanta Dr. Ted Curtis, PH.D. CFLE, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens Lisa Smith, RN, MSN, IBCLC, University of Utah Adolescent Services, Clinical Nurse at Teen Mom/Teen Health Clinic Robyn McLymont, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Senior Program Manager, OIC of South Florida Delano Grant, PREP Educator, OIC of South Florida Resources: RSBPBRBP_Connection RSMAD_Connection RSMPC_Connection RSRR_Connection
Social Science research has taught us a great deal about how healthy and stable couple relationships matter to children. High rates of unplanned childbearing among teens and young adults are generating more gender, racial and income inequality plus producing profoundly unequal outcomes for children. Webinar attendees will examine: the impact of the parental relationship on children, the benefits a healthy parental union brings to a child and how educators can guide parents to create and sustain a healthy, parental relationship in today’s culture. Presenter: Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute Resources: April 2014 Webinar PPT
Do your students show little interest in learning money management skills? Can they understand the skills but do not connect them to the relevancy of them in their lives, therefore show little progress in their personal saving, spending, budgeting behavior? Learn about the newest Dibble program, Money Habitudes 2®, a quick way to introduce vulnerable youth to the non-technical, human side of money – a critical element of successful money management. Learn how Money Habitudes 2® Is relevant for many grant programs including pregnancy prevention, teen parenting, and workforce development. Is valuable for building both financial competence and relationship skills. Is quick and easy to teach. Is youth friendly, fun, and activity focused. Presenter: David Durand, Leadership Development Manager, CCEO YouthBuild, Lennox, California Resources: May 2014 Webinar PPT
Professor Edin discusses her most recent work, “Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City,” just published in May 2013, through which in-depth interviews allow unmarried low-income fathers to tell their side of the story. The book’s intimate interviews make real the significant obstacles low-income men face at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and, finally, to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child’s life, and beyond. Professor Edin will discuss the radical redefinition of family life “Doing the Best I Can” reveals, one that has revolutionized the meaning of fatherhood among inner-city men. Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Edin, Author “Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City” Resources: June 2014 Webinar PPT
Did you know that a “dibble” is a garden tool used to plant seeds? No small coincidence that our founder, Charlie Dibble, recognized the need to help youth grow healthy relationship skills. Join the staff of The Dibble Institute as we explore the “inside scoop” on effective tools to help youth develop the skills and knowledge needed for growing satisfying and healthy romantic, family, and work relationships. At the end of this webinar, participants will learn: Who is behind The Dibble name and what is our mission, How The Dibble Institute achieves our mission, and What services The Dibble Institute provides to help you meet your goals for teens and young adults. Presenters: The Staff of The Dibble Institute Resources: Dibble Curricula
Self-regulation is increasingly being recognized as foundational for well being 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 with a focus on adolescents and 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. Objectives: Identify at least 3 key principles of self-regulation development for adolescents and young adults. Describe one-way emotion regulation affects youths’ romantic relationships. 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...
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. Objectives: Identify how Love Notes helps in the prevention of sexual abuse. Exam Erin’s Law to see how it has expanded the opportunities for Sexual Abuse Prevention education in the classroom. Hear...
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: What factors can increase or decrease adolescents’ risk of dating violence. How individuals can help prevent or break the cycle of violence. 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. Resources: January 2019 Webinar PPT
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. Attendees will: Identify at least 2 key reasons why relationship education is key to helping students succeed. Describe current trends that could be reversed by teaching relationship education. 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. Resources: February 2019 Webinar PPT
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...
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 PLUS curriculum 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: The steps and characteristics prioritized when hiring facilitators. How to select the right curriculum for your population. How to engage youth in...
Peer relationships, particularly friendships, area critical context for development during adolescence. In the relationships, adolescents learn important relationship skills (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: The core features of and relationship skills learned in friendships. How relationship skills learned in friendships affect later romantic relationships. 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. Resources: May 2019 Webinar PPT
Many young people are under-educated in consent, thus limiting their understanding of what it is and what it is not. Research finds persistent confusion about what constitutes both lack of consent and sexual assault. As youth-serving professionals, we can help bridge that gap to help young people better understand these two relevant and extremely important topics. In other words, let’s work to help “unblur” what for some can be a blurry understanding of consent and sexual assault. In this interactive webinar, participants will respond to scenarios as well as discuss and explore tips and strategies for communicating “yes”, checking-in, and exploring sexual boundaries between partners. Objectives: Specifically, webinar attendees will be able to: Define what consent is and what it is not. Identify 3-4 components of what is effectively communicated consent and boundaries Explain the importance of educating youth on the right to refuse sexual contact and what refusal can...