Healthy Relationship News – April 2011


Money Habitudes LogoCelebrate Financial Literacy Month


Money Habitudes™: How to be Rich in Life and Love 


Money Habitudes™ introduces teens to the human side of money – the subconscious factors that dictate how people actually relate to money, regardless of financial skills or economic status.


This non-technical course explores the human factors that influence how people relate to money, and why it matters. Teens discover their personal financial patterns and how these affect relationships and goals. An essential precursor to financial literacy courses.  


Take advantage of our introductory offer! Up to $125 off for class sets through April 30th.




Teaching Healthy Relationships in North Carolina


GASTON – Freshman Margaret Peebles felt the information she learned during the day-long Dating Connections/Love Notes seminar Monday will stay with her for the rest of her life. “It is helping me to have more positive relationships,” she said.  More … 




Danny Ellis, executive director of Together Transforming Lives, talks with students on various issues facing them. Jacqueline Hough | The Daily Herald







Promoting Personal and Social Development Boosts Academic Outcomes

St. Joseph's University

At a time when pressures on educators to improve students’ academic achievement seem to have reached a boiling point, one program category, social and emotional learning, has produced academic gains that equal the results of many programs focused exclusively on academics.


More …  




Online Guides for Healthy Relationships  

Childrens Hospital Boston


Children’s Hospital Boston has two very cool websites on healthy relationships for teen gals and guys.



Healthy relationships are fun and make you feel good about yourself. You can have a healthy relationship with anyone in your life, including your family, friends and dating partners. Relationships take time, energy, and care to make them healthy. The relationships that you make in your teen years will be a special part of your life and will teach you some of the most important lessons about who you are.


 Relationships Matter: Strengthening Vulnerable Youth

National Healthy Marriage Resource Center 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation brought together leaders in the fields of healthy relationships and positive youth development to share research, practice, and opportunities to better meet the needs of vulnerable youth.



Here is their report.




What Works for Promoting Positive Behavior in Children and Adolescents  

Child Trends Children with positive social skills are more likely to have high self-esteem, have positive relationships with peers, and achieve in school.  On the other hand, children who engage in acting-out or externalizing behaviors are more likely to be rejected and bullied by peers and experience academic difficulties.  Two new Child Trends fact sheets review rigorously evaluated programs to identify what works to promote positive social skills and prevent externalizing behavior. 


Editor’s note: Happy to see the inclusion of relationship skills in the mix. Sad to see that the one romantic relationship skills program cited does not change current abusive behaviors.


Funding Streams  


Marriage/Relationship and Fatherhood Funding Announced


The Department of Health and Human Services has announced their plan to competitively award cooperative agreements with organizations for demonstration projects that support healthy relationships and marriage as well as responsible fatherhood. Requests for proposals will be available in mid-June. Completed proposals are due mid-August. Decisions will be made by end of September.


Below are four of the seven grants most relevant to youth relationship education (the fatherhood grants will most likely allow relationship skill building with teen fathers). Sign up on each web page to receive updates as they are announced.


Field-Initiated Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants 

Field-Initiated Responsible Fatherhood Grants 

Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants 


Please consider The Dibble Institute part of your team with proven, research based curricula, training, and technical assistance. Stay tuned to our website. We will post more information on these grants as we receive it. If you would like a personal consultation, please contact us at


Donors Choose, an online charity, connects donors to classrooms in need. They are inviting “front-line educators” in public schools to identify the needs of the students they serve. Front-line educators are teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurses who work full time and deal directly with students. If you are a front-line educator, you can submit the project you would like funded on their website and have donors from around the country help your classroom out. Great resource!



Save the date –

The Dibble Institute Calendar

April 26-29, 2011

Forging the Partnership  

2011 Department of Defense/USDA Family Resilience Conference
Chicago, IL

Workshop: Relationship Smarts PLUS

Presenter: Ted Futris, Ph.D. and Georgia Extension Agents


June 4 – 7, 2011 

Wyoming Family and Consumer Science Conference

Laramie, Wyoming


· Prepare, Enrich, Inspire for Teens

· Money Habitudes for Teens

· Things to Know Before You Go

· What’s Reel

Trainer: Nancy Lenk


June 7-10, 2011

Kansas Healthy Relationships Summit

Wichita, KS

Plenary: Don’t Worry, It’s Just My First Wedding

Speaker: Kay Reed

Training: Relationship Smarts PLUS

Trainer: Joyce Huff


June 15-16, 2011

UT Family and Consumer Science Conference

Provo, UT

Workshop: The Teen Brain: The Heart of the “Matter”     

Presenters: Nancy Lenk


June 23-24, 2011

AAFCS National Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Joyce Huff


June 28-30, 2011

National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education Conference

Houston, TX


· Teen Relationship Curricula Showcase

· The Missing Link – the research behind relationship skills training

· Fundraising 101

Presenter: Kay Reed


June 30- July 2, 2011

Stop Girl Bullying

Las Vegas, NV

Workshop: The Missing Link: Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


July 11, 2011

Tennessee Career and Technical Education Conference

Murfreesboro, TN

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


July 26-28, 2011

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Conference

Columbus, OH

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Irene Varley


August 1-5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas Conference

Dallas, TX

Workshop: What is Your Money Habitude?

Presenter: Nancy Lenk


August 1, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Virginia Conference

Roanoke, VA


· What is Your Money Habitude? 

· Strategies for Teaching Relationship Education

Presenter: Joyce Huff


August 5, 2011

Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan Conference

Frankenmuth, MI

Plenary: Staying In the Game – Reclaiming the Relevance of Family and Consumer Science


· The Missing Link – Relationship Skills Education

· Relationship Curricula Showcase

Presenter: Kay Reed