Healthy Relationship News – November 2012







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National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices  

Relationship Smarts PLUS listed in National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.


We are pleased to announce that Relationship Smarts PLUS, developed by Marline Pearson, is now listed as one of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  


NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance abuse disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement proven, evidence-based programs in their communities.  


All programs listed on NREPP go through an extensive review process and are rated on their quality of research and on readiness for dissemination. RS+ received high scores on the quality of research (2.75 on a scale of 0-4.0), and a high score (2.8) for readiness and dissemination.  


The application process was exhaustive. Huge credit for this accomplishment goes to Professor and Associate Dean at Auburn University, Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman, for spending six plus years conducting random, experimental design research on RS+ with academic colleagues. Without her tireless work on the evaluation and NREPP application, this would not have become a reality.  


Being listed on NREPP gives organizations wishing to teach RS+ the ability to apply for funds when evidence based programs are required. This is an important accomplishment for RS+, and we are very proud to be listed on NREPP’s list of evidence-based programs.  


Click here for the NREPP RS+ profile.


Social Impact 100

The Dibble Institute Named As Top Performing Non-Profit by Social Impact 100


We are pleased to announce that The Dibble Institute has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofit organizations on the Social Impact (S&I) 100 Index.  


Covering 100 high-impact nonprofits, the Index features organizations like Dibble that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included in the Index if it has the ability to serve more people in need.  


And The Dibble Institute is one of only 100 organizations selected to be in the index based on this rigorous vetting process!  


Donors have the opportunity to fund Building Brighter Futures, an initiative that uses Dibble’s evidence based-programs coupled with our proven approach for cost-effective community saturation. This gives funders the opportunity to make large-scale impact with teens and young adults in their communities, regions, or even states at a low per student cost.  


The Social Impact 100 (S&I 100) was launched by the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN) in partnership with Duke University. It is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits that show evidence of results and the potential to grow. The Index helps these nonprofits find the capital they need to reach more people, and empowers donors to make a bigger difference.  


We are proud to be selected as a featured organization on the S&I 100. See for yourself and then share the good news with others who are looking to give with impact.  


To learn more, click here.

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National Institute of Health Using Individual-oriented RelationshipEducation to Prevent Family Violence


Relationship aggression has negative effects on adults, children, and on our society that cannot be overstated. This paper outlines the benefits of using relationship education programs that are delivered to individuals (rather than couples) in preventing relationship aggression and co-occurring relationship aggression toward children.



One such program, Within My Reach (co-authored by Marline Pearson), and related research on its effectiveness in preventing relationship aggression is reviewed.

Implications of this research for future research, clinical practice, and policy are also discussed.

(Ed. Note: Love Notes, also authored by Marline Pearson, adapts Within My Reach concepts to a young adult audience.)


American Academy of Pediatrics

Sexting Associated with Sexual Risk Among Adolescents


In a study of over 1,800 high school students in Los Angeles, fifteen percent with cell phone access reported sexting. Students whose peers sexted were more likely to sext themselves and those who themselves sexted were more likely to report being sexually active. Sexting, rather than functioning as an alternative to “real world” sexual risk behavior, appears to be part of a cluster of risky sexual behaviors among adolescents.  


(Ed Note: Take a look at Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships for ways to teach young people about new media.)

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Useful Tools  


The Dibble Institute Dibble Launches Free Second Wednesday Webinar Series 


The Dibble Institute is hosting a free Second Wednesday Webinar series beginning January 2013!    

Every month guest speakers, program authors, or Dibble staff will bring you insight on timely topics related to teen/young adult romantic relationship issues, research, and programs.  


Join us to stay up-to-date on the latest in the field!!!  





The Dibble Institute Dibble Materials Now Correlated to National Standards 


We are pleased to announce that Dibble curricula have been correlated to national standards in the subjects of Family and Consumer SciencesHealth, and Sex Ed.


We worked with EdGate, a nationally respected content mapping organization, to develop the highest quality alignments so necessary in today’s educational environment.


We formatted the correlations to be easily used by educators around the country.


Let us know what you think!




Act Youth Network  




Teen Relationship Website – All4You! 


Ever Wonder…

  • Why does my stomach get into knots and I can’t stop my face from smiling no matter how hard I try?
  • What’s the secret to a great relationship?
  • How do I know if we’re right for each other?
  • Will this heartache ever end?


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Funding Streams      


Rotary International Rotary Funds Relationship Skills in Sacramento


Through a grant from Rotary District 5180, the Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento, CA has free instructor manuals and participant materials for middle and high school aged students. Up to six schools or youth organizations can choose from four different curricula (Connections: Dating and Emotions, Connections: Relationships and Marriage, Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships, and Love Notes).  


This gift is valued at approximately $600. These materials are FREE!  


This offer is only available through the Relationship Skills Center. Grant requirements: 30 students per instructor manual and teacher must complete a one page evaluation at the end of the program. Class must be completed by March 1, 2013.  


For more information, please contact Rose: or 916.362.1900  


(Ed. Note: If you are not in Sacramento, perhaps you can ask your own Rotary Club to invest in youth relationship education through you!)


America Association of University WomenCommunity Action Grants for Women and Girls


AAUW Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.  


Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.



 Edna McConnel Clark FoundationPrograms Targeting Disadvantaged Youth 



Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: Social Innovation Fund   


The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has just launched a national competition to award a second round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants. Through the 2012-13 Grants Competition, the Foundation plans to invest in three to five nonprofit organizations that help economically disadvantaged youth improve academic achievement, attain employment, and avoid risky behaviors.


The goal of the SIF grants is to expand the pool of organizations with proven programs that help increasing numbers of our nation’s most vulnerable young people, ages 9 to 24, make a transition to productive adulthood. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about this funding opportunity.


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Where is Dibble now?

Come see us!


January 31- February 3, 2013
Texas Association Concerned with School Age Parenthood
San Antonio, Texas
Workshop:  Teen Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier   


February 20-22, 2013
22nd Annual Texas School of Social Workers Conference
Austin, Texas
Workshop: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Healthy Relationship Education for the Hook-Up Generation
Presenter: Janet Pozmantier


February 25-March 1, 2013
National Fathers and Families Coalition Conference
San Francisco, CA
Workshop: Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Kay Reed and Dixie Zittlow


March 20-23, 2013

San Diego, CA
Workshop:  What’s Love Got to do With It?
Presenter:  Joyce Huff


Would you like a Dibble Outreach Educator at your conference? Email Irene Varley, Director of Education, at to find out how.


Please let us know if you are having an open to the public event featuring Dibble curricula. We would be happy to help you publicize it.


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