June 2010

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter

  • Romance – teen style
  • Free issue: Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Newly revised – Connections: Dating and Emotions
  • Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships Award Finalist
  • Last Chance – Smart Marriage Early Bird Rate
  • Love Notes training
  • Funding alert – Safe and supportive schools grants
  • Save the dates — The Dibble Institute Calendar

Dear friends,After interviewing over 50 teens in the DC area, Child Trends reports in the research brief, Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships”, that most teens know what a healthy teen relationship should look like (i.e. marked by respect, honestly, fidelity, good communication, and the absence of violence). And, they also found that teens aspire to be in healthy relationships.Yet, most of the young people interviewed were pessimistic about their chances of experiencing a healthy relationship themselves. Instead they were resigned to living with infidelity and violence in their love lives.The research brief recommends the following action steps:

  1. Teach teens how to attain a healthy relationship instead of focusing solely on why healthy relationships matter,
  2. Incorporate healthy romantic relationship skills into existing teen programs related to sexual behavior and teen pregnancy prevention, and
  3. Target learning positive healthy relationships skills and not just preventing negative behaviors.

For those of us in the field of youth relationship education, this confirms our own experience with young people….that teens want to build healthy relationships but don’t know how.It also encourages us to continue the necessary work of inserting relationship skills training into all kinds of youth venues. Now that school is out, think about summer programs, camps, retreats, and leadership workshops where young people can learn how to get smart about their love lives. And, in the midst of “grant season” consider how research based relationship skills programs can help reduce risk behaviors and increase protective factors with youth.Keep up the good work!With all good wishes,Kay ReedExecutive Director


Free – The Journal of Adolescent Health – Positive Youth Development issue

Last month we mentioned the recent research indicating that Positive Youth Development (PYD) may be a promising strategy for promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health.They conclude that PYD programs help young people by strengthening their relationships and embedding them in positive networks of supportive adults.Click the link above to download a free copy of the issue.

Connections: Dating & Emotions

Completely Revised for 2010. Save $100+, right now.One of our very best programs just got better – and we’ve arranged an exceptional offer to prove it!As you know, Connections: Dating & Emotions is among Dibble’s most acclaimed and popular curricula. The lessons help younger teens prepare for the challenging world of dating. The material covers how relationships develop, potential problems, communication skills, handling emotions, and much more.This new version – just released – adds new ways to save you time, enhance learning and assure you up-to-date information:

  • Extensive revisions and upgrades to both the instructor’s manual and the student workbooks.
  • Content that reflects the latest social trends and current research.
  • New activities, posters, PowerPoint slides, and other supplementary materials.

$100 off a complete class package (Instructor’s Guide and 30 sets of student materials) through June 30, 2010. One per customer.

Last Chance – Smart Marriage Early Bird Rate

We were able to get an extension of the Smart Marriage early-bird rate that is good until June 10th!To register at the early rate, do not use the Online registration form on the Smart Marriages website, instead click here.

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

Train directly with Marline Pearson on Love Notes, her new relationship skills program for young adults and young parents. For the price of the Institute ($270 if you attend the conference, $370 if you don’t) you get TWO FULL days of training PLUS the Love Notes Instructor’s Guide (a $370 value).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!

Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships Named Award Finalist

Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships (HCHR), written by Char Kamper has been named by the American Association of Educational Publishers as a 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award finalist in the Life Lessons category. Other finalists include the Girl Scouts of America and Disney Educational Productions.All curricula submitted undergo a two-tier judging process by highly qualified individuals who are experts in their fields. Print and electronic categories will be judged on the “technical merits” that the committee feels identify a high quality product. For example, entries are judged on:

  • Quality of writing, e.g. appropriate for audience, clear, tight, lively, and consistent
  • Educational value
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Audience interest

Dept. of Education to Announce Safe & Supportive Schools Grants

This month, the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will announce pilot grants for Safe and Supportive Schools. Pending approval, $165 million will be available to school systems to conduct school climate surveys as well as implement immediate interventions using the data. Stay tuned for more information!

Free – The Journal of Adolescent Health – Positive Youth Development issueLast month we mentioned the recent research indicating that Positive Youth Development (PYD) may be a promising strategy for promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health. They conclude that PYD programs help young people by strengthening their relationships and embedding them in positive networks of supportive adults. Click the link above to download a free copy of the issue.

Connections: Dating & EmotionsCompletely Revised for 2010. Save $100+, right now.One of our very best programs just got better – and we’ve arranged an exceptional offer to prove it!As you know, Connections: Dating & Emotions is among Dibble’s most acclaimed and popular curricula. The lessons help younger teens prepare for the challenging world of dating. The material covers how relationships develop, potential problems, communication skills, handling emotions, and much more. This new version – just released – adds new ways to save you time, enhance learning and assure you up-to-date information:

  • Extensive revisions and upgrades to both the instructor’s manual and the student workbooks.
  • Content that reflects the latest social trends and current research.
  • New activities, posters, PowerPoint slides, and other supplementary materials.

$100 off a complete class package (Instructor’s Guide and 30 sets of student materials) through June 30, 2010. One per customer.

Last Chance – Smart Marriage Early Bird RateWe were able to get an extension of the Smart Marriage early-bird rate that is good until June10th!To register at the early rate, do not use the Online registration form on the Smart Marriages website, instead click here.
Special Love Notes In-Depth Training – open to the publicTrain directly with Marline Pearson on Love Notes, her new relationship skills program for young adults and young parents.  For the price of the Institute ($270 if you attend the conference, $370 if you don’t) you get TWO FULL days of training PLUS the Love Notes Instructor’s Guide (a $370 value). 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!

Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships Named Award FinalistHealthy Choices, Healthy Relationships (HCHR), written by Char Kamper has been named by the American Association of Educational Publishers as a 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award finalist in the Life Lessons category. Other finalists include the Girl Scouts of America and Disney Educational Productions. All curricula submitted undergo a two-tier judging process by highly qualified individuals who are experts in their fields. Print and electronic categories will be judged on the “technical merits” that the committee feels identify a high quality product. For example, entries are judged on:

  • Quality of writing, e.g. appropriate for audience, clear, tight, lively, and consistent
  • Educational value
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Audience interest

Dept. of Education to Announce Safe & Supportive Schools GrantsThis month, the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will announce pilot grants for Safe and Supportive Schools. Pending approval, $165 million will be available to school systems to conduct school climate surveys as well as implement immediate interventions using the data. Stay tuned for more information!Save the date –The Dibble Institute CalendarJune 14, 2010Idaho Professional-Technical Educators’ Summer ConferenceBoise, IDWorkshop:  Putting the Pieces Together: Lock in the Elements for SuccessPresenter: Joyce Huff – Outreach EducatorJune 27 – 28, 2010South Carolina Education and Business SummitGreenville, SCWorkshop: Smart Communication Leading to Success in Home, Heart, and WorkPresenter: Irene Varley – Director of EducationJuly 7-11Smart Marriages 14th Annual ConferenceOrlando, FL

    July 7 & 8Institute: Love Notes Marline Pearson, MA
    July 9
    – Morning Roundtable: Hosted by Kay Reed – 7:30-8:15 AM – Gatlin E2 Your conference badge is your ticket. No need to register. Bring coffee & a bagel and discuss what’s worked – or not – in your setting.
    – Workshops:

July 19 – 22, 2010North Carolina Career & Technical Education Summer ConferenceGreensboro, NCWorkshop: Relationship Smarts PLUSPresenter:  Jessica Pool – Director of ProgramsJuly 26, 2010Virginia Family Consumer Sciences Summer InstituteVirginia Beach, VAWorkshop: Relationship Smarts PLUSPresenter: Jessica Pool – Director of ProgramsJuly 26, 2010Iowa Family & Consumer Sciences Educators for ProgressDes Moines, IAWorkshop: Healthy Choices, Healthy RelationshipsPresenter: Joyce Huff Director of Outreach July 26 – 29, 2010Missouri Association for Career & Technical EducationSpringfield, MOWorkshop: Healthy Choices, Healthy RelationshipsPresenter: Nancy Lenk – Outreach EducatorAugust 3 – 4, 2010Texas Family & Consumer Sciences Teachers Association Dallas, TXWorkshop: Stress! Yours or Your Students?Presenter: Joyce Huff – Director of OutreachSeptember 15 – 17, 201021st Century Community Learning Conference for Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, & West VirginiaCharleston, WVWorkshopPresenter: Irene Varley – Director of  EducationOctober 7 – 8, 2010Idaho AHPERD ConferenceBoise, IDWorkshop:  This Is Your Brain!Presenter: Nancy Lenk – Outreach EducatorOctober 26 – 29, 2010Healthy Teen Network 31st Annual ConferenceAustin, TXWorkshop: A Time of Opportunity; Engaging Communities in Supporting Healthy Youth and Young FamiliesPresenters: Marline Pearson & Joyce Huff