Newsletter: February 2009 – Part II, Valentine Week Special Edition

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter – February 2009 – Part II, Valentine Week Special Edition

  • Be our Valentine!
  • Help change the world… and get paid to do it!
  • Research indicates healthy teen relationships deter adolescent crime
  • Teen fatherhood: promising practices!
  • Teen birthrates climb after 14 year decline
  • The Dibble Institute calendar

Dear Friends,This month, I’d like to extend a heart-felt Valentine thank you! to you, our valued colleagues and clients, for your collaboration, hard work, and leadership in teaching healthy relationship skills to teens. Our outlook is rosy and we want to acknowledge your share of the success!We know our mission is prospering not simply due to our talented authors and hard-working staff, but also thanks to loyal friends like you who support our work along the way.In the spirit of sharing the love, here are the headlines from our field that you’ll want to know about this month along with a wealth of related free resources.

  • We are reprising our First Comes Love program at Smart Marriages 2009! This means you can learn to teach teens the skills needed for healthy relationships so they become smarter about their love lives – and we will pay you for doing it! Don’t miss the details below – apply now!
  • Teen Dating Violence (DV) Awareness is a national theme this month. DV is a significant problem and youth need to know how to get out of bad situations. Research shows that when teens learn relationship skills, peer-to-peer verbal and physical abuse decreases. Check out our terrific free DV materials, as well as thenew DV page on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy website.
  • In December, The American Sociological Review published research that finds healthy teen romances can actually deter criminal adolescent behavior and that sexual activity, especially sex with nonromantic partners, influences criminal behavior by increasing strain. This is potentially a major new point of persuasion to help you advocate for your programs!
  • Child Trends has published a groundbreaking brief identifying ten common features of “model” and “promising” programs for teen fathers. This information, along with the recent CDC report showing teen pregnancy is on the rise (after a 14 year decline), highlights the importance of what we all do.

As always, we hope you’ll send us your comments and suggestions. And thanks for your support! In the words of the Beatles,”…all you need is love!”Kay ReedExecutive DirectorP.S. Remember to sign up for SM 2009 and apply for First Comes Love NOW!


Change The World and GET PAID To Do It!WHAT? First Comes Love program returns at SM 2009!

  • FREE Connections or Love U2 curriculum!
  • FREE 40 student workbooks
  • $200 Benchmark Payment upon successful completion
  • Complete training in up to 2 nationally recognized programs!

HOW?1. Apply for The Dibble Institute’s “First Comes Love” program. Details.2. Enroll in our two-day Training Institute on July 7 and 8 at the Smart Marriage Conference in Orlando, FL. Details.

July 7, 2009Love U2: Baby Smarts, training by Marline Pearson, authorConnections: Dating & Emotions, training by Char Kamper, authorJuly 8, 2009Connections: Relationships & Marriage, training by Char Kamper, authorLove U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS, training by Marline Pearson, author

WHAT do you have to do?Simple…the good work of teaching teens healthy relationship skills. You must currently be working with youth, reach 40 teens by May 30, 2010 by teaching one of the curricula with fidelity, report back to The Dibble Institute, and get a benchmark payment worth $200!

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.


Research Indicates Healthy Teen Relationships Deter Adolescent CrimeRecent research by Bill McCarthy and Teresa Casey at the University of California, Davis indicates that healthy teen romances can actually deter criminal adolescent behavior and that sexual activity, especially sex with nonromantic partners, influences criminal behavior by increasing strain. This means that in addition improving positive interpersonal skills, healthy relationship skill education can reduce teen criminal activity as well.


Ten Promising Practices in Teen Fatherhood ProgramsTeen fathers are often been overlooked or blamed for their role in teen pregnancy, however a National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse brief authored by Child Trends, identifies ten features of “model” and “Promising” programs for teen fathers. For a detailed report, see “Elements of Promising Practice in Teen Fatherhood Programs: Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Research Findings on What Works”.


Teen Birth Rates ClimbAccording to a new report from the CDC, based on 2006 Census data, “The birth rate for teenagers 15 – 19 years old “increased 3 percent in 2006, interrupting the 14-year period of continuous decline between 1991 and 2005”. These increases “follow declines of 45 percent 15 – 19 year olds and 26 percent for 18 – 19 year olds”. “Teenage birth rates increased significantly between 2005 and 2006 in 26 states, representing nearly every region of the country”.


The Dibble Institute CalendarFebruary 25 – 26Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Harding University, Searcey, AR Keynote: Kay ReedFebruary 25Training and Curriculum are FREE!Each attendee will receive a Connections: Dating & Emotions Manual.St. Louis Healthy Marriage InitiativeFlorissant Valley Community Center, Florissant, MOTrainer: Joyce Huff, CFCS, M.Ed.To register or for more informationContact: Bridget Brennan, Executive DirectorSt. Louis Healthy Marriage Coalition314-313-0613/ or marriage@slu.eduMarch 30 Conscious Relationship SummitHere’s a great opportunity to listen to our own Kay Reed and Char Kamper, MA, CFLE speak about teens and healthy relationships without leaving home on March 30! Relationship Coaching Institute is hosting a virtual conscious relationship conference March 30-April 3, 2009 with 35 speakers and 5 tracks, all top experts in the relationship and personal growth fields (think Smart Marriages by telephone).http://www.consciousrelationshipsummit.com/April 22 – 25 Boost Out of School Time ConferencePalm Springs Convention Center. Join one of the nation’s largest and most recognized conferences for after school and out-of-school time professionals. Workshop presenter: Carol Jackson.http://www.boostconference.org/July 7 – 8 Smart Marriage ConferenceShingle Creek Resort Hotel, Orlando, FLSchool & Youth Marriage Education ProgramsKay Reed, chair – CLICK FOR FLYER to post in your communityCONNECTIONS – Char Kamper, MALoveU2 – Marline Pearson, MA We have to start with the kids! Get trained research-based programs teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy marriages. Curricula easily adapted to classroom, church, agency, and youth group settings.Each of these programs meets the Federal criteria for youth relationship education.Click for more information on the three training options.


The Dibble Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and helping teens make wise choices! All of our materials are free of political or religious bias. Visit our Website & Catalog atwww.DibbleInstitute.org, or call 1-800-695-7975.Our research based, best practice, developmentally appropriate programs – being taught across the country – teach students the skills and knowledge that are central to building and maintaining healthy romances and, eventually, marriages. Curricula are easily adapted to classroom, church, community, agency and youth group settings and are appropriate for Family and Consumer Science, career prep and English teachers; youth agency workers; independent living coordinators; abstinence and teen pregnancy prevention workers; camp and after school program staff; Healthy Marriage, CBAE, and Head Start grantees; youth pastors; social workers; and parents. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975