Newsletter: March 2008

Building Relationship Skills NewsletterMarch 2008

Dear Friends –

Congratulations to the winners of our 2007 Lesson Plan Search! These terrific lesson plans are now available for you to download and use!

I would like to encourage you to enter our 2008 lesson plan search. You can learn more about the contest and download an application to submit your own original lesson.

The 2007 Dibble Institute lesson plan winners are:

First Place – Winner of a $500 gift certificate forDibble Institute materialsDana Hutnyak, “Candyland of Communication”.

Dana Hutnyak teaches Family and Consumer Science at San Marcos High School in central Texas.  She helps students develop better relationship skills through her classes. She encourages young men and women to wait until their late twenties to marry and to make sure the person they marry has many similarities.  Once married, she encourages them to use a variety of tools to help foster good communication.

She has a Master of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  She developed this lesson when her son, Nicolas, was young.  He served as a willing participant in helping her test the efficiency of this lesson.Second PlaceJanis Huff, “Wedding Scenarios” (Power Point Wedding planning project)

Janis Huff has been a teacher at Park Hill South in Kansas City, Missouri for eight years.  Her classes have consisted of personal wellness, child development, experiences with children including a pre-school, foods and nutrition, and interpersonal relationships.  She is a graduate of Iowa State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.  She has her MS and Specialist Degree in Administration from University of Missouri – KC. She ran the Chicago Marathon in 2003 and continues to run half marathons.  Janis is a member of her school buildings Leadership Committee and Coaches Girl’s Cross Country.

I hope to see your entry in 2008!

With all warm wishes,Kay Reed,Executive Director

Great Deals on Dibble Institute Training & Materials at Smart Marriages 2008!

Registration is now open for Smart Marriages 2008 Conference from July 2 – 5 in San Francisco – don’t miss out on the amazing opportunities we’re offering for you to be trained in a selection of our research backed and widely used curricula and get paid to do it! Click here for the details. An informational flier is attached – please print a copy and share with your friends and colleagues!

Two Day Pre-Conference Training Institute #115

Tuesday, July 1Morning – Nancy McLaren: “The Art of Loving Well”Afternoon – Steven Judah: “Essential Disciplines for Teens”Wednesday, July 2Morning – Char Kamper: “Connections: Dating & Emotions”Afternoon – Char Kamper: “Connections: “Relationships & Marriage”

Half price tuition of $185 (or $130 if you are attending the Smart Marriage Conference)PLUS the incredible additional “First Comes Love” opportunity! Apply now!

All Institute enrollees will receive student workbooks, sample lessons, and other training materials for all the curricula.

One Day Post – Conference Training Institute #914

Sunday, July 6All Day – Marline Pearson – Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS

You pay only $185 (or $130 if you are attending the Smart Marriage Conference) and get eight hours of thorough training in the newly released Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS program plus the Relationship Smarts PLUS Instructor’s Manual worth $325!

Space is limited – register NOW!

Please note that our pre-conference Institute begins on July 1, so you need to arrive by June 30 to be ready for the early morning start with Nancy McClaren and The Art of Loving Well. Our post-conference Institute is on July 6 from 8:30 am until 5:30 am, so you may need to stay the night. Hotel accommodations are very reasonable, with quads at the Hilton priced at only $135, or about $35 per person!  For travel and logistical information, visit

What’s Your Relationship Reality?

Is there a budding actor or actress in your house? Know a future director? Maybe you just happen to know some teenage drama queens (and kings). If so, give them the chance to turn their talents into prize money. the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s teens-only website, has just launched a new web feature that will allow teens to submit their own video masterpieces using the StayTeen message.

To celebrate, we’re pleased to announce the What’s Your Relationship Reality? Video Mash Up contest.  Running from Friday, March 7 through Monday, April 7, the contest asks entrants to submit a 15-30 second video that deals with the theme of healthy relationships.

Anyone 13-19 is eligible, so send them to for full contest details including info on how to enter, what StayTeen is all about and, most importantly, what prizes are up for grabs.

News From The Field

Love U2© –  Saving Relationships in Chicago

In its February 2008 newsletter, Family Bridges applauded the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for its successful relationship skills workshops for singles and unmarried couples. Lawndale teachers, who are very excited about the workshops, which include The Dibble Institute’s LoveU2© program and Within My Reach from PREP, Inc., also do follow-up interviews. One poignant success story included in the article relates that six months after a workshop, one couple said they had originally planned to split up, but after attending the workshop decided to stay together.  “The workshop helped this couple decide that marriage was the best thing they could do for their child” according to Noe Fermosa, a Lawndale pastoral worker.

CONNECTIONS – Delivering Healthy Relationship Skills with Flair!

Here’s a creative example of how you can snag those challenging teens and engage them in healthy relationship education…On Saturday, March 22 (10am to 5pm), First Things First will combine a CONNECTIONS seminar with a teen friendly fashion show at the Hamilton Place Belk in Chattanooga!  This class is FREE, but you must register to attend.  Teens will walk away from the CONNECTIONS class with a greater understanding of themselves and the knowledge to make wise and healthy decisions.

Upcoming Dibble Institute trainings and workshops:

March 20  CONNECTIONS trainingFuture Foundation1892 Washington RdEast Point, GA (Atlanta area)Contact: Demetrius Robydroby@future-foundation.com404-766-0510

April 14 Love U2® Professional Development Day for Health EducatorsNebraska – Department of Human Services9am to 4pmSite: Holiday  Inn, Kearney, NEContact: Ronda Dawson402-471-0159, for health educators, social workers, community educators

April 14-15 Connections TrainingMS Dept of Human ServicesSite: Hinds County Extension Bldg1735 Wilson BlvdJackson, MS 39204Contact: Chunda

April 23 Love U2© Relationship Smarts PLUS TrainingHalifax County SchoolsWeldon/Roanoke Rapids, NCContact Name: Bernard HallTechnical Research and Communications,

April 28 and 29 Love U2©: Relationship Smarts PLUS Professional DevelopmentHosted by SNAP of Long Island22 West Main Street, Suite 7Patchogue, NY 11772Contact: Kim Mansuetokmansueto@snapinc.org631-447-0698 ext. 116Two Locations:

April 28Family Service League790 Park Ave.Huntington, NY

And again:

April 29Cornell Cooperative Extension423 Griffing Ave.Riverhead, NYContact: Kim Mansueto

June 8-9 – Love U2®: Relationship Smarts Plus/Essential Disciplines for TeensWyoming Family and Consumer Sciences ConferencePre-Conference TrainingTorrington, WYJune 8, 10 am to 6 pm  Relationship Smarts PLUSJune 9, 4 pm to 8 pm, Essential Disciplines for TeensContact: Michelle Aldrich307-433-0837

If you would like to schedule a training or professional development day, please contact Irene Varley, Director of Education at

The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to helping young people learn skills that enable successful relationships and marriages. We serve as a nationwide advocate and resource for youth marriage education. We develop, publish, and distribute materials that help teens learn healthy relationship skills.

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.

The Dibble Institute is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. Our activities are funded through sales of educational materials and services and through support from foundations, corporations and individuals.