Newsletter: October 2009

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Newsletter – October 2009

  • Talk with your teens
  • School violence and bullying poll
  • Campus security experts call for teaching relationship skills
  • Dropouts linked to divorce cost $1.1billion
  • My So Called Life now online!
  • The Dibble Institute calendar

October is Let’s Talk Month to encourage communication between teens and the adults they trust. What a great idea! Two important adult-teen conversation topics you should consider are bullying and dating violence. Here are just two recent reasons:

  1. The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day out of fear of attack or intimidation by other students, but a recent poll shows that parents and trusted adults can help kids by talking about bullying and giving them a safe place to talk about their concerns.
  2. Last month, two of the nation’s leading experts in college campus safety and security corroborated this needby recommending that schools teach basic safety messages, information on sexual violence and other crimes against women, and frank discussions on what is acceptable behavior in healthy relationships.

And if you care about the cost of crime, here’s another reason to teach teens healthy social and emotional skills. Arecent study from the California Dropout Research Project cited in the LA Times estimates an increase of $1.1 billion in costs associated with crime due to higher numbers of juveniles dropping out of school. According to Dennis Stoica of the California Healthy Marriage Coalition, several studies link juvenile delinquency and academic decline with high divorce rates.  Teaching teens the skills for navigating their romantic lives can help reduce those rates!The Dibble Institute excels at teaching young people these critical skills by focusing on healthy romantic relationships. We are here to help you with award-winning programs that you can count on. Our research-based materials have proven effective in schools and community settings nationwide.Please let us know how we can be helpful to you. And, thanks for your good work!With all good wishes,Kay ReedExecutive Director


My So Called Life now online and free!At last!My So Called Life, an ABC television teen drama, is an excellent tool for instructors. The experiences, challenges, dilemmas, joys, and confusion of the three main characters in this series give your teens access to real situations and images.Marline Pearson found the program so effective that she uses several episodes in the Love U2 ® series as a way to reach teens where they are and to begin meaningful discussions on difficult topics…friends, relationships, family, school, etc.The Dibble Institute had included the DVD set in our catalog. But, for several years now, the program has not been available for sale. So, we are pleased to send you to the AOL website where you can have access to the entire program! If you are using a Love U2® program, or you want a catalyst for group discussions, check out this great resource.


The Dibble Institute CalendarOctober 14-17Spotlight on AfterschoolCalifornia School-Age Consortium 27th Annual Statewide ConferenceTorrance, CAInformation and registration: www.calsac.orgWorkshop: The Missing Link: Relationship EducationPresenter: Carol JacksonOctober 16-17CTE …The Champions of InnovationCocoa Beach, FL 32931Information and registration: www.fbtea.orgWorkshop: Understanding Character and ConsequencesPresenter: Joyce HuffOctober 23 and 24Healthy Teen Network Annual ConferenceTampa, FLInformation and registration: www.HealthyTeenNetwork.org“Introduction to Love Notes: Making Relationships Work… for young adults and young parents”Presenter: Marline PearsonOctober 30Healthy Americans SummitFlorissant Valley, MOContact: Darlene NeilWorkshop: Healthy Families: Sustain Tomorrow’s Family Today: help teens learn skills necessary for successful relationships & marriagePresenter: Nancy LenkMarch 4-7, 2010California Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and DanceOntario, CAInformation and Registration: www.CAHPERD.orgExhibitors: Charlotte Worley, Char KamperMarch 16-20, 2010American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance125th National Convention & ExpositionIndianapolis, INInformation and Registration: www.AAHPERD.comWorkshop: Topics in Teen NeurosciencePresenter: Char KamperApril 8-10, 2010Pennsylvania Annual Family and Consumer Science ConferencePittsburgh, PAInformation and Registration: www.pafcs.orgWorkshop: Relationship Skills Education: developing a cultural roadmap (through the jungle)Presenter: Irene VarleyNeed a Speaker? The Dibble Institute can customize a keynote, plenary, or workshop to meet the individual needs of your organization. Our presentations are interactive, high-paced and exciting!Simply let us know what you are trying to accomplish and we will do our best to get you there.For more information, please contact Irene Varley, Director of Education, at 941-360-1859 (M-F, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time).


About The Dibble InstituteFounded in 1996, The Dibble Institute (TDI) is a private, nonprofit organization that equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to develop healthy romantic relationships now and in the future. Some of our activities include:

  • Raising awareness of the needs for and benefits of helping young people learn the skills needed to navigate their romantic lives;
  • Developing and distributing teaching materials designed for use in schools and a wide variety of other settings,
  • Educating opinion leaders and policy makers;
  • Training teachers and youth instructors;
  • Consulting on effective implementation strategies and grant application approaches, and
  • Serving as a clearinghouse to collect and disseminate timely and relevant research and other evidence of the benefits of youth relationship education.

TDI programs are used in all 50 states and around the world in thousands of schools, youth agencies, and other youth programs impacting tens of thousands of young people. We are funded primarily by the sales of our educational materials and training programs. For more information, please visit www.DibbleInstitute.org.©2009 The Dibble Institute – Phone: 1-800-695-7975