Skill Sets: Relationships & Romance

Program Length: 50 Activities
Age Group: 12-18
Author: Jessica N. Pool, M.S. and Amy K. Olson, M.A.

Group Activities for Teens

A unique activity book from The Dibble Institute,  Skill Sets: Relationships and Romance makes it easy to teach relationship skills during “extra” minutes in the day. The 50 diverse choices focus on the most consuming of all youthful concerns:  how to be more successful in their romantic lives.  Within this context, teens explore self-awareness, communication, handling conflict, goal-setting and more.

A variety of formats – not just discussions, but also art projects, music, movies and games – engage teens who have different learning styles.   While the topics emphasize romance, the concepts also apply to friendships, family and other of other relationships.

Overview

A variety of formats – not just discussions, but also art projects, music, movies and games – Skill Sets: Relationships and Romance engages teens who have different learning styles. While the topics emphasize romance, the concepts also apply to friendships, family and other of other relationships.

At 10-25 minutes each, the activities fit comfortably into limited time periods but are easily extended with discussion.  While effective on their own, they can serve as an introduction, extension or review of structured curricula.

Skill Sets #1: Relationships and Romance activities appeal to teens of all ages and backgrounds, and adapt easily to both school and community settings All  activities are clearly explained and ready to use, including special materials such as game cards and assessments.

  • Part 1: Relationships and You (5 activities)
  • Part 2: Knowing Yourself (8 activities)
  • Part 3: Friendship, Love, and Intimacy (3 activities)
  • Part 4: Navigating the World of Dating (4 activities)
  • Part 5: All in the Family (4 activities)
  • Part 6: Before You Say “I Do” (4 activities)
  • Part 7: Communication in Relationships (4 activities)
  • Part 8: Improving Communication in Relationships (6 activities)
    • Part 9 •  Conflict in Relationships (3 activities)
    • Part 10 • Planning for Healthy Relationships (9 activities)
    • Appendix • Activity Cards.
Jessica Pool, M.S.

An award-winning teacher and communication specialist, Jessica Pool, M.S. joined The Dibble Institute in 2004, and currently serves as Director of Programs.An expert in teen curricula, Jessica has authored or co-authored several Dibble programs including PREPARE-ENRICH-INSPIRE for Teens (with Amy Olson-Sigg), Money Habitudes™ (with Syble Solomon), Why Buy the Cow?, about cohabitation and What’s Real about the myths and facts of marriage. Jessica also served as editor for two of Dibble’s best selling curricula: Relationship Smarts PLUS and Love Notes by Marline Pearson.Among her many other responsibilities, Jessica is a master trainer for the Love U2, Love Notes, and Connections programs, as well as leader of numerous other trainings and seminars on relationship education.Prior to joining Dibble, Jessica taught Family and Consumer Science in Alabama and earned several prestigious awards for her innovative work with pregnant and parenting teens.Jessica holds a BA from the University of Alabama, and Masters of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and four children.

Amy K. Olson, M.A.

Amy K. Olson, M.A. is Communications Director at PREPARE/ENRICH, where she has helped with research, development and customer support of the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory for over fifteen years. She has co-authored several journal articles and books and does volunteer marriage and family therapy for a Minneapolis non-profit.