Young love lives can be exhilarating, confusing, or even scary. Ten important concepts will help create a fantastic romance. Helpful concepts include; Getting to know what matters most to you. Exercising your power to choose. How pretending can make love messy. Dating someone who doesn’t need a make over. And many more! Specific attention will be given to the skills for bringing these conversations into your work with teens. Presenter: Elsbeth Martindale, PsyD, Author of Things to Know Before You Say, Go! Resources: 21 Early Warning Signs February-2015-Webinar-Resource-List Pretend-cycle Self-Encouragement-Handout Truth-cycle
Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant applications are forecast to be released in January! Learn from three successful current grantees about how they implement Healthy Relationship Education in their programs. Each uses a Dibble curriculum that meets the unique needs of their target audience. They will share models, stories of impact, and outcomes. Presenters: Deborah Gunn, First Things First, Chattanooga, TN John Lewis, FuturoNow, Southern CA Erin Stone, Relationship Skills Center, Sacramento, CA Resources: January 2015 Webinar PPT
We all may know someone who has experienced dating or domestic violence (DV) or intimate personal violence (IPV). Naming the violence is the first step to dealing with it, breaking its pattern, and empowering teens for avoidance. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. How can we use healthy relationship education to address domestic violence or intimate personal violence? Join Katherine Hillgren as she: Shares her work using the Love Notes curriculum to address DV and IPV. Shares her work in alternative schools, at a runaway shelter, and with pregnant and parenting teens. Demonstrates how this education becomes a community project. Presenter: Katherine Hillgreen, MA, LPC,Empowering Families Coordinator, Ozarks Family Resource Center, Missouri Resources: October 2014 Webinar PPT
Significant numbers of teens and young adults use social media as their main source of communicating with friends both those they have met in person and online. Today’s technology allows adolescents instant but distant access to each other yet at what price?. We wonder – “How will social media affect young people’s ability to build healthy, ongoing relationships? How will the new technologies affect their social skills? What can we do to help teens and young adults navigate this new terrain safely while building essential interpersonal skills?” Join Jennifer Myers and Aaron Larson as they: Share how social media impacts the relationships and interactions of teens and young adults. Introduce a just-released supplementary lesson from Relationship Smarts PLUS on Technology and Social Media, using the new Dibble Digital platform. Presenters: Jennifer Myers, M.A., L.P.A., University of North Carolina, Wilmington,Carolina Counseling Center and Aaron Larson, Dibble Digital Coordinator. Resources: September 2014 Webinar…
Teen parenting, poor refusal skills, early sexual involvement, and family complexity characterize the experiences of many youthful offenders. When teens and young adults are incarcerated, they often return to society still lacking healthy relationship skills necessary for successful family reunification and job retention. Relationship Smarts Plus and Love Notes curricula are about the building of the developmental assets missing in this population. Attendees will hear how a youth detention program is tackling this issue and a re-entry program experienced successful outcomes by addressing relationship skills first and job skills second. Presenters: Marcia White, IMPACT Community Action, Columbus, OH; Re-Entry Program, Relationship Education/Workforce Readiness and Laura Waggle, Perry County Detention Center, OH; Relationship Education in Juvenile Corrections; sponsored thru Forever Dads and the Ohio Office of Jobs and Families Resources: August 2014 Webinar PPT
Many of us remember our first crush. Our feet barely touched the ground and we couldn’t get that special someone out of our minds. The feelings of romantic attraction are incredible! Thanks to modern science we now know that most of our “in love” sensations are due to various chemicals naturally coursing through our brains. Join Marlene Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS, to learn about the brain chemistry behind falling in love and how it affects us. She’ll also explore how to help youth understand what they are feeling, appreciate the positives of the early stages of attraction, and make good relationship and sexual decisions. Presenter: Marline Pearson, Author of Love Notes, v.2.0 and Relationships Smarts PLUS v.3.0. Resources: February 2014 Webinar PPT
Who can change the world? You can! We can! Together we can change the world by providing relationship education to communities to impact communities in positive ways. Join our presenter as she shares how implementing healthy relationship education can strengthen families, stop the cycle of abuse and empower individuals to be productive citizens. She will examine the research regarding child abuse, family violence, and juvenile delinquency prevention. She will also highlight implementation models of relationship education in re-entry, Head Start, Workforce Development, and financial literacy programs. Presenter: Irene Varley, Director of Education, The Dibble Institute
Director of Outreach and former literature teacher of 15 years, Dixie Zittlow, shares “The Power of the Love Story.” Hear how the literature based anthology, The Art of Loving Well, serves as an excellent tool for teaching healthy relationship education in a creative and powerful manner. The Art of Loving Well: A Character Education Curriculum for Today’s Teenagers is a nationally acclaimed, relationship skills curriculum from Boston University that teaches healthy relationship skills to youth. From short stories, poems, essays, folk tales, and myths, teachers empower students to connect ideas in literature to choices in real life and build the skills necessary to achieve healthy relationships. You will find it fits into any “teaching” environment! Presenter: Dixie Zittlow l Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute
Teens often move too quickly in romance. Breaking romantic development down into 4 specific stages can help teens see the path that leads to healthy partnership choices and understand concerns regarding the choice to “Hook-Up”. Each step in this progression has it’s own important tasks. Moving too quickly through stages or skipping stages puts the individual at risk and at a disadvantage. Making these stages, and the accompanying tasks, clear can help young adults slow down, stay curious, identify obstacles, and avoid potential emotional, mental, and physical injury Guest Presenter: Elsbeth Martindale, PsyD, Creator of the card set and activity book: “Things to Know Before You Say Go.”
Research has shown that how people communicate and handle their conflicts over time will matter greatly to the health and happiness of their relationships. Communication skills transfer to all types of relationships – work, school, peers, family and parent-child. This webinar will identify negative patterns acquired in every day life experiences – the Four Communication Danger Signs. An effective relationship skills program includes the identifying and resolution of these four danger signs. Guest presenters: Irene Varley, Director of Education and Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute
What’s “hooking up” and why do teens do it? With 1 out of 4 first-time sexual relationships between teens one-time affairs, it’s clear that young people are often pressured to “hook up” and are unaware of how to make healthy decisions about their love lives. Most teens really want affection and connection, but often think sex is the only way to obtain it. As adults working with youth, we are often dismayed when turbulent relationships and untimely parenthood derail youth from the path to a promising future. Join us as we explore the “Hook Up” generation and how integrating Relationship Education can help teens develop skills to make healthy connections. Guest Presenter: Janet Pozmantier, M.S., L.P.C, L.M.F.T., R.P.T., Outreach Educator for The Dibble Institute Resources: Click Here
Acclaimed expert and author, Nancy Nowell, will present Mike’s Crush, a curriculum focused on the unique needs of youth with Autism and other learning differences. In this webinar she will present practical solutions to typical peer, friendships, and romantic relationship concerns experienced by these young people. Guest Presenter: Nancy Nowell MPA, MEd, CSE (Certified Sexuality Educator)
In this webinar attendees will: Learn how the healthy relationship skills program, Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships, (HCHR) meets National Health and Sex Education Standards from author and educator, Charlene Kamper. Learn how Kathy Schleier, from Dalton, GA, connected with Health teachers by meeting their needs and frameworks and is teaching HCHR in high school Health classes. Guest Presenters: Charlene Kamper, MA, CFLE, author of Healthy Choices, Healthy Relationships and Kathy Schleier, PNP currently teaching HCHR in Health classes in Rome, GA.
We often teach young people how to protect their bodies, but we seldom help them protect their hearts.Young people can learn low-risk dating strategies that help them avoid the pitfalls of spontaneous romantic encounters. Learn the relationship skills that encourage self-regulation and maturity, strategies for exciting precarious situations, and approaches others are using to help young people be more cautious and protect their hearts. Guest presenter: Nancy Lenk, Outreach Educator, The Dibble Institute
Learn how understanding the emotional side of money can help young people make wiser choices in life, love and money management. Put two people in the same situation where they need to make a money-related choice and they’re likely to react to the situation differently. Our past experiences, values, and messages all influence our reactions. We know this, but we may not realize how much these influences affect our daily financial and social behavior. Guest presenter: Syble Solomon, creator of “Money Habitudes”
Learn how The Dibble Institute can help you with free lesson plans and movie guides, research, resources and the best in evidence based and informed programs. The Dibble Institute meets its mission with your success! If your goal is to help teens and young adults succeed in Creating healthy and safe romantic relationships Reducing risky decision-making Developing positive assets and behaviors then this webinar is for you!