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WEBINAR: Scaling Up a Large Program in Rural Areas

Mission West Virginia, Inc., a non-profit, has been providing services to youth and families across West Virginia for over 22 years. The THINK Program (Teaching Health Instead of Nagging Kids) has been providing teen pregnancy prevention, healthy relationship education, and positive youth development for over 12 years, reaching over 100,000 middle- and high-school-aged youth. The THINK Program currently utilizes several Dibble programs to impact teen pregnancy. During this webinar, Jill Gwilt will discuss the THINK Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which utilizes Love Notes EBP 2.1. Specifically, she will cover how they were able to scale up their large program in a rural area. Additionally, she will discuss how the curricula were chosen, how they developed long-standing partnerships, the importance of youth voices, creation of community groups, and more. Objectives: What “scale up” actually means out in the field. How to build and maintain long-lasting grant programs in rural areas. How…

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WEBINAR: Family Environment Instability: How Early Childhood Shapes Social Maladjustments Over Time

Early family contexts can shape the trajectories of children’s adjustment throughout childhood. Families can provide a safe and stable base for children that is protective against adversity. However, when family environments are not stable (e.g., when parents/parent figures are moving in and out of the home), children may suffer. Join Dr. Elizabeth Karberg of Child Trends, as she explores how family instability in early childhood shapes children’s social (mal)adjustment over time. Objectives: How families in America are changing and what are common contexts for children’s early family experiences. Whether instability in families is linked with children’s social outcomes. Why instability in families is linked with children’s social outcomes. What this means for programming and interventions to support children’s positive development. Presenter: Elizabeth Karberg, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends Resources: April 2020 Webinar PPT Child Trends Brief April 2020 Additional Resources Q&A from the Webinar

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WEBINAR: The Impact of Mind Matters: Results from the University of Louisville’s pilot Study

Becky Antle, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and esteemed University Scholar at the University of Louisville, won The Dibble Institute’s national competition to evaluate Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience in 2019. As a result, Dr. Antle and her colleagues are conducting a randomized control trial to examine the impact of Mind Matters on a host of outcomes related to youths’ emotional regulation, anxiety, interpersonal skills, and resilience. Join the researchers on this project as they discuss their initial findings from the pilot of Mind Matters with high needs youth in the Louisville community. They will focus on youth-related outcomes, lessons learned, and tips for implementing the Mind Matters curriculum. Objectives: Specifically, webinar attendees will learn: 1.  How Mind Matters is being implemented and evaluated in the pilot 2.  How Mind Matters is making a difference with the youth being served. Presenter: Becky Antle, Ph.D., MSSW, MFTA, Professor and University Scholar, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY….

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WEBINAR: Tips for Teaching Relationship Education in High Schools: Lessons from the Field

More than Conquerors, Inc. (MTCI) is nonprofit social service provider in Conyers, Georgia, with a long history of delivering relationship education to high school students. With funding from the Office of Family Assistance at the Administration for Children and Families, MTCI is currently partnering with staff from Mathematica Policy Research and Public Strategies to deliver and evaluate the Relationship Smarts PLUS curriculum in two Atlanta-area high schools. In this webinar, Phillippia and Brian will discuss emerging lessons from the evaluation and MTCI’s long history of serving youth. The lessons include MTCI’s process for hiring, training, and supporting facilitators to achieve optimal student engagement and impact. They will also include general tips for selecting a curriculum, engaging youth, and making the content relevant for students. Specifically, webinar attendees will learn: The steps and characteristics prioritized when hiring facilitators. How to select the right curriculum for your population. How to engage youth in…

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WEBINAR: The Power of Relationship Education for Student Success

Marline Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS, will make the case why a 4thR is needed for increasing student success. Learn why relationship education must be a central tool to help young people reach their school, work, and family goals by increasing their agency over their love lives. She will cover recent research and share evidence-based solutions to the pressing problems that face today’s youth. Attendees will: Identify at least 2 key reasons why relationship education is key to helping students succeed. Describe current trends that could be reversed by teaching relationship education. Identify 2 evidence based strategies that could be implemented to help students succeed. Presenter: Marline E. Pearson, M.A., Author, Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS. Resources: February 2019 Webinar PPT

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WEBINAR: Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying, and Adolescent Relationships

Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another. Sexting has received an abundance of attention in the popular press. Much of this attention has been limited to (1) legal cases in which teens who create, send, receive, store, and/or disseminate nude pictures of themselves or another teen face criminal charges including child pornography, and (2) cases in which teens are harassed and bullied as a result of the nude picture being distributed beyond the intended audience. Although media reports often cite various examples of sexting leading to bullying, cyber-bullying, and even suicide, we understand very little about the public health importance of sexting. Using data from his ongoing longitudinal study of adolescent health, as well as a recent meta-analysis, Dr. Temple will examine the prevalence of sexting behaviors as well…

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WEBINAR: Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Youth: An In-Depth Study of Federally Funded Programs

Many first romantic relationships occur during adolescence. These relationships can help shape a variety of experiences (both positive and negative). Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs for youth can shape these experiences by improving youth attitudes and expectations concerning romantic relationships and by helping youth develop key skills to form healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy relationships. This webinar will provide participants with an in-depth look of federally funded HMRE programs for youth. Quantitative and qualitative data of the programs will be looked at. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Describe the organizations implementing federally funded HMRE programs for youth and the youth served by these programs Assess the practices identified through research and evaluation to be optimal for serving youth most effectively; and Identify promising approaches used by grantees to better serve youth in HMRE programs Presenter: Mindy E. Scott, Ph.D., Deputy Program Area Director and…

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WEBINAR: Working Together: Developing & Implementing a Sustainable Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

In October 2016, Dr. Michelle Toews and her colleagues at Kansas State University received a grant to develop, implement, and evaluate the #RELATIONSHIPGOALS program, a sexual risk avoidance education intervention with seventh- and ninth-grade students from a local school district. The goal of program is to empower youth to make healthy decisions by teaching them the benefits associated with self-regulation, healthy relationships and goal setting, while also teaching them how to resist sexual coercion, dating violence and other risky behaviors. The curriculum used in the intervention is Relationship Smarts PLUS, Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation. Preliminary results suggest the program is reaching its goal. Specifically, students report that they love the program and share that one of the most important things they learn is how to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships. They also say the program teaches them skills they need to develop healthy relationships, particularly effective communication skills, which they…

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WEBINAR: The Success Sequence: Marriage, Kids, and the ‘Success Sequence’ Among Young Adults

A record 55 percent of Millennial parents (ages 28-34) have put childbearing before marriage, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Panel data by the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies. The rise of nontraditional routes into parenthood among Millennials is one indicator that today’s young adults are taking increasingly divergent paths toward adulthood, including family formation. New research by Dr. Wilcox and others shows that the success sequence works even for young adults today. In fact, 86% of Millennials who follow the sequence have now moved into the middle class and only 3% of Millennials who follow the sequence are poor today. Given the importance of education, work, and marriage—even for a generation that has taken increasingly circuitous routes into adulthood—Dr. Wilcox challenges policymakers, business leaders, and civic leaders to advance public policies and cultural changes to make his sequence both more attainable…

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WEBINAR: Shifting the Field to Prioritize Relationship Education for Youth

The field of couple and relationship education is dominated by a focus on helping committed couples strengthen their relationship. In this webinar we will review several lines of research to argue that the relationship education field should give greater priority to youth relationship education — individually oriented relationship literacy education for adolescents and young adults. Serious problems are common in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and increasing numbers of youth follow paths from adolescence to marriage that make it harder for them to form and sustain a healthy marriage. Early evidence on the effectiveness of individually oriented youth relationship education provides some reason for optimism. The webinar will conclude by exploring implications of this proposed shift in the field for practice and policy. Participants will learn: How the RE field historically has been dominated by a focus on committed couples. A research-based argument for why it can be problematic…

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WEBINAR: Best Practices for Serving Youth in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs

Many first romantic relationships occur during adolescence. These relationships can help shape a variety of experiences (both positive and negative). Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs for youth can shape these experiences by improving youth attitudes and expectations concerning romantic relationships and by helping youth develop key skills to form healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy relationships. This webinar will provide participants with a better understanding of federally funded HMRE programs for youth and will describe best practices for serving youth based on research and evaluation findings. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Describe the organizations implementing HMRE programs and the youth served by these programs Assess the alignment of HMRE programs for youth with best practices in the field Presenter: Mindy E. Scott, Ph.D., Deputy Program Area Director and Senior Research Scientist with Child Trends Resources: Snapshot of HMRE Programs for Youth

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WEBINAR: Love & the Movies! Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides

To celebrate, we have a FREE gift for you! In-depth movie discussion guides that will help you have rich discussions with your young people about relationships using current and classic movies. Think “Frozen,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Antwone Fisher,” “Hunger Games,” and more. Movies can help students see the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage. Discussing movies helps young people connect ideas in film to choices in real life. In this webinar, you will see how the Dibble movie guides can unpack important concepts, how youth learn what “healthy” looks like, and why family formation matters. Presenters: Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute and Aaron Larson, Acquisition and Product Coordinator, The Dibble Institute

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WEBINAR: Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage

Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many are unplanned. The result is increased poverty and inequality for children. The left argues for more social support for unmarried parents; the right argues for a return to traditional marriage. In Generation Unbound, Isabel V. Sawhill offers a third approach: change “drifters” into “planners.” In a well-written and accessible survey of the impact of family structure on child well-being, Sawhill contrasts “planners,” who are delaying parenthood until after they marry, with “drifters,” who are having unplanned children early and outside of marriage. These two distinct patterns are contributing to an emerging class divide and threatening social mobility in the United States. Sawhill draws on insights from the new field of behavioral economics, showing that it is possible, by changing the default, to move from a culture that accepts a high number of…

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WEBINAR: Knot Yet: What Does the Rising Marriage Age Mean for Men, Women, and Families

The age at which men and women marry is now at historic heights—27 for women, and 29 for men—and is still climbing. The age at which women have children is also increasing, but much more slowly, and often before marriage. While this sequencing has long been true for the economically disadvantaged, it is now true for the middle class as well. What are the benefits and costs of this crossover? Presenter: Kelleen Kaye, Senior Director of Research, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Resources: Knot Yet

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WEBINAR: An Introduction to The Dibble Institute: Guiding Teens and Young Adults to Successful Relationships

Did you know that a “dibble” is a garden tool used to plant seeds? No small coincidence that our founder, Charlie Dibble, recognized the need to help youth grow healthy relationship skills. Join the staff of The Dibble Institute as we explore the “inside scoop” on effective tools to help youth develop the skills and knowledge needed for growing satisfying and healthy romantic, family, and work relationships. At the end of this webinar, participants will learn: Who is behind The Dibble name and what is our mission, How The Dibble Institute achieves our mission, and What services The Dibble Institute provides to help you meet your goals for teens and young adults. Presenters: The Staff of The Dibble Institute Resources: Dibble Curricula

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WEBINAR: Building Brighter Futures – Relationship Education with Non-Custodial Parents

In today’s world young fathers must co-parent, complete their education, and navigate romantic relationships while supporting their child emotionally and financially. Relationship skills training helps them make wiser choices that enable their goals for education, employment, parenting, and family. Join LA County Child Support Services Department and The Dibble Institute as we discuss how our collaboration in the successful Building Brighter Futures project accomplishes these goals. At the end of this webinar, participants will learn: How love lives impact family formation and how that matters to children. How non-custodial parents can be better parents when their relationships are healthier. How to help non-custodial parents “Build Brighter Futures” through relationship education. Presenters: Kay Reed, Executive Director, The Dibble Institute and Vera Ashley-Potter, Supervising Child Support Officer, Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department Resources: Child Support Logic Model Executive Summary

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WEBINAR: Models of Success: Case Studies of Effective Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees

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

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WEBINAR: Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Relationship Education for Juvenile Detention and Re-Entry Programming

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

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WEBINAR: The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship

Social Science research has taught us a great deal about how healthy and stable couple relationships matter to children. High rates of unplanned childbearing among teens and young adults are generating more gender, racial and income inequality plus producing profoundly unequal outcomes for children. Webinar attendees will examine: the impact of the parental relationship on children, the benefits a healthy parental union brings to a child and how educators can guide parents to create and sustain a healthy, parental relationship in today’s culture. Presenter: Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute Resources: April 2014 Webinar PPT

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WEBINAR: Love Lives Are Not Neutral: Current Findings from the Field

Romantic relationships – we often think of them as purely private – yet they also impact our society at large. Join Kay Reed as she covers current trends and resulting outcomes in family formation, child bearing, cohabitation, marriage, and family connections with special attention to how you can make a difference. Guest Presenter: Kay Reed, Executive Director of The Dibble Institute Resources: Click Here