Webinar Archives – 2017


Detailed Listing

Every month guest speakers, program authors, or Dibble staff bring you insight on timely topics related to teen/young adult romantic relationship issues, research, and programs

December 2017 Webinar

December Second Wednesday Webinar
From Freakanomics Radio

We invite you to listen to the following podcast as it clearly lays out the argument for marriage as a values vs. economic decision.

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat from Marriage

Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Surely the fracking boom reversed that trend, right?


Stephen J. Dubner, Host, Freakanomics Radio

Melissa Kearney: Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland

When: Listen at your convenience!

November 2017 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.


  1. Participants will learn how the RE field historically has been dominated by a focus on committed couples.
  2. Participants will understand a research-based argument for why it can be problematic for RE to wait until couple relationships have already formed.
  3. Participants will learn potential implications and challenges of shifting the RE field to prioritize individually-oriented RE for youth and young adults.

Presenter: Alan J. Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

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November 2017 Webinar Slides (pdf) Size: 6.0 MB Downloads: 148

October 2017 Webinar

The Talk:

How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships
and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment

Many adults—especially parents—often fret about youth and the “hook-up culture.” But research suggests that far fewer young people are “hooking up” than we are commonly led to believe. This focus on the hook-up culture also obscures two much bigger issues that many young people appear to be struggling with: forming and maintaining healthy romantic relationships and dealing with widespread misogyny and sexual harassment. What’s more, it appears that parents and other key adults in young people’s lives often fail to address these two problems.

Making Caring Common’s new report, The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment, explores these issues and offers insights into how adults can begin to have meaningful and constructive conversations about them with the young people in their lives.

Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice.

Participants will

  • Learn the key findings of the new report.
  • Understand the recommendations of the report.
  • Identify some next steps to take to encourage healthy relationship and prevent sexual harassment.


Joe McIntyre, Lecturer on Education, Harvard University. He is integral to the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents.

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The Talk: Webinar Slides Size: 16.6 MB Downloads: 152

QA from The Talk Webinar (pdf) Size: 105.7 KB Downloads: 172

The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment Size: 11.6 MB Downloads: 141

September 2017 Webinar

Improving Young People’s Outcome through Harm Reduction and Resiliency Work

As a facilitator, the ultimate hope for program participants is to find meaning in curriculum sessions that eventually lead to behavior change. For some young people who have experienced trauma and adversity, the capacity to experiment with change can be frightening and overwhelming. By incorporating a Harm Reduction Framework into your facilitation, young people are given more opportunities to experience success, believe change is possible, and to strengthen their resiliency.

During this webinar, participants will –

  • Review and define Harm Reduction as a framework
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of Harm Reduction framework
  • Review the role of resiliency and its importance in changing behavior
  • Gain practical tools to improve resiliency for program participants

Presenter: Kim Frierson, Training Specialist for RHYTTAC, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center

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September 2017 Webinar Slides Size: 12.3 MB Downloads: 149

July 2017 Webinar

Practical Methods for Implementing Love Notes with Risk-Immersed Youth

Learn from two experienced youth leaders who work with risk immersed youth
and young fathers how they successfully implemented Love Notes in their settings.

Clay Rojas from California works with young men and women in correctional settings
while Avis Files from Ohio supports young fathers in realizing their hopes and dreams
for their children and themselves.

They will cover ways to 1) build rapport and connections with youth, 2) think outside
the box to make concepts fun and interesting, 3) move from skepticism to optimism
especially in terms of addressing dating and domestic violence.


  • Clay Rojas, Prison Families Aftercare
  • Avis Files, Brothers United Fatherhood Program, Pathway Inc

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Corrections PFA Love Notes Case Study 2017 (pfd) Size: 98.3 KB Downloads: 147

July 2017 Webinar Slides Size: 33.6 MB Downloads: 138

Fatherhood Pathway Case Study (pdf) Size: 177.5 KB Downloads: 143

June 2017 Webinar

Mind Matters JournalMind Matters:

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Young people who have experienced trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships

The Dibble Institute is pleased to introduce Mind Matters, a new curriculum to help young people begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

Mind Matters’ 12 one-hour lessons teach participants to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on current neuroscience. Students learn to address their physical, relational, and mental needs.

The skills taught in Mind Matters are designed to be practiced over a lifetime. The curriculum is not meant to be group therapy or to replace psychotherapy. Rather, it is intended to be facilitated by paraprofessionals to inspire, uplift, and set young people on the journey of healing as they cultivate deeper resilience.

Pre-order your copy of Mind Matters before June 30th to save 20%. The program kit will ship by early August.

Presenter:Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D.
Developer of Mind Matters, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
Founder of the Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento, CA.
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June Webinar Slides Size: 37.0 MB Downloads: 197

May 2017 Webinar

Essential Collaborations:
Successfully Implementing Relationship Education with Underserved Students

ChildBuilders of Houston, Texas faced many challenges when introducing Relationship Smarts PLUS to disadvantaged youth. Limited instructional time, untrained staff, lack of funding, discipline issues, student mental health concerns, low parental support, and inconsistent attendance were some of the barriers that discouraged schools from fully participating in the program.

They found, however, that one way to overcome these barriers was to partner with community organizations that worked in schools. The successful collaboration between ChildBuilders and ProUnitas now makes it possible for students in Houston public schools to learn the essential social and emotional skills presented in Relationship Smarts PLUS.

Learn how their partnership is beneficial for both organizations as well as for the students they serve. Gain an understanding of what it takes to seek and develop new partnerships, communicate goals and expectations, share resources, and secure funding.

At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Identify ways that community partnerships address some of the challenges faced by organizations implementing programs such as Relationship Smarts PLUS in schools.
  2. Understand the logistics of forming community partnerships, including day-to-day operations, communication, resource management, and funding.

Presenters: Amanda Siroosian — Program Director | ChildBuilders
Angelica Edwards Linkage Manger | ProUnitas

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Collaboration Webinar – May 2017 Size: 3.7 MB Downloads: 140

April 2017 Webinar

Empowering Disconnected Youth:

The Protective Factors of Healthy Relationship Education

Relationships, whether sound or not, are central to the lives of disconnected youth. When at-risk youth learn healthy relationship skills they discover how to make beneficial decisions about their lives, their romantic relationships, and their family connections.

We will identify risk factors that foster youth and runaway, homeless youth experience and how healthy relationship education offers protective factors that empower them to make healthier choices for their futures.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Identify the risk factors that disconnected youth experience and the protective factors that healthy relationship education offers them.
  • Learn how healthy relationship education increases social and emotional well-being as well as decision making for youth.
  • Discover how the evidence-based curriculum Love Notes is being used to improve outcomes for at-risk, homeless youth.

Presenter: Dixie Zittlow – Director of Outreach l The Dibble Institute

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Dibble Love Notes Issue Brief (pdf) Size: 224.6 KB Downloads: 159

April Webinar Slides (pdf) Size: 34.4 MB Downloads: 176

UT Mental Health Case Study DZ (pdf) Size: 505.7 KB Downloads: 150

March 2017 Webinar

Getting Them Through the Door and Then to Return:

Creative Strategies for Reaching and Engaging Latino Participants

Effective outreach and retention practices are an important element to the success of youth programs. However, organizations may be challenged in effectively reaching out to and engaging Latino and immigrant youth. These populations often require a tailored approach. In this webinar service providers will learn how to create innovative communication strategies to better recruit and retain Latino and immigrant youth.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn how to tailor their communications strategies to the needs and preferences of Latino and immigrant youth;
  • Know how to create a strategic plan with a clear series of steps: getting to know their audience, setting objectives, messaging, outreach strategy, and tactical execution;
  • Understand retention tactics and participant engagement for Latino and immigrant youth;
  • Understand “real-time monitoring,” and how to effectively apply the practice to improve participant outreach and retention.

Presenter: Selma Caal, PhD, Research Scientist, Child Trends

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2014-38 America Hispanic Children (pdf) Size: 3.2 MB Downloads: 144

2016 Latino Communications Guide (pdf) Size: 3.1 MB Downloads: 145

March 2017 Webinar Slides (pdf) Size: 17.9 MB Downloads: 149

February 2017 Webinar

What was I thinkin’?
Using Counseling Theory To Facilitate Workshops Effectively While Setting Professional Boundaries

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use Rational Emotive Theory to support effective workshop facilitation
  • Increase their understanding of the importance of theoretical frameworks
  • Decrease their frustration and increases effectiveness
  • Identify effective methods of thinking

We also want to hear what you are experiencing through interactive opportunities during this webinar. Eric will explore plausible solutions based in counseling theory and curriculum content.

Presenter: Eric Murphy, MS, MA
Master Trainer, The Dibble Institute
Cooperative Extension Agent for West Virginia University


Webinar February 2017 Final Size: 17.0 MB Downloads: 171

Resources – February 2017 Webinar Size: 203.5 KB Downloads: 162

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January 2017 Webinar

2016 Highlights in Youth Relationship Education: Trends, Tools, Research, and More!

Join The Dibble Institute’s staff as they share their highpoints from last year in the field of youth relationship education.

Topics include:

  • Research that relationship education is a potent new tool for pregnancy prevention,
  • Robust relationship education as part of the sexual violence prevention toolkit,
  • New settings for relationship education including corrections, child welfare, and dating violence prevention,
  • New evidence that porn threatens the capacity to build intimacy, and
  • Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) through relationship education.

Presenters: The Dibble Institute Staff

  • Kay Reed, Executive Director
  • Irene Varley, Director of Education
  • Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach
  • Aaron Larson, Acquisitions and Product Coordinator

Love Notes ACES poster (pdf) Size: 1.1 MB Downloads: 201

Dibble Love Notes Issue Brief 2017 (pdf) Size: 137.1 KB Downloads: 188

Teens Technology and Romantic Relationships (pdf) Size: 2.0 MB Downloads: 193

Soft Skills That Foster Workforce Success (pdf) Size: 279.8 KB Downloads: 181

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