Free! Second Wednesday Webinars

November 14, 2018

Implementing Erin’s Law Through
Relationship Skills Education

Years of research show that robust healthy relationship education can pull many levers in a young person’s life. One sphere it can impact is child sexual abuse prevention.

Erin’s Law, passed in 35 states, requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.The Mary Black Foundation in South Carolina has used Love Notes to help classrooms meet that requirement.

Learn from Anita Barbee, Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, the research underpinnings that make Love Notes such an effective sexual abuse prevention intervention.

Then hear from Polly Edwards-Padgett how the Mary Black Foundation selected Love Notes, gained access to the schools, their implementation approach, including funding, and how you can explore doing the same in your state.


  1. Identify how Love Notes helps in the prevention of sexual abuse.
  2. Exam Erin’s Law to see how it has expanded the opportunities for Sexual Abuse Prevention education in the classroom.
  3. Hear from a community leader about how they implement Love Notes to satisfy the requirements for Erin’s Law


Anita Barbee, PhD, MSSW, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar President, International Association for Relationship Research Lead Evaluator, Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Center on Workforce Development Principal Investigator, FYSB SRAE Grant Champs II: Love Notes Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Polly Edwards-Padgett, Adolescent Health Project Director, The Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg, SC

Cathy Guidry, Training Coordinator, the Dibble Institute

Who should attend:  Healthy marriage and healthy relationship organization grantees, staff, evaluators, policy makers; teen pregnancy and dating violence prevention practitioners, Extension professionals, health educators, family stabilization staff, anyone with interest in youth and relationship education.

When:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

Duration60 minutes


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October  2018

Self-regulation Skills to Support
Healthy Relationships for Youth


Self-regulation is increasingly being recognized as foundational for wellbeing across the lifespan, including in fostering healthy relationships.  This talk will describe principles of self-regulation development using an applied framework based in current research and cross-disciplinary theory (, with a focus on adolescents ( and young adults (

The role of emotion regulation in communication and decision-making within the context of youths’ romantic relationships will be discussed.  Strategies for promoting emotion regulation, perspective taking, goal-commitment, and problem solving in youth to foster health relationships will be reviewed, including approaches educators can use in teaching and coaching these skills.


1.Identify at least 3 key principles of self-regulation development for adolescents and young adults.

2.Describe one-way emotion regulation affects youths’ romantic relationships.

3.Identify at least 2 strategies for promoting self-regulation in youth.

Presenter: Desiree W. Murray, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham child Development Institute; Research Associate Professor, School of Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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