National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
If Punxsutawney Phil's forecast on Groundhog Day was
accurate, winter should be coming to an end this month. In addition to a
much-welcomed relief from the brutal winter weather, spring also brings
a feeling of renewal. The drab cloak of winter gives way to bright
colors of blooming flowers and trees. The Resource Center is pleased to
announce our own renewal; check out our website: www.HealthyMarriageandFamilies.org
We've done a little spring cleaning and freshened up the
pages to make it easier to locate the content you're looking for. Be
sure to let us know what you think by completing the pop-up survey on
the website. It only takes a minute and helps us be sure we are meeting
your needs for information. We also think spring is a great time to
renew your familiarity with healthy relationship education as a strategy
for strengthening families - both yours and the families you serve. We
hope the tips and resources below are helpful to you!
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the relationships of those you serve. "Hi! I'm Healthy Relationship Education. And you are?"
So you're new to healthy relationship
education or a little rusty? Perhaps you live and breathe healthy
relationship education. Perhaps you have never given the concept a
second glance. Given the range of notions about healthy relationship
education, this video captures what we consider is healthy marriage and
relationship education (and why it matters!): Healthy Relationship Education.
In fact it doesn't take much to
integrate! We frequently refer to what we call "basic engagement" when
discussing how others can include relationship education into their
service delivery systems. This can be as simple as placing brochures in
your waiting area or handing out healthy relationship tip sheets to
clients. For stakeholders who are currently integrating, check out what
some of their Success Stories look like!
You may ask, "What can I do?" or "How can I learn more?"
Here are a few ideas to either get you started or encourage you in your endeavors:
- Join the conversation.
Integration Exchanges are an opportunity for those interested in
relationship education integration to talk with those who are
like-minded. Look out for a listserv announcement of our next
Integration Exchange in the coming months!
- Educate yourself! The Virtual Library houses over 900 resources designed to make you "smarter" about all things related to relationship education.
- Spread the word. These simple
tip sheets are easy to include in a variety of venues, including waiting
rooms and as classroom handouts- Effective Communication, Healthy Conflict Management, and Healthy Parenting.
The National Resource Center for
Healthy Marriage and Families is here to answer your questions and
support your efforts to integrate. Check out the Training and Technical Assistance page or give us a call (1-866-916-4672) to discover what integration looks like for you!
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 900 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured March resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- 16th Annual New England Fathering Conference in Newport, RI, March 18-20, 2015:
The New England Fathering Conference (NEFC) was initiated in
Massachusetts in 1999 and was held in Massachusetts annually until 2008,
when Connecticut assumed the role of host-state for two years.
Following two successful years in Connecticut, Rhode Island had the
honor of hosting the 11th and 12th Annual NEFC with the 13th and 14th
Annual NEFC hosted by Maine with nearly 300 attendees and presenters
from across the United States. With 14 years of momentum, the conference
moves into its 16th year and back to Rhode Island to re-envision work
with fathers and the role days play. The NEFC will take place at the
Hyatt Regency in Newport.
- Save-the-Date: Wednesday March 25, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT: Resource Center Webinar on Family Financial Empowerment:
This Webinar will feature an overview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's free toolkit;
highlight a new training offered by the Resource Center as part of our
four-part series on healthy marriage and relationship skills - Financial
Management; and share the efforts of a service provider working to
strengthen families through the use of financial education. Don't miss
this opportunity to learn more about free research-based resources and
technical assistance available to support you and your agency in
integrating healthy relationship education skills into your service
delivery system as part of a holistic approach to strengthening
Learn more by visiting the Resource Center Calendar of Events, including our featured speakers and how to register.
- 2015 Strengthening Families Summit: Science of Relationships: The Prevention Connection in Concord, NH, March 30, 2015:New
Hampshire Children's Trust Summit participants will explore the power
of relationships by building children's ability to regulate their
emotions, communicate clearly, establish and maintain relationships with
others as they engage in problem solving and conflict resolution. They
will hear from local and national leaders about how strong social and
emotional competence prepares children for lifelong success.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for
Healthy Marriage and Families supports safety-net service providers as
they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into
service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally
appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote