National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the
week of Thanksgiving. Celebrations focus on building community
connections and honoring those who strengthen families.
As public servants and social service providers, you work tirelessly to
strengthen families everyday and often receive little recognition. It is
only fitting that our first E-Newsletter should be distributed during a
week that honors you.
Our monthly newsletter will highlight free resources and training
opportunities designed to support you in your efforts to strengthen
families. We hope that you will find the newsletter interesting and
visit our website www.HealthyMarriageandFamilies.org
for more information and to request technical assistance.
On behalf of the Resource Center Team, I want to thank you for your service to families...and for letting us help!
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tip of the Month
Your monthly tip to strengthen the significant relationships of those you serve. Share it. Post it in your office and meeting spaces. Tweet it. Pass it on!
Open communication is an essential ingredient in healthy
marriages and relationships, and it's about much more than words. About
65% of all face-to-face communication is non-verbal (facial
expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, etc.).
Here's a conversation starter you can use with those you serve to help
them reflect on their non-verbal communication with a partner or other
significant person in their life: When you feel heard or listened to,
what is your partner doing that tells you he or she is listening? What
does your partner do that indicates he or she is no longer listening?
Encourage clients to discuss these questions with their partner and use
the answers as cues to strengthen their communication - the only "right"
solutions are the one they come up with together!
The National Resource Center hosts free Webinar opportunities for
interested Federal, State, Tribal and local agency administrators and
social service providers. Webinars feature speakers with first-hand
experience integrating relationship education into their services, as
well as promising practices, tips for stakeholders and the families they
work with, and information as to how the National Resource Center can
support them in their continued efforts to strengthen families. Below
is a list of our most recent webinars, however, all of our past Webinars
can be viewed online at https://healthymarriageandfamilies.org/events-archive.
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 self-sufficiency.