teaches teens and adults, 16 years old and older, with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to develop and maintain healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence.
Friendships & Dating is a train-the-trainer program; community agency personnel facilitate the program to groups of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in agency and community settings.
Students are encouraged to use the services themselves and/or refer others they know who may be in need now or in the future. The Healthy Relationships program is typically taught over five consecutive days.
The lessons utilize a variety of teaching tools to meet students’ different learning needs, including but not limited to: visual materials (including a short video depicting one example of an unhealthy relationship between teenagers), interactive relationship scenarios and games, examples of current, popular music and advertisements and the messages they send about relationships, and skill-building exercises around setting boundaries and being an ally.
Friendships & Dating is a 10-week long program made up of 20 sessions.