Promoting healthy relationships & preventing teen dating violence in the middle school years

Thursday, March 29, 2012: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Golden Gate B (San Francisco Marriott Marquis)
Trina Greene, MA, Start Strong Los Angeles - Peace Over Violence
Emily Austin, JD, Start Strong Los Angeles - Peace Over Violence
Barbara Ball, Ph.D., LPC, ATR-BC, SafePlace
Paige Nelson, MA, RYASAP - Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership
Barri Rosenbluth, LCSW, SafePlace
Charlotte Collins, BA, RYASAP - Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership
Kate Reilly, MPH, Sojourner House
Christina Garcia, Studied, at, University, of, Rhode, Island, Sojourner House
Kyle Cole, PHD, Jane Fonda Center, Emory University School of Medicine
Kelly Bremer, BS, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

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Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe reasons middle school is an important time to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence
  2. Be able to design individual and community engagement strategies that promote healthy relationships in young teens and mobilize teen influencers
  3. Know specific strategies to approach teen dating violence prevention utilizing youth-informed tools that speak to today’s youth.

This pre-conference institute will address lessons from the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded initiative, Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, a model of school-community partnerships to prevent teen dating violence. The middle school years offer key moments for education about healthy relationships and the prevention of teen dating violence. During these years young teens begin establishing romantic relationships for the first time and are applying lessons they see in their families, peers and popular culture. This institute will look at engaging the healthcare community, youth, parents, schools and the community at-large in preventing relationship violence and abuse among 11- to 14- year-old youth by promoting healthy relationship behaviors. We will discuss what comprehensive approaches to prevention look like, including youth-informed social marketing, policy change, in-school curricula, and balancing prevention with the need for intervention; factors that contribute to the creation of healthy relationships environments for young teens.

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