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Healthy relationships: Workshop equips teens with knowledge, skills

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Published: February 12, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Feb. 12, 2016) -- Fort Rucker officials hope an upcoming workshop will help promote awareness and conversation among teens on a sensitive topic.

“During February 2016, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is recognized,” Karen Abad, Fort Rucker Army Family Advocacy Program victim advocate, said. “In accordance with Army Regulation 608-18, Family Life Education focuses on enrichment programs that provide knowledge, social relationship skills and support throughout the family lifecycle. The goal is to improve life management and family coping skills, enhance self-esteem, and improve communication skills and marital relationships.”

Fort Rucker AFAP will host a teen dating violence awareness and prevention workshop Feb. 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Teen Center, Bldg. 2800, located on Seventh Avenue, in conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

“AFAP and child, youth, and school services will have a teen dating violence educational training workshop through the ‘Love Notes’ material,” Abad said. “Education will be approximately two hours, with time for questions and answers following the information.”

The event is open to all CYSS youth center members, but non-registered I.D. card holders may contact the youth center for workshop availability, she said.

According to Abad, the workshop, based on “Love Notes,” by author Marline Pearson, will help teens make more informed decisions in future relationships.

“Knowledge and skills for healthy relationships provides a positive and proactive way to prevent intimate partner violence,” she said. “’Love Notes’ takes a health- and heart-based approach, providing direction to choosing a healthy relationship as a teen.”

“Love Notes” appeals to young people’s aspirations rather than merely emphasizing what they must avoid, according to Abad. The topics will include relationships today, how good relationships start with each individual, what’s important to one’s self and “smart, not so smart” with seven principles.

“The material that we will use will combine conversations, group activities and small talk to engage and teach the teen audience about how to develop a good, healthy relationship – and the signs of a not-so-smart relationship,” she said. “It is an interactive event with discussion that answers questions that most teens may not think to ask. It’s an educational experience that will leave the teen audience with an important understanding of healthy relationships.”

February’s workshop will not be the only event available to help teens improve their overall health. According to Abad, there will be an event in March that will promote a focus on being a healthy teen, featuring yoga and good eating habits. Individuals do not have to be registered with the youth center, but will need to be an I.D. card holder.

For more information or to register, call 255-9636 or 255-9644.

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