v Copyright 2023 Marline E. Pearson assess a relationship (past or present) and to make important decisions. These frameworks also help them to identify what needs to change or improve for a relationship they want to continue. Importantly, young people learn the red flags of unhealthy and dangerous relationships and ways to access support and exit safely. A key concept that is highlighted throughout is the benefits of taking one’s time, making clear decisions, versus sliding quickly into involvements. Another important topic is how to handle break-ups safely and as learning experiences and then tips for moving forward. Improving Communication Skills This program includes a powerful set of evidence-based skills to improve communication, negotiation, and the handling of conflict. These skills are adapted from PREP, the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program of the University of Denver. Participants practice new ways to handle anger and regulate strong emotions. They learn a technique for how to talk through difficult or sensitive issues. They learn how to more effectively raise issues and complaints, recognize hidden issues, and solve problems within their relationships. The communication skills components are essential for success in all relationships—intimate, family, peer, school, and for cooperative interactions in the workplace. Strengthening Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Building robust knowledge and skills for healthy relationships provides a positive and proactive way to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV). It is difficult to steer clear of or exit a destructive relationship if a young person has seen few healthy relationships and has little clue about how to form and maintain a healthy relationship. This problem is compounded if they have little insight into themselves, the influence of past experiences on their lives, and perhaps some unaddressed issues. The vision-building, skills, guides, and frameworks in Love Notes help raise young people’s confidence that they can develop healthy selves and healthy relationships. Love Notes contains activities to identify early warning signs of abuse along with how to set boundaries and apply them at the first sign of disrespect. It also raises awareness of how children are harmed by turbulent and destructive parental and partner relationships. To this new edition has been added content on sexual assault and consent as well as sex trafficking prevention.
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