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Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 11:32 AM
Subject: Final Reminder: Flashes of Color Documentary Fundraising Event this Friday!
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From: Robin McDonald [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 2:03 PM
To: Bill coffin
Subject: ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 3, 2011
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
ACF announces over $119 million in Grant Awards for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood
HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) today announced $119,393,729 in grant awards to 120 grantees to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. Authorized by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), the grant awards will help fathers and families build strong relationships to support the well-being of their children.
“A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability.”
The Healthy Marriage program awarded a total of $59,997,077 in grants, which include 60 Community-Centered Healthy Marriage grants and a National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy Marriage grant. The Responsible Fatherhood program awarded a total of $59,396,652 in grants, which include 55 Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grants and four Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project grants.
These grants, administered by OFA, must have procedures in place to address issues of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, and they must ensure that program participation is voluntary. HHS encouraged applicants to develop programs that emphasized providing comprehensive services to participants, including attention to the importance of employment and economic stability.
The marriage and fatherhood grants were awarded through a competitive process and aim to test promising strategies for supporting healthy relationships and marriages and for helping fathers meet their parenting and financial obligations to their children. Organizations receiving healthy marriage grants may provide a range of services including marriage education, divorce reduction, and marriage and relationship skills programs that may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career advancement. Fatherhood program funding must be used to promote responsible fatherhood through activities that promote or sustain marriage and responsible parenting, and that foster economic stability.
Today’s $119 million in grants are part of a $150-million fund established by Congress to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. The remaining funds are allocated for research, a responsible fatherhood clearinghouse and Tribal TANF - Child Welfare grants (as authorized by the legislation), training and technical assistance for all grantees and administrative costs.
For the complete list of grantees visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2011/Grantawards2011.html.
For more information on the Office of Family Assistance visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/.
Note: All ACF press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at www.acf.hhs.gov/opa/index.html.
Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Subject: Relationship Enhancement Therapy Workshop Announcement
Please forward this announcement to any list serves you may be on.
Relationship Enhancement® Therapy with Couples and Families
November 4-6, 2011
Workshop Leader: Rob Scuka, Ph.D., Member of NIRE's Training Faculty
Rob is the author of Relationship Enhancement Therapy: Healing Through Deep Empathy and Intimate Dialogue.
Location: The workshop will be held in Bethesda, MD.
Workshop Description: The purpose of this three-day skills training workshop is to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to the theory and methodology underlying the RE model and to teach participants how to conduct RE Therapy with couples and families, beginning with the intake interview and proceeding through all the phases of RE therapy.
Intensive Supervised Skills Practice: The workshop emphasizes the building of participants' therapeutic skills through a process that combines lecture, video, role-play demonstrations, and intensively supervised skill practice. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure frequent individual supervision when participants break into triads to practice the previously-demonstrated skills.
Workshop Objectives: Participants will learn:
- How to structure an intake interview so as to minimize in-session conflict and maximize commitment to positive therapeutic engagement
- How to teach clients the nine RE skills
- How and when to use special RE therapy techniques of Becoming, Troubleshooting, Laundering and Double-Becoming to manage the clinical process
- RE methods for crisis intervention
- How to overcome power imbalances among family members
- When and how to combine individual therapy of family members with RE couple and family therapy
Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 20 CE credits for completing this workshop.
Number of participants strictly limited to assure ample individual supervision.
Fee: $375 (includes RE Therapist Manual).
For further information, or to register, please call NIRE at 301-986-1479.
Visit our website at www.nire.org.
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Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 5:04 AM
To: Bill Coffin
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From: National Marriage Week <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Reminder: Plan now for National Marriage Week USA!
February 7-14: National Marriage Week USA: Let's Strengthen Marriage
Friendly reminder: Start planning for National Marriage Week USA!
It's time to start planning a class, home group, or major event for National Marriage Week USA -- February 7 to 14, 2012. Join with others across the nation to create a ground swell of activity to strengthen marriages. We'll help get the word out about your event!
Please POST for FREE your events for Autumn 2011 or any for 2012 at www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/events
Last year hundreds of groups across the country hosted marriage events or classes to impact their community during the week leading up to Valentine's Day. National Marriage Week USA achieved solid media coverage for the cause of marriage. By joining forces in just our third year 2012, we can put marriage on the national agenda. For these troubled times, strong marriages provide economic stability for individuals, our government, and is best for raising children.
- You can find ideas to strengthen marriage from all celebrated marriage educators across the country--a major conference, home group, class curriculum, or more--at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org.
- To be kept informed about a NEW entertaining webcast and Great Date Night for Valentine's Week (details to come), please choose Register--Stay Informed at http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/join_the_campaign.htm
Why we must work together to bring national attention to the cause of marriage:
- Divorce and unwed childbearing cost taxpayers a minimum of $112 BILLION a year
- 40 % of all American babies are now born out-of-wedlock
- 72 % of African American babies are born without married parents
- 78 % of all U.S. adults were married in 1970; TODAY only 57% of adults are married
- 7 times the rate of teen pregnancy when a girl's father leaves before she is six-years-old
- Young men without both parents at home end up in jail twice as often as those from an intact family
Together, we can get more attention for the cause of strengthening marriage. Start planning now to:
- Launch a marriage class at your church, or a neutral site like a library or community center
- Host a special marriage speaker or conference in the week leading up to Valentine's Day
- Ask your pastor to preach about strengthening marriage on the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day
- Publicize ways to enhance a Valentine's Date Night and/or Plan a Renewal of Vows Church Service
- Ask your Mayor or Governor to issue a proclamation for National Marriage Week USA. Click here for sample.
- Use our free sample press release or PSA to gain attention for your efforts
Get FREE Resources at NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org
Curriculum, Webinar, Logos, Events, Press releases, Mayoral Proclamation, Research, and more.
Please JOIN THE TEAM -- Post Your Event and Register so we can help publicize your efforts at www.NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org
National Marriage Week USA is part of International Marriage Week, with 12 major countries around the world now mobilizing leaders and events to strengthen marriage in their countries.
Together...Let's Strengthen Marriage!
Executive Director, National Marriage Week USA (Feb. 7 to 14)
I will be traveling out of the country at the end of September. I appreciate your patience if I take a while to return your email.
RE TRAINER’S GROUP NETWORKING NOTICE!!!
PLEASE JOIN THE NEXT RELATIONSHIP ENHANCEMENT TRAINERS GROUP BRIDGELINE CALL-IN SESSION!!!
RE COUPLES/FILIAL/MARRIAGE EDUCATION TRAINERS GROUP (RETG) INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEIR NEXT BRIDGELINE SESSION ON October 11, 2011.
Call in and share, learn and network with others like yourself. BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- SHARE AND LEARN HOW TO HANDLE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
- GET ANSWERS TO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAINING.
- SHARE INSIGHT AND SUCCESSES IN TRAINING.
- SHARE MOTIVATIONAL ASPECTS OF TRAINING.
- PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING WITH OTHER TRAINERS WORLDWIDE!
Our session moderator will be Louise Guerney, Cofounder and developer of Filial Therapy and the RE model of Child Center Play Therapy!
Resource participants will include:
- Barry Ginsberg, founder of the Center of Relationship Enhancement (CORE) located in Doylestown, PA.
- Jodi Mullen, Associate Professor at SUNY at Oswego and Director of Integrative Counseling and Services in Cicreo and Oswego, NY.
- M.P. Wiley, founder of Relationship Research Foundation, Inc. at Newport Beach, CA and Marriage Education (ME) Specialist.
Agenda will start with questions or discussion items from call-in participants followed by sharing of training moments that resulted in change in trainees. Join this important opportunity to SHARE AND LEARN. The date is Tuesday October 11th at 9:00 pm Eastern time (6:00 pm Pacific time).
Call in at 760-569-9000 and use bridgeline access code 975242#. No cost to participate except your telephone charge. Call John Griffin at 360-651-0610 or 425-299-2532 (cell) if you need more information or have questions.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU DURING THE SESSION!!!
Please forward this announcement to any list serves you may be on.
Filial Family Therapy Workshop
October 28-29, 2011
Workshop Leader: William Nordling, Ph.D., Member of NIRE's Training Faculty
Location: Bethesda, MD.
Workshop Description: The purpose of this two-day training program is to provide participants who have had previous training in Child-Centered Play Therapy with a comprehensive introduction to the Filial Family Therapy Model and to teach participants the principles and techniques for conducting all aspects of Filial Family Therapy (FFT), from intake through termination. FFT is designed for instances where children between the ages of 2 and 12 present with problems where inclusion of their parent(s) would be advantageous. Essentially, parents are systematically trained to conduct therapeutically oriented play sessions with their children and receive ongoing supervision and support from the FFT-trained professional to help reach four goals: (1) reduction of child symptoms; (2) enhancement of the parent-child relationship; (3) improvement of the child's competence and self-esteem; and (4) improvement in parenting skills. Research has proven FFT to be a highly effective approach that has demonstrated the attainment of goals across a wide variety of problems.
Intensive Supervised Skills Practice: The workshop emphasizes the building of participants' therapeutic skills through the use of lecture, video examples, and supervised skills training. Participants will practice via role-plays the methods of training, supervising, and supporting parents as they learn to conduct therapeutic play sessions with their children. Attention will also be given to the specifics of organizing and initiating FFT in participants' own settings. The ratio of participants to workshop leader(s) is kept small so as to ensure ample opportunity for skills training and individual supervision.
Workshop Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:
- Understand the rationale for and the process of FFT
- Become aware of the history, development and research support for FFT
- Learn how to determine if the method is appropriate for families and how to conduct an FFT intake
- Learn how to train and supervise parents to conduct therapeutic play with their children
- Practice the application of the method through supervised role-plays
- Learn how to evaluate and attainment of therapeutic goals and termination
Continuing Education: Upon completion, participants receive 13 CE credits for completing this workshop.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education programs specific to play therapy. APT Preferred Provider 95-009.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IDEALS maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
DEALS/NIRE is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. NBCC provider #5560.
IDEALS/NIRE is approved by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education programs for social workers.
IDEALS/NIRE maintains responsibility for the program and adhering to the appropriate guidelines required by the respective organizations.
Fee: $265 (includes packet of materials)
For further information, or to register, please call NIRE at 301-986-1479.
Visit our website at www.nire.org