Oregon Friendships and Dating Program

In partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at OHSU provides training and support to Oregon adult and high school transition programs to teach skills that will promote healthy relationships and sexual health. 

The Friendships & Dating Program (F&D), developed by the University of Alaska UCEDD, is an evidence-based, comprehensive approach to teach individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the skills needed to develop meaningful relationships and prevent interpersonal violence.

Friendships and Dating Program training for Oregon transition teachers

The OHSU UCEDD will be hosting Friendships and Dating Program (FDP) training for Oregon transition teachers and community organizations in August of 2022. To be eligible for the FDP training, at least some of your transition classroom students should be in the 18–21 age group.

Application for the August 2022 FDP training is now open!

Project timeline 

  • August 30 & 31 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT each day: FDP Training
  • Before June of 2023: implementation of FDP program in your classroom

The project will include training, curriculum, and financial support for programs to implement FDP within transition classrooms. We recommend transition programs have two teachers attend a training and then co-facilitate the FDP curriculum in their classroom.

Participant benefits:

  • FDP facilitator training 
  • Financial support for participation in training
  • FDP curriculum with supplementary materials
  • Financial support for implementation
  • Additional resources and professional development opportunities

Participant expectations:

  • Attend FDP training in August of 2022
  • Implement 10-week FDP course in transition program before June of 2023
    • note: at least some of your students must be 18 to 21 years old. This is a grant and data collection requirement.
  • Collect and submit classroom data (e.g. attendance, demographic data, class surveys) to UCEDD at OHSU
  • Attend cohort video meetings
  • Attend informational webinars 

Interested in learning more about implementing the F&D program?  Watch our Friendships and Dating program informational webinar.

Interested in attending a FDP training and implementing the curriculum in your transition classroom or community organization? Please contact Angie at stapleta@ohsu.edu  for any further questions. 

Friendships & Dating Program in Oregon Transition Programs

As of March 2022, 100 teachers from 42 transition programs across Oregon were trained to facilitate Friendships & Dating. Most transition programs have a team of at least two teachers who will teach Friendships & Dating in their classrooms.

Friendships and Dating Program Locations

the state of Oregon outlined in green with blue dots representing locations

1. Adult Living Program, Gresham
2. Arata Creek, Troutdale
3. Art Tech High School - Adult Transition, Wilsonville
4. Ashland High School, Ashland
5. Bethel Community Transition Network (BCTN), Eugene
6. Bridges to Independence, Oregon City
7. Canby High School, Canby
8. Centennial Transition Center, Portland 
9. Central High School, Independence
10. Central Medford High School, Medford
11. Community Transition Program, Lake Oswego High School
12. Community Transition Program, Portland Public Schools
13. Community Transitions Program, Fairview
14. Community Transitions Program, Silver Falls

15. Crater High School, Central Point
16. Crook County High School, Prineville
17. David Douglas Community Transition Program, Portland
18. Estacada Adult and Youth Transition Program, Estacada
19. Hidden Valley High School, Grants Pass
20. Illinois Valley High School, Cave Junction
21. Jerome Prairie Transition Center, Grants Pass
22. Klamath County Transition Program, Klamath Falls 
23. La Grande High School, La Grande
24. Lakeview High School, Lakeview
25. Madras High School, Madras
26. Neah-Kah-Nie Middle/High, Rockaway Beach
27. Nestucca Valley Middle/High, Cloverdale
28. Newport High School, Newport

29. Online Oregon Schools, Phoenix
30. Parkrose High School, Portland
31. Phoenix Talent Schools, Phoenix
32. Rainier High School, Rainier
33. Roosevelt High School, Portland
34. Scappoose High School, Scappoose 
35. Services at Miller Education Center East, Hillsboro

36. Sherwood High School, Sherwood
37. Step Up Brown Education Center, Redmond
38. Tillamook High School, Tillamook
39. Transition 21, The Dalles
40. Transition Co-op, Bend
41. Westmoreland Transition Program, Eugene
42. WINGS Transition Program at Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis

Oregon 2021 Transition Conference Presentation

In April of 2021, Oregon Health Authority and UCEDD presented at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference about the Friendships and Dating project. In this presentation, we shared preliminary results from the student and teacher surveys. 

The slides from this presentation are available here