Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships Education for Transition

In 2020-2021, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at OHSU is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide training and support to Oregon high school transition programs to teach skills that will promote sexual health and healthy relationships. Participating transition programs will receive training to facilitate Friendships & Dating, a sexual health and relationships curriculum developed by the University of Alaska UCEDD.

The Friendships & Dating Program 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.

Oregon Friendships and Dating Program training

Watch the first informational webinar now to learn about the program, the components of the Friendships & Dating Curriculum, upcoming facilitator trainings, and participant expectations. 

Email Angie at stapleta@ohsu.edu for answers to questions after viewing the informational webinar.

Project timeline

The project will include training, curriculum, and financial support for programs to implement Friendships & Dating within transition programs. The project period is December 2019 through September 2021.

May 2020: Project overview webinars

June 17-18, 2020: Training 1 (online)

August 2020: Training 2

September 2020: Cohort 1 implementation

January 2021: Cohort 2 implementation

May 2021: Project wrap-up webinar

Participant benefits

  • Two-day F&D facilitator training
  • Travel support for long-distance
  • Financial support for participation in training
  • F&D curriculum with supplementary materials
  • Financial support for implementation
  • Additional resources and professional development opportunities

Participant expectations

  • Attend 2-day F&D training in June or August 2020
  • Implement 10-week F&D course in high school transition program
  • Collect and submit classroom data (e.g. attendance, demographic data, class surveys) to Oregon Health Authority or the UCEDD
  • Attend cohort conference calls
  • Attend informational webinars