Friendships & Dating

The Friendships & Dating Program teaches adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to make and keep healthy relationships and prevent violence in their relationships. Friendships & Dating is a 10-week long program made up of 20 sessions. Sessions are held twice a week and last approximately 1.5 hours each. The first session of each week focuses on participants learning new skills. The second session centers on applying these new skills in a community setting. Over the 10-weeks participants will learn about:

  • feelings
  • different types of relationships
  • personal boundaries
  • communication
  • meeting people and first impressions
  • planning social activities
  • the dating process
  • personal safety
  • sexual health
  • gender differences
  • conflict resolution
  • maintaining relationships

Contact Friendships & Dating

Julie Atkinson

UAA Center for Human Development
2702 Gambell St. Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Ph: (907) 272-8270
1 (800) 243-2199
TTY: (907) 264-6206
Fax: (907) 274-4802

Facilitator Training

UAA Center for Human Development trains staff working in community agencies across Alaska to implement the Friendships & Dating Program. Staff attend a 2-day facilitator workshop to learn how to deliver program content*. Once trained, facilitators return to their home community, and commit to recruiting a group of 6-10 coed participants, and delivering the Friendships & Dating Program.

Facilitators receive The Friendships & Dating Manual with detailed materials organized to easily conduct sessions. The manual delineates learning and behavioral objectives, materials needed, session activities, scripts for teaching each concept and skill, and experiential community activities. Facilitators receive a CD with all session materials and additional resources such as DVDs, slides, posters, and games. 

*Travel stipends are available for facilitators to attend the training.

If you would like to be informed about upcoming training opportunities for the Friendships & Dating Program in Alaska please complete the following form.