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“4th R” Master Training in Anchorage Involves Teachers and Violence Prevention Staff from Across Alaska

Teachers and domestic violence and sexual assault prevention staff  from Unalaska to Barrow are coming together for the “Alaska State Fourth R Core and Master Training,” to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 2-4, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Hotel (600 E. Benson) in Anchorage.

The “4th R” – a health-education curriculum on dating violence prevention for teachers– involves parents and community members in a comprehensive approach to teaching teens about healthy relationships.

The Anchorage training, which comes on the heels of a successful training last fall,  includes teachers, prevention staff, and community members from Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Dillingham, Anchorage, Yupiit, Homer, Unalaska, Yakutat, Juneau, and Sitka, providing key skills for teachers new to the Fourth R and those training to be Fourth R trainers.

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has partnered with The Alaska departments of Education and Early Development, Public Safety and Health and Social Services to provide the training In Alaska and has added a training component on media literacy for youth and parents.

The Pathways Statewide Steering Committee brought the Fourth R to Alaska and worked on adaptations specific to Alaska that could lower sexual and domestic violence rates.

ANDVSA helped to adapt the 4th R curriculum, originally developed in Canada, to the needs of Alaska’s youth. “We were fortunate to be able to work with and have the support of the original developers of the 4th R curriculum to adapt it to our needs in Alaska and are excited about offering this training,” said ANDVSA Prevention Project Director Lori Grassgreen.

“Many teachers in school districts across the state have been looking for evidence-based materials and trainings on topics of relationships, preventing violence, and deflecting substance use,” said Grassgreen. “This is one of the few curricula that has some evidence and provides teachers with skills, tools and materials to teach youth about healthy relationships.”

The Fourth R is one piece of a comprehensive effort to shift norms around violence in our state.

For more information on how the curriculum can help in your community or to participate in future trainings, contact the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at 586-3650 or the Department of Education and Early Development.

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