Full (Level Three) integration means that service providers should be trained or cross-trained so they are prepared to discuss and teach healthy relationship skills as an interwoven part of service delivery. Well-established partners can help effectively integrate healthy marriage and relationship education into service delivery systems by providing training, tips, and other resources.
The Resource Center has created easy to use integration strategies to help agencies that are interested in incorporating healthy marriage and relationship education into existing service delivery systems. No matter the resources that are available, we are here to help because integrating healthy marriage and relationship education into safety-net services will strengthen families and communities.
Full integration incorporates a comprehensive healthy marriage and relationship education program into existing services. Full integration involves training service providers and agency staff or volunteers to teach healthy marriage and relationship skills as part of existing individualized services (e.g., during home visits or client consultations) or offer group-based programs (e.g., workshops or in-service training) for individuals and families being served by the safety-net provider agency.
For example, if home visits are the main form of contact between service providers and clients, staff can be trained to integrate healthy marriage and relationship education into their discussions with the families during their visits. If classes or workshops are already part of a service delivery system, healthy marriage and relationship education curricula could be included to encourage participants to adopt and strengthen these skills.
Need help finding appropriate curricula? In order for full integration to succeed, your agency will need to find or modify a curriculum that fits your needs. We have free resources and curricula available to help you learn more about your options and find the one that’s right for your organization:
- The Resource Center’s Guide to Free and Low-Cost, Research-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula for Safety-Net Service Providers (PDF, 1.25 MB) has information on free and low-cost curricula that are suitable for various special populations. You can also take a free tutorial on the guide in our Virtual Training Center.
- The Resource Center’s research-based Strong Relationships, Strong Families curriculum is designed to teach safety-net service providers about healthy marriage and relationship skills so they can share the knowledge with their colleagues and the families they serve. This curriculum gives service providers more background knowledge about healthy relationship skills and provides them with strategies, conversation starters, activities, and more that they can use with families. Take the free course in our Virtual Training Center or view the curriculum.
Check out our online and in-person training options. All our training materials are research-based and we can help provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to begin the integration process.
Ask us for help! Our team is available to answer any specific questions or provide free assistance as you begin integrating healthy marriage and relationship education into your service delivery system. Just complete a Training and Technical Assistance request form to begin the process.