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Relationships and OnePlusOne – a year in review

By OnePlusOne, 13 December 2012 Strengthening relationships

Regular subscribers to our eBulletin will have noticed that we have been away for a while; during this time we have developed a new OnePlusOne website and a new format for the monthly eBulletin. Now you can once again stay up-to-date with all the latest from OnePlusOne and receive regular research and policy digests from our information team who monitor all the latest evidence on relationships. We hope you will find the new bulletin useful, but would welcome any comments or suggestions you might have for future eBulletins.

OnePlusOne have always been thought leaders in relationships sector so one of the changes you will see to the eBulletin will be a regular blog with our take on the latest from research, policy and practice.

2012 was our 40th year and has been a really busy one with a number of new and innovative activities all aimed at helping couples, parents, practitioners and volunteers strengthen relationships; either their own or those of the families they work with.

It’s been a significant year in that we reached over 1 million users through our online services the CoupleConnection and the ParentConnection.

Focussing on improving communication and reducing conflict between couples, whether they are together or separated, and sharing care of children has been a key theme to our work this year. A significant part of this work was that we launched a new evidence based Behaviour Modelling Training course on the Parent Connection, ‘Getting it Right for Children When Parents Part’.  This programme, which we hope will be the first of many, helps separated parents with the day-to-day reality of parenting. Rather than just telling parents they need to avoid placing children in the middle of their conflict, the course provides them with the skills to prevent this happening and shows them ‘how’ parents often ‘unintentionally’ put the children in the middle.

Do take time to check out the beta version of the course and give us your feedback.

If you’d like to learn more about OnePlusOne’s work throughout 2012, please do take a look at our Annual Review here.

– Penny Mansfield

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