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Become a Facilitator

Do you support people with developmental disabilities?

Do you want to provide a class help those you serve build healthy relationships?

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is training professionals and providers to become facilitators of the Friendships & Dating Program.

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The Friendships and Dating Program (FDP) teaches adolescents and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to make and keep healthy relationships and prevent violence in their relationships.

Facilitators will be trained to deliver the 10-week Friendships & Dating course.

The program covers:

  • Feelings

  • Types of relationships

  • The dating process

  • Personal safety

  • Personal boundaries

  • Communication

  • Meeting people

  • Planning social activities

  • Sexual health

  • Conflict resolution

Friendships & Dating course specifics:

  • Sessions held twice a week (20 sessions)

  • Each session is 1.5 hours

  • The first class each week is held in a classroom setting

  • The second class is held at different locations in the community to help reinforce the skills taught in the classroom

  • Classes are made up of about 6-10 participants

Facilitating Friendships & Dating

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Human Development, trains staff and providers working in communities across Wyoming to implement the Friendships & Dating Program (FDP). 

The training is available at no cost.

Facilitators will:

  • Attend a 2-day virtual training to learn how to deliver the program content.

  • Assist with recruiting a group of 6-10 coed participants

  • Co-facilitate in a team of two to deliver the program within one year of the training date

  • Help class participants complete assessments before and after delivering the curriculum

Facilitators will receive:

  • The FDP Manual and Training Guide

  • All session materials such as handouts, DVDs, posters, and games to implement the program

  • Access to the FDP website with support materials such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc.

  • Assistance with setting up a class and ongoing support throughout the 10-week program from WIND staff

  • Valuable facilitation skills and knowledge of healthy relationships

  • Additional free access to an online professional development web course for Direct Service Providers on Supporting Healthy Relationships

  • Travel funds available for trainees to attend the training

Stipend for completing the class may be available

Want to become a Friendships & Dating Facilitator?

Individuals who are interested in facilitating can contact Amy M. Rieser at for more information.


Contact Us

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2718


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