Polk students learn ‘How to Avoid Falling for Jerk(ette)’
Apr 27, 2014 | 470 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Family Resource Agency provided sponsorship for the program.
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Are you reminded of the old saying, “love is blind” when you see couples who are obviously mismatched become engaged and married?

Students in Renee Webb’s Life Connections class at Polk County High School recently completed a program called PICK (Premarital Interpersonal Choices & Knowledge) a Partner, also known as How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk.

Dr. Jon Van Epp, a marriage counselor and researcher, created the program.

The multi-session program helps participants make better informed choices when it comes to relationships.

The class consists of lots of activities, humor and illustrations such as What’s In Your Family Tree and 99 Questions of Speed Dating.

Donna Calhoun, University of Tennessee extension agent in Polk County and a certified instructor, facilitated the program.

Calhoun stated, “It was truly a learning experience for these teens to realize the best way to establish a successful relationship is to get to know a potential partner first.”

Some comments from the students included: “I am definitely going to ask more questions to figure out more about future boyfriends, “I have learned so many things that I never knew about relationships….I will take all of this into consideration … in future relationships,” and “this class has helped me a lot with relationships with everyone.”

For more information about this class or the next available class, please contact: Donna Calhoun, UT Extension, Polk County, 423-338-4503 or dcalhou1@utk.edu.