RELAX curriculum earns NEAFCS awards

The RELAX: Alternatives to Anger educational curriculum won three National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) awards at the Galaxy IV Conference that took place in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept 16‒20.

The curriculum won a second place regional award in the category of Human Development/Family Relationships. The award recognizes innovative human development and family relationships educational efforts including child care, parenting, relationships through the life span, marriage enrichment, parent-child communications, retirement, aging, stress management and related issues.

Awards winners pose for a photo

Left to right: MSU senior Extension educator Terry Clark-Jones, Extension educator Suzanne Pish, Jean Lakin, Holly Tiret, Gail Innis and NEAFCS Central Regional Director Gail Brand

RELAX team members receiving the Human Development/Family Relationships award include senior Extension educator Teresa (“Terry”) Clark-Jones and Extension educators Gail Innis, Jean Lakin, Suzanne Pish and Holly Tiret.

More Galaxy winners pose for a photo.

Left to right: NEAFCS President Carol Chandler, Extension educators Holly Tiret and Suzanne Pish, senior Extension educator Terry Clark-Jones and Extension educator Gail Innis.

The curriculum won a first place regional award and a first place national award in the category Communications Educational Curriculum Package. The award encourages excellence in communications in nine categories including educational curriculum packages. Relax team members receiving the Communications Educational Curriculum Package awards include Terry Clark-Jones, Gail Innis, Suzanne Pish and Holly Tiret.

Since the team launched the RELAX revision in November 2012, it has sold more than 170 copies nationally through the MSU Extension Bookstore.

Besides acting as an avenue to receive awards, the Galaxy Conference allowed for networking with like-minded people.

“We met some folks from West Virginia University Extension who do a curriculum on mindfulness. We started a conversation to get a team from MSUE together to go to WVUE to do a reciprocal curriculum training. We would like to be trained on their mindfulness curriculum and they would love to be trained in RELAX,” said Holly Tiret.

Health and Nutrition Institute director and senior Extension specialist Dawn Contreras, retired MSU Extension educator Su Porter, Terry Clark-Jones and Jean Lakin wrote the original RELAX curriculum.

Extension educators cooperated across institutes to develop, facilitate and promote the RELAX curriculum. Read this March 7, 2013, Spotlight about the RELAX update.

See photos on my blog.

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