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Safe Dates

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A ten-session dating abuse prevention program to raise students' awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, as well as the causes and consequences of dating abuse. It helps change adolescent norms about dating violence, equips students with skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships, positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

One-day implementation training for teachers who will be delivering Safe Dates curriculum: $175 per teacher for participation in open enrollment training at Hazelden plus transportation and teacher time or $2,200 for Hazelden trainers to come on-site and deliver training to a group of teachers plus Hazelden trainer travel costs + teacher time.

Curriculum and Materials

$225.00 for teacher manual that includes a CD-ROM with student and parent materials.



Other Start-Up Costs


Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

$16.63 per class (estimate of materials and supplies required for each classroom of 30 students and 45 parents/guardians.)


  • Qualifications: No specific requirements, though intervention typically delivered by classroom teachers or counselors in classrooms.
  • Ratios: No specific requirements, though designed as a classroom intervention so typical ratio is 1 teacher to 25 – 30 students.
  • Time to Deliver Intervention: 15 teaching hours to implement training with one class (includes delivery of ten 50-minute training sessions plus preparation time for sessions).

Other Implementation Costs

Because training is typically delivered in classrooms, there are not usually any additional space, transportation or administration costs associated with implementation.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

Occasional web training and consultation on “frequently asked questions” is available free of charge from Hazelden; if more in-depth consultation is required, the fee is $125.00 per hour.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Fidelity monitoring tools are included with teacher manual and are generally used by teachers delivering the program.

Ongoing License Fees


Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs


The majority of the costs incurred are up-front costs for teacher training and curricula. Once these investments are made, there is little additional cost to implement the model, making this a very low cost model over time. The major resource required to sustain the program is dedicating teaching time to the delivery of training.

Year One Cost Example

A school wishing to implement Safe Dates with 20 teachers, each with a class of 25, could expect the following costs:

Initial on-site training for 20
Trainer travel
Materials for 20 classrooms @ $225

Total Year One Cost

With 500 students taught, the cost per student would be $17.40.