Dating & Marriage Skills Group


The mission of Yachad’s Dating and Marriage Skills Group is for Jewish individuals with developmental disabilities ages 21-34 to acquire essential dating skills necessary to develop and enhance relationships between individuals of the opposite gender.

Yachad’s Dating and Marriage Skills Group covers a wide range of topics such as Setting Up a Date, Initiating and Maintaining Conversations, Affection and Building Trust, Feedback in a Relationship, Going on the Date, and more. The course will utilize a variety of practical, educational and experiential techniques to discuss many necessary components of a healthy, fulfilling dating or marital relationship. To practice these skills in a real world setting, participants will have the opportunity to go out into structured dating environments with co-participants and the group’s highly trained facilitators and licensed supervisor.

Membership in this program is not automatic nor open to the public. It is by invitation-only. An in-person interview is required for interested new applicants to be considered for participation in this program.

For information about upcoming Dating & Marriage Courses, contact Layah Shagalow.


Relationships Building Course (RBC)

MG_0219-300x200The mission of Yachad’s Relationship Building Course (RBC) is for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 18+ to acquire practical social skills for everyday living in home, community, social, and vocational settings, and for participants to learn the skills needed to foster meaningful and lasting interpersonal relationships.

RBC is a highly personalized program.  Participants meet in small to medium-sized experiential groups and, with the support of trained facilitators, have fun while learning and developing their social skills. Topics covered include: communication and conversation skills, understanding and responding to social cues, personal space, managing emotions, self-advocacy, safety and social media, and more.

RBC runs 2 semesters per year in multiple Yachad locations across North America and Israel.

Topics covered include:

  • Communication and Conversation Skills (beginner/intermediate)
  • Understanding and Responding to Social Cues
  • Conversation Topics
  • Joining a Conversation
  • Starting /Maintaining a conversation
  • Personal Space
  • Managing Emotions
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Safety and Social Media

To find out about upcoming programs in your community, or if you feel that your community could benefit from this program, contact Layah Shagalow.