Planned Parenthood

League of Massachusetts

Professional Training


Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) offers professional training on a variety of topics including sexuality, sexual health, education and prevention. Our trainings and workshops are specifically designed to help participants develop the skills and awareness it takes to be effective sexuality educators. All professional training opportunities are facilitated by experienced PPLM professional training staff.

Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar (SECS)

SECS is our most popular training opportunity for foundational information about sexuality education. SECS is designed for educators who are seeking a basic foundation of knowledge in sexuality and sexual health information that they can share with their populations. Participants receive up-to-date information about protection methods, anatomy, puberty, sexual and gender identity, communication, and sexually transmitted infections; they also develop the knowledge, skills, and practice needed to deliver information and answer questions related to sexuality. Each session of this lively, interactive, 3-day seminar combines discussion and hands-on practical experience in specific subject areas.

At the conclusion of the seminar, participants of this course are able to:

  • Discuss key sexual health topics.
  • Utilize interactive lessons for a variety of topics in sexuality education. Implement teaching strategies that address diverse learning styles and experiences.
  • Answer questions related to sexuality in a non-judgmental, inclusive, and comprehensive manner.
  • List 3 vetted resources for information on sexual health topics.
  • Identify key elements of effective sexuality education.
  • Describe the benefits of harm reduction in sexuality education.
  • Separate medically accurate facts from personal values, attitudes, and beliefs when delivering sexuality education. 

A certificate of participation is given upon successful completion and evaluation of the three day seminar. This training does not certify participants as sexuality educators, though some professional development and continuing education credits are available (see below).

Upcoming Trainings

Trainings run from 9:30-4:00 each day 

December 13-15, 2016

Boston, MA – register here


January 23-25, 2017

Boston, MA – register here


March 6-8, 2017

Boston, MA – register here


May 16-18, 2017

Springfield, MA – register here


June 27-29, 2017 

Boston, MA – register here

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend? We encourage attendance by any professionals who are or will be talking to young people or adults about sexuality. We welcome those who are interested in entering the field of sexuality education as well as those needing a refresher on foundational sexuality information. Topics include: puberty, anatomy, sexually transmitted infections, protection methods, communication, sex readiness, consent, and sexual and gender identity, among others. Attendees could be, but are not limited to: educators, school social workers or nurses, youth workers, community workers, parent/adult educators, public health practitioners, college graduates new to the sexual health field, etc.

Is this the Get Real curriculum training? No, it is not. If you have purchased the curriculum and are interested in participating in the Get Real Training of the Educator, please visit www.getrealeducation.org. If you are interested in purchasing the Get Real curriculum, visit ETR’s website for more information.

Are continuing education credits offered? This program in pending approval for Category One Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR by the collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons College Schools of Social Work. It is also pending approval for Professional Development Points by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It also meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing for contact hours of nursing continuing education.

How do I register? Participants should register using the registration link for the desired training date. The course is $425 and paid via credit card at the time of registration. Please note that many of our courses fill up well in advance and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your seat will not be reserved until payment has been received. Limited scholarships are available; please contact [email protected] for more information.

Can I bring this training to my workplace? Yes. Massachusetts-based schools or organizations may host a private training for their staff, either at your location or ours. For more information on booking SECS for your professional training needs, please contact [email protected].

How do I find out about future professional training opportunities? Our trainings will always be listed at this site (pplm.org/training). You can also sign up to be added onto the Professional Training mailing list, as well as a number of other listservs from our Education & Training Department; you can do so by clicking here.

What does the certificate of participation say? The certificate of participation given upon completion of SECS states that the individual whose name it bears successfully completed the seminar. It also includes information about the professional development points and continuing education units participants may be eligible for. This certificate does not provide sexuality education certification.

What if I have other questions? All questions about our professional training offerings can be directed to [email protected].

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