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.
Professional Training opportunities:
- Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar (SECS)
- Discussing Protection Methods and STIs in the Classroom
- Working With Parents
- LGBTQ Inclusive Youth Education
- Get Real Training of the Educator (TOE)
- Get Real Training of the Trainer (TOT)
You will also find our frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.
SECS is our most popular training opportunity for foundational information about sexuality education. SECS is designed for educators, youth-serving professional, and individuals interested in entering sexuality education 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.
- Define harm reduction theory as it relates to imparting information related to sexuality education.
- Describe the role of facts versus values, attitudes, and beliefs in teaching and learning about sexuality.
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).
March 27-29 - 9:30am-4:00pm
Boston, MA - register here
May 1-3 - 9:30am-4:00pm
Boston, MA - register here
May 21-23 - 9:30am-4:00pm
Springfield, MA - register here
June 11-13 - 9:30am-4:00pm
Boston, MA - register here
Frequently Asked SECS 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 Get Real curriculum and are interested in training, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website. If you are interested in purchasing the Get Real curriculum, please visit ETR’s website for more information.
Are continuing education credits offered? This program approved 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 approved for Professional Development Points by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, it meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing for contact hours of nursing continuing education.
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.
Designed for teachers, youth workers, and other professionals, this workshop recognizes the importance and necessity of partnering with parents and other caring adults in order to support and complement successful comprehensive sexuality education. Participants will develop specific strategies to engage parents in clarifying their values and creating ongoing conversations with young people so they can make informed choices about their own health and safety relating to sexuality. Get Real Educators will find this workshop a useful supplement to existing resources on getrealeducation.org. All participants will receive a resource packet and complimentary copy of “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris.
April 4, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:00pm
Boston, MA - register here
LGBTQ Inclusive Youth Education
Participants will learn concepts, terminology and discuss real-life examples of how to be LGBTQ inclusive in their work. This training will focus on skills practice for answering tough questions, using gender-neutral language and other ways to create inclusive spaces. Participants will walk away from this workshop with a foundation for how they can continue to support LGBTQ youth.
April 24 – 9:30am-3:00pm
Boston, MA – register here
Anyone who talks to people about keeping themselves healthy will benefit from PPLM’s newest professional development opportunity. This workshop serves as an introduction for educators who are teaching sexuality education for the first time and a refresher for those who need updated statistics and new activities. As a result of attending this half-day workshop, participants will be able to use the Protection Methods Kit to explain protection methods in detail, facilitate activities on both contraception and STIs, and identify best practices for doing so in a classroom setting. All participants will receive a resource packet and complimentary Protection Methods Kit.
March 7, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Boston, MA - register here
The Get Real Training Institute (GRTI) offers educators a Get Real Training of the Educator (TOE). The TOE provides an invaluable professional development experience for teachers implementing Get Real. This research-based approach includes participation in a 10-12 hour, self-guided online course followed by participation in a two-day, skill-building, in-person training. In addition, teachers are provided two follow-up support sessions when they begin teaching Get Real in the classroom and receive ongoing online support through the special interactive Teacher Resources area of the Get Real website. This phased training approach helps ensure that teachers develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent and comfortable teaching comprehensive sexuality education with the ultimate goal of impacting student behavior.
The GRTI has also developed a Skills Booster Day, created in response to high demand from Get Real Educators. The Skills Booster Day is an opportunity for educators to practice facilitating activities from the Get Real curriculum. Get Real Educators who have completed the Get Real TOE are eligible to attend our Skills Booster Days for the middle school or high school curricula. These day-long Skills Booster Days take place immediately following the two-day, in-person TOE. The Skills Booster Day is open to the participants of that scheduled TOE as well as any other Get Real Educator looking to brush-up on their teaching skills and boost their confidence in the material.
For more information and to get registered, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website.
Get Real Hybrid (Middle and High School):
December 6-7-8, 2017 (all day) – Boston, MA
Middle School: December 6-7, 2017
High School: December 8, 2017**
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2017
**This training is available for people who are teaching Get Real in Middle School only OR for people who are teaching Get Real in both Middle School and High School. Participants teaching Middle School only will attend the first two days; participants teaching Middle and High School curricula will attend all three days. Those teaching High School only are not eligible to attend. Additional pre-work is required for three-day participants. Please note if you are interested in attending the first two days only (Middle School TOE) OR all three days (Middle and High School TOE) when requesting your training registration form.
Get Real Middle School TOEs
March 14-15, 2018 (all day) – Boston, MA
Skills Booster Day: March 16, 2018
Registration Deadline: February 18, 2018
Get Real High School TOEs
May 23-24, 2018 (all day) – Boston, MA
Skills Booster Day: May 25, 2018
Registration Deadline: April 29, 2018
The GRTI also offers a Training of the Trainer (TOT). This training opportunity is open to those with advanced training skills who have successfully completed a PPLM-facilitated TOE since January 2015 and have implemented the curriculum in a classroom setting. The 5-day TOT is a high-level professional learning process that builds the knowledge and skills required of qualified trainers to provide Get Real TOEs and technical assistance/capacity-building assistance to adult learners who intend to implement Get Real. Registration applications will be required and all individuals will need to be approved before officially enrolling in this training. Additional pre-work will be required. For more information and to request your application, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website.
April 9-13, 2018 (all day)
Registration Deadline: March 19, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. EST
Please email [email protected] for an application.
We are thrilled to offer the following professional development webinars to select audiences:
Social Emotional Learning Webinar: April 25*
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and cognitive processing influence adolescent decision making, particularly as it pertains to sexual decision making. Sexuality education must include a focus on SEL skills to be effective, which is why SEL is at the core of Get Real. We encourage all Get Real Educators to join us for this one hour webinar where we will take a deeper dive into why SEL is important in sexuality education and how SEL is woven throughout the Get Real curriculum. Educators will walk away with strategies for enhancing their own focus on SEL in the classroom.
*This webinar is open only to Get Real Educators.
April 25 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
Working with Parents Webinar: May 10
Research supports that children who have frequent and open conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality are more likely to make healthy and responsible decisions about sex. We also know that engaging parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children can be difficult. During this one hour webinar, educators will have an opportunity to build empathy for parents and to examine some of the challenges of engaging parents and other caring adults. In addition, educators will practice ways to overcome some of these challenges and leave with concrete tips for how to answer parent questions and concerns confidently and effectively.
May 10 – 2:30pm-3:30pm
Adolescent Brain Development Webinar: May 31
The brain is the largest sex organ – but how does it play a role in sexual decision making in young people, and how do we better understand how the adolescent brain works? Educators, youth-serving professionals, and anyone who interacts with young people on a regular basis looking for introductory information will benefit from this one hour webinar on adolescent brain development. The webinar facilitators will describe and explain the developmental differences between young people and adults, and how messages – especially as they pertain to sexual decision making and relationships – may be heard differently between young people and adults. Participants will be guided through different regions of the brain and brain functioning, theories of development, and walk away with ways to apply what they’ve learned to their interactions with young people. This webinar will offer introductory information, and is not led by a behavioral psychologist.
May 31 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
How do I register? Participants should register using the registration link for the desired training date. The course is 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. If no registration link is provided, please contact [email protected] for more information.
Can I bring this training to my workplace? Yes. Schools or organizations may host a private training for their staff, either at your location or ours. For more information on booking PPLM 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 if I have other questions? All questions about our professional training offerings can be directed to [email protected].