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. All of our 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) - formerly the Sexuality Education Certification Series

SECS is our most popular training opportunity for foundational sexuality education. Participants develop the knowledge, skills, and comfort 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. SECS is designed for educators of all experience levels and backgrounds, and provides a basic foundation of knowledge for participants to share sexuality and sexual health information with their populations.

Participants of this course are able to:

  • 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, and beliefs in teaching and learning about sexuality education.
  • Discuss key sexual health topics.
  • List 3 vetted resources for information on sexual health topics.
  • Facilitate 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.

A certificate of participation is given upon successful completion and evaluation of the three day seminar.

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

December 13-15, 2016
Boston, MA

Dates for January - June 2017 will be available by mid-November. Please check back here or add yourself to the Professional Training List Serv.

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. Even the seasoned sexuality educator will walk away with new information and skills. 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, etc.


How do I register? Participants should register using the registration link for the desired training date. The course is $300 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.


Is this the same training as the Sexuality Education Certification Series? Yes! As of January 1, 2016, the Sexuality Education Certification Series will now be named the Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar. Though the name has changed, the content, acronym, and certificate of completion remain the same. This training continues to give participants an excellent foundation for providing sexuality education. Should you have any questions about this change, please feel free to reach out to [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 here.


Can you be hired to do this training privately? 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].


Are continuing education credits offered? This program meets the requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing for contact hours of nursing continuing education. It has also been approved for Professional Development Points by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education, and 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.


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

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