For many people, sexual identity is an important lens through which we see and experience ourselves and the world. In Understanding Sexual Identity, we will untangle and explore layers of identity that contribute to individuals’ unique sexualities, including biological sex development, gender, and sexual orientation. This interactive webinar will equip anyone who has conversations with youth or adults about sexual health with language and models to talk about aspects of sexuality, as well as provide space for attendees to reflect upon their own sexual identities. (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)
It’s perfectly normal for young people to have questions about sex, identity, relationships, and health. As caring adults, it is our job to provide them with the information and guidance they need to make choices that are right for their lives. But how do we make that happen? In this webinar, you will gain tips and tools to be an askable adult - someone who a child can feel safe and comfortable asking sex-related questions to. Whether you are the go-to person for sex-related questions or your child or the young people in your life are yet to say a thing about these sensitive topics, this interactive webinar is for you! (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)
We know that youth learn best when they are in a safe and positive learning environment. In order to do this, we need to ensure the education we provide is responsive to the needs of all youth, including youth who have histories of trauma. Quality, comprehensive, trauma-informed sex ed empowers all youth and helps build young people’s autonomy and resilience. But what does "trauma-informed" education look like and what does this mean for sex ed? This webinar will help participants build confidence in their ability to provide or support trauma-informed sex ed programming. We will provide a review of potential trauma-responses that may occur in the sex ed classroom, as well as tools, strategies, and skill-building opportunities for preventing triggering trauma responses and/or supporting students through these responses and into learning.
Everyone deserves to feel welcomed, safe, and seen in sex education. How do we, as educators and allies, create this kind of space, both physically and metaphorically? We know that comprehensive, inclusive, shame-free sex education is a powerful tool in increasing sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Unfortunately, we also know that traditional sex education has been far from inclusive, and even potentially traumatic, for many gender expansive youth. It is our responsibility, as providers and youth allies, to talk about sex and sexuality in ways that promote empowerment and resilience for young people and avoid perpetuating shame, stigma, and inequality. In this webinar, we will ground our understanding of gender, identify ways to provide radically inclusive sex education, and practice ways to change language to promote accuracy, understandability, and inclusivity. (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)