Join us for our interactive and engaging webinars designed for educators, youth-serving professionals, parents/caring adults, and providers.
Sex Ed and Sex Positivity
10/22/20 @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm (PT)
Sexuality is part of being human, and all people benefit from sexuality education that is non-judgmental, pleasure-inclusive, and free of stigma and shame. Traditional sex ed has often relied on fear-based tropes in the name of prevention. What does it look like to adopt a sex-positive approach in sexuality education, and how does sex-positivity promote wellbeing? In this webinar, we will ground our understanding of human sexuality, provide a framework for sex-positive education, and give tips and tricks for applying a sex positive lens to the sex ed you provide. (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. (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)
Body positivity is deeply connected to sexual health and well-being. The body positivity movement rose out of a political movement in the late 1960s called fat activism. However, since then, the term “body positivity” has now been co-opted by media and corporations to utilize a feel-good message about self-love to further propel capitalism. In our current society, with so many systems of oppression in place, what does it mean to be body positive? What role does body positivity have to play in the sex ed classroom? In this webinar, we will unpack the current mainstream body positivity movement, discuss opportunities within ourselves and larger systems to recognize and dismantle fatphobia, and provide options for how to incorporate this new understanding into sex ed. (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)
Everyone deserves to feel welcomed, safe and seen. How do we as educators, parents and allies, create spaces, both physically and metaphorically, where gender expansive youth are embraced? We know that comprehensive, inclusive, shame-free sex education is a powerful tool in increasing sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Unfortunately, we know that traditional sex education has been far from inclusive, and even potentially traumatic, for many LGBTQ youth. It is our responsibility, as providers, parents 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)
Pornography in some form has been around for as long as human expression, but plays a new role thanks to the advance of technology. Today, porn is just a click away for most youth, however, many young people are not given the information and tools they need to understand the sexually explicit media around them. Join us to learn how can we as educators/caregivers can address porn in a shame free and non-stigmatizing way. In this workshop participants will explore their personal values about pornography and how these values impact their ability to have open and honest conversations with young people about porn and sexual health. We will discuss porn literacy and strategies for providing youth with the tools they need to critically assess and understand the sexually explicit media in their lives. Participants will leave the webinar with an increase in confidence and tools for talking to youth about porn. (1.5 CHES/MCHES credits)