For Health Educators 

Sex education is usually introduced at the same time and taught the same way, using a standard, evidence-based curricula. But just as essential as the tools and medically accurate facts is what’s not mentioned: personal history including race, background and past abuse. These formative pieces of a child's identity are completely absent from traditional sex ed.

But you can't remove a child's past and present from conversations about their future.

Educators must not only be better informed about the connection between personal history and sexual health but incorporate a trauma-sensitive and equity-based lens in their curricula. When they do, educators are in a better position to ensure that sex education works for all kids, not just the lucky ones.

 
 

"Not Just The Lucky Ones: Integrating Equity into Sex Education"

Photo Credit: Merritt Chesson Photography

Option A: Keynote

Time: 75-90 minutes

Objective #1: Learn risk factors, prevalence and impact of sexual abuse on children, including those from vulnerable populations;

Objective #2: Use personal history as a tool through which to better understand sexual health including puberty, pregnancy and consent;

Objective #3: Understand how trauma sensitive, equity-based lens can be included in sex education programming.

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Your session created awareness, offered strategies and changed our practice in ways that continue to evolve. Your work is invaluable and we will continue to refer others in the field to you for professional development. Thank you for the work you do and the impact you are making!
— Dr. Michele Wallen, Department of Health Education and Promotion, Eastern Carolina University

Photo credit: Burning Silver Photography

"Not Just The Lucky Ones: Integrating Equity into Sex Education"

Option B: Workshop

Time: 3 hours including breaks

The workshop version includes content in the keynote version but is intended for educators doing direct work with children and teens. This highly interactive session is practical, skills-based and includes small group work.

Objective #1: Learn risk factors, prevalence and impact of sexual abuse on children, especially those from vulnerable populations;

Objective #2:Use personal history as a tool through which to better understand sexual health including puberty, pregnancy and consent;

Objective #3: Understand how trauma sensitive, equity-based lens can be included in sex education programming

 
Discussing sexual abuse is such a sensitive topic but Elizabeth navigated it with a beautiful balance of honesty and sensitivity while being very action/solution oriented as it relates to practitioners. I understand how small actions on my part can directly affect the comfort and perceived safety of another person. Since Elizabeth’s session, I have made changes to my routine to be trauma-informed i.e ask someone if they would prefer a door left open or closed, have more than one lighting option available, etc. For the evaluation work that I do, I added “skip” and “opt out” options rather than make assumptions. I hope to attend another training of Elizabeth’s in the future.
— Taylor Dokter, MS Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator

Photo credit:Namroud Gorguis on Unsplash

"Not Just The Lucky Ones: Integrating Equity into Sex Education"

Coming Summer 2018!

Option C: Ecourse

Time: 7 modules over 7 weeks

This interactive program will be an online course with discussion group starting in Summer 2018. Registration will begin 3 weeks before the course opens. Click the button to be added to the priority notice list.

 
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ORGANIZATIONS I HAVE WORKED WITH:

Lamaze International

Eastern Carolina University

ShiftNC

Safe Alliance

North Carolina Sexual Health Conference

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy