A Case for Sex Education about Older Adults in Gerontology and Geriatrics Programs
G Joseph Sample, PhD, MA, MPA
A responsive gerontological workforce is needed to address older adult sexual health as the U.S. population continues to age over the next 30 years. A case is made to include sex education as part of gerontological and geriatric education programs to counter older adult sexuality myths and ageism.
Always the Hopper, Never the Homie
Examination of Toxic Masculinity and Misogynoir in the Classroom
Dakota Ramppen, CSE
Mystkue Woods, MEd
This workshop will examine how toxic masculinity and misogynoir show up in the classroom and offer tools and sample lessons to dismantle these systems in real-time.
Beyond Farms and Flags
Successes and Challenges of Advocating for Sexual Health in Rural Communities
Sam Akers, MSW
Deborah Chilcoat, MEd
Compared to their urban counterparts, youth living in rural areas have fewer healthcare options, fewer—if any—public transportation options, higher poverty rates, and lower insurance coverage rates. The results of these inequitable systems and structures can lead to disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Building Inclusive Puberty & Sexual Health Curricula for Elementary Through High School
Alexis Diaz (they/them), LMSW
Xaelah Jarrett (she/her)
This workshop is for community facilitators, educators, and school social workers to shape puberty and sexual health curricula in their settings. It covers curriculum design to support inclusive, engaging content designed for all learners and tools to increase community engagement and buy-in for sexual health and reproductive education.
Centering Black Bodies, Black History and Black Wellness Within Sex Ed
Sam Casanova, MAT
During this workshop, the historical context around medical-sexual abuse against Black folks in the U.S. will be discussed, and how such harm continues to impact Black Experiences within today’s education systems. Participants will brainstorm how to better support Black youth by reflecting upon values, biases, and policies that exist today.
Centering Racial Justice in Sex Education
Rena Dixon, PhD, MPH, MCHES®
Operationalizing racial justice within sex education has proven challenging, as individuals and organizations struggle with the topic of race in ways that are clear, impactful, and fit with competing priorities. This workshop will assist participants with outlining strategies to advance racial justice in sex education in their communities.
Church Girl, Don’t Hurt Nobody
Examining the Sexuality Identity Development of Black Women of Faith
Amanda Nicholson, LMFT, PhD, MEd
Black women of faith have a unique experience when learning who they are as sexual beings. This workshop will discuss the impact that socio-historical stereotypes and biblical teachings have on the sexual scripting process of these women.
Consent Beyond Yes
Collaborative Consent for Sexier Sex
Emma Daley, MA
Too often, consent education focuses on assault and inspires fear of sex instead of confidence. Consent Beyond Yes is an educational framework that centers desire, embodied practice, and using consent communication to make sex sexier. This workshop will present the pedagogical theory, exercises, and tips for your classroom.
Fit and Why It Is Crucial to Success in Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions
Tammy Bartasavich, MA
Sharon Hoefer, MSSW
Emily Scribner-O’Pray, MA
Latoya Lee, PhD
Shannon Criniti, PhD, MPH
What have we learned about adolescent sexuality education and “fit” when implementing evidenced-based programming, and why does fit matter? Panelists with experience with diverse populations and settings share what they learned after years of evaluating what works for the communities they serve when implementing teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Got Me F***** Up P.O.V. In Blackness, Sexuality, and Mental Health
Donna Oriowo, LICSW, CST
Like many other fields, the field of sexuality has been oblivious to its own perpetuation of racism. In this session, we explore the impact of the white supremacist delusion on the intersection of sexuality and mental health, including how sexuality is experienced through lenses including colorism, texturism, self-esteem, and partnerships.
Ignite the Future
Empowering Youth through Teen Conference
Shayne Judge, MPH, CHES®
Lauren Hall, CHES®
Drawing from the success of hosting the annual Teen Conference for 20+ years, PPNCSNJ staff will explore best practices and innovative approaches to engage and empower adolescents through this nationally recognized event. From fostering youth leadership to creating inclusive spaces, this workshop equips participants with practical tools for conference implementation.
Integrating Sexual Exploitation and Economic Abuse Into Health Relationship and Sex Education
Sarah Scott, MPH, CPH
This session will explore the intersection between adolescent relationship abuse, reproductive coercion, and sexual exploitation, particularly for adolescents with health-related social needs. This session will be focused on informing educators and youth-serving practitioners about this intersection and sharing reproducible information and materials to share with young people.
Let’s Talk About Sex
The Role of Parents/Caretakers in Developing Healthy Relationships
Conversations about sex/relationships are essential to positive socioemotional outcomes for youth. In a time when identity is politicized, children need to feel seen, valued, and safe to explore their experiences. Our program highlights parents’ role in developing healthy intimate lives and tools for being stronger, empathetic resources.
Making People CARE
Social Emotional Learning and Consent Education
Kelly Gainor, MEd
Nyasha Evans, MEd
Empowering people to say no is an important part of sexuality education, but we rarely focus on teaching students how to affirm that “no.” In this workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate social-emotional learning to help their students understand consent and replace refusal skills with a new system.
Naming the Unnamed
Utilizing a Sex-Positive, Pleasure-Forward Curriculum to Reduce Sexual Violence and Sex Trafficking
Jessica Swanson, AB
Jill McCracken, PhD
Sex-positive and pleasure-centric sex ed can be key to long-term reductions in sexual violence and trafficking. Choosing Myself is a comprehensive sex ed program designed to reduce sexual violence and trafficking while centering the most marginalized young people in a co-created and sex-positive environment.
Overhauling the Explanation of Human Reproduction
Rachel Ginocchio, MPH
We will expand on the typical cisgender, heteronormative explanation of human reproduction; and unleash a fresh, new framework that includes every human being in every family structure – equally.
Put It on Paper!
Zinemaking for Sex Ed
Jessica Duggan, MEd
Take time to reflect, get creative, and connect! Learn about zine-making as a tool to increase community and investment in classroom content. Through making and sharing their own zines, participants will build community with each other and develop the skills to implement zine-making workshops in their communities.
Rompiendo barreras, potenciando el acceso: viendo la conexión entre la educación y los pacientes
Sahory Valdez Torres, BASW
Catherine Obando, MSN, NP-C
Linguistic barriers marginalize Latinx students in sexual health education. Spanish-speaking pupils deserve curriculum translations. We must remove obstacles hindering vital comprehension. Clinicians observe a lack of effective communication and understanding in the sexual education provided to the Latinx community. This education should accurately represent their experiences and empower them, but there is currently a disconnection in achieving these goals.
Making Evidence-Based Programs Disability Inclusive
Rachel Kaplan, MPH
SCOUT IT is an interactive session that will review evidence-based sexual and reproductive health curricula lessons to evaluate gaps in accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. Attendees will also work in small groups and practice making sessions and activities accessible for various disability types.
So You Think You Consent?
Somatics in Sex Ed
So You Think You Consent? is a project that provides sexuality educators with tools and training to incorporate somatic methods into their teaching about bodily autonomy, consent, and healthy relationships. Through dance and partner movement experiences, participants explore pleasure, gain self-awareness, and identify power dynamics through FUN!
Survivor Safe Sex Ed: Facilitating Quality Sex Education That Prevents Sexual Violence and Empowers Survivors
This presentation works to build a better understanding of sexual violence, its prevalence in young people, and the impacts it has on them in the classroom. This session will discuss how to incorporate violence prevention methodologies and help trauma survivors feel safe when receiving sex education.
The “Masculinity Is What YOU Make It” Campaign
Sara Smith-Paez, CVA
To create cultures of consent and sexual empowerment, people of all genders need to be at the table. The Masculinity is What YOU Make It campaign is an evidence-based strategy for engaging men and gender-diverse individuals in conversations around gender norms and how they can contribute to sexual violence.
The (In)Visibility of Intersex Folx in Sex Ed
Tazmine Weisgerber, CHES®
While Intersex is considered part of the LGBTQIA+ community, there is still a lack of visibility. This workshop covers the basics of differences in sex development (DSD), how visibility for this community can benefit everyone, and how to be intentionally inclusive in sex education lessons for all ages.
The Gay Agenda
A Focused View on LGBTQIA+ Needs in Sexual Health Education
This workshop will highlight LGBTQIA+ sexual health education needs and how to better incorporate specific healthcare initiatives and LGBTQIA+ inclusive content strategies for professionals and providers.
The Transformative Power of Representation in Sex Ed
This workshop will motivate the audience to invest in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by strengthening their understanding of the value of representation. By building the audience’s emotional investment in this work, they will develop a deeper appreciation for the role representation plays in sex education and advancing health equity.