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Sex Ed Summer Camp 1
Transcript of Sex Ed Summer Camp 1
Icebreaker Question: "My favorite topic to discuss as a sex educator is..."
Define sexuality and a framework for sexual and reproductive health and justice.
Better understand their own values and distinguish them from their professional role.
Identify reliable resources where they can find accurate, age-appropriate, and fun sexuality education activities for their population.
Apply two communication strategies to respond to tricky questions and challenging comments.
Day 1: Introduction to Sexuality + Speaking with Confidence
Jackie Ackeifi, MA + Maya Nair Noonan
Sex Ed Summer Camp
Intro to Sexuality + SRJ
4 Steps to Answering Questions
Critical Sex Education Messages
Best Practices + Resources in Sex Education
are norms that are spoken or unspoken in a particular group. They guide how people think and/or act. Values can develop, change and evolve over time. Sources of values can be (but are not limited to) family, friends, religion, education and personal experiences.
All people have access to information and resources to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.
Every person has the human right to decide on contraception, and make decisions about childbirth, parenting and their body.
Working toward SRJ will reduce inequities in our city.
What are concrete things we can do to incorporate an SRJ lens into our work?
What was it like to do this exercise? Which statements were easier/harder to respond to? How did it feel to participate in this activity?
What values or experiences contributed to how you answered?
Tips & Techniques
Tips for Answering Sexuality Questions
"Do you have a boyfriend?"
"How long do you think people should wait before they have sex?"
"What is HPV?"
Personal: "When did you first have sex?"
Value: "Is it ok to have an abortion?"
Information Seeking: "What is an IUD?"
4 Steps to
Best Practices in Sex Education
Comprehensive sexuality education covers all relevant and essential topics, not just topics considered "noncontroversial." Unfortunately, many sexuality education curricula avoid topics that some might consider controversial. For example, many state developed HIV education curricula stress abstinence and other "noncontroversial" topics like family life, but exclude a number of essential sexuality topics.
Which sexuality topics do you think get perceived as controversial?
In your experience, have these "controversial" topics been included or excluded?
Have the programs you've seen presented a comprehensive view of sexuality? Please explain how they have or have not.
An inclusive program acknowledges and values the fact that our society (and therefore our sex ed group) consists of individuals from many racial, ethnic, religious, political, and cultural backgrounds with diverse values and practices. Effective sexuality education programs understand that individuals differ in fundamental ways that impact their sexuality (e.g. gender, orientation, values and attitudes, family configurations, personal history, sexual experience, relationships, sexual health, etc). Effective sexuality educators share the same healthy, age-appropriate messages with everyone, while also acknowledging diverse cultural views on sexuality.
What are some of the ways that you've seen sex ed program fail to acknowledge and honor the fact that groups consist of individuals with diverse values and practices (which impact their sexuality)?
What are some ways that programs can strive to acknowledge and honor the fact that groups consist of individuals with diverse values and practices (which impact their sexuality)?
In your work, when have you had to perform a delicate balance of sharing medically-accurate, healthy sexuality messages while also honoring diverse cultural views on sexuality? How did you handle it and how did it go?
Effective sexuality education programs promote a sex-positive view of human sexuality. They present sexuality as a healthy aspect of being human. Unfortunately, many sex ed programs promote sex-negative messages and disproportionately emphasize the "dangers of sex." Effective curricula should eliminate fear-based or stigmatizing messages. Effective curricula also include messages about pleasure. A truly comprehensive, sex-positive program acknowledges not only the potential risks of sexual behavior, but the pleasurable aspects as well. To exclude these topics denies that desires for sexual release and for intimacy are powerful incentives for becoming sexually active.
What is an example of a common fear-based messages or "scare tactic" used in sexuality education?
What is an example of a common stigmatizing message in sexuality education?
In the programs you've seen, have sex-positive messages or messages about pleasure been included or excluded? How?
Participants vary greatly in learning styles and abilities. Different learning styles include a variety of preferences, including preferences for:
visual, auditory, or tactile stimuli;
learning alone, in peer groups, or from an authority figure;
reflective or active involvement;
creative ("left-brain") or logical ("right-brain") activities, etc.
The most effective teaching approach is to try to address a diversity of learning styles. Educators should strive to routinely incorporate a variety of teaching methods and activities. This will increase the chance that each participant will be engaged.
What kinds of activities might appeal to those with a preference for visual stimuli? Auditory? Tactile?
What kinds of activities might appeal to those who prefer to learn alone? In peer groups? From an authority figure?
What is an example of a sex ed activity that requires reflective involvement? Active involvement?
What is an example of a sex ed activity that requires the use of creativity? The use of logic?
Effective curricula should be age-appropriate and experientially-appropriate. The program should address the true needs, concerns, and realities of the participants. Naturally, these needs, concerns, and realities may differ slightly across communities and cohorts. An age-appropriate and experientially-appropriate curriculum takes into account the needs of the participants, while offering them the information needed to stay healthy and think critically. Good sexuality education should also be logically sequenced. Curricula should present and gradually build on key concepts, facts, and skills. For example, before learning about contraception, participants must first learn about anatomy, puberty, and conception.
What do think the difference is between age-appropriate and experientially-appropriate?
Of the programs you've seen, have they addressed the true needs, concerns, and realities of the participants? Please explain how they have or have not.
How have you seen programs logically (or illogically) sequenced?
Using a trauma-informed approach in sex education means lesson plans, educators, and organization “realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization (SAMHSA, 2014).” A trauma-informed approach aims to promote a sense of safety and equity among participants.
What strategies can we use to promote physical and emotional safety in our groups?
How can providers promote participant choice (e.g. “right to pass”) in the sex ed classroom?
What is one major takeaway or “aha” moment from today’s training?
What is one skill or piece of information you want to share before our next training?