VIRTUAL ONLY | PRESENTED BY: Amanda Barratt, LMSW & Merkeb Yohannes
Parents and caregivers have a unique opportunity to provide sexual health education that can have a lasting impact on their children. However, parents may feel that talking to their children about sexual health and sexual abuse can be overwhelming. This is especially true for parents of youth with disabilities. This interactive session will engage people who support families and assist them in identifying ways to talk to parents and caregivers about facilitating sexual health conversations. During the session participants will examine existing gaps in sexual health education across the United States, barriers parents and caregivers face, and sexual health resources.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) shows that if we have comprehensive conversations with youth early on it is more likely to postpone intercourse to adulthood, avoid getting pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted disease, understand IPV/SV and develop healthy attitude toward sexuality. (SIECUS, 2018). Additionally, sexual abuse is incredibly prevalent and starting the dialogue on consent, bodily autonomy, and abuse early on is a way to combat stigma, prevent abuse, and encourage youth to talk to trusted adults when they do not feel comfortable. (NSVRC Resource Guide, 2017). Parents and caregivers have the ability to have these conversations in meaningful ways that other trusted adults do not. If we can empower caregivers to start talking with their kids the likelihood that youth will receive accurate information would increase.
Participants will be encouraged to engage in open and honest discussion with a mind toward survivor-centered and trauma-informed policies, intersectionality, positive change, and future-oriented thinking.
This will be relevant for all parents and caregivers, however the majority of the examples are related to youth and young people.
This training if done in person or virtually will take into account neurodivergence, differing lived experiences, and learning styles. This will include 508 compliance for all materials given out.
PRESENTATION TRACK: Independent Living/Disability Specific