Professional Development Workshop Topics
These topics may be stand-alone workshops or supplements to a curricula training. This list is not exhaustive, and we will work with you to design a training that fits your needs.
- Advocacy 101: This workshop discusses the importance of advocacy, how to craft your message and talking points, and what to expect from a legislative visit. This workshop is beneficial for adults and youth.
- Effective Facilitator Skills: This workshop covers answering sensitive questions, handling different types of students, talking about sex in a medically-accurate and factual way, body language, and how to facilitate different types of activities, such as brainstorming and small group discussions. It is beneficial for first-time facilitators, and an excellent refresher for veteran facilitators.
- Getting to Outcomes Overview: Getting to Outcomes (GTO) is a program designed to help youth-serving professionals assess the population they are serving and determine their own organizational capacity in order to choose the most appropriate program for the young people they serve. This workshop will walk through all ten steps of GTO and help participants think about how it can be used in their own work.
- Holistic Sexuality: This workshop is based on Dennis Dailey’s Circles of Sexuality, and discusses sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and sexualization. Participants will leave with a richer understanding of human sexuality and how it affects young people.
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Programs: This workshop will present the science behind evidence-based programs (EBPs), how EBPs can affect risk factors, and the proven outcomes of EBPs. Participants will be introduced to the many different EBPs that they can use with the young people they serve.
- National Sexuality Education Standards: The National Sexuality Education Standards, released in 2012, provide grade level standards for anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent development, identity, pregnancy and reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, healthy relationships, and personal safety. Participants will learn how they can use these standards in their own work with young people, and how they can advocate for the standards.
- Reproductive Anatomy Overview: It is important that facilitators who teach sex education understand how the reproductive system works so that they can fully explain pregnancy, STDs/HIV, and contraception and condoms. This workshop will explain the male and female reproductive systems in a fun and easy to understand way.
- STD and Contraception Basics: This workshop will introduce transmission, symptoms, and treatment of STDs and HIV, and will introduce the many types of contraception and how they work.
- Understanding Adolescents: This workshop explores the adolescent brain and explains why adolescents behave the way they do. This is a workshop that is beneficial for anyone working with young people, even parents.