ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY CONFERENCE
Building Blocks of Youth Sexual Health
April 7-8, 2014
Agenda for Monday, April 7
|9:30 AM||Conference Registration|
|10:15 AM – 10:45 AM||Welcome/AnnouncementsJessica Duke, MPHJon McDaid, MA
Brad Victor, MAT
|10:45 AM – 12:00 PM||Workshops (A1 – A6)|
|A1 – The Problem with AbstinenceAllison Vesterfelt, MATVery few people who practice abstinence talk about the problems with abstinence. It isn’t an easy decision. It’s counter-cultural, and in many ways counter-intuitive. At times, it even seemed at odds with my biology. In my keynote I discuss why I chose to practice abstinence for periods of time in my life. In this presentation, I would like to talk about how I did it—the obstacles I encountered along the way, and how I overcome them to experience the beauty and power it a period of waiting could bring into my life.
Intended Primary Audience: Both Youth & Adults
Main Focus: Promoting Healthy Relationships
Level of Information: Introductory, Intermediate
Presentation Techniques: Interactive
A2 – It Will NEVER Happen to Me
Katlyn Borden, Autumn Caldwell, Ariana Guevara, Danielle Moore, Haley Turpin, and Samantha Tuck,
House of H.O.P.E.
This workshop will be lead by a group of teen parents that will be discussing the reality of parenting. Not only will they be sharing their personal stories, but will delve into the topics of the social aspects, reasons for their pregnancy, financial responsibilities, impact of their partners, staying on track to graduate, and how this influences their futures. Their conversations are frank and honest and they hope to impact other teens, parents and educators.
A3 – Is It Rape? How Youth Make Sense of Unwanted Sex Involving Alcohol
Lauren Lichty, PhD, Stefanie Murray, MPH, L. Kris Gown, PhD, EdM
Over the last several years, there have been several highly publicized cases of rape involving alcohol among youth (e.g., Steubenville, Maryville). As general members of a community, it is important to understand how rape myths influence our responses to these kinds of scenarios. This workshop will focus on the meanings of rape and consent from a youth perspective. It will begin with a presentation of a scenario involving youth drinking and a sexual encounter. After soliciting audience reflections, youth responses that were gathered via twelve focus groups throughout Oregon will be shared and discussed.
A4 – Lady Parts & Aunt Flow: Talking About the Menstrual Cycle
Shannon Rauh, M.Ed, Denise Johnson May, MSW
Do you know when the “window of fertility” occurs in the Menstrual Cycle? Do you know that the Menstrual Cycle can last from 21-35 days? Can you explain it to others? Tips & tricks will be provided on how to explain the Menstrual Cycle in a fun and easy way.
A5 – What? Did You Just Call Me a SLUT?
Traci Boyle-Galestiantz, LCSW, Selina Mitchell, Bobby Corbiere, Sheena Ino, Diane Cole, Mist Reynolds, Amelia Allee, Brittany Murray
The Sylvania WRC student leaders will provide a definition of slut shaming, roots of this socially constructed phenomenon and then present an interactive social justice play to provide an example of slut shaming; finally we will invite the audience members to interrupt the play when they recognize slut shaming is happening to practice active bystander intervention skills.
A6 – Breaking Down the Barrier
Fyona Rose, Elliot Glaser-Flynn
This presentation offers insight and tools to help open the difficult conversation of sexuality between adults and youth. During our hour and fifteen minutes we’ll be using interactive activities, group discussions, and Q and A’s to help audience members break down the walls surrounding youth and sexuality today. After leaving our workshop you’ll be armed with the means to start a healthy dialogue about sexuality in your own households and community.
|12:00 PM – 1:15 PM||LunchYouth Keynote – Fyona RoseAcademy of Arts & Academics Student
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon Youth Action Council – Revolution – (REV)
Keynote Speaker – Cory Silverberg, M.Ed
Author, Sexuality Educator & Trainer
Re-Imaging Sex Talks for the 21st Century: Diversity and Inclusion in Sex Education
|1:15 PM – 1:30 PM||Break|
|1:30 PM – 2:45 PM||Workshops (B1 – B7)|
| B1 – Ancient Wisdom for Inner Strength Nigel Wrangham, CADcII, Jackie Sandquist, MA
Young people today receive an ongoing avalanche of messages about their bodies, their sexuality, and their very identities. Much of the information they receive, especially through mass media, is incorrect at best and destructive and toxic at worst. By identifying and embracing ancient, universal archetypes such as the inner Hero, Warrior and Sage, young people can access power and wisdom far beyond what they have been conditioned to experience. In this dynamic, interactive workshop, participants will learn how to identify the toxic, viral imprints that are so common today regarding sexuality and identity, and how to summon archetypes that provide the strength to resist negative messages and make healthy and empowered choices. Come prepared to meet yourself for the first time!
B2 – My Mom Wishes I was a Lesbian: “Coming Out” Experiences of (Bi) Sexual
This workshop will explore some of the unique “coming out” experiences of young adults who are not exclusively gay/lesbian or heterosexual. Participants will learn how a small group of young adults viewed the particular advantages and challenges they experienced as they navigated their social relationships while in high school. We will explore how best to support other young adults who occupy this “middle ground” as they learn to share a coming out story with others.
B3 – Rights of Pregnant & Parenting Students in Public Schools
Engagement in quality educational opportunities while pregnant and parenting helps to support positive goal setting for future family planning and success. Many people don’t know that there are federal and state mandates regarding pregnant and parenting students participating in public educational programs. This session will inform and educate individuals about what they can expect from a school system and how to bridge the gap between being allowed to be a parent and being supported in high school graduation. Topics of discussion will also include various resources that are available and examples of existing quality high school based pregnant and parenting programs.
B4 – Educating Youth about the Use and Benefits of Female Condoms – Lessons Learned from the Washington, DC Female Condom Initiative
Sarah Gaudreau, Irwin Royster
In 2009, the Washington, DC Female Condom Initiative began in response to the rising number of heterosexual transmitted HIV cases in our city. In addition, with high teen pregnancy and STI rates among youth, we had a population that was in need of an additional method of protection. The female condom was more quickly accepted by older women and their sex partners but youth were less quick to adopt this method of protection for a number of reasons. We discovered a number of missing blocks, such as limited knowledge about anatomy, which presented us with a weak foundation as we attempted to build a female condom education program for youth. We will discuss the challenges faced and how we addressed and continue to address them in our field work. Hands on activities will be an essential part of this presentation.
B5 – I’ve Got the Power
Sophie Kreitzberg, Fyona Rose, Seth Konyn
Four members of Planned Parenthood’s Action Council will present an interactive workshop about the power in healthy relationships. The use of power in a relationship often carries a negative stigma and can lead to people feeling afraid to claim their personal power. In this youth-lead workshop, there will be an honest dialogue about what it means to use power in a healthy way and how to reclaim your personal power. YOU have the power to create healthful, safe, and fun relationships in your life.
B6 – Learning to Defend Myself is Learning to Take Care of Myself
Carolyne Haycraft, M.Ed, MFA, Lisa Ernst, Michele Munoz
Research reveals that a holistic approach to staying safe can increase confidence, communication, and be life transforming for participants. This presentation will give participants an opportunity to learn about the strategies and activities presented in the nine-week GirlStrength program including the role of intuition, assertiveness and confidence in personal safety and healthy relationships, and the importance of self-care after any traumatic incident.
B7– “Who, Me? Raising HIV Risk Awareness in Youth”
Patti Hansen, M.Ed
This workshop will focus on providing information on how social factors impact risk of HIV infection in youth, especially impacts of violence on youth and the relationships between violence, runaway and homeless youth and HIV infection. Focus will be on risks that youth actually confront, such as pressures around unwanted sex and the stigma around HIV testing and condom use.
|2:45 PM – 3:00 PM||Break|
|3:00 PM – 4:15 PM||Workshops (C1 – C6)|
|C1 – The Intersection of Faith & Sexuality: Year One of the AMA HOF CHW ProjectMariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, Roberta Tyler, LaQuoya Tyler, LaQrisha Tyler, Joshua MinnieweatherOne year into a 3 year process, this workshop will give a reflection of the first year, its challenges & successes, and provide a place of discussion about how to work within faith-based/spiritual communities, engage people who have deeply held beliefs & maintain an open space for working together around sexuality, reducing stigma & providing support/access to resources.
C2 – QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training*
Colbie Caughlan, MPH
Suicide is a realism that can come up during any intimate conversation whether with a doctor, sexual health educator, or HIV tester and each person who may find themselves in this situation should feel confident in their skills to help save a life and Question Persuade Refer (QPR) is a skills based suicide intervention gatekeeper training that teaches community members how to: identify signs of suicide, ask someone about suicide contemplation, persuade the person that there is hope, and refer a person to get the help they need.
C3 – Effectively Engaging Teens in Refining & Improving Sexual Health Services
Kelly Locey, MPH, CPS, Andy Chuinard, Patrick Abi Nader
Building health services relevant and easily accessible to teen populations can be a challenge. An exploration of current efforts across Oregon revealed that while teens are often engaged at various levels of program planning, they are not actively engaged and utilized throughout the assessment, planning, development, and implementation process. Benton County Health Department staff developed and implemented a survey seeking to assess teen’s current utilization, access, barriers, perception of sexual health services, and key words for online search engine organization. This survey was implemented at the annual Teen Summit event in Corvallis. From this data, a focus group was designed in order to further involve teens in examining the barriers, perceptions, and knowledge of sexual health services. This information will be utilized to improve Benton County Health Department sexual health services, outreach, and marketing. This session will examine the process utilized by Benton County Health Department staff to actively engage teens, challenges and successes, and how this framework can be applied to various health behaviors and programs.
C4 – Hit It & Quit It: The Impact of Technology on the Sexual & Mental Health of LGBT Identified Youth
Marcus Sharpe, Psy.D
With ever increasing acceptance and the fight for equal rights being won daily in small towns and large urban centers alike, LGBT identified youth are coming out in larger numbers, at unprecedented rates, and at younger ages every year. Equally unprecedented are the number of digital and social media venues that have flourished in the last 15 years specifically targeting this segment of the youth population. While much of this technology has allowed for instant communication between identified members of the community who might be miles away from each other, it has also arguably eroded a very real and protective barrier that previously existed because of time, space, and social mores. Where once young members of this community might not have communicated face-to-face for months, the advent of digital and social media has allowed for an instant and constant form of communication that not only robs one of the angst previously associated with such encounters, but specifically has the potential to leave LGBT identified youth increasingly vulnerable to the real world consequences of youthful ignorance, playful curiosity, and a desire for connectedness that will almost assuredly compromise their sexual and mental health.
C5 – Strategies to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Through the Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
Amy Peterson, MSc
C6 – No Glove, No Love: Condomology 411
Amanda McLaughlin Barreto, MSEd, Christy Alger-Williams, Cristina Munoz
When used consistently and correctly, latex condoms are 98% effective in preventing unintended pregnancy and are the only contraception that helps prevent against STIs.
By normalizing healthy decision making, encouraging conversations with parents and partners, practicing negotiation skills, and learning correct steps of condom use, people can learn how to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancies. Learning these comprehensive skills are the building blocks of youth sexual health. Participants will learn about condom history and manufacturing, followed by rotating groups practicing the skills below:
|Dinner (on your own)|
TUESDAY, April 8
|8:30 AM||BookstoreExhibit Areas|
|8:30 AM – 9:00 AM||Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 AM – 9:15 AM||AnnouncementsJessica Duke, MPHJon McDaid, MA
Brad Victor, MAT
|9:15 AM – 10:30 AM||Youth Keynote – Gabriel MendezPortland Community College StudentCascade AIDS Project
Keynote Speaker – Allison Vesterfelt, MAT
A New Reason for Abstinence: Why I Decided to Wait for Sex
|10:30 AM – 10:45 AM||Break|
|10:45 AM – 12:00 PM||Workshops (D1 – D6)|
|D1 – Disability & Sexuality: Better Access Through Sex, Better Sex Through Access Cory Silverberg, M.EdBroadening our scope beyond diagnoses and deficit, this interactive workshop will consider sexuality from a disability perspective, and explore how ableism and normative standards of sexuality and gender prevent all of us – disabled or not – from accessing sexual opportunities and experiences. Through discussion, small group exercises, and information sharing, we’ll learn how a disability perspective can open up new ways of thinking about sexuality for ourselves and the people we work with.
D2 – 10 Games to Help Build Relationship Skills in Teens
Molly Maynard, MA
Building sexual health in adolescents begins with a conversation, The “Things to Know Before You Say GO” cards are designed to make that conversation more meaningful and reflective. Using the “Things to Know Before You Say GO” relationship cards, participants will engage in hands-on activities that provide a way of communicating about relationships. Each “game” will allow participants to think more concretely and define more clearly their expectations for beginning, participating and maintaining healthy, safe relationships. These games can easily be copied for further use in school settings, church groups and other class or group opportunities.
D3 – Lessening the Taboo: Where Does Pleasure Fit into Sexual Health Education?
Lauren Arian, Tori Barnes
In our efforts to empower youth about their bodies through comprehensive sexuality education, we often overlook a major reason people engage in sexual activity. Research shows that discussing healthy sexual pleasure enhances students’ level of comfort with their own bodies and increases conversations regarding consent between partners. Leaving pleasure out of the conversation leads to unanswered questions, doubts about the credibility of educators, and promotes unnecessary shame and insecurity for youth who have yet to engage in (pleasurable) sexual activity. This workshop will challenge participants to examine their current methods, curricula and lesson plans for ways in which they could include sexual pleasure as a topic to enhance students understanding of healthy sexual expression.
D4 – Slut Shaming & the Value of Virginity
Syd Cloud, Sami Tamura
This workshop will teach and discuss the social issues associated with being (or not being) sexually active as an adolescent as well as the impact this has on teens. Overcoming cultural stigmas is often the first step to seeking out information on sexual health, providing an important building block to accessing resources. This dialogue and lecture will explore the value of virginity and the condemnation of sluts in relation to sexual health. Examples from the media that reinforce slut shaming and the importance virginity will be included in the conversation. Our discourse will be inclusive across gender and orientation. Youth are invited to participate in the discussion and in relevant activities. Adults are encouraged to observe.
D5 – It’s Complicated Teaching About Pregnancy Options
Denise Johnson May, MSW, Denise May, M.Ed
Talking with youth about unintended pregnancy and pregnancy options can be complicated due to the wide range of laws, resources and values associated with pregnancy options. Increasing your knowledge and confidence in talking about pregnancy options will support your ability to work with youth – in the classroom or clinic. This session will primarily focus on parenting, abortion and adoption.
D6 – Empowering Teen Voices – The Teen Council Peer Education Program
Jodi Bernstein, M.Ed, Shambricia Spencer, Mason Bennett-Ponsford, Rosa Silva
This interactive workshop will highlight fundamentals of our award winning, evidenced informed, peer sexuality education program; Teen Council. We will present an exploration of our core principals of high warmth, high expectations and high structure (the Magic Triangle,) distribute sample training plans, and with teen co-presenters, lead games and activities that are typical of the Teen Council experience. Participants will come away with an overview of Teen Council, powerful principals that will have instant applicability to their own program, a sampling of lesson plans, and an invitation to learn more about The Peer Education Institute, which is dedicated to replicating The Teen Council around the country. Teen Council members will be available for Q & A about what makes this program so successful.
|12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
|Lunch/AnnouncementsJessica Duke, MPHJon McDaid, MA
Brad Victor, MAT
Youth Keynote – Mason Bennett-Ponsford
Olympia Washington Student
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Teen Council
Keynote – Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH
AASHEP Health Educator Multnomah County STD/HIV Program
What Did She Say?…How Sexology Found Me
|1:30 PM – 2:45 PM||Workshops (E1 – E6)|
|E1 – From Texting to Teledildonics: Is Technology Changing Sex?Cory Silverberg, M.EdThis workshop offers an introduction to, and brief history of, human computer sexual interactions; a conceptual framework for thinking about sex and technology. Using emerging technology as case studies, we will consider some of the ways technology and sexuality are intersecting
In our daily lives, and how these intersections offer us an opportunity to re-think what we mean when we talk about sex, sexuality, and sexual health.
E2 – The Positive Youth Development Framework and its Potential for Positive Sexual Health Outcomes among Latino Youth in Oregon
LaShanda Eller, MPH, Lindsay Weaver, MPH
In this workshop, we will discuss the Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework and data that assesses PYD’s impact on sexual health behaviors and knowledge among Latino youth in Oregon. We will also discuss specific examples on how communities around Oregon are employing the PYD framework to support youth. This presentation presents ways in which a positive foundation translates into positive sexual health outcomes.
E3 – Embracing Sexuality Education in Church: Alternative to Just Say No
Amy Johnson, MSW
Using a model of holistic sexuality, the presenter will explore ways to include scripture in sexuality education in a way that promotes comprehensive education and inclusivity of all people. This workshop will be useful for youth and adults who find themselves feeling like sexual identity and sexuality education are difficult to reconcile with religion, and in particular with Christianity. Come explore ways to use spirituality and religion as healthy building blocks in sexuality education for youth.
E4 – Considerations & Approaches to working with Teen Parents
Heather Baeckel, MSW, Emily Berry, MA
In this workshop, participants can expect to explore the importance of trusting relationships with parenting adolescents and learn strategies for offering parenting and child development information in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them. Participants will learn strategies to engage teen parents in parenting and child development services. Participants will have a better understanding of adolescent development and how it intersects with adolescent parenting.
E5 – Talk that Talk: Engaging Youth in Critical Conversations about Media
Melanie Altaras, Benjamin Vincent
Young people are inundated with ideas and information about gender and sexuality when engaging with media (TV, movies, music, and websites). As educators and mentors, it is our job to engage youth in critical conversations about themes in popular media concerning gender and sexuality. This workshop, co-presented by a youth group member and an adult facilitator from Salem Rainbow Youth will give a brief explanation and history of media analysis, and then build on those concepts to model examples of activities we can use to begin and maintain conversations about gender and sexuality in media.
E6 – Healthy Sexuality and Young People: Sexual Health Promotion as Sexual
A healthy sexuality framework is a comprehensive approach to sexual violence prevention. This workshop will provide a foundation for integrating sexual violence prevention and sexual health promotion in working with youth. Using resources from the 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, participants will learn strategies to support healthy sexuality and young people. Discussion of opportunities and challenges in adolescent sexual health promotion will equip participants to creatively incorporate sexual violence prevention as an essential building block of youth sexual health.
F1 – It’s Complicated: A Look at Relationships & Sexuality from the Perspective of Young People in Foster Care
Celeste Bodner, Ashley Foster, Royce Markley
If you’re a young person who’s experienced foster care, it’s likely that you’ve experienced more than your share of broken relationships during childhood abuse, poor relationship role models, abandonment, or all of these. Romantic relationships can be particularly challenging for youth in foster care who may have to struggle with frequent moves, past negative experiences, changing rules and a lack of positive role models. Youth who are LGBT may have an especially difficult time navigating the dating world and finding support and resources to assist them. FosterClub is mid-way through a 3-year initiative to lead the efforts of young leaders from foster care to improve sexuality and relationship outcomes.
In this workshop, we will identify the unique issues facing youth in care pertaining to relationships and sexuality. Participants will discuss the unique challenges facing youth in care, including vulnerability to predators and sex trafficking. Hear directly from FosterClub’s young leaders about how their past experiences can put them at risk for unhealthy relationships, such as under-prepared pregnancy and domestic violence, and how supportive adults can help transform a foster youth’s outlook on relationships.
F2 – What Every Teen Should Know About Contraceptive Access Under Obamacare
Lesli Leone Uebel, MPH, CHES, Emily Elman, MPH, CHES
Reproductive Health and access to contraception is important to teens’ health. The right information can help reduce unintended pregnancy and ensure healthy sexual relationships. This interactive presentation will highlight what teens should know about contraceptive access under Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act or ACA), including how young women in particular benefit from changes in health care coverage and services. The workshop will also summarize the contraceptive services available to teens in Oregon specifically.
F3 – Exploring PAS: A Popular Education Inspired Primary Prevention Curriculum with a Catholic Lens for Latin@ Youth
Ro Jane Prideaux
Learning good consent is one of the first building blocks of youth sexual health and healthy relationships. As most Latin@ countries have strong Catholic ties and influences, Latin@ immigrants and their family values often reflect culturally Catholic ideas about relationships and intimacy from generation to generation. From a Catholic perspective, there is a fine line between promoting youth sexual activity and teaching youth to recognize and use healthy communication techniques in order to define their own limits and respect others’ limits when it comes to intimacy and personal boundaries. Using the framework of the PAS curriculum and Popular Education techniques, this workshop explores that fine line, as well as subtleties in teaching the “man-woman” boxes activity to understand gender roles and gendered violence. The content is specific to Latin@ communities, but is also accessible to all English speakers and mainstream participants.
F4 – The Love Bugs – Sexually Transmitted Infections
Shannon Rauh, M.Ed, Denise Johnson May, MSW
By the age of 25, half of all youth will have acquired one or more Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Having a working knowledge of STIs/HIV is essential in working with youth to support them in making healthy sexual decisions. A brief overview of the most common STIs among youth will be covered and interactive activities will be utilized during this workshop.
Ada Dortch, MA, Arabella Klippert, Lynne Gammon, MA, Deborah Dortch, Brooke Dempsey
The Creative Science School in Portland, OR (CSS) undertook an initiative in 2012 to implement comprehensive (includes the 7 essential components: gender, sexual and reproductive health, sexual rights, pleasure, violence, diversity and relationships) sexuality education for 5th – 8th graders from a youth-adult partnership perspective. The sexuality education program is new and we are looking forward to expanding the program. We would like to share our stories of lessons learned to implement a comprehensive program based on what young people want and need and one that mirrors youth-adult partnership. During this workshop, we aim to hold interactive discussion with participants on youth-adult partnership in sexuality education (examples of how this was done at CSS from focus group and ongoing discussions with students, parents & teachers).
Intended Audience: Youth & Adults, Teachers/Educators
Main Focus: Sexual Health & Rights, Youth-Adult Partnership, Inter-Generational Communication
Level of Information: Introductory
Presentation Techniques: Interactive
F6 – A is for Asexual!: Asexuality 101
Sami Tamura, Syd Cloud
Asexuality 101 will cover the broad definitions of asexuality, as well as other identities that are included in the spectrum of asexuality. Workshop participants will explore the foundations on which relationships are constructed and how asexual perspectives can help us challenge and better understand how relationships are meant to look and work. We will list and debunk common myths and stigmas associated with asexuality, and include time for participants to ask their own questions. This workshop will include a zine that each participant will leave with.
Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
Main Focus: Asexuality
Level of Information: Introductory
Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
Conference Adjourned. Have a safe trip home.