Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Session A | Session B | Session C | Session D | Session E

Session A

A1 – Peer Education: How to Teach ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to Teens

AKPHAT TeamPeer Health Educators

Alaska Promoting Health Among Teens

Start with Resiliency. AKPHAT addresses ways to effectively communicate and teach youth through peer education in an epic effort to create healthier minds and bodies by promoting awareness and resiliency in communities. The AKPHAT team in partnership with community organizations, youth and state agencies aims to reduce the rates of HIV/STD, unplanned pregnancies, while promoting healthy relationships for youth ages 14-19 in Alaska utilizing the Promoting Health Among Teens-Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention (PHAT) with a peer to peer education model. The objectives of this session are to aid in communicating effectively with teens, empower youth decision making through adolescent brain development research and provide a toolkit to coach resiliency trainings for your community.

  • Intended Primary Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Adolescent Brain development, Promoting healthy relationships, Serving diverse populations, Teen parenting and resiliency/supportive factors
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building

 

A2 –A Minor Proposal: Youth Rights in this Age of Consent

Nick Guerrero , Youth Advocate

Raphael House of Portland

There is a strong trend to frame sexual assault prevention, in particular, and parts of sexuality education, in general, around the concept of consent. However, adultist attitudes all too often inform how we approach consent, sex, and sexuality with young people. This workshop encourages participants to examine the following: adultism as a general concept, how an unchecked adultist worldview influences our ideas of youth as well as sex and consent, and how approaching consent from an empowerment and pleasure-positive perspective can serve as both preventative and protective factors within sexual assault prevention. This workshop asks participants to deconstruct notions of “adult” and “youth,” and to nurture a new understanding of youth-adult partnerships, with the goal of facilitating not only a healthy community but a justice-based community.

  • Intended Audience:  Adults
  • Main Focus: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention, Promoting Healthy Relationships, Social and political Justice/anti-oppressive practice
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building, Information Sharing 

 

A3 – Reaching the Teen Father

Shanne Sowards, Program Director

Squires

Throughout time the stereotype of a teen father is that he may take the path of least resistance. Society’s expectation has become that he will flee from the responsibility. But what if that’s not really what the teen father wants to do? What if he wants to be involved? In recent studies, researchers and practitioners have reported that there seems to be a significant number of young men quite willing to be involved in the lives of their children, but there is little suitable help for them to achieve this goal. The key words in this statement are “suitable help”. There is no denying that there are a lot of wonderful programs out there. Programs that have a well thought out and important message for both young parents. But it seems that the young father is often either disengaged or not interested. And if it is true that young fathers really want help why is there a lack of involvement? And more importantly how do we reach them with a “suitable help”? This session will challenge you to take a closer look at what your program may be saying not only to teen fathers, but also the other males you encounter. We will look at ways to establish and deepen your personal connections by looking beyond the circumstances of the people you are serving.

  • Intended Audience: Adults
  • Main Focus: Teen Parenting, Teen Fathers
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Program Design

 

A4 – Whose Voices are Missing? What Tales Need to be Told? Shaping Adolescent Sexuality Research Together

Lauren Lichty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Community Psychology, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

University of Washington/Bothell

Imagine there was an opportunity to tell adolescent sexuality researchers what to study next. As an expert in adolescent sexuality, what would you want these researchers to think about? What story about adolescent sexuality needs to be told? What do you wish people understood? Where are adults letting youth down? Where are we having successes in fostering youth sexual health that we need to talk about? In this highly interactive session, youth and adult sexual health practitioners who collaborate with youth will be invited to consider and discuss these kinds of questions to inform next steps in one scholar’s program of research. Insights will also be shared through scholarly professional networks in an effort to encourage sexuality researchers to ask questions that are most meaningful to current stakeholders.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Researching Adolescent Sexuality
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Research & Trends, Skill Building, Information Sharing

 

A5 – Birth Control Method Updates: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s on Deck?

Jennifer Melo, Education Manager

Christy Alger-Williams, Community Education Coordinator

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Implanon? Nexplanon? Depo Provera? Mirena?

What are current health center practices for prescribing and administering LARCs? What are some birth control

methods that are no longer being recommended, and why? Have you heard about the LARC for males coming out soon? Will there be remote controlled birth control someday soon? Come find out the latest trends and updates in Long?Acting Reversible Contraception!

Participants will receive updated LARC information;

learn about LARCs with anticipated release dates in the near future, and learn the differences between popular LARCs

  • Intended Audience:  Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Sexual Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Research & Trends, Information Sharing

 

A6 – Asexuality 101

Sami Tamura, CHATpdx Peer Educator

Treb Nicholas, CHATpdx Peer Educator

Cascade AIDS Project

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. Participants will be able to

understand the definition of asexuality and the other identities within the asexual spectrum. They will learn learn about the different forms of attraction and how asexuals can build and maintain relationships.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: LGBTQ, Promoting Healthy Relationships, Asexuality
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Information Sharing

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Session B

B1 – Embracing Uncertainty & Possibility: Supporting Young People Across the Pregnancy Spectrum

Chantal Downing, Advocate Volunteer

Jennifer Jones, Advocate Volunteer

Backline

How comfortable are you in discussing and supporting all pregnancy options with the young people that you work with? Over the course of a lifetime, many people will experience not only pregnancy and birth, but also abortion, pregnancy loss, adoption, and various paths to parenting. Working with youth and young parents around pregnancy and parenting experiences provides a unique set of opportunities and challenges as young people often have limited access to support, resources, and experience judgment and stigma around their pregnancy and parenting decisions. This workshop will introduce the Backline model of providing unconditional and judgment-free support across the full spectrum of experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption. Through interactive exercises and discussion, we will learn about current practices and how to make a quality referral, explore our values and biases, and share skills and tools for supporting people in all their reproductive decisions, feelings, and experiences.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults, Health Care Providers, Teachers/Educators
  • Main Focus: Serving Diverse Populations, Sexual Health,
  • Teen Parenting
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Skill Building

 

B2 – Know Your Rights! Privacy & Consent for HIV & STD

Josh Ferrer, MA, STD/HIV Prevention Technical Consultant

Oregon Health Authority

Part of healthy sexuality is making sure everyone has access to testing and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). What does this look like when you are a young person and covered under your parent’s insurance plan? What are your rights to privacy? And what happens if the test comes back positive? This session will try to demystify what happens when you are a youth who wants to get tested for an STD. It will focus on testing and treatment for HIV and STDs in Oregon and your rights to privacy as a teen and will include opportunities for audience discussion, feedback, and Q&A. Participants will understand what consent laws exist around testing and treatment of minors for STDs, understand what happens (including who has access to information) if a test comes back positive, and be able to advocate for themselves and their peers around rights to HIV & STD testing and treatment as young people.

  • Intended Audience: Both Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: HIV Prevention/Treatment, Sexual Health,
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention/Treatment
  • Presentation Techniques:  Lecture, Interactive
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application

 

B3 – Sensible Sex Ed: A Video Series for High School Students

Kris Jordan, Teacher, Central High School

Amy Hammermeister, M.S. Professor,

Western Oregon University

Sensible Sex Ed is a video series produced by a College Health Professor and a High School Health Teacher husband and wife team. In the state of Oregon we have

incredibly comprehensive sexual health standards. Unfortunately, not all youth in the state, and certainly not the nation, have access to comprehensive sex education. This

video series will take the Oregon State Standards and present the information and skills to high school students who are unable to get the information or skills through

their schooling. Providing an opportunity to engage in sex education encourages healthy bodies, minds, and communities when teens are able to make healthier

choices regarding their sexuality. It can lead to HIV/STD prevention, greater reproductive health, and prevention of teen pregnancy. The goal of the video series is to reach as many teens as possible, and as many community health professionals who would use the video series, so that more of Oregon and the nation’s youth are able to make healthier choices. After the presentation attendees will have access to a video series to share with adolescents about healthy sexual choices and have an opportunity to influence the creation of future videos.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention, LGBTQ,
  • Promoting Healthy Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexually Transmitted Infection/Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Drug & Alcohol Influence on Sexual Behaviors
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Information Sharing

 

B4 – Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Strategies for Success

Mandy Paradise, M.Ed, Public Health Consultant

Washington State Department of Health

This interactive session covers best practices and practical application for effective teen pregnancy prevention. We will explore the intersection of Adverse Childhood

Experiences (ACEs), clinical services, and evidence-based programing. Guided discussion on reducing teen pregnancy and associated social and health disparities will

follow each segment. Together we will share our field experience working with adolescents and young adults.

We will examine multi-modal approaches to teen pregnancy prevention that address the health of individuals (bodies and minds), and the complexity of social contexts

(communities). Participants will share their first-hand experiences working with youth to complement the data and frameworks presented in this session informed by current research.

  • Intended Audience:  Adults, Health Care Providers, Teachers/Educators
  • Main Focus: Serving Diverse Populations, Sexual Health,
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Research & Trends, Practical Application,
  • Information Sharing

 

B5 – Treating Others How They Want to Be Treated

Copper Myers, Project Volunteer

Tashi Nima, Project Volunteer

Cascade AIDS Project

Everything affects your health, your many intersecting identifies, where you live, etc. In this workshop we will discuss many of the gender identities, romantic identities, and sexual identities and how to best respect and support the people with these identities. This workshop will discuss STI prevention and safer sex. This workshop will focus on healthier relationships and the intersections that support a healthy relationship. From the relationship you have with a partner to the relationship you have with your friends, from the strangers you meet on the street to your relationships between you and your child(ren) and parent(s).

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults, Teachers/Educators
  • Main Focus: Gender Identity, HIV & STI Prevention/Treatment, LGBTQ, Promoting Healthy Relationships, Sexual Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Skill Building, Information Sharing

 

B6 – Crafting Your Own Future

Clair Raujol, MMOL, CPS, Youth & Family Specialist

Yolanda Sanchez, CPS, Youth & Family Specialist

Volunteers of America Oregon

Join us for an activity in which you will visualize your future and learn how to take steps toward that future each and every day. We will host a discussion on the dreaded phrase “goal-setting” and discuss how those goals actually affect our life plan. We will then visualize our individual life plans, and discuss how our daily choices, personal relationships, and communities can affect our futures (both positively and negatively). During this presentation we will leave space for participants to craft individual vision boards to be used to fulfill their life’s ambitions. These boards can be taken home and used with daily practice. We will also offer skills on how to know when your vision no longer matches your board and when it’s time to craft a new one!

This workshop will help participants understand the difference between goal-setting and life-mapping, practice visualizing and creating 5, 10, and 20 year goals.

  • Intended Audience: Youth
  • Main Focus: Skill Building Around Making Healthy Choices
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Skill Building

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Session C

C1 – Helping Teens Define, Create & Maintain Healthy Relationships

Al Vernacchio, M.S. Ed, Sexuality Educator

Friends’ Central School

Adolescents cannot hope to establish sexually healthy relationships unless they know what those are, how they operate, and how they are maintained. This workshop will explore the three components that make up all relationships; differentiating between friendship, hooking up, dating, and being in a relationship; how to recognize “deal makers” and “deal breakers” specific to one’s relationship needs; and strategies for resisting pressures that lead to unhealthy relationships. Participants will be able to identify the different combinations of intimacy, passion, and commitment in: friendship, hook-ups, short-term relationships, and potential long-term relationships. Participants will be able to name two “deal breakers” and “deal makers” specific to their own relationship needs, and develop one “power-line” to serve as an aid in resisting pressures that may lead to an unwanted or unhealthy relationship situation.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Promoting Healthy Relationships
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building

 

C2 – Comprehensive Sex Ed: WISE Oregon

Ely Sanders, MPA, Sexual Health & School Health Specialist

Oregon Department of Education

Join Ely as he discusses the current state of Sexuality Education (Sex Ed) in Oregon. Mr. Sanders will provide a brief overview of Oregon’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education Law and Working to Institutionalize Sexuality Education (WISE) Oregon. The WISE in Oregon program, supported by a 5 year grant from the Grove/Packard Foundation, has provided 16 Oregon school districts (Woodburn, Warrenton-Hammond, St. Helens, Clatskanie, Cascade, Corvallis, Tigard/Tualatin, Bethel, Willamina, Sherwood, Salem-Keizer, Sisters, Paisley, Pleasant Hill, Sheridan, and Gervais) with mapping/alignment, standards/assessment, SHAC (school health advisory committee), LGBTQ, technology, and curriculum training. In addition, revision/development of school district sexuality education policy that aligns with Oregon law has been a critical component of the WISE in Oregon. Throughout the 5 years Portland State University has provided on-going evaluation of the process and implementation. Learning for Action has provided a Case Study of WISE Oregon. Learn how WISE Oregon has positively impacted the students of these districts and the “lessons learned” by the school districts and the WISE in Oregon Team. Participate in a “What’s Next” discussion and help inform the future of Sex Ed in Oregon.

  • Intended Audience: Adults, Teachers/Educators
  • Main Focus: Promoting Healthy Relationships, Sexual Health
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Research & Trends, Program Design, Information Sharing

 

C3 – LGBTQ (Listening, Good Boundaries & Treatment of Queer) KIDS Exploring Queer Youth, Philosophy & Behavior

Jo Langford, M.A., Therapist, Sex Educator, Author

An important discussion for parents and teachers around how to best serve their LGBTQ kids. Join Jo Langford for an honest and humorous talk to discuss and ask questions about how to give and get your children the information they need to keep themselves safe (from others and themselves).

It Gets Better…but the how and the when of “It” starts with parents. Join me for a discussion around how to be the best parent you can be if your kid is (or might be) gay.

This workshop will provide a chance for parents to have discussion around and ask questions about: the differences between Sex, Gender & Orientation, Homophobia and the coming out process for you as well as your child, and Sex-Ed on the other side of the fence.

  • Intended Audience:  Parents
  • Main Focus: Sexual Health
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques:   Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building

 

C4 – Near Universal Contraceptive Coverage: How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Stands Up for Family Planning

Gabriel Mendez, Student

Portland Community College

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act revolutionized the way healthcare is treated in this country. Millions upon millions of Americans received health insurance and everyone benefited from the enhanced protections given to consumers, including the mandate on contraception to be serviced at no cost to the subscriber. Empowering youth with the option of choosing any contraceptive method FDA approved at no cost lays down the framework for linking youth to the services they need while enabling personal choice in regards to teen pregnancy prevention.  The presentation will discuss aspects of the Affordable Care Act that most affect the choice youth have when it comes to healthcare. Focusing primarily on the patient protections included in the law and the mandate for no-pay contraceptive services, the workshop hopes to illustrate the ways the Affordable Care Act stands up for choice and empowers youth. The way youth are treated as patients is fundamental in uplifting healthy bodies, minds and communities.

  • Intended Audience:  Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Serving Diverse Populations, Sexual Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Healthcare Options, Patient Advocacy & Rights
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture
  • Presentation Emphasis: Information Sharing

 

C5 – Engaging Youth through Participatory Action Research

Liz Thorne, MPH

Adolescent Health Policy & Assessment Specialist

Oregon Health Authority

Authentically engaging young people in program and policy decisions that effect their lives yield benefits for organizations, young people themselves, and entire communities. Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is one evidence-based strategy to support authentic youth engagement and positive youth development. The Adolescent and School Health Program at the Public Health Division recently released a Y-PAR curriculum as a resource to support Y-PAR as a strategy for any

youth-serving entity (such as a local public health department, non-profit, or school) to authentically engage youth on any health or social issue. This session will provide a foundation of the theory and philosophical underpinnings of Y-PAR and PYD; identify benefits and challenges to implementing Y-PAR by spotlighting a community partner currently doing the work; and engage participants in a discussion on utilizing Y-PAR in their organization or community. Participants will be able to examine barriers and opportunities to implementing authentic youth engagement strategies in their community.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Adolescent Brain Development, Youth Engagement, Positive Youth Development
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Information Sharing

 

C6 – Not For Sale

Denise Velasco, M.Ed, Teacher, Network Charter School

Elliot Glaser-Flynn, Playwright, Director,

Student, Lane Community College

Nearly 100,000 American girls and young women are trafficked for sex in the United States each year. Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries, estimated at $32 billion annually. This workshop will explore through interactive activities, games and discussions, the different types of human trafficking which exist in our society and where they take place…it may surprise you.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Human Sex Trafficking
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Information Sharing

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Session D

D1 – The Developing Brain: Youth & Learning In Sexual Health

Lindsay Weaver, MPH, PREP Project Coordinator

LaShanda Eller, MPH, PREP Research Analyst

Oregon Health Authority

The human brain matures and develops throughout childhood, adolescence, and into early adulthood. The adolescent brain processes emotional and external stimuli differently than adults. Different regions of the adolescent brain are in different stages of development with

rapid increase in brain cells, connections, followed by refinement and strengthening of neural pathways. These changes are essential for the development of coordinated thought, action, behavior and overall a healthy brain.

Evidence?based youth sexual health programming uses strategies that enhance learning for youth. The connections between brain development and facilitation practices help create an enhanced learning environment for youth around sexual health education, skill?building and decision?making. Facilitating developmentally suitable learning opportunities will provide youth with information and skills to make healthy decisions for their lives as they transition into adulthood. This workshop will explore one’s own beliefs about adolescent brain development, behaviors and choices. We will discuss examples of program strategies used in evidence?based youth sexual health programming and discuss how learning environments can provide youth with the opportunities for making healthy decisions for themselves, their partners and their communities.

  • Intended Audience: Teachers/Educators
  • Main Focus: Sexual Health, Sexually Transmitted Infection/Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Evidence Based Youth Sexual Health Programming
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation EmphasisInformation Sharing

 

D2 – Promoting Youth Sexual Health with the Healthy Teen Relationship Act

Nancy Greenman, Prevention Program Coordinator,

Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

Megan Kovacs, Community Education Program Coordinator,

Raphael House of Portland

The Healthy Teen Relationship Act (HTRA), effective since 1/1/2013, requires all 7-12 schools to take specific steps,

including adopting policy, setting up a reporting system, and educating students and staff. In this workshop, we will go

over those requirements, framing each in terms of opportunities and brainstorming how they might play out in

participants’ schools and communities. We’ll look at the roles of youth, educators, parents and providers in promoting healthy teen relationships in their communities. We’ll provide tools for best practice for community-driven

implementation—including positive framing, healthy relationships and sexuality promotion, thus taking a proactive approach to addressing dating and sexual violence throughout Oregon. Participants will become familiar with the requirement of the HTRA. Participants will gain ideas as to how to use the HTRA to promote youth sexual health in their schools and communities, and gain an increased understanding of positive framing and healthy sexuality promotion as dating and sexual violence prevention.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Promoting Healthy Relationships
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques:   Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis:   Practical Application

 

D3 – How Much We Know and Talk About HIV/STD Prevention

Edúcate Ya, Health Educators

HIV and STI’s are still affecting Latino communities.

In this workshop we will learn how we can talk about this issue with family members and friends and how we can offer information in a cultural, family, and religious appropriate manner. We will learn how people get infected and ways to prevent infection. We will also discuss where we can access information and services. Being informed not only helps us, but helps us share this information with those we know in order to keep our communities healthy and aware. Participants will learn how to communicate better with family members and friends about issues of sexuality and prevention; how a person gets infected, and receive updated information and statistics of infection among Latinos. Participants will learn how we can prevent infection by using safe practices, and have an open dialogue about how much we know and what we need to know in order to become better informed.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: HIV Prevention/Treatment, STD Infection/Prevention Treatment
  • Level of Information: Intermediate
  • Presentation Techniques:   Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis:   Practical Application, Information Sharing

 

D4 – Body Image 101

Erin Garcia, Peer Educator, CHATpdx

This workshop will emphasize the importance of positive body image and how it can be used to your advantage in personal and public settings, and how to love yourself to the fullest. This workshop is to entertain the idea of a positive body image and what skills and knowledge can help you attain a positive outlook and positive body image. We will use beauty products and psychology and art all to express yourself and have a positive body image without just hiding behind it, but to embrace everything positive about yourself.

  • Intended Audience:  Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Body Image
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques:  Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building, Information Sharing

 

D5– Connecting with Diverse Populations: A How-to Guide

Yolanda Sanchez, CPS, Youth & Family Specialist

Clair Raujol, MMOL, CPS, Youth & Family Specialist

Volunteers of America Oregon

The Youth Prevention Services team at Volunteers of America has worked to connect with low-income populations and communities of color. The populations they serve have spanned racial, income, age, gender, and cultural differences. In their work to help these vulnerable communities succeed, they have found successful strategies in engagement and building relationships they’d like to share. Attend a how-to workshop and gain strategies to help you successfully engage diverse groups in your work. The simple tools provided will help you build upon your relationships with your current students, families and clients. These strategies will also help increase your success of marketing programming to a diverse incoming cliental. Participants will learn how to show sensitivity to diverse communities, build upon relationships, and revise your current programming to help it fit into a broader cultural context,   Participants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss their own difficulties in this area and practice “thinking outside the box” to help encourage inclusion of diverse communities, and encourage personal growth by looking at individual and organization barriers toward inclusivity of diverse populations

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus:   Serving Diverse Populations
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application

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Session E

E1 – Welcoming Schools

Tracy Flynn, M.Ed., Management & Education Consultant

Tracy Flynn Consulting

Welcoming Schools, a program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is a comprehensive approach to creating welcoming schools that utilizes “teachable moments” and is LGBT inclusive. While the program was designed for preK-grade six environments, the content and approach is applicable to all. WS includes administration, educator, teacher and full community support strategies that foster the following: Respecting family diversity and encouraging family involvement across the community including diverse family structures such as adoptive families, foster families, children being raised by their grandparents, single parent families, same gender headed families etc; Avoiding gender stereotyping and creating gender inclusive schools by addressing stereotypes, being inclusive of gender expansive children and interrupting and preventing gender bias;  Ending name calling and bullying, through clear policies and procedures that prohibit harassment intimidation and bullying based on race, ethnicity, social class, gender, gender expression, nationality, sexual orientation, abilities, etc. And, through supporting curricula and teaching strategies that are inclusive and use “teachable moments” with children.

Welcoming Schools is not an exclusively LGBT program. However, Welcoming Schools does not avoid LGBT topics of inclusion related to family, staff and student diversity.

This session will include an overview of the approach and philosophy of the program as well as a screening of the award winning educational training film, “What Can We Do? (to end bias based bullying)”

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults, Teachers/Educators,
  • Anyone Working in Schools
  • Main Focus: Bullying, Gender Diversity
  • Level of Information: All Audiences
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building

 

E2 – Why Birth Control is Not Working?

Gina Silva, MSW, CSWA, Intake Specialist & Therapist

Elizabeth Pruett, RN, MSN, CPNP, on-site Medical Director & NP, OHSU/Merlo Station High School Based Health Center

Panel: Arianna Owens, Jasmine Vildozola, Georgina Ortega

Mental Health Presenter will share information and discuss some of the cultural bias in Latino populations when it comes to talking about sexual activity and birth control within both genders. The pediatric Nurse Practitioner will discuss contraception and access/barriers in the school based health center where she works alongside the Mental Health Presenter.  After the brief lecture, the presentation will introduce the panel, which will consist of 3 young adult female mothers. They will be able to share the experience about teen parenting. We will share information on the important cultural considerations to have in mind when attempting to prevent Teen Parenting in Latino/Hispanic communities or in School Based Health Centers. The panel presenters will enhance the participant’s knowledge by hearing young parents sharing their stories about birth control and their parenting journey. Participants will learn and understand three barriers within the Latino communities and/or school based health centers that prevents the use of birth control effectively and participants will learn two effective ways to help convey to Latino youth communities the importance of sexual health and preventing pregnancy.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Teen Parenting, Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Panel
  • Presentation Emphasis: Skill Building, Information Sharing

 

E3 –Men Engaging in Preventing Gendered Violence: Supporting Survivors as Prevention & Prevention as Survivors Support

Colin Stevens, Co-Chair, Men’s Engagement sub-Committee of Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

Carolyne Haycraft . M.Ed, MFA, Prevention & Education Committee of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

Scott Etherton, Equity Associate

Office of Equity & Inclusion, Oregon State University

If you are a caring leader in your community, it is very likely that you receive disclosures from students, peers, friends, or family, who are looking for understanding, resources, and support when gendered violence occurs. It is important to be able to identify confidential resources, consider obligations surrounding confidentiality and mandatory reporting and understand how misinformation or myths on topics related to gendered violence and masculinity (clothing, gender identify, alcohol and drug consumption) impact prevention, intervention and support for survivors. The information shared is based on a prior workshop provided the Office of Equity and Inclusion at OSU for university students and incorporates the “SILVER” (Safety, Informed of Confidentiality, Listening, Validation, Empowerment, Resources/Referral) model. Participants will identify and explore: what constitutes gendered violence, how it occurs and why people don’t tell others about their experience. Participants will be able to identify key people and resources in a given community that survivors are most likely to reach out to for support. Participants will explore cultural and societal myths surrounding masculinity and why gendered violence occurs. Participants will learn skills in receiving and responding to disclosures of violence and how these skills can be used to advance community prevention efforts; and ways to function as an “upstander” in a given community and why identifying safe people and spaces is a form of prevention.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Intimate Partner Violence, Promoting Healthy Relationships
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Interactive, Panel
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Skill Building

 

E4 – LGBT+ Teen Panel

Lincoln County Students

How do young people identify and come to terms with being gay? What is the difference between gender expression and gender identity? Between sexual orientation and sexual behavior? What can schools do to help LGBT+students thrive? A panel of six LGBT+ teens will lead you through their own journey in discovering their sexual orientation and gender identify. They will explain the intricacies of gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation with an easy to understand visual, including an explanation of the full acronym LGBTQQIP2SAA. They will explain how Gay Straight Alliance Clubs in their school have helped them, and what it is like to be a sexual minority, and in some cases a racial minority, in a rural town. Participants will be able to distinguish between gender identify, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation; participants will be able to separate sexual orientation from sexual behavior, and will gain familiarity with the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity, and will understand the role of Gay Straight Alliance Clubs in creating a welcoming and safe school climate for LGBT+ students.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Bullying, Gender Identify, LGBTQ
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Panel
  • Presentation Emphasis: Information Sharing

 

E5 – True Intimacy

Erin Vanstaalduinen, Relate Coordinator

Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic

Our deepest desire as humans is to know others and be known deeply. We often confuse sexual intimacy with being known. Sexual health should be looked at holistically and must include an understanding of the emotional elements of sex. This workshop will discuss emotional intimacy and its foundational role in healthy relationships. We will look at the progression of emotional intimacy in relationships from just meeting someone to being truly known and loved by someone, understanding the time and work that is involved in taking risks to be known and the patience of building trust. This knowledge will build a platform for healthy bodies, minds and communities. Participants will learn to speak holistically about relationships and sexual health and will learn how to progress through different levels of emotional intimacy. They will acquire knowledge and skills to navigate relationships while maintaining physical and emotional health.

  • Intended Audience: Youth & Adults
  • Main Focus: Promoting Healthy Relationships, Sexual Health
  • Level of Information: Introductory
  • Presentation Techniques: Lecture, Interactive
  • Presentation Emphasis: Practical Application, Skill Building

 

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2015 Conference Sponsors

Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force
Oregon Health Authority, Adolescent & School Health Programs
VDAC
YouthToday.org