Teaching About Sexuality and HIV
SIECUS Report, Vol. 27, No. 4, April/May 1999.
A truly great resource
It's all here: theoretical foundations for educational programs; descriptions, definitions and samples of a wide range of teaching/training methods (enough lectures, already!); how-to-choose which methods, when, why, and for whom; and a historical and current context for sexuality education. This comprehensive content is presented in a variety of ways, including real stories, some funny, some sad, all well-chosen to illustrate and enrich the valuable teachings.
If you're only going to buy one resource on sexuality/HIV education, make it this one."
Sandy Rice from Austin, TX USA, reader's review from Amazon.com
"At last, a thorough, comprehensive reference for sexuality/HIV educators/trainers that is theory-based but still practical. It not only explains concepts and suggests tools but it explains how to use them. The authors have managed to strike a rare balance: addressing the needs and questions of newer educators/trainers while still providing the more seasoned professional with useful information, background and insights. This will be a useful resource for those just starting out in the field, to those who are self trained and 'flying by the seat of their pants' and those who want/need to refresh the 'why and wherefore' behind the work they do."
Wayne Pawlowski, nationally recognized sexuality trainer and educator
Peggy Brick, nationally recognized speaker on sexuality education
Beth Reis, MS, author of Family Life and Sexual Health
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Although originally developed for high risk and incarcerated youth, by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Making Healthy Choices has attracted the attention of numerous school districts, which will use it with general high school populations, especially in alternative programs.
Lifespan Education staff designed the curriculum, trained a cadre of faculty, and conducted the formative pilot-testing on five of the units. We are available to design site-appropriate staff trainings on this unusual and cutting edge curriculum.
Thanks for your interest in the "Making Healthy Choices" curriculum. As one of the authors, I'm glad to know you are considering this curriculum for use in your school, health department or organization.
To order a copy of the curriculum, your best bet is to do so on-line with the Washington State Department of Printing, which publishes the document for the Wa. St. Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration.
Here's how to purchase this curriculum online:
Good luck to you. If you have trouble getting on-line or need to call in your order, or if you simply have other questions regarding obtaining a copy, you may call Jennifer Forte at the Dept. of Printing at 360-570-5022
If you are interested in obtaining staff training on the curriculum, please contact me.
Affirming vs. Promoting
Some people wonder why it is appropriate to address issues of sexual diversity in the workplace as part of an agency’s diversity program. Here are some good reasons:
Most organizations realize that having all employees feel included and respected in their work environment ultimately affects the “bottom line.” When diversity training does not appropriately address these issues, GLBT people feel they don’t really count in the organization. Sexual diversity training sends a strong message that all employees are valued members of the team.
Managers face a special challenge in acknowledging the rights of individuals to hold their own beliefs about this issue while creating an inclusive environment for everyone. The manager-specific version of this training addresses such topics as promoting professional behaviors among all staff, dealing with opposition to inclusive policies, ensuring that GLBT client needs are appropriately addressed, and articulating the difference between “affirming” diversity and “promoting” a particular group.