I started my career providing counseling to child victims of crime. Approximately 75% of my child clients were in therapy due to sexual abuse. For seven years I worked as a child therapist and program coordinator for this population, and even though I grew up in a home that rarely talked about sex, I had to get comfortable with the topic very quickly. I also had to learn about what constituted sexual abuse and what healthy sexual development looked like. I still work with some sexual abuse survivors, but I also work to educate people about healthy sexual development through consultations, parent coaching, workshops, and court testimony. Now, for the first time, I'm bringing all that I've learned (and how to talk about it with kids) to an online course for parents.
Q: What's the format of this course? A: It's an e-course hosted by thinkific with slides and audio to accompany them.
Q: How long will it take? A: Since each person can go at their own pace, the time it takes to complete will vary from person to person. Fast readers may want to read the slides on silent and go quickly. Multi-taskers may want to leave the audio on and listen while they wash dishes.
Q: Do I have to do the whole thing? A: Nope. Each chapter is set up to be a standalone topic, so you can do the ones that you're interested in and skip the ones that you already feel confident in.
Q: Will I agree with all parts of this? A: This course is intended to be sex-positive, meaning talking about sex in a way that is free from shame or judgment. If sex-positivity is new to you, some of the language may feel awkward at first. I have tried to include options for families to customize conversations with their own values, as applicable.
Q: Is this LGBTQ+ friendly? A: Yes. There is a chapter on LGBTQ+ terms and how to normalize LGBTQ+ relationships and support LGBTQ+ kids. If you are anti-LGBTQ+ this is likely not the course for you.