NEW: Birds & Bees & Pornography? How to talk to your children or teens about pornography As if talking about sex and sexuality isn’t challenging enough, now we need to talk to our kids about pornography? How ready are you to respond to their questions or to initiate a discussion? How would you respond if you found out your child was troubled by something they’d seen or had developed problems as a result of exposure? This workshop addresses:
- Hurdles to even starting the discussion
- Key points at different ages
- Addresses not only age of a child realities but also their stage of development, maturity and life experiences
- Guidelines for discussions if your child or teen has a problem as a result of intentional or unintentional exposure
- Further resources to support adults talking with young people
Don’t let pornography or the pornography industry be the primary sex educator of your family. Your opinions, your attention and the connection you have with your children matters. Be prepared and be part of the solution.
NEW: "Using Stories for Prevention: Tapping into the heart of the facts and the power of change” Single stories often get in the way of collective action but stories based on solutions can help us put a face to the facts and tap into people's hearts in order to take meaningful action for substantive change. This session provides tools and dialogue around types of stories you can use in your work to build community, engage participants and help others to see their role in leadership and in prevention. Be prepared for active involvement, to get up and move and to walk away with new tools to put to use. Video - Handout (from ATSA -2014)
NEW: Theater & Writing Workshops for Individual & Social Change. Don't let the use of creative arts in the title stop you - this session is designed for those who don't see themselves as artists as well as those who don't shy away from the arts. This experiential workshop uses circles, writing prompts, theater exercises and more to more effectively articulate not only what we do but why we do it and how we can be more effective.
NEW: HOPE - For Survivors & others with direct lived experience. Whether participants are professionals who work in the field but don't get much time to attend to their own personal stories or those whose lives have nothing to do with sexual abuse or exploitation beyond their own personal experiences, this workshop helps participants strengthen their individual voices while also affording the opportunity to work in collaboration with others for social change. To end sexual abuse, exploitation & violence - the wisdom, leadership and ideas for change of those with direct lived experiences are key; this session is a step!
Bystanders: You Made It My Business When - Effectively engaging bystanders of all ages, to stand up rather than stand by, begins by changing the norms that prevent people from getting involved. This workshop includes several tools to change norms, engage bystanders and create healthier and safer environments to help prevent various acts of harm. Handout.
From Dr. Seuss to Porn (or) Countering Normalization of Sexual Harm - This session examines the normalization of sexual harm through marketing, technology, mainstream media and pornography. Several examples from a variety of venues are provide along with a sample of studies that show the impact. This session not only helps participants see what is too often hidden in front of our eyes, but it also provides actions that we can take to help in our families, communities and society. Handout
Countering Demand & Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - Most of the attention to date on the commercial sexual exploitation of children has focused on changes needed in laws and on the development of services to help children after they seek help or are rescued. This session focuses on supporting these needs while also paying attention to changing the social norms and practices that feed demand. Examples of prevention strategies are included. Handout
Bringing Activism Back Into Our Work (Alternative titles available including: Demand the Change, Demand the Change for Children) - Activism is a key strategy in social change and yet the word itself makes some people uncomfortable as if it doesn’t fit with also being professional. When issues or problems become a service industry, it is easy to become too focused in funding our services rather than pushing for fundamental changes, or to settle into doing what is right in front of us rather than doing the right thing. This training provides information on MNCASA’s Demand the Change for Children efforts including tools, activities and examples of ways elements that can be used by others including the use of solution based stories to inspire, partners, engage those with personal experiences and build momentum for social change. Demand the Change
Sexual Health: Talking About “IT?” Let's talk about and define sexual health, sexual esteem, healthy relationships, sexually toxic society and differences between sex and sexuality. The “Sexual Behavior Continuum” is a tool to help adults and youth distinguish between healthy and harmful behaviors and to develop clearer policies and procedures in the workplace and youth serving organizations. Sexual and relational health are a key components of primary prevention.
Restorative Justice/Practices for Prevention and Intervention – Restorative and Transformative Justice can help to transform behaviors and focus on healing and solutions. Restorative justice hold those that do harm accountable, are victim centered and attend to the ripple effects of the harm or violations in ways that help those accountable to right the wrongs. Information on how to use Circles is also included. Circles and restorative practices allow for another way, to deal with accountability, harm and solutions. When used for prevention they help participants build on strengths, stay grounded in values, build caring relationships and practice respectful listening to a wide variety of perspectives that helps groups move forward in a positive way. This session provides definitions, techniques and resources to help participants apply restorative practices.