Cordelia Anderson M.A.



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NEW: Pornography & Preventing Problematic Sexual Behavior - Handout

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.

"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)

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.

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. 

New:  A Public Health Approach to Pornography Once something rises to the level of being a social issue that impacts the environment, it is a public health concern. When a problem is a public health concern it requires action beyond what individuals can do. The Internet changed the reach of pornography to make it easily accessible to children, youth and adults who otherwise wouldn’t have had the access. During that same time the content has become dominated by hard core violence that had little to do with sex and everything to do with a profit at the expense of individual health and well-being. This session describes a public health approach to pornography, related research and a range of action strategies. Handout

The Impact of Pornography on Children and Youth  ((Variation in focus and title option "50 Shades of Pornography"- This session defines pornography and child pornography in ways that differentiate both from the general category of ‘sexually explicit materials.’ The training highlights numerous studies that show the impact of pornography on children youth and culture. It outlines ways the impact has escalated with changing content and through the reach of technology. Several different strategies to combat the harm are also identified.The training outlines why addressing pornography is important in efforts to prevent child sexual abuse & exploitation as well as all sexual violence. It explains various ways pornography and the pornified culture hurt sexual and relational health, rather than helping. Handout

"Keeping Professionals Healthy: PTSD, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout” (Alternative titles available) - Trauma work can be traumatizing; it can also be an organizational hazard. Compassion fatigue and burn-out impact those doing trauma work and others simply trying to balance   the demands of life with the strains and from work.  This session includes information  on keeping professionals healthy; addresses both individual and organizational issues. The session can vary in length and levels of activities depending on time available and interest in interaction/experiential activities. This session can also be tailored more specifically for law enforcement/investigators of child pornography, social workers/therapists, educators, victim advocates or sex offender therapists. Handout

Intimacy & Love – Keys To Helping Young People Develop Caring Connections, Healthy Relationships) -  A four letter word, LOVE, and eight letter word, INTIMACY, are often overlooked in a ‘sex sells’ culture; yet they are keys for a broad range of caring connections and healthy relationships. We now understand that emotional intelligence is critical to life long success.This workshop focuses on the power of protective factors such as “connectedness” that help counter the constant tsunami of sexually toxic and violent messages and experiences that too often shape attitudes, values and behaviors. It also includes tips for what we each can do to help our own children and all young people have quality relationships that help them thrive in school, work and life. Handout

Raising Sexually Healthy Children & Teens In a Sexually Toxic, Pornified Environment - Raising sexually healthy children has never been easy, but in a sexually toxic environment that has become increasingly pornified, it is particularly challenging. While degrading sexual language and images multiple people talk less about what’s important - love, caring connections and intimacy. This workshop can include information on "expected development"in children and youth or focus on the nature and impact of the environment and social norms on behaviors and promotes actions to help make healthier choices the easy choice.

Children with Sexual Behavior Problems: Restorative Interventions & Prevention Strategies
- Data is limited but increasingly advocates, educators and  law enforcement  are fielding calls from concerned adults trying to determine what to do that would be most effective to help the one doing the harm and those being harmed.   What can we do that is not an over or under reaction? Few prevention efforts adequately address the range of peer to peer sexual behavior problems whether they are done on or off line.  Consider the different responses possible when parents call for technical assistance if they call upon  a victim advocate, child protection, law enforcement or clinician. This session will engage participants in discussions about restorative responses for  prevention and intervention as well as the values that drive how we respond to children.

Circle Training –Participants learn about restorative practices with the emphasis on circles for prevention and intervention. This session can be designed as experiential for team building/staff development or can focus more on tools to use such as SEAD (Stop Everything & Dialogue)

Bullying & Cyberbullying – Bystanders, Targets, Doers, Toxic Society - Bullying is nothing new however technology used as a tool to access victims and widely disseminate harmful information is newer. Keeping up with all the ways harm can happen is no easy challenge. This session provides information on the problem ,best practices for prevention and intervention. And points to a range of resources/programs available. Information on restorative/transformative methods are included and depending on time the session may be formatted to include and circle dialogue or lecture.

Contact: Cordelia Anderson
Sensibilities Prevention Services
3118 West Lake Street # 431
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

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