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 - 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.
"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.
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.
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.