Encouraging Family Communication About Healthy Sexuality (Online Course)
Studies have shown that increased communication between a child and their parent or guardian will lead to safer sexual behavior among teens. Parents or guardians should be the primary source for young people to learn about their changing bodies, sexual and reproductive health and healthy relationships. Family communication about sex helps young people become comfortable thinking and talking about sex which helps them have better health outcomes and healthier, more respectful relationships.
Encouraging two-way communication between parents and youth allows for more open and honest discussions about traditional harm-reduction topics of STD, abuse and pregnancy prevention and a broader range of sexuality and relationship topics. This online course covers how parents and guardians can educate youth and encourage them to make healthy decisions about sex and relationships. It also shares strategies for how youth can bring up conversations with parents, guardians and other family members. Helpful online resources are also reviewed.
- Informational Quiz for participants to test their knowledge after viewing all course video modules
- Educator's Toolkit with resources for school and community-based educators
- LIVE Expert Chat Question and Answer sessions (periodically - email notices will be sent to all course registrants when live chats are scheduled)
Who should attend?
- Health + Sexuality Educators
- School + Community-Based Educators
- Counselors + Social Workers
- Youth Educators
- Family Planning Staff
- Community Health or Outreach Workers
- School Nurses
After this session participants will be able to:
- Identify the positive impact family communication about sexuality can have on the healthy sexual development of young people.
- List sex-related topics that families can discuss to help youth become sexually healthy adults.
- Teach parents and guardians ways to initiate sexual health conversations with kids at different ages.
- Introduce youth to strategies for engaging parents and other family members in discussions about sexuality and relationships.
- Identify expert recommended and award winning books, videos, websites and other resources on healthy sexuality that parents or guardians can share with youth.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available:
Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #CEP 12241, for 1.2 contact hours.
Essential Access Health, provider #98021, is designated as a provider of Category 1 continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Health Educators attending this program may report up to 1.0 contact hours.
Certification in Public Health (CPH):
This event was sponsored by Essential Access Health, an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners for 1.0 credit.