This half-day (virtual) training will provide participants with information about the prevalence and impact of trauma on the brain and behavior, including the limitations of how trauma is assessed. Participants will utilize a strengths-based, youth-centered lens to reflect upon the impacts of trauma and best-practice responses. Participants will leave with concrete strategies for integrating a trauma-responsive approach to sex education delivery.
Trauma-Responsive Practices in Sex Education will provide participants with information about the prevalence and impact of trauma on the brain and behavior, including the limitations of how trauma is assessed. Utilizing a trauma-responsive approach means that a program, organization, or system “realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization” (SAMHSA). This training will lead sex educators through content knowledge and applicable best-practices for taking a trauma-responsive approach within their classrooms, including the role, trusted adults play in creating an environment conducive to resilience and healing. This training is intended for anyone implementing sexual health education with young people and the supervisors that support them.
Jenny Briggs (she/her) serves as Program Director for Amplify Youth Health Collective and has 8 years of experience in sexual health, including: sexuality education, clinic access, positive youth development, and wrap-around social services for adults living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining Amplify, Jenny served as a Program Director for another youth-serving organization and spent four years as a Family Life and Sexuality Educator in the Carrera Program with Union Public Schools. In addition to her work with young people, Jenny has conducted numerous trainings for adults in the areas of sexuality education, trauma-informed care, positive youth development, and social-emotional learning. Jenny earned her Master of Social Worker from the University of Oklahoma, with a focus in administration and community-practice, and is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers at the LMSW level.