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Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference

 Maine’s annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference began as an opportunity to provide sexuality education updates to school nurses and health teachers. Decades later, it has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event for educators, school nurses, school counselors, and a variety of other youth-serving professionals. Every year we are excited to come together to share new and innovative programming, develop skills and knowledge, and provide resources for delivering positive, inclusive sexual health education. 

Join us for Maine’s 2024 Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference!

THEME AND DESCRIPTION

This year’s CSE Conference, Cultivating Connections: Strengthening Communities Through Sex Ed, uplifts the voices of people working, living, or who have a connection in Maine. In our increasingly connected world, youth may still feel disconnected in many ways. When youth feel connected and know that they matter to their communities, their health outcomes are improved. As educators and youth professionals, we have the opportunity to build the connections, skills, and tools young people need to navigate a changing world. Together we will share our collective wisdom and expertise in how we are cultivating connections and strengthening communities through sex ed.

Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s conference.

Participants will attend an opening panel session, two workshop sessions of their choice, and two roundtable discussions. With more details to come, here is a sample of some of the in-person workshops:  

  • Gender (in)Justice and Sexual Health Education: Developing Critical Awareness for Positive Health Outcomes, Hardy Girls
  • What Surrounds Us Shapes Us, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • Microaggression Awareness and Response, Prevention Action Change
  • LGBTQ+ Identities and Health Class – Navigating the Hard Questions, OUT Maine
  • Cultivating Connection as the Root of Sexual Violence Prevention, MECASA and OUT Maine
  • Sex, Stigma, and STIs, Maine CDC STD Program
  • Reframing Sex Ed: from Prevention to Self Determination, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

VIRTUAL PACKAGE

If you are unable to attend in-person you may purchase a Virtual Package which will include a recording of the opening panel as well as a separate list of recorded workshops. In-person attendees will also have access to the Virtual Package. With more details to come, here is a sample of some of the Virtual Package workshop titles: 

  • The (In)Visibility of Intersex Folx in Sex Ed, ANSWER
  • Becoming a Champion of Youth Sexual Wellbeing in your Community, Laura Parent MA candidate
  • Dating Violence Prevention Education and Culture Change through Youth Leadership, SafeBAE
  • Queer-Inclusive Sex Ed, Mabel Wadsworth Center

ACCESSIBILITY – American Sign Language interpreters will be available. For this service and to share with us any other accessibility needs, please email training@mainefamilyplanning.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS – Scholarships that cover the registration fee are available! For more information, please contact lkaplowitz@mainefamilyplanning.org.

Maine Family Planning’s 17th Annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference, themed “Sex Ed in a Changing World,” took place on April 7. 

2023 Conference Program

Keynote  

Workshops

  • Abortion Is Normal: Sharing Facts and Debunking Myths presented by Lindsey Piper
  • The Perfect Girl Doesn’t Exist: Social Media and Gender Stereotypes presented by Adrienne Carmack
  • Resources for Culture Change: Youth Empowerment & Adult Allyship presented by Shael Norris
  • Porn Literacy presented by Katie Church, Lisa Rävar, and Lynette Johnson
  • What is Anti-Racist Sex Ed? Taking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) from Theory to Action presented by Olivia Friday LoneMan
  • Building Welcoming and Inclusive Health Classes for Maine’s LGBTQ+ Youth presented by Katie Lutts
  • Preventing Teen Dating Violence presented by Nancy Provost, Danielle Eaton, Daniel Norwood, and Allison Fortin
  • Sex is a Funny Word: Addressing Common Questions about Sexual Health Services presented by Finn Wilder

Maine Family Planning’s 16th Annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference, themed “#SexEdForAll,” took place virtually on April 7 and April 8. 

2022 Conference Program 

Keynote

Workshops

  • Towards Cultural Responsiveness in the Sex Education Classroom presented by April Perkins, Deqa Dhalac, and Amelia Lyons
  • Queering Consent presented by Kat Duvall and Caroline Wheeler
  • Teen Pregnancy & Moving Beyond “Prevention”  presented by Olivia Pennington
  • Centering the Disability Experience: Normalizing Sexuality presented by Rachel Kaplan
  • Queer Sex Ed 201  presented by Aspen Ruhlin
  • How Do Gender Stereotypes Affect the Way We Teach Sex Ed?  presented by Danny Mejia and MB2M Youth Council
  • What’s New in Sexual Health? presented by Vanessa Shields-Haas

Maine Family Planning’s 15th Annual Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference, themed “Cultivating a Culture of Consent,” took place virtually on April 1 and April 2. 

2021 Conference Program 

Keynote

Workshops

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