Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101

 

Speaker: Katherine McLaughlin M.Ed

Topic: Sexual Health

Location: Peabody, MA

Monday, June 4, 2018

 

People with developmental disabilities are often left out of the conversation about sexuality, almost as if they are incapable of having thoughts, feelings, and needs. In reality, they, too, are sexual beings that need information and skills for making healthy decisions about sexuality. As someone who works with people with developmental disabilities, you may be the most likely person to discuss sexuality with them, or someone with a developmental disability may approach you with questions about sexuality. This workshop will help you become more comfortable talking about this sensitive topic by discussing what needs to be taught when and how to help people with developmental disabilities have safe and satisfying relationships.
Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and specific issues for people with developmental disabilities
  • Explore our own values and attitudes regarding sexuality and people with developmental disabilities
  • Explore ways to communicate about sexuality with people with developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians.

This workshop is for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, National Certified Counselors, Nurses, Educators and Psychologists. The format will include lecture, small group activities, and large group discussion.

About the Speaker:

Katherine McLaughlin M.Ed is an expert on sexuality and developmental disabilities, has taught sexuality education to people with developmental disabilities as well as trained them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. She has trained nationally at conferences and workshops, has developed and led parent workshops on Talking to Your Kids with Disabilities about Sexuality, and has trained staff on how to address sexuality with people with disabilities. Katherine has co-authored two curricula for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England: Sexuality Education for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Sexual Violence in Teenage Lives. Katherine worked as a sexuality educator and trainer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for over 20 years. She now leads workshops as a private consultant and also teaches Human Sexuality at Keene State College in New Hampshire

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