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Brave Conversations - Utilizing trauma-informed approaches to talk to youth about sex
Our general approach to adolescent sexual health alienates and shames youth who have experienced sexual violence. By focusing solely on risk and prevention, sex education programs and youth-serving professionals generally fail to engage youth in necessary conversations about their power, choice, and consent. This workshop will provide guidance to youth-serving professionals so they can have brave conversations with youth. We will discuss the need for trauma-informed sex education and discuss how to incorporate trauma-informed practices in daily work.

Upon completion of this event, participants should be able to:
- Articulate the importance of using a trauma-informed framework for sexual health conversations
- Identify strategies to engage in discussions with youth who have experienced trauma

**Continuing education credit/contact hours (1.0 total hours) will be offered for the following: Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, Certified in Public Health, Certified Health Education Specialists, Continuing Professional Education.

Apr 28, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
Director @Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
Dr. Monica Faulkner is a Research Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin and the Director and co-founder of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. She holds Bachelor degrees in Government and Social Work from the UT Austin and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston. She received her PhD in Social Work from UT Austin in 2010. As a social worker, Dr. Faulkner has worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and as a case manager for children in foster care. Dr. Faulkner also worked in the Texas Legislature focusing on policy issues related to health and human services for two legislative sessions. Currently, Dr. Faulkner uses her research expertise to build evidence for interventions and policies that improve the lives of marginalized populations of youth and families. She specializes in program evaluations related to child maltreatment prevention, foster care, and adolescent sexual health.