Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101
An Engaging Self-Study, Online Course to Help Staff Work One-on-One With This Sensitive Topic
Feel More Confident and Skillful When Discussing Sexuality
When it comes to discussions about sexuality, people with disabilities are often excluded; almost as if they’re incapable of having sexual thoughts, feelings and needs. In reality, they too are sexual beings who need information and skills to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships.
If you’re like many professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities, you know sexuality issues need to be addressed, but you may not have the knowledge, skills and confidence to do so.
But don’t worry. We’ve got your back.
This six-module, online course offers you a proven, nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors. Like so many other professionals who’ve completed this course, you’ll come away feeling more skillful, comfortable and confident when discussing sexuality with the people you serve.Buy Now & Start Learning
The training modules and curriculum that Katherine has designed set the standard for sexual education for individuals with ID/DD. They are straight forward, sensitive, humane, and with compassion.
Benefits of this Online Course
Use With All Your Staff
Enables new hires to begin training immediately. Appropriate for direct support staff as well as management. Assures consistency of training.
Learn when you want, where you want – makes it easy to coordinate training with your staff.
Reduce Training Cost
No travel or extended time out of the office. Buy it once and get unlimited use.
This Course Includes
6 Video Training Modules
High quality, well-paced learning modules developed by Katherine McLaughlin, an expert in sexuality education.
PDF Downloads of Course Materials
Accompanying PDF version of training exercises, handouts and checklists.
Email Support for Your Questions
Email your questions to our support team as you go through the program.
Research Shows Online Learning is More Effective
The U.S. Department of Education released a report recently on the effectiveness of online education. Their meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.
Course Learning Objectives
Define sexuality and sexual self-advocacy and create positive messages for people with developmental disabilities.
Discuss sexual development and explain issues related to sexuality and developmental disabilities.
Recognize and examine how your own values and attitudes impact your ability and effectiveness in teaching this topic.
Discuss ways to teach this topic, answer questions, and responding to behaviors.
Access tool and strategies to answer questions, respond to behaviors, and address sexuality in an effective way.
Identify tools and strategies for working with parents and guardians.
Here’s What You’ll Learn in Each Module
Module 1 – Getting Back to Basics
This module explores what sexuality and sexual self-advocacy mean. It examines messages that we received growing up about sexuality and how those impact our ability to talk about this topic. We will create positive messages to use in working with people with developmental disabilities.
Module 2 – Sexuality 101
This module gets you up to date on Human Sexual Development and the issues regarding sexuality that people with developmental disabilities face. You will gain a better understanding of how to support people with developmental disabilities in their sexual development.
Module 3 – Barriers to Being Effective
This module examines the barriers we face in communicating about this topic. We will explore our own values and attitudes and how these impact our ability to discuss this sensitive topic.
Module 4 – Answering Questions: Practical Tips and Tools
This module is designed to give you the tools to overcome any barriers you have with addressing this topic. We will explore the different types of questions and effective ways to answer questions.
Module 5 – Responding to Behaviors: Practice, Tips and Tools
This module provides a framework for responding to sexual behaviors. We will explore different scenarios involving sexual behaviors and how you might respond to these behaviors in a effective and positive way.
Module 6 – Working With Parents and Guardians
This module will help you learn ways to build your relationship with parents. We will discuss tips for working with parents and guardians and how to relieve their concerns.
Here’s a Brief Sample of the Course Content
To find out what the course is like, watch this short montage video. It compresses nine hours of content into five minutes to give you an idea of what to expect.
Buy it Once and Get Unlimited Use
- Course Includes
- 6 Video Training Modules
- Downloadable PDF’s
- Email Support for Questions
Katherine McLaughlin is a phenomenal trainer full of energy and knowledge. She is skilled at creating an extremely comfortable environment for people to learn about such an important and sensitive topic.
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