foundations and strategies for trauma-informed sex ed

Session 1: November 1, 2022 • 4:00-6:00 PM ET

Session 2: November 15, 2022 • 4:00-6:00 PM ET


Talking about sexuality in the classroom can be awkward! We’ve all been there. There’s a difference between discomfort and experiencing a trauma response, though. It can be hard to know what’s going on for our students.

What can we do to become trustworthy adults and avoid harm and re-traumatization in the classroom? Join us to learn what we can do as educators to promote youth safety and wellness during sex ed and beyond.

Session 1 will focus on foundational knowledge related to trauma, and responses and manifestations in the classroom.

Session 1 is a prerequisite for Session 2, which will cover practical tools and strategies for becoming a trauma-informed educator and supporting young people during sexual health discussions.

After this training participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma​;
  • Describe three types and three impacts of trauma​;
  • Identify ways students’ trauma can manifest in the classroom; and
  • Reflect on secondary trauma and self-care techniques.
Meet your trainer: Sarah Orton, Cardea

Coming from harm reduction and anti-sexual violence movements, Sarah designs and implements comprehensive, equitable, and trauma-informed sex education training with Cardea.

Cardea is a national, women of color-led organization with over 50 years of experience providing social impact evaluation, policy advancement, capacity development, and professional learning services to health and human service organizations. Cardea envisions a world in which optimal health and well-being, equity, and justice are realities for all communities, and they address complex program, policy, and systems issues by co-creating solutions that center community strengths and wisdom. In all of their services, Cardea carries their core values of collective humanity, humility, compassion, collaboration, and innovation and believes that organizations thrive by integrating principles of equity and social justice into all of their work. Check out Cardea’s Catalog of School-Support services and other training content to learn more. 


After registering for this training, you will be sent the Zoom information for both sessions. Session 1 is a prerequisite for session 2.

This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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