Get Intimate at Roles, Relationships, & Relevance

Date: September 15th, 2016

Allison Tomai Felsen

As we draw closer to Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health, our 37th Annual National Conference, it’s a great time to highlight an incredible feature of the event, our Pre-Conference Institutes. These institutes (or “pre-cons,” as we call them for short) are full- or half-day intensive and interactive sessions designed to build your capacity in a specific topic area. This year, they will be held Monday, November 14.

Some members of our own dynamic staff are presenting Sassy and Short, but with a Punch: Translating Complex Health Information for New Media, a full-day session that explores the best practices to align health content with new media selection. You will have the opportunity to experience the creative process while developing a prototype of a new media product—which could be video, comics, or animations—and learning about our own experience and process of developing two mobile apps. If you are interested in reaching youth where they are and how to make your information engaging and attractive, this is the session for you.

Another full day pre-con is all about incorporating sex positive information as part of sexual health and why incorporating developmentally appropriate content about pleasure is important. The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health presents Because it FEELS GOOD!: Best-Practices in Sex Positive Pleasure-Inclusive Sex Education for Youth, a look into a nuanced and powerful sex positive philosophy that will support your youth in developing sexual self-esteem, negotiating boundaries, and developing into sexually healthy adults. You also will learn how to practice key skills in successfully delivering sex positive and pleasure-inclusive sex education.

Have you heard about Community YouthMapping (CYM)? Block by Block Consulting uses this process of mapping resources, priority issues, partners, and opportunities in the community the help youth learn how to collect, analyze, share, and present data toward impacting outcomes. Come to Community YouthMapping: Engaging Young People as Data Collectors, Analysts, and Advocates, a half-day session, to see how using the CYM 10-Step process can also help youth in identifying opportunities for employment, education, training, internships, healthy food choices, and more.

Child Sex Trafficking (CST) and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) are often overlooked forms of sexual abuse perpetrated against children and adolescents. With increased and growing national attention on exploited youth comes the urgent need for those working with young people to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively respond. Overlooked: Understanding Youth Survivors of Trafficking & Exploitation, presented by Amelia Rubenstein of the Child Sex Trafficking Victims Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, provides you with a foundational understanding of the definitions of CST/CSEC and risk factors which make youth vulnerable to exploitation. During this half-day institute, you will explore the physical, emotional, and health impacts of exploitation on child and adolescent victims and gain practical strategies for meeting their needs.

We want to provide you with an intimate learning experience, so each pre-con has a limited capacity. Advance registration is highly recommended. We hope to see you in Las Vegas!

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As the Communications Manager, Allison Tomai Felsen manages the annual national conference and supports organizational communications and member services.

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