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Sessions By Day: Friday, May 17

SESSION D: 10:15-11:30 AM

D1. Don’t Count Me Out! Intentional engagement of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Panelists: Shayna Simpson, MA, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities & Public Health Specialist, NC DHHS, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work Faculty, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities; Margaret DeRamus, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Moderators: Kia Thacker, MPH, Director of Priority Populations; and Tamara Robertson, MPH, Capacity Building Specialist, SHIFT NC

Sexual health is a human right, but oftentimes the most vulnerable populations get left out of the conversation. Let's counter the narrative that youth with intellectual and development disabilities are not interested or capable of learning about sexual health by becoming intentional in the ways we engage them. Join us for an interactive panel and roundtable discussion as we discuss best practices, experiences, and tips for working with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Q&A with panelists to follow. 

Session Format: Panel; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro

D2. Stigma, the Southern Experience, and Knowledge of HIV and STIs: Let’s Talk about Sex!

Presenters: Scott Trent, Lead Health Educator; Amy Reese, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director; and Alisha Giggetts, Health Educator, Triad Health Project

Presenters from Triad Health Project will discuss the history of HIV in North Carolina and recent trends, treatment, and prevention options for young adults. Processes and options for testing for STIs, including privacy and parental consent, will also be explored. We will also provide information regarding Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as an option for those at high risk.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro

 

D3. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Holistic Prevention and Response

Presenter: Christy Croft, MA, Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

While modern efforts against the sex trafficking of youth are essential, echoes of the movement’s oppressive past remain in media portrayals that privilege the “perfect victim” – white, straight, and “innocent.” In reality, Black and Indigenous youth, queer youth, homeless youth, and youth who abuse substances are at higher risk. This presentation will provide a nuanced introduction to the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents. In addition to clarity around definitions and traditional prevention and response models, it will also suggest future directions for the anti-trafficking movement, directions that are rooted in anti-oppression work and that will prove inclusive, expansive, and transformative.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

 

D4. Engaging Youth and Families beyond Evidence-Based Programming

Presenters: Delois Brown, Community Health Educator; Elizabeth Schob, MSPH, CHES, Community Health Educator; Daniela Sostaita, Community Health Educator; and Heather Williams, Community Health Educator, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Adolescents are their own best advocates when it comes to their health, but there are often limits to how much evidence-based interventions are able put young people in the driver’s seat in addressing health disparities within their own communities. This session will explore ways to engage young people and families beyond evidence-based curricula to enhance sexual health outcomes and foster youth leadership to further youth-centered health education. We will also discuss how to engage, or deepen relationships, with community partners to build support for youth leadership and further community commitment to adolescent sexual health.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Discussion Content Level:  Intermediate

 

D5. From Womb to World: Teaching Consent through Childhood and Adolescence

Presenters: Aryana Ainolhayat, Youth Education Coordinator, Orange County Rape Crisis Center; Hailey Leiva, MSW, Prevention Coordinator, Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Adolescent sexuality does not exist in a vacuum. From Womb to World will encourage participants to explore the ways that childhood experiences impact sexual behavior in the adolescent years. Through sharing their experiences in the classroom with young people and providing opportunities for participants to interact and share skills, the presenters hope to contextualize adolescent sexual health within the lifespan using a trauma-informed lens.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Activity; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro

 

D6. “Resilience” Documentary Screening and Discussion (Part 1 of 2)

Presenter: Julie Budd, Outreach Coordinator, CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response & Resource Center

The documentary “Resilience” reveals that toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. “Resilience” also highlights the trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare that are using cutting-edge science and field-test therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress. This two-part workshop includes a viewing of the documentary Resilience followed by a discussion. Participants will gain an introductory understanding of toxic stress and identify action steps to start having a trauma-informed approach to working with youth.

Session Format: Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced

 

SESSION E: 11:45 AM-1:00 PM

E1. Every Teen Counts: Building Capacity of Child Welfare Professionals to Implement Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Presenters: Nia Sutton, MPH, CHES, Capacity Building Specialist; and Linda Chamiec-Case, MSW, MSPH, Capacity Building Specialist, SHIFT NC

Research has shown that youth who are in foster care and justice-involved youth are at greater risk for negative sexual health outcomes compared to the general population of youth. During this workshop, presenters will discuss the Every Teen Counts Initiative, an intensive capacity-building project to strengthen foster care and juvenile justice systems to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs. Presenters will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from this project. This workshop will also guide participants through interactive activities to help them navigate barriers and explore strategies for implementing TPP programs with foster care and justice-involved youth.

Session format: Lecture; Group Activity; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

 

E2. Sexual Violence Prevention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Presenters: Morgan Parlier, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work Faculty; and Margaret DeRamus, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities     

Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are more likely to be victims and/or offenders of sexual assault than the general population. Therefore, it is imperative that adolescents be educated regarding sexual behaviors, boundaries, and healthy/unhealthy relationships to address sexual violence within this population. This presentation will relay the alarming statistics of sexual assaults among individuals with I/DD, reinforce the need for widespread comprehensive sexuality education amongst this population, and identify the components and required modifications of a comprehensive curriculum. The presenters would also like to promote group discussion regarding barriers and benefits of providing sexuality education to individuals with I/DD.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced

 

E3. The Opioid Use Epidemic: Identifying the Roots in Adolescence

Presenters: Martha F. Perry, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Associate Professor, UNC School of Medicine; Caroline Hacker, FNP, Adolescent Specialty Nurse Practitioner, Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health; Christy Millican, FNP, Adolescent Specialty Nurse Practitioner, Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health

This session will be divided into 3 portions. The first will include a brief review of current trends in opioid use disorder (OUD) in adolescents as well as the associated risk and protective factors. This portion will be interactive, asking the audience to share their knowledge as well as any misconceptions about these trends and associated factors. The second portion will be group work reviewing specific cases involving adolescents with OUD. Cases will include questions that guide participants to identify individual, family, community, and sociocultural risk and protective factors that assist with development of micro and macrolevel assessment and plan to support the adolescent towards participation in a treatment and relapse prevention plan. Groups will identify risk and protective factors and develop a treatment plan for their case. We’ll finish with each group reporting on key learning points from their cases.

Session Format: Lecture; Group Activity; Group Discussion Content Level: Intermediate

 

E4. Consent for Sexting: Beyond Nudes and D--k Pics!

Presenter: Andrew P. Smiler, PhD, Psychologist, Evaluation & Education Services, LLC

We typically define sexuality in terms of a broad range of behaviors that includes kissing, outercourse, and intercourse. Yet when we talk about sexting, we usually narrow the definition of sexual content to nudes and dick pics. We know that couples often send messages – in clear text or with emojis – that ask about, promise, and otherwise discuss sexual content. We need to think about these activities as part of sexting and discuss consent for this area of sexuality. In this session, we explore and expand notions of consent to accommodate this broader definition of sexting and to address issues related to asynchronous communication that occurs at a distance (instead of face-to-face).

Session Format: Lecture; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate

E5. Grant Writing Survival School

Presenter: Paul N. McKenzie, PhD, Director, Southeast Center for Strategic Community Development

Do your grant applications need super-charging? Tired of getting turned down? Afraid of competing for funds in difficult economic times? This workshop will teach you a new way of thinking about writing grants that has been used to secure over $90 million in funded proposals. Come spend a fun-filled hour that could change your agency forever. 

Session Format: Lecture; Group Activity; Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced

 

E6. “Resilience” Documentary Screening and Discussion (Part 2 of 2)

Presenter: Julie Budd, Outreach Coordinator, CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response & Resource Center

The documentary “Resilience” reveals that toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. “Resilience” also highlights the trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare that are using cutting-edge science and field-test therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress.  This two-part workshop includes a viewing of the documentary Resilience followed by a discussion. Participants will gain an introductory understanding of toxic stress and identify action steps to start having a trauma-informed approach to working with youth.

Session Format: Group Discussion Content Level: Beginner/Intro; Intermediate; Advanced