Framingham, October 3rd, 2017. This presentation will offer a broad definition of sexuality, an opportunity to discuss and explore the multiple ways that support providers can acknowledge sexuality of the people they support, and assist them to build a positive, healthy approach to pursuing a full life, including intimate relationships.
* This training will also include information that derives from the DDS Mission Statement and Guiding Principles, sections of CMR 115 regulations, and the DDS Human Rights Policy, and which supports work with and on behalf of the individuals we serve to enjoy all the rights and privileges of experiencing intimacy.
* This training is designed to assist staff with having discussions about intimacy, handling questions related to sexuality, and better preparing staff all around to handle the subject matter.
- Become familiar with resources available to assist staff in addressing sexuality among individuals served
- Develop a deeper understanding of issues related to sexuality among individuals served
- Develop successful strategies for handling sensitive conversations about sexuality
* Patricia A. Carney, M.Ed. – Ms. Carney is currently a Training Technician in the Office of Learning and Development in the Central/West region of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. As a trainer and advocate, her focus areas are sexuality education for individuals served, staff development in the areas of sexuality, and human rights of people with I/DD.
* Richard Santucci – Mr. Santucci has served as the Director of Human Rights for the Department of Developmental Services since October 2015. Prior to that, he worked for several provider agencies in various capacities, including 15 years as an Executive Director.
Fees apply, registration is required to www.addp.org/event/sexuality-education-idd-providers or contact 508.405.8000
his training aims to teach appropriate language and effective approaches for addressing sexual behaviors. It will also identify potential barriers to inclusion of sexuality, challenges and risks associated with sexually-based programming, and a focus on newly-eligible individuals who have autism without intellectual disabilities.
Learning Goals and Objectives:
- Identify common misconceptions about sexuality in relation to individuals with disabilities and the potential associated disservices and risks (ex: sexual abuse), common mistakes in practice related to sexually-based behaviors, and ineffective language used to discuss sexual behavior in those with disabilities.
- Learn about more progressive perspectives on individuals with disabilities and sexuality, appropriate terms and language, and alternative approaches to certain sexual behaviors.
- Acknowledge and identify potential barriers to inclusion of sexuality within an individual’s support system, the range of views/practices of sexuality, potential issues in implementation of interventions within an agency, and potential for unwanted outcomes to some interventions with sexual behaviors.
- Identify staff potential role in including sexuality into individuals’ supports, personal limits of their involvement, and the importance of individualized considerations and programming when sexuality is involved.Fees apply, registration required to www.addp.org/event/sexuality-training or contact 508.405.8000