Online Training: Helping Adolescents Develop into Sexually Healthy Adults

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Length of Training: Four Hours
4 CE Credit Hours
Cost of Training: 

Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Social isolation, loneliness, and difficulty fitting into social settings and networks are everyday experiences in the lives of adolescents. Many adolescents have given up hope of having truly fulfilling sexual relationships when they are adults. 

This training offers professionals who work with adolescents ways to talk with them about sex and sexuality and help them develop and practice the skills necessary for developing into sexually healthy adults. It addresses topics rarely discussed in programs for adolescents: the boundaries of flirting on- and off-line; what informed consent for sex is and how it works; relevant knowledge of how the body works; appropriate language for communicating about sex. Adolescents’ understanding of what is and isn’t acceptable and legal is vitally important for their future success in sexual relationships. 

Participants will receive ideas, gain skills, and learn techniques based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy combined with multi-sensory approaches taken from recreational therapy that they will be able to incorporate immediately into their own practice. The training discusses how these skills can be used in both in- and outpatient treatment settings and how the skills can be useful to both therapists and paraprofessional staff members who help to provide treatment.

The presenters believe treatment needs to be practical and fun so that clients will retain the skills they learned after they have completed treatment. Therefore, the presenters teach participants what they have termed “wizard skills” to help them make their treatment interventions fun and useful.

Putting these pieces together, this training offers a strengths-based approach that directly targets the major areas of concern that adolescents in treatment can display—deficits in relationship and emotional regulation skills. Although the training will be lecture-based, it will also include opportunities for group discussion and reflection.

Topics to be discussed:
1) Sexuality’s place in child and adolescent development
2) Teaching and practicing appropriate sexual language 
3) Teaching and practicing boundaries
4) Talking about sex: pitfalls and best practices
5) Normalizing sex and sexuality instead of oversexualizing and pathologizing 
6) Relationship skills and building healthy relationships
7) How to put the material covered into practice

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Explain the importance of teaching healthy sexuality in a strengths-based manner.
2) Identify how sex and sexuality influences child and adolescent development. 
3) Create a program that breaks down the essential components of healthy sexuality into concrete skills.
4) Create safe and inclusive sexual education and treatment. 
5) Use activities and media to maximize the effectiveness of treatment lessons. 
6) Help clients develop core skills in building relationships, making choices and connections, expressing themselves, and regulating their emotions.

Four Hours of Training

The training session runs for four hours. The charge is $120. In order to receive a CE credit certificate after watching the training, you must complete and submit the quiz below. If you seek only psychology credits, the evaluation is optional, and you can remain anonymous. Access to training materials and video will last for 10 days following the payment of the registration fee. All registrants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion for 4 CE credit hours.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Helping Adolescents Develop Into Sexually Healthy Adults, Course #3991, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Continuing Excellence LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/16/2022 – 03/16/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

Anette Birgersson
Licensed Psychotherapist, Skills Clinic

Anette Birgersson, is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents with trauma, neuropsychiatric diagnoses, and harmful sexual behaviors. Anette is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Emotional Regulation Group Therapy. She is also a certified TF-CBT trainer. Anette is well-known in her home country of Sweden for developing culturally appropriate programming for treating youth who have sexually abused and young children. After almost two decades of work in this area, Anette opened her own company, Skills Clinic, which has led to her conducting training and supervision all over Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and the United States. Anette is a NAPN Advisory Board member, and sits on several committees for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, (ATSA: USA).

Christin Santiago
Executive Director, Skills Clinic

Christin Santiago is a Recreational Therapist working with youth who have experienced trauma, neuropsychiatric issues and harmful sexual behaviors. Currently the Executive Director of the Skills Clinic in Sweden and the USA, Christin has developed many innovative therapeutic activities and programs that assist youth to develop internal emotional and trauma-management skills through activity and movement.

Internationally renowned, Christin has trained and supervised across America, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and the UK. She has played a major coaching role in the Special Olympics, being chosen as the 2016 Coach of the Year for Special Olympics of Massachusetts. In 2018, Christin was selected as Head Athletics Coach to participate in the National USA Special Olympics Games in Seattle, Washington. In 2019, she was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame.

Christin has been an Advisory Board Member of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN) for many years.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals

Content Level

Special Accommodations Statement
Safer Society and Continuing Excellence are dedicated to meeting the needs of all attendees. Attendees will be provided with copies of the presenters’ materials (PowerPoint slides, images, etc.) for their own reference. Please note that closed-captioning will be available for this video. If/when further accommodations are necessary, we will make every effort to suit participants’ needs.

The presenters do not have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.

Comments 4

    1. Post

      Hi, Anne,

      The registration deadline is 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the program.

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.

      Kind regards,

      Sarah Snow Haskell

    1. Post

      Hi, James,

      Thank you for registering for this training! The link to join the live event will be emailed to you the day before it begins. If you do not receive an email by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, April 28th, please email us at:

      If you have any further questions, please let us know.


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