Online Training: Digital Birds & Bees: Talking Tech, Teens, & Sex

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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

Over the past two decades, technological advancements have resulted in greater access to digital content. While such advancements have proven to be an invaluable societal resource, they are not without risk. As frequently examined in the media, the digital landscape can be difficult for adolescents to navigate. This is especially true with respect to teenagers, dating, sexual relationships, and sexual digital content. Risky issues include unsolicited sexual messages, revenge porn, “incels” (individuals who consider themselves to be “involuntarily celibate”), sexploitation, online domestic violence, and doxing (the distribution of personal information against that person’s will). Mental health practitioners and other professionals frequently find themselves at a loss when it comes to finding the right assessment tools, treatment approaches, and prevention strategies in these areas.

This training will provide a helpful framework for mental health practitioners and other professionals seeking to understand the intersection of technology, sexuality, and youth to professionals who work with adolescents. It explores the potential risks and benefits that the Internet offers regarding sexual education. It provides key resources that can help frame the issue for adults. Additionally, a brief review of adolescent development will help explain why adolescents are particularly vulnerable to risky online behavior. Attendees will be able to identify key terms and online trends such as cyber-dating violence, sexploitation, doxing, revenge porn, and catfishing. Attendees will learn about emerging ideas for intervention designed to address these issues and help teenagers grow into responsible digital citizens. Finally, attendees will also be introduced to information about popular social media personalities, the arrival of “gaming” as a distinct industry, and a brief explanation about the Darknet.

Topics to be discussed:
1)   A framework for understanding the intersection of technology, sexuality, and youth
2)   Key resources that can help adults understand the issues that adolescents face at the intersection of technology, sexuality, and maturational processes
3)   Adolescent development and maturational processes – including those that make adolescents vulnerable to online exploitation – that professionals should consider when working with adolescents
4)   Identification of key terms and trends (cyber-dating violence, sexploitation, doxing, revenge porn, and catfishing) that can serve as intervention opportunities in order to prevent abuse and victimization
5)   Emerging interventions designed to address these issues and help teenagers grow into responsible “digital citizens”

As a result of attending this training, attendees will be better able to:
1. Describe risky sexual digital content that adolescents are routinely exposed to
2. Explain how such content can affect adolescents’ sexual understanding
3. Apply a collaborative approach in working with adolescents to explore technology, teenagers, and sex with adolescent clients
4. Apply a framework for a triage response to problematic use of technology
5. Identify key resources that can help in assessing and treating youth who have experienced or caused harm via their online behaviors

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.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

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

Digital Birds and Bees: Talking Tech, Teens, & Sex, #4429, 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. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 09/23/2022 – 09/23/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical continuing education credits.

Alex Rodrigues, Psy.D.
Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Rodrigues is a forensic psychologist and operates a private consultation practice where he completes a variety of forensic evaluations, including sex offense-related evaluations, competency to stand trial, insanity, and juvenile transfer assessments. Dr. Rodrigues has been qualified as an expert and testified in various jurisdictions. The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (CSOMB) has recognized Dr. Rodrigues as an approved provider/evaluator for both juvenile and adult populations. Additionally, he is a volunteer participant for CSOMB’s best practice committee, reviewing emerging practices for adoption and implementation. He previously served as a psychologist on a pre-trial unit at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. as well as a member of the hospital’s forensic consultation service, completing both competency to stand trial and risk assessments. Recently, Dr. Rodrigues opened a satellite office in Colorado to complement his practice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Aside from court-related evaluations, Dr. Rodrigues provides consultation to law enforcement, government agencies, and corporations on mental health/violence related issues in the workspace.

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

This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people 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.

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