Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101:

A Virtual Course to Help Staff Work One on One With a Sensitive Topic

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We'll help you become better at addressing sexuality one on one with people with developmental disabilities. 

This 6-module virtual course gives you the knowledge and skills you need to feel comfortable and confident addressing sexuality and relationships with the people you serve. All you need is a connection to the internet.

Benefits of a Virtual Course

  • Use with all your staff

    Enables new hires to begin training immediately. Appropriate for direct support staff as well as management. Assures consistency of training.

  • Easy Scheduling

    Learn when you want, where you want. Makes it easy to coordinate training with your staff.

  • Reduce Training Cost

    No travel or extended time out of the office, buy it once, get unlimited use.

Course Includes

  • 6 Video Training Modules

    High quality, well paced learning modules developed by an expert in sexuality education

  • PDF downloads of course materials

    Accompanying PDF’s of training exercises, handouts and checklists

  • Email Support for your questions

    Email your questions to our support team as you go through the program

Read what the US Department of Education says about online learning

The US Dept. of Education just released a report on the effectiveness of online education. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media and prompting learner reflection.

This course gives the learner control of the learning experience and encourages interaction and reflection.

Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101 from Power of Breath on Vimeo.

To find out what the course is like, watch this short montage video.
It compresses nine hours of content into under five minutes to give you an idea of what to expect.

Course Description

When it comes to talking about sexuality, people with disabilities are often excluded, almost as if they are incapable of having sexual thoughts, feelings and needs. In reality, they too are sexual beings who need information and skills to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships. Many professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities know that sexuality issues need to be addressed, they don't often have the knowledge and skill to do so. This six-module virtual course offers a nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors that will help professionals feel more comfortable and confident.

Here's what you'll learn in each module

Module 1 - Getting Back to Basics

This module explores what sexuality and sexual self-advocacy mean. It examines messages that we received growing up about sexuality and how those impact our ability to talk about this topic. We will create positive messages to use in working with people with developmental disabilities.

Module 2 - Sexuality 101

This module gets you up to date on Human Sexual Development and the issues regarding sexuality that people with developmental disabilities face. You will gain a better understanding of how to support people with developmental disabilities in their sexual development.

Module 3 - Barriers to Being Effective

This module examines the barriers we face in communicating about this topic. We will explore our own values and attitudes and how these impact our ability to discuss this sensitive topic.

Module 4 - Answering Questions: Practical Tips and Tools

This module is designed to give you the tools to overcome any barriers you have with addressing this topic. We will explore the different types of questions and effective ways to answer questions.

Module 5 - Responding to Behaviors: Practice, Tips and Tools

This module provides a framework for responding to sexual behaviors. We will explore different scenarios involving sexual behaviors and how you might respond to these behaviors in a effective and positive way.

Module 6 - Working With Parents and Guardians 

This module will help you learn ways to build your relationship with parents. We will discuss tips for working with parents and guardians and how to relieve their concerns.

Learning Objectives

  • 1

    Define sexuality and sexual self-advocacy and create positive messages for people with developmental disabilities

  • 2

    Discuss sexual development and explain issues related to sexuality and developmental disabilities

  • 3

    Recognize and examine how your own values and attitudes impact your ability and effectiveness in teaching this topic

  • 4

    Discuss ways to teach this topic, answer questions, and responding to behaviors

  • 5

    Access tool and strategies to answer questions, respond to behaviors, and address sexuality in an effective way

  • 6

    Identify tools and strategies for working with parents and guardians

Buy it once, get unlimited use.  Select the plan for the number of employees in your organization

under 20 employees
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    6 video training modules

    downloadable PDF's

    email support for questions

    over 20 employees
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      6 video training modules

      downloadable PDF's

      email support for questions

      FAQ - How the Course Works

      The answers to commonly asked questions

      Who is the course designed for?

      This course is designed for direct support staff, or any individuals who work with people with developmental disabilities. It's also good for agency admin, managers, or teachers.

      How will I receive the course materials?

      Once you purchase the course and create your account and profile, you'll get access to the entire course, all its modules and supporting PDF's. You can log in any time, from any computer that has an internet connection.

      Is there a way to prove I took the course so I can get credit from my supervisor?

      Yes, there is a Course Assessment document as part of the course. After each module you are asked to fill out the Assessment. When you've completed the course, you can turn it into your supervisor as documentation you successfully completed the course.

      Do I need to be in a particular place or time to access the course?

      Nope, you can access the course anytime, any where you can connect to the internet.

      How much time should I set aside for each module?

      Each module takes about 90 minutes to complete.

      What's the format of the materials included in the course?

      The main content comes from a video which is a narrated power point presentation. During the video, you will be asked to pause the video and do some activities with PDF handouts that you printed or downloaded from the module. There may also be some videos to watch after the module video is complete.

      Can I buy with a purchase order and check, rather than on line?

      Yes, if your agency or organization requires this type of purchase, email your request to: click here

      How many people can use the course? 

      Anyone in your agency has access to the course. Please do not distribute outside your agency. You can repeat the course over and over.

      What happens after I click Buy Now? 

      After you purchase you will get an email from Katherine McLaughlin with instructions and a link to access the course. When you click the link you will be taken to the site that houses the course (the course portal). First, you set up your account and create a password, build a profile and then you can access all your course content. If you're an agency buying this course for multiple staff to use, you can give the link to access the course with the username and the password you set up to anyone you want in your agency to access the course. It's very quick and easy.