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Keynote Part #1 – Tech Sex Education – How Technology is Impacting Child and Adolescent Development

Children exposed to pornographic materials is associated with negative emotional, physical and psychological health outcomes, but there is a fear in discussing it. Typically, sexual education programs are not including this as a concern or as an informational component of the curriculum. Unfortunately, this leaves children and adolescents to discover pornography on their own and it has become the #1 sexual educator for this population. This presentation will cover the South Carolina sexual education curriculum standards and the limits that it operates under, as well as the detrimental impacts that a lack of communication can have on our children and adolescents.

Keynote Part #2 – Queer Sex Education – Medical and Mental Health Implications of Lack of Inclusive Sex
Education

Imagine a child or adolescent not being included in the sexual education curriculum because of their gender or sexual identity. This presentation will explore the current sex education standards provided to students/youth in South Carolina as they relate to the LGBTQ+ population). It will also discuss the medical and mental health implications of LGBTQ youth who do not have access or who are not provided any sex education, as well as the impacts on the LGBTQ+ your who do have access to affirming sex education.

SESSION #1

What is Consent? – Ronnie McCarrell

Sexual content training plays a crucial role in sex education by emphasizing the significance of respecting boundaries and promoting comfort and safety for all individuals involved in intimate experiences. This training seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of sexual consent, covering aspects such as legal aspects, dispelling myths, and exploring factors that influence one’s perception and experiences of consent. Some specific objectives of sexual consent training include educating participants on the definition of consent and what does not constitute consent, assisting them in recognizing appropriate boundaries for physical touch and personal space, and fostering knowledge about healthy relationships.

Kink 101 – Carrie Morris

During the presentation, participants will learn the basics of kink play and become familiar with terminology in order to gain an understanding of consent practices within these communities. There will also be the opportunity to learn about healthy, consensual power dynamics within the kink community and distinguish those dynamics from and be able to spot warning signs for coercive or abusive behaviors. 

Five Simple Questions to Assess Problematic Sexual Behaviors – Bill Herring

Determining whether or not a sexual practice is “problematic” is often left to personal interpretation, even among highly trained mental health professionals and other healthcare providers. The Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB) Framework solves this problem by presenting a simple, practical and universal applicable method for quickly getting right to the heart of what make any pattern of sexual behavior problematic, without using labels or even examining specific sexual practices.

Forensic Nursing – Elizabeth Berry

A forensic nurse is a specialized nurse who provides care and assistance to patients who have been victims of crime or abuse. These nurses are trained to collect evidence, document injuries, and provide support to patients during what can be a traumatic experience. Forensic nurses work with a wide range of patients, including survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. They play a crucial role in the criminal justice system by providing expert testimony and collaborating with law enforcement agencies. Forensic nursing programs may offer a variety of services, such as crisis intervention, counseling, medical examinations, and referrals to other support services. During a forensic exam, the nurse will conduct a thorough physical assessment, collect evidence using standardized protocols, and document any injuries or findings. The goals is to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient while also preserving evidence that may be used in legal proceedings. 

Healthy Relationships: Impact trauma and queer identities – Liz Serricchio

Relational trauma can have lasting impacts on how someone sees themselves within the context of a relationship as well as define what a person believes they “deserve” in a relationship. The intersection of queer identities and trauma is important and essential to understand. It is essential to understand the factors that can impact queer relationships in order to provide the best clinical support for queer couples and partnerships.

Promoting Healthy Sexuality through a Sex Positive and Empowerment Lens – Christy Osborne

Participants in this training program will gain the essential ability to recognize both sex positive and sex negative language and behaviors. Additionally, they will acquire the necessary skills to confidently facilitate age-appropriate and constructive discussions on topics such as sex, bodily autonomy, and consent with young people and/or clients. By understanding the significance of sex positive approaches, participants will be better equipped to combat sexual violence and further enhance preventive measures, thereby contributing to the creation of a safer and more respectful environment for all.

SESSION #2

Cultivating Comprehensive Intimacy through Relational Therapy Techniques – Robin McKenna

In understanding and nurturing intimacy, it is crucial to grasp the multiple facets that compose it and recognize the key components pivotal to its evolution. Moreover, identifying and addressing common obstacles that impede different forms of intimacy is essential for growth in personal and relational domains. Furthermore, introducing techniques tailored to cultivate and enhance one’s approach to intimacy can greatly contribute to enriching and deepening meaningful connections. By delving into these dimensions, individuals from all walks of life can develop a more profound understanding of intimacy and arm themselves with the tools to navigate its complexities.

Sexual and Gender Identity in Adolescents and Young Adults – Dr. Mike Guyton

This session delves into the intricate history of sexual identity and gender identity diagnosis, tracing the evolution of these concepts. Gain insight into the nuanced differences in sexual identity and gender identity formation, fostering a deeper understanding. Cultivate a sense of ease and empathy in interacting with and supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals, nurturing an inclusive environment. Lastly, grasp the unique mental health challenges experienced by individuals with diverse sexual and gender identities, promoting compassion and support for their well-being.

Nothing about us without us: A survivor-informed transtheoretical approach essential to working with individuals with lived experience of commercial sexual exploitation in clinical settings – Molly Dalva

Participants in this engaging and insightful session will gain a comprehensive understanding of commercial sex exploitation, including the ability to define it and identify the various factors that increase susceptibility toward victimization. Furthermore, attendees will be equipped to recognize a wide array of potential clinical presentations of survivors in clinical settings, and understand the invaluable impact of lived experience feedback in such environments. By delving into the themes found within lived experience feedback, participants will enhance their personal treatment approach to clinical work. Moreover, they will gain the knowledge to identify the qualities and skills necessary to embody safety, ultimately empowering them to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected.

Seduction: The Intersection of Substance Use and Sexuality – James Campbell

For the millions of people who misuse alcohol and other drugs, the implications are enormous. Substance misuse has the potential to impact every aspect of a person’s life, including their sexuality. This session will take an honest and direct look at some of the most common ways that sexuality and substance use interact, their implications for those involved, and some of the implications for recovery.

Childhood Abuse and Attachment – Shaaron Boyles

The scars that are created by childhood abuse remain long after childhood is over. The abuse can change the brain and have impacts on a person’s emotional, behavioral, physical and psychological development. This presentation will explore the types and manifestations of childhood abuse as well as discussing the impacts of that abuse on a person’s attachment style.

Stigmatization of LGBTQ community: Discussions about sexual health and relationships – Cynthia Gordon

It is essential within any community to be able to openly discuss sexual health and relationships. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, so being able to identify the roadblocks is essential. In this presentation, the stigmas of and the impacts on the LGBTQ+ community will be discussed, as well as the ways to debunk and address those stigmas. It will also be important to discuss consent within the LBGTQ+ community.