REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 10, 2016
ABOUT THIS FACILITATOR TRAINING COURSE
This event is a weekend-long, intensive facilitator training for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL), grade levels 7 - 12th. Participants in this training will complete the necessary course that will then allow them to facilitate an OWL program(s) for their community/school/congregation. If participants show interest prior to training, the optional/companion "Sexuality and Our Faith" module will be presented to those who elect to participate.
The suggested minimum and maximum number of participants for an Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith training is 10-20.
This training requires adequate time for facilitators to become familiar with the curriculum and to practice teaching. All grade levels of training are designed to begin early Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon, since training require approximately 22 hours of instruction.
When: Friday, June 24th at 5pm until Sunday, June 26th at 3pm
Where: Caurus Academy Charter School (41900 N 42nd Ave, Anthem, AZ 85086)
Who: Individuals (25 and older) who intend to lead an OWL program in their community
Cost: $275 (meals included; curriculum material not included)
- Note: Participants will need their own copies of OWL Curriculum (for whichever level you are doing) and OPTIONALLY the companion book “Sexuality and Our Faith.” You can order OWL resources online through UCC Resources. Please call 800-537-3394 and tell them you are a participant in this OWL course and you will be offered 25% off.
ITINERARY (subject to slight changes as necessary, which will be communicated in advance)
Friday, June 24th (Light Dinner, Snacks provided)
Sat, June 25th (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks provided)
Sun, June 26th (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks provided)
8:00 am: Arrival/Light Breakfast
9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Training
**Please note: Participants will receive a communication in the coming weeks asking for information on their dietary preferences/restrictions as well as requesting they place their orders for the meals that will be catered.
The quality of facilitation plays a major role in the success of any sexuality education program. It is very important to choose Our Whole Lives facilitators carefully and to provide them with the training they need to do their work well.
The Our Whole Lives training programs for facilitators have these primary purposes:
To ensure facilitator competency in three areas: knowledge of sexuality, facilitation skills, and embodiment of OWL values and assumptions during facilitation;
To strengthen, extend, and deepen Our Whole Lives values; and
To introduce to and/or support participants in the concept of integrating sexuality into the ministry and mission of their congregation (or organization). Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith training programs are a collaborative effort
Potential facilitators must attend a training program to prepare to lead Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith in congregations.
Training provides an opportunity to:
See trainers model the curricula activities as they were designed to be conducted.
Experience a supportive environment to practice skills and receive constructive feedback.
Network with other Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith facilitators and to share ideas about what will and won’t work in their groups.
Get in touch with one’s own attitudes and assumptions regarding sexuality.
To connect one’s own sexuality in a nurturing environment.
To assess, along with the trainers, one’s readiness to be an Our Whole Lives facilitator at this time.
ABOUT OUR WHOLE LIVES SEXUALITY EDUCATION (OWL)
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Our Whole Lives is a series of comprehensive sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program and its elective companion, Sexuality and Our Faith, provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our religious communities. When used without Sexuality and Our Faith, Our Whole Lives is an excellent option for schools, other faith traditions, community-serving organizations, and at-home schooling.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips them with accurate, developmentally appropriate information in human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality.