Inclusion Yukon offers a variety of trainings to support family members, policy makers and front line staff to better understand human sexuality and address the needs to clients and family.
Sexuality is not just about sex. It is about identity, friendship, how we interact with each other, knowing how to behave in the world with others. It is about each human's right and need to healthy human connection.
Sexuality intersects with many aspects of an individuals life - from how they dress and present themselves, to whom they interact with and how. As agencies, policy setters and front line staff we need to think about our role in the sexuality conversation. The decisions we make greatly affect how are clients see themselves in the world. As service providers we often have control over the kinds of education and information individuals are accessing, and front line staff are are at the centre of learning opportunities that clients encounter every day.
Is your agency doing all it can to support a person's right to and need for friendship and human connection?
How do your staff handle client touch, talking about personal lives, and gossip about boyfriends and girlfriends?
Are you intake questions and processes set up to acknowledge and address client needs (from puberty education, to access to private sexual aids in older age) ?
What are your policies for managing client relationships, crushes and romantic feelings?
What kind of education and supports do you provide to clients who are struggling with boundaries?
How do you support clients to think through birth control choices?
Not all of these questions may apply in your agency, but changes are that your some aspect of how you interact with clients touches on their sexuality and need for human connection and friendship. Inclusion Yukon offers customized training to support your agency's policy setters and front line staff.
Our goal is to support you in exploring where and how your agency's touch points with clients intersect with aspects of their sexuality (from personal hygiene and expression of identity to romance and relationships), and think critically about your policies and procedures can support each persons right to be fully expressed as they are, to information and choices about their body, and to the right to human connection in the form of friendships and intimate relationships. We dive deep, explore your specific agency and cover tangible tools to implement in your workplace to better serve clients and their families.
Not sure if customized training if for you? Watch Webinar 1 - Human Sexuality In Every Day Life below to explore where your agency intersects with client sexuality and if more customized training is needed for your staff.
Access our online trainings anytime by viewing the library below or talk to us about customized training options. Contact or call 667-4606.
For the 2017/2018 year the My Life My Body Program ran a series of 8 online workshops as well as customized training for local organizations. If you are interested in customized training please contact the Inclusion Yukon. Browse the recordings below and watch or rewatch them anytime for information about:
Human sexuality in everyday life
The role of the support worker in addressing sexuality issues and questions
Supporting clients and family to make friends
The language of sexual identity
Preparing clients and family members for puberty
Supporting clients and family members in relationships
Sexuality in Everyday Life
Sexuality and relationships are part of everyone’s day-to-day life. Making friends, dating, knowing when and how to touch our bodies and other people’s bodies, and the “rules” of how boys and girls should act are all sexuality issues. Sexuality is a fact of life for everyone – including clients and family members with intellectual disabilities.
In this online workshop, we will cover the basics of human sexuality, dispell myths about sexuality and disability and learn the language of sexuality from gender and sexual orientation to puberty and sexual health.
The Ethics of Touch
Touch is an important part of being human. We die without it. Knowing how to touch others is an important social skill and one that is a challenge for many clients and family members to master. Clients that do not understand appropriate touch can be at risk of becoming a perpetrator or victim of abuse. Family and support workers have a big role to play in modeling and teaching appropriate touch in day-to-day interactions.
This 1-hour workshop will provide an introduction to the ethics of touch and the role of family, support workers, front -line and agency staff in teaching personal boundaries and healthy touch.
Q&A The Role of The Support Worker
How do you answer questions about bodies and sex from clients? When and how do you involve parents and family in sexuality issues? Where do you get help to address sexuality behaviours, deal with a pregnancy, or manage a sexually transmitted infection? How do you handle these situations with care, positivity, and support?
This Question and Answer style session is all about you. We'll cover the basics of how to respond to questions from clients, how to engage families and where to get help and then we'll turn the mic over to you. Use the anonymous question tool to share real-life scenarios and get advice and support from our sexual health facilitator.
We have all heard the statistics, people with intellectual disabilities are 4-5 times more likely to experience sexualized assault than the generalized population. They are also much more likely of becoming perpetrators of violence themselves. Join us for this 1-hour session where we talk about the five things our clients and loved ones should know, how to recognize signs of abuse and what to do about it if it happens.
Preparing Kids and Clients for Puberty
Puberty - it happens to everyBODY. It's a challenging time full of hormones, emotions, and lots and lots of changes. Not sure how to talk to your kids/clients about the changes that are coming? Unsure when to tackle the talk? Feel like you need more information? In this session, we'll review the best ages to have the puberty talk no matter what a person's intellectual ability, a four-point system for answering questions in a positive and shame-free manner, the basics of puberty and where to get the information you need.
Make a Friend, Be a Friend
Loneliness kills. 3 days without human interaction and we can measure a negative mental health impact. Strong and vibrant friendships are important to everyone and so often our clients and family members have small social circles comprised mostly of staff. In this webinar, we'll cover the 10 skills of likability and their role in successful friendships and review strategies for supporting clients and family members to build true, genuine friendships with their peers.
Sexuality and Identity - How to Talk About It
Our identity is made up of many things. It is about who we are and how we relate to the world and i's building blocks include gender, personality, our passions and strengths, our sexual orientation, our race and culture, our economic status, our disability and so much more. A healthy sense of identity that feels true to us is a key part of having positive self-esteem and the ability to build friendships in the world. We all struggle with aspects of our identity, in particular, those aspects of our identity that are sexual, and this struggle can affect our happiness and fulfillment in life.
In this online workshop, we will talk about the aspects of sexuality that play a part in a healthy sense of identity. We will cover basic language and terms to better understand the LGTBQ2 rainbow, and talk about how to explore these topics with our family members and clients no matter their age.
Dating and Relationships - Planning for Success
Crushes, dating, and relationships. These topics can be scary even for neurotypical families. Our clients and family members have natural urges and desires just like the rest of us. What do you when your child talks about a desire to be married or have children in the future? How do you manage crushes and relationships between clients? How do you address unrealistic expectations about love and romance that are created by movies and books?
In this workshop, we will explore the role of family members and staff in supporting clients to develop realistic expectations about love and relationships and strategies for working together to find what is possible and create a plan for success.