JDI Training Institute: Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Supporting Parents on Clear Communication with Adolescents to Foster Healthier, Safe and Better-Informed Decisions Related to Sexuality

  • Thursday, June 07, 2012
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Harvard Pilgrim, Wellesley MA


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 Jane Doe Inc. Training Institute Presents:


Beyond the Birds and the Bees:

Supporting Parents on Clear Communication with Adolescents to Foster

Healthier, Safer and Better-Informed Decisions Related to Sexuality

Presented by

Amy Cody, Manager Parent Education
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

DATE:  Thursday June 7, 2012

TIME:  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Harvard Pilgrim, Wellesley MA



Please note: there is no fee for this training;

However advance registration is required by Tuesday, May 29th.


This workshop has been developed for all JDI member programs,

DPH funded rape crisis centers and JDI invited guests.


Many of us work with parents in our sexual assault and/or domestic violence programs- in schools and in our communities. Have you heard parents anxiously discuss questions or concerns about their adolescents’ growing sexuality? Join us for this workshop on how to support and encourage parents who are experiencing a learning curve in handling these situations, during a time of immense change physically, emotionally and interpersonally.  The realities of social networking, violence, harassment and bullying represent (in part) the many obstacles people may face in this developmental stage.  As professionals, we can support parents in helping their youth develop values related to sexuality, learn facts and resources, practice positive communication skills, and maintain healthier, safer, and more satisfying relationships. 


Participants will:

  • Explore adolescent development stages in relation to sex and sexuality
  • Define and explore the pros and cons of different communication styles
  • Develop strategies to engage parents in creating ongoing conversations with youth about healthier, safe and better-informed decisions relating to sexuality
  • Learn how to help parents clarify their values around these topics.
  • Receive a free copy of It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris, Candlewick Press, 2009


We will also hear directly from Everywoman’s Center and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center about their work with parents in local communities. 



Amy Cody is the Manager of Parent Education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM).  She and her staff of parent educators provide the parent education program, Let’s Be Honest:  Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy to parents in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.  Amy received her B.A. in Communications from Simmons College and her M.A. in Education from Lesley University




DATE: Thursday June 7, 2012

TIME: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE:  Harvard Pilgrim, Wellesley MA

93 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA 02481



Thank you in advance for arriving on time.

If you have questions, please contact training@janedoe.org.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, please notify JDI 72 hours before the day of the workshop at training@janedoe.org.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1829, fax: 617-248-0902, email: training@janedoe.org, or TTY: 617-263-2200, three weeks prior to the workshop.






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