2009 Teen Pregnancy Institute

A New Era in Adolescent Sexual Health and Support for Young Families

October 21, 2009, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

The 2009 annual conference, A New Era for Adolescent Sexual Health and Support for Young Families, aimed to give you the tools to work with teens holistically, whether in pregnancy prevention or with teen parents. The day included three workshop sessions and a keynote presentation by James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a leading national organization on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

Workshop topics included:

  • Supporting parents as Primary Sexuality Educators of Their Children
  • Power Source Parenting: A New Emotional Literacy Program for Young Parents and Their Children
  • Risk Taking in Adolescence
  • When Dating Violence Becomes a Couple
  • Understanding Child Support: A Practitioners Guide for Working with Families
  • Teens and Medical Care—Confidentiality, Privacy, and Consent
  • Demystifying the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation Process
  • Let’s Talk Sex: Healthy Adolescent Sexuality
  • Teaching with Games: Making Sex Ed Fun
  • Eureka! I Think I’ve Got It! Reading and Understanding Research of Teen Pregnancy
  • Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Developing Healthy Sexuality in Adolescent Girls
  • Dads Are Parents Too: An Introduction to Fatherhood
  • Supporting High Risk Youth to Avoid Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Panel with Teen Parents
  • Working with Latino Parents to Support Communication with Their Children About Sexual Health
  • Teen Parents Challenged by Serious Mental Health Conditions
  • Building Community Consensus and Public Will to Address Teen Pregnancy
  • Team-building for Youth Development / Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
  • Breaking Down the Boundries: Expanding the Conversations with the Youth We Serve
  • A Peek into a Child’s Mind: How Infants and Young Children Learn
  • Bookworms and Scholars: How Early Literacy Can Prepare Children for a Lifetime of Emotional Academic Success
  • Moving from Disease Prevention to Sexual Health Promotion: Sexuality Literacy and the History of School-Based Sexuality Education
  • Barriers to Effective Contraceptive Use for Teens
  • Show Me the Data: How to Use the Data You Have or Get the Data You Need
  • Working together for Success
  • Working with Teen Parents
  • Programs that Work: Science-Based Programs to Prevent Pregnancy, STIs and HIV
  • Maria Talks: Finding a Voice for Youth Sexual Health Online

The goal of the conference was to educate youth development workers, health educators and healthcare providers on current topics surrounding teen pregnancy and STI prevention and teen parenting. It was be an exciting day of learning, sharing, and networking.

For session details see the 2009 Teen Pregnancy Institute brochure.