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Advocates for Youth recognizes that there are many skills professionals need to master in order to be effective. For school-based educators, these skills are outlined in the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education. Given the limited time of and differing needs for each teacher during in-person PD, teachers often don’t get a chance to practice in a way that can further their unique needs and support their professional growth. Clinicians also face challenges meeting the sexual health needs of their adolescent patients. Virtual PD is a simulated environment (classroom, health care exam room and office) where professionals can practice with youth avatars using short scenarios and support from an instructional coach, so they can quickly learn and master the skills they need to be effective. With upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms, an office setting to meet with a concerned parent and a health care exam room, Virtual PD has scenarios for sexual health professionals in school and clinical settings across a wide range of topics.

Download a flyer about Virtual PD here.

 

 

Virtual PD for Health Care Professionals

 

 

Flyer Listing All Skill Scenarios


Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School Scenarios

The scenarios can be used in Upper Elementary, Middle or High School Grades.

Answering Difficult Questions When Teaching Sex Education

The anonymous question box is something you incorporate as a part of your sexuality education classes

Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Students Who Are LGBQ+ (Elem, MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will introduce the topic of STDs, where each student will be asked to share one behavior they have heard that can place someone at risk for getting an STD.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Students Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive

In this scenario, the participant is teaching about pregnancy and reproduction striving to use inclusive language.

Personal Comfort When Teaching Sex Education

In this scenario, the participant will conduct an activity about the physical changes of puberty with an established 5th or 6th grade school classroom community.

Student Centered Learning When Teaching Sex Education (Elem, MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will be modifying an activity that teaches their students how to use condoms correctly for varying learning styles.

Using Medically Accurate Terms When Teaching Sex Education (Elem, MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will soon be starting a unit on puberty with their upper elementary school students.

Middle and High School Scenarios

The scenarios can be used in Middle and High School Grades.

Adapting Lessons for LGBQ+ Students (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will review a relationship scenario and will rewrite it to make the language more inclusive and affirming of LGBQ+ students.

Adapting Lessons for Students Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive

In this scenario, the participant will review a brief passage, examine the use of language and adapt the passage to remove assumptions about gender identity.

Building Rapport with Students When Teaching Sex Ed (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant is teaching a lesson on relationships as they try and build a rapport with a relatively new class of students.

Climate Setting When Teaching Sex Education (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will be meeting with their students for the first time.

Conducting Effective Condom Demonstrations (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will be doing a condom demonstration for students, so they can see all of the steps involved with using an external (male) condom correctly.

Culturally Responsive Instruction When Teaching Sex Education (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant is teaching a lesson on different kinds of families with their students.

Managing Personal Boundaries and Disclosure (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will introduce the topic of reproduction and pregnancy with an established classroom community.

Responding to Diverse Student Values When Teaching Sex Ed

In this scenario, the participant will ask students to respond to the statement: “It’s OK for students our age to have sex, as long as they use protection.”

Tailoring Lessons to Meet Age and Developmental Levels (MS and HS)

The participant will read various situations aloud asking students whether these situations would violate their personal boundaries or not.

Trauma-Informed Sex Ed (MS and HS)

In this scenario, the participant will introduce the topic of consent with five students.

Parent Scenarios

Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Family Life in 5th Grade (Elem)

In this scenario, the participant will have to navigate a parent’s concern about the upcoming puberty lesson in your 5th grade class.

Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Sex Ed in 7th Grade (MS)

In this scenario, the participant will have to navigate a parent’s concern about the upcoming sex education portion of your 7th grade health class.

Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Sex Ed in 9th Grade (HS)

In this scenario, the participant will have to navigate a parent’s concern about the upcoming sex education portion of your 9th grade health class.

Healthcare Scenarios

Using Inclusive Language When Talking About Sexual Behaviors

In this scenario, the participant will be practicing a brief portion of a patient interaction with a 17-year-old focusing on why the patient is seeking an STD test.

Taking an Effective Sexual Health History with an Unengaged Teen Patient

In this scenario, the participant is seeing a returning 17-year-old patient named Dani, who you hope to put at ease about privacy issues so you can her engage more.

Taking an Effective Sexual Health History with an Engaged Teen Patient

In this scenario, the participant will be practicing a brief portion of the entire clinical visit with an adolescent patient about taking an STD test.

Costs: Virtual PD is booked by the hour and each hour, including costs to cover the technological platform and instructional coach, is $300. We do offer bulk discounts, so please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling more than 5 hours.

Background on Research Supporting Virtual PD

Advocates for Youth conducted a small research study in partnership with the University of Central Florida in Spring 2017 to test the effectiveness of teacher training using the Mursion virtual classroom versus traditional in-person methods. We found statistically significant results from the teachers who used Mursion to rehearse skills with the student avatars compared to the teachers in traditional in-person workshops. Leveraging this exciting result, we are now offering a wide range of skill scenarios for both teachers, as outlined in the Professoinal Learning Standards for Sex Education, and clinicians to help professionals become effective.

 

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