NSTA offers workshop sessions on an ongoing basis. Please check back here for workshop updates, including new dates and times for workshops offered. You may also contact NSTA’s intake coordinator to be placed on the waiting list.
Parenting and Sexuality Education Workshop Series
These series are conducted by Cindy Beal, Consulting Educator and the founder of Justice and Peace Consulting (JPC). Participants can sign up for one, two, or all of the series.
Please note that these are not clinical NSTA therapy groups, but educational series for parents who want to learn more about healthy sexuality education for their children. All JPC workshops have learning, reflection, sharing and exploring, and rehearsing components. Privacy and confidentiality will be expected within the group.
The cost for these workshops is $50 per each two-hour workshop. Workshops must be pre-paid. Space is limited to 10. To register, please call 413-587-0095, Ext. 4.
Beyond No, Go, Tell: Raising Children to Understand Boundaries and Consent
We will explore concrete behaviors and language you can teach your children long before they are in sexual situations, so that setting physical boundaries and giving consent in sexual situations is a continuation of a skill set they already master. This will include bodily autonomy at all ages, creating a safe environment for children to talk about comfortable and uncomfortable touch, and how to manage extended family and social group boundaries.
What’s Appropriate, Anyway? Age and Developmental Readiness for Sexuality Conversations
We will explore sexuality as a broad category encompassing intimacy, sexual health and reproduction, identity, body awareness, and values. We will examine the standards of developmental readiness for certain kinds of information and discussion, and gain a broad understanding of how this readiness expresses itself. We will talk about and practice answering children’s questions appropriate to their age, and explore how responses change as children—and we—grow.
It’s Not a Secret That I am a Sexual Person, But the Ways I am Sexual are Private: Talking About Sex and Sexuality with Children
We will embrace the ambiguity and complexity of wanting to be honest with our children and teach them that they can share with us, while still maintaining privacy around our own sexual boundaries and practices. We will explore how to discuss intimacy, boundaries, sexual health and reproduction, identity issues, being body positive, and sharing our values, while keeping the conversation centered on our young people.
Cindy Beal, M.Div., is the founder and director of Justice and Peace Consulting. She has been providing body positive sexuality education, diversity training, and group development for over 20 years. She is a fun, engaging, and insightful facilitator. For more information, go to http://www.justiceandpeaceconsulting.com.
As a parent of a toddler, I am so grateful for Cindy's expertise. She provides a safe space for parents and guardians to explore suitable approaches for sexuality education in the home, reminding us to be gentle with ourselves as we navigate topics our society all too often makes more difficult. Cindy offers the support and skills parents and guardians need to empower our children to remain safe on their journey toward sexually healthy adults.
–E.M., Lexington, KY