Who educates the educators? Work force development in sexuality and health promotion education

Moira Kath

While much attention is paid within sexual health and sexuality education to the content of programs, less attention is paid to how educators are prepared to deliver this education.

This seminar will explore the issue of building the skills of educators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds through examining two areas of work: the sexual ethics approach developed by Moira Carmody and embedded in educator training, and Kath Albury’s work on how educators do (or don't) engage with young people's digital literacies in the context of health promotion and sex education. Moira and Kath will consider some of the strategies they have developed to encourage ethical reflection of educators and enhance their skills in delivering quality programs with young women and men.

Professor Moira Carmody (Sexualities & Genders Research, School of Social Sciences & Psychology, Western Sydney University) is an interdisciplinary scholar in the areas of gender, sexuality and sexual ethics. She is recognised as an international expert on sexuality and sexual assault prevention education. Moira has extensive experience in developing, delivering and evaluating education programs for young people and training staff to deliver them. Her most recent book Sex, Ethics & Young People was published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan New York.

Associate Professor Kath Albury (School of the Arts and Media, UNSW) focuses her current research on young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning. Her work has involved research, education and health promotion collaborations with a range of government and non-government organisations, including the National Rugby League, the National Association of People with HIV, ACON (the AIDS Council of NSW), Family Planning NSW, and Rape and Domestic Violence Services, Australia. She is a co-author of The Selfie Course.

Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speakers and CSRH colleagues will be provided after the seminar.

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