Learning Lab for Parents
Understanding and Comfortably Discussing Childhood Safety and Sexuality
When it comes to talking to children about sexual development and safety, it is easy to feel nervous, awkward, and unprepared. Changing norms and technology, one’s own upbringing, and the sheer importance of the subject can all add to the confusion and pressure. Coming together to learn the latest science and share concerns and insights in a supportive environment among other parents is a great step toward supporting and protecting children.
No More Stolen Childhoods is thrilled to announce a virtual, 4-part Learning Lab to assist parents in having these essential conversations, developing family rules, defining age-appropriate limits, and keeping the dialogue with their children open and ongoing. With these steps, we can better ensure the safety of all kids, and ultimately create healthier communities, generation by generation. The series will help provide:
- Principles to maintain open, honest, and ongoing communication with your children
- Knowledge of usual behaviors as children grow vs. what could be cause for concern
- Techniques for talking to your child about sexual behavior and related boundaries
- Information and practices to protect your child from sexual abuse
- Communal space for discussion of concerns and strategies
- Resources to utilize moving forward
This series is currently available by request and may be tailored in structure and content to specific group audiences. To inquire further, please contact Nitai Joseph, NMSC Program and Research Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amie Myrick is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) who specializes in working with children and families. She is an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Master Presenter in Maryland and has provided education to professionals and community members throughout the state. Amie has presented at local, national, and international conferences for over 15 years on topics related to trauma and advocacy. She has received specialized training to work parents and children on topics related to sexual development. This past summer, she was one of the keynote speakers at the Maryland School Psychologist Association Summer Institute, where she shared ways to practice trauma-informed approaches in schools and the community.
In addition to her professional experience, Amie also brings nearly ten years of experience as a parent. She is the mother of three school-aged children in a blended family.
Nitai Joseph is the Program and Research Manager at No More Stolen Childhoods and holds a master’s degree in the psychology of coercion and complex trauma. He has worked for several years to raise awareness about, and support recovery from, child abuse in insular communities. In that work he has facilitated recovery workshops and spoken internationally on topics ranging from community factors contributing to abuse, to working with adult survivors using non-stigmatizing frameworks. Nitai is passionate about understanding and addressing abuse of power in the many forms it takes, especially when it impacts children.