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August 4-9, 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you. This has been a transformative experience. I can't tell you the personal impact this has had on me.
—TISHE 2.0 Participant
It is rare I can experience something like this. I'm leaving TISHE inspired professionally and personally. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this!
—TISHE 2.0 Participant
Best experience in a training ever! So thankful to you all.
—TISHE 2.0 Participant
TISHE 2013 FAQs
- What is TISHE?
- What can I expect from TISHE?
- Who should attend TISHE?
- Who are TISHE Core staff for 2013?
- How much does TISHE cost to attend?
- What is a typical agenda for TISHE?
- What are POS groups and POS group facilitators?
- What is the philosophy of TISHE?
- What topics does TISHE include?
- Where is TISHE held and what about lodging?
- How do I get to TISHE?
- Will I earn professional development hours by attending TISHE?
- What is the process to apply to TISHE?
- Who sponsors TISHE?
- Who can I contact for more information?
- When is TISHE?
This five-and-a-half day training will feature modules on lifelong sexuality, learner diversity, values clarification, giving and receiving feedback and answering difficult questions. We will also provide smaller "how to teach about" and content-focused workshops.
In addition to the information that you receive throughout the training, you will get a valuable notebook and flashdrive of supporting articles and resources to use when you return to your school or agency.
- Enhance your understanding of sexuality and sexuality education in their broadest senses
- Examine the diverse life experiences learners bring to the classroom and consider how this impacts your teaching
- Identify how values, attitudes and beliefs may influence your teaching
- Assess your own learning and teaching styles
- Increase your ability to assess learners' needs and learn new strategies for creating a safe learning environment
- Learn how to plan lessons based on sound learning theory using a variety of teaching methodologies
- Enhance your skills in designing an effective lesson
- Increase your skill at answering difficult questions
- Learn and practice a model for giving and receiving concrete, useful feedback
- Discover excellent collegial, written and technological resources
- Explore the changing social, professional and political context for sexuality education and share strategies for surviving and thriving as you plan for your own ongoing professional development
- Middle-and high-school health teachers
- Community-based health educators
- Youth-serving professionals
- Guidance counselors and social workers facilitating youth groups
$2000 which includes room and board, a notebook full of great materials and a flash drive which will include any handouts that will be distributed during the week.
Practice, Observation and Support (POS) groups are a unique and important feature of TISHE. You will be a part of a POS group (usually four to five individuals) in which you will do a short presentation for your peers. This small-group setting will give you an opportunity to receive feedback on your presentation and facilitation skills. It also offers you time to examine the relevancy of the training to your professional development, school and/or community.
While TISHE is designed to be relevant for health professionals with a wide range of family backgrounds, religious traditions and cultural/ethnic identities, it is not value free. The training gives the following clear messages about sexuality issues:
- Every person is entitled to dignity and his or her own attitudes and beliefs about sexuality.
- Knowledge about human sexuality is helpful, not harmful and every individual has the right to accurate information about sexuality and have his or her questions answered.
- Sexual intercourse is only one of many ways of expressing sexual feelings with a partner.
- It is healthy for young adolescents to postpone sexual intercourse.
- All persons have the right and obligation to make responsible sexual choices.
- Being romantically and sexually attracted to both genders (bisexual), the same gender (homosexual), or another gender (heterosexual) are all natural in the range of human sexual experience.
- Healthy sexual relationships are consensual, nonexploitative, mutually pleasurable, safe, developmentally appropriate, based on mutual caring and respectful.
- We can enrich our lives by expressing sexuality in ways that enhance human wholeness and fulfillment and that express love, commitment and pleasure.
(Reprinted from the Our Whole Lives curriculum, Unitarian Universalist Association and Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, 3rd Edition, SIECUS.)
Workshops focus on teaching about:
- Abstinence with a sex-positive approach
- Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, including homophobia
- Birth control and pregnancy prevention
- Teens, technology and teaching 21st century learners
- Managing personal and professional boundaries with the Facebook generation
- National Sexuality Education Standards and evidence-based interventions
- Sexual and reproductive anatomy
- Engaging boys in sexuality education
TISHE will be held at the Pearlstone Center just outside Baltimore, MD. All rooms are doubles and have a private bathroom. Roommates will be assigned unless you indicate a roommate preference on your application.
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center. Flights are available to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), which is approximately thirty minutes from the Center. Please make your own shuttle arrangements from the airport or train station. See a list of shuttle providers.
Answer is an approved provider of New Jersey Professional Development Hours. Participants will earn 40 hours of Professional Development by attending this training. Certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of TISHE and given ONLY to those participants who have attended the entire institute.
TISHE is geared for a specific audience and topic. It is not a good match for all professionals. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and we have space for 34 participants to attend in 2013. We will wait-list other qualified applicants accepted after we are full. Once your application is accepted, you must place a $1000 nonrefundable deposit toward the registration fee within six weeks of your acceptance to guarantee your spot. The fee to attend is $2,000, which includes registration, lodging, all meals, a resource notebook and flash drive. Any outstanding registration fees are due by July 22nd. If you register and cannot attend, contact Answer immediately so your space can be offered to someone on the waiting list.
E-mail Nora Gelperin or call her at 732-445-7929.
August 4-9, 2013