Our Spark*ED online sex educator courses focus on the information, skills, and theory required to deliver impactful and inclusive sex education. Our philosophy towards sex education is at the heart of the Spark*ED curriculum and all course materials have been created with a social justice and racial equity lens and incorporate the latest information and research in the fields of of sexual health, gender, adolescent development, learning styles, and behavioral change. Each course has been reviewed by content matter experts, including medical professionals, trainers, classroom teachers, public health workers, and researchers.
This four hour self-paced online training on Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV provides an overview of the different types of STIs: which are curable, which are treatable, and how to avoid transmission. You’ll learn how to teach and talk about STIs in a way that normalizes and removes associated stigma and shame. You’ll learn how to normalize prevention, testing, and treatment as a routine part of health and self-care. You’ll also learn to teach young people how to have these conversations with their partners, teach them the questions to ask, the words to use, and the steps to take to help these conversations take place. The course is divided into four 30 - 45-minute bite-size pieces that encompass a range of learning styles including interactive assessments, videos modeling classroom instruction, and real-life scenarios. After taking the course you will be able to:
- Explain who is most impacted by common STIs and why.
- Explain the causes and impacts of disparities in HIV in the United State.
- Identify impacts of stigma on STI and HIV prevention, transmission, prevalence, and treatment.
- Explain that prevention, testing, and treatment of STIs and HIV is a routine part of taking care of one‘s sexual health.
- Explain how STIs and HIV are transmitted and describe how to prevent transmission.
- Recognize eradication of shame and stigma as a primary goal of STI and HIV education.
- Describe how to teach free from judgement, shame, and stigma.