Foundations: Trauma Informed & LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Ed Instruction

February 15, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed, is a national model for training teachers to implement high-quality sex education. It aims to ensure that all sex educators are equipped with the skills needed to effectively facilitate student learning, create safe and inclusive environments and provide opportunities for meaningful skill-building and values exploration, regardless of the specific curriculum they teach. It consists of one full day training covering climate setting, sex education policies, facilitation skills, values clarification, managing personal disclosure and answering difficult questions.

Trauma Informed Sex Ed Instruction

The impacts of trauma and the possibility of re-traumatization can impact a young person’s experience in the classroom. Understanding the nature, range of experience and impacts of trauma are essential to effective, trauma informed facilitation. This 3.5-hour module builds on the learning from the first full day of Foundations training. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for educators to build skills for creating safe and inclusive learning environments for students who have experienced trauma.

LGBTQ Inclusive Sex Ed Instruction

LGBTQ-identified youth experience health disparities at a much higher rate that heterosexual-identified youth. Using facilitation techniques that are inclusive of these youth is essential to helping them feel included in sexual health conversations. This 3.5-hour module builds on the learning from the first full day of Foundations training. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for educators to build skills for creating safe and inclusive learning environments for students who identify at LGBTQ. 

We will be offering two half day modules that cover LGBTQ inclusion and trauma-informed approaches. The two half day modules are only available to participants that register for or have previously attended a full day of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex.

CEUs Available: 

  • CHES
  • General


  • Describe three types of trauma.

  • Identify a range of traumatic experiences common to youth.

  • List three impacts of trauma.

  • List the six components of a trauma-informed approach.

  • Describe at least one facilitation strategy for each component.

  • Explain how core skills can be applied to a trauma-informed approach.

  • Define LGBTQ-inclusive sex education.

  • Identify two community or policy sources providing support for LGBTQ-inclusive sex education.

  • Match 17 key LGBTQ terms with the correct definitions.

  • Describe two assumptions frequently made concerning LGBTQ youth.

  • List four elements of effective climate setting

  • List one strategy to increase the inclusivity of climate setting activities.

  • List two steps for inclusively answering questions.

Target Audience: 



 Denise Marcano & Susan Locke
Denise Marcano

Hailing from New York, Denise has been a resident of the Carolinas for well over a decade where she has been deeply involved in helping its residents on different social issues. Denise has been working in the HIV/AIDS, STD and teen pregnancy field for over 17 years in a prevention/treatment healthcare setting. Prior to her joining the Fact Forward staff she worked as a Community Health Educator for a local community organization providing prevention, education and testing services to York, Lancaster and Chester county concentrating on under served populations with a focus on Hispanic/Latino, women of color, LGBTQ, and adolescent populations for 9 years.

Susan Locke

Susan joined Fact Forward in August 2018 as the Training Associate and transitioned into the role of Partner Engagement Associate in October 2019 and then Partner Engagement Specialist in July 2021. In this role she is responsible for assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of all Fact Forward educational programming, technical assistance efforts and internal staff development opportunities. Locke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She was born and raised in NC, but now calls Columbia, SC home. Prior to joining Fact Forward full-time, Locke worked as an intern in early 2018. She is excited to continue her passion for reproductive justice through her work with Fact Forward.


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Registration Deadline:

February 10, 2022
Late registration must be approved by the training department ( and is subject to a $35 late registration fee. 


If you are interested in additional information about this training and the possibility of having one in your area please contact our Training Department at or 803-771-7700.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made no later than 72 hours before the date of the training. No-shows forfeit registration costs.

Inclement Weather Policy: Fact Forward follows the City of Columbia for weather closings. We monitor and adjust as necessary. We make all efforts to connect with registrants via email to advise of office closing and delayed starts. In case of cancellation of training due to weather, we will refund registration fees and make all efforts to reschedule in a timely manner.

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