New this year! Healthy Teen Network is excited to host several Pre-Conference Institute options at the 2019 Conference, including a one-and-a-half day (1.5 day) AASECT-certified Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminar (SAR), several intensive full-day sessions, and a half-day session on different topics in the field.

The fee to attend these sessions is not included in the price of regular conference registration. See prices for Pre-Conference Institutes below. Register by August 30th to take advantage of Early Bird savings!


Each Pre-Conference Institute has a limited capacity. Advance registration is highly recommended.

About Tanya Bass

Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). With over 20 years of experience, she is a subject matter expert in the field of health education, minority health, pregnancy preventions, HIV/STDs, reproductive health, and sexual health. Tanya is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Tanya is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 15 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She enjoys planning as well as attending professional development events. Tanya is committed to sexual health equity and is pursuing her PhD at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne is the Executive Director of UN|HUSHED, an organization with international curricular reach that is dedicated to creating and implementing the highest quality comprehensive sexuality education possible. Dr. Rayne has been working in sexuality education for the past two decades, with an expertise in parenting, comprehensive sexuality education, curriculum writing, and training. She is the author of the book GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, and coauthor of TRANS+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You. She also wrote the widely praised Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten rules for talking with teenagers about sex, which has been called a “go-to guide for parents” by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field. Dr. Rayne has worked with the United Nations Population Fund, The Center for Sex Education, Girls Inc., and other organizations to bring them best practices and approaches to sexuality education. She is frequently sought out to share her expertise in leading parent groups, consulting with schools, blogging articles, conducting radio interviews, and speaking at schools and a variety of other venues.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminar: Understanding Your Sexological Worldview

Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE & Karen Rayne, PhD | UN|HUSHED

Sunday, 10/27, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM & Monday, 10/28, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost $550 (price includes 10 hours AASECT credits)*

Participating in this workshop is an invitation to engage in a highly structured, intellectually challenging, and emotionally brave group experience designed to create a space for participants to consider their own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs about sex and sexuality and how their cultural lens influences each of these. We will view and discuss explicit (and non-explicit) videos and images, participate in group and individual activities, and experience short lectures. The process will be moderated with health educators who work with children, youth, and young adults in mind.

Attendees must attend both days of the Pre-Conference Institute.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 10 AASECT CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.


Think!: Sparking Sexual Health Innovation with Human-Centered Design
#HealthyTeen19 Design Challenge, Part 1 of 3


Milagros Garrido, MS & Nick Sufrinko, BA | Healthy Teen Network & Sarah Fathallah | YTH, an ETR Initiative

Monday, 10/28, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: Free (Purchase of main conference registration required for adults 25 and over)

Develop a strong foundation in human-centered design, a research-supported and Silicon Valley-inspired process poised to unlock real impact in adolescent and sexual health by elevating the voices of those we serve. During this daylong pre-conference workshop, we’ll explore the basics of human-centered design and design thinking while contemplating—and creating—the sex education of the twenty-first century.

To these ends, we’ll explore innovative ways to understand and emphasize with the new sexual health needs of a tech-immersed generation. On the streets of New Orleans, we’ll put human-centered design into action, asking how might we equip young people to develop healthy sexualities and have pleasurable sexual lives in the cyborg era.

We’ll download our findings, learn to identify opportunities for design, and generate ideas for solutions that cover a range of emerging sex education topics, including sexting, user-generated explicit media, and dating apps.

After this hands-on experience, participants should plan to attend two shorter sessions during the conference, where they will bring their ideas to life with rapid prototyping and a pitch to potential funders, partners, and consumers. Select participants will be chosen to perform their pitch in front of a live conference audience, with the winning team receiving a cash prize of $1000.

After pondering the sex education of the twenty-first century, all participants will leave equipped and energized to apply human-centered design to challenges at their home organizations, propelling their co-workers and community partners toward desirable, feasible, and viable solutions.

No prior knowledge of sex education or human-centered design is required to attend.

About Milagros Garrido

Milagros Garrido, MS, Associate Director of Innovation and Research at Healthy Teen Network, is a creative educator and researcher committed to helping communities to learn, use, and translate practical and innovative approaches to solve public health issues. Ms. Garrido is especially interested in innovative practices for organizational capacity and sustainability and the intersection of economic development, technology, and public health practices. She has over ten years of strategic planning, capacity-building, and project management experience.

Milagros has extensive experience working with diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ youth, American Indian communities, HIV-positive individuals, and youth who are pregnant or parenting. Mila completed her master’s thesis researching Latinx women’s attitudes and beliefs toward reproductive health. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Economics, Post-Baccalaureate in Family Professional Collaboration, and an MS in Social Science from Towson University.


About Nick Sufrinko

Nicholas Sufrinko, Digital Communications Specialist at Healthy Teen Network, is a designer, writer, and educator whose work occupies the intersection of public health, communications, and technology. He has over seven years of experience designing and implementing public health communications campaigns and promoting inclusive sex education. 

About Sarah Fathallah

Sarah Fathallah is a freelance social designer and researcher, who specializes in applying community- and human-centered design to local and global development. Her clients have included the World Bank, the International Rescue Committee, Open Society Foundations, and Population Services International, to name a few. Her design work has been honored by the Core77 Design Awards, the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), ONE Prize, and the GSMA mWomen Design Challenge. Most recently, Sarah co-founded Design Gigs for Good, a job board listing opportunities at the intersection of design and social impact. She is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, where she studied International Business and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Affairs. She also studied design innovation at the Paris Est, user experience design at General Assembly, and participatory design at MIT.

About Fara Biamonte

Passionate about her work as a project coordinator for the teen parenting education program, Teens As Parents, at the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc., Ms. Biamonte has been involved in the art of parenting through the role of childbirth educator, doula, peer breastfeeding support counselor, and parent educator for over 25 years. She has implemented school-based teen parent education programs and community-based parenting classes with much success! She has been employed as a childbirth educator/doula and trainer, and sat on the steering committee for the creation of the Long Island Doula Association. Presently, she is a member of the Suffolk County Infancy Circle and sits on the Community Connections Advisory Board.

A dynamic speaker, trainer, and presenter, she is skilled in employing clarity, innovation, and humor to deliver effective presentations with diplomacy to diverse cultural audiences, at all educational, age, and organizational levels. Consumed with a desire to learn and educate, she has attended numerous birth and early parenting trainings and utilizes self-motivated study to incorporate new and up-to-date research-based information into her program dynamics. As a birth advocate, she is particularly interested in utilizing research to develop interventions and public policy change that will benefit the childbearing family, regardless of its makeup, especially the incorporation of the utilization of doula services as the norm. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work involving young parents.

Keeping it Real! Birth and the Young Parent: The Trials, Tribulations, and Joys of Working With Young Parents!

Fara Biamonte, BA

Full-Day Pre-Conference

Monday, 10/28, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $249

Fara Biamonte brings over 25 years of wisdom gained from working with expectant parents to deliver an informative, interactive preconference institute on how birthing, breastfeeding, and doulas can positively affect the young family.  We will examine our own biases and judgments and learn how to foster healthy relationships between the young parents we work with and ourselves. We will review the role of the doula and the evidence supporting the utilization of a doula for a healthy birth experience; how to help young parents have a healthy, satisfying birth experience, regardless of method of birth; and how one’s birth experience can affect post-partum experiences. Participants will learn why breastfeeding, especially early breastfeeding, is important to the health and wellness of the mother, baby, and dyad. Throughout, we emphasize that every young parent is an individual with their own needs and desires, and that support and education, free of judgment, are the crucial elements to healthy outcomes for young parents.

**SOLD OUT** Foundations Training: Core Skills in Sex Ed

Jeffrey Gould, MDiv | Cardea Services

Full-Day Pre-Conference

Monday, 10/28, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost $249

Thank you for your interest in this event. At this time, registration is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an email to Carol Partonen. She will notify you if space becomes available.

Facilitating sex education effectively requires unique skills to create safe and supportive environments and promote student learning. Teachers and facilitators often receive limited training in these necessary core skills—effective climate setting in the classroom, understanding state and local sex education policies, experiential learning as a pedagogical approach, values exploration, managing self-disclosure, and responding to challenging questions and comments. Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed  is an interactive, one-day training that addresses the skills foundational to effective sex education and provides opportunities for participants to practice those skills. The Foundations Training is a national training model that is currently facilitated by a cadre of skilled trainers in partnership with community-based organizations in over 18 states. If you are currently teaching or planning to teach sex education in your schools or communities, this training is for you. 

About Jeffery Gould

Jeffrey M. Gould, MDiv, Director of Partnership and Innovation, has been working in the field of community health and education for the past twenty-five years, with a focus on sexual health education. Mr. Gould has developed curricula, implemented sexual health education in the classroom, designed trainings, facilitated teacher trainings and, over the last fifteen years, has been supporting school districts with the adoption and implementation of adolescent health policies and programs. Mr. Gould currently coordinates Cardea’s school-based health services on both a state and national level, which includes the Working to Institutionalize Sexuality Education (WISE) Initiative, Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Networks and Mr. Gould also works to expand Cardea’s capacity to offer affordable trainings to support a range of nationally recognized curricula.

About Kim Westheimer

Kim Westheimer has led LGBTQ youth initiatives for the past 25 years, working with local, state, and national governmental organizations and non-profits to make schools and other institutions more welcoming of LGBTQ youth. Leveraging the power of grassroots activism, community leaders, and research has been critical to her work.

Currently a consultant for Gender Spectrum, Kim was also the founding director of Welcoming Schools at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. She is the co-author, with Jeff Perrotti, of When the Drama Club is Not Enough, a book that chronicles the lessons learned from the beginnings of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ students at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Prior to her work with LGBTQ youth, Kim directed a mentor program for pregnant and parenting teens.

**SOLD OUT** Gender Inclusive Reproductive Health and Puberty Education: A Framework for Educators

Kim Westheimer, MA | Gender Spectrum

Half-Day Pre-Conference

Monday, 10/28, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $139

Thank you for your interest in this event. At this time, registration is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an email to Carol Partonen. She will notify you if space becomes available.

Accounting for the needs of all students, while also attending to the specific concerns of transgender and non-binary students, this half-day pre-conference institute will build participants’ capacity to deliver gender-inclusive health and puberty instruction. The session will introduce five key principles, as well as research and rationale for a gender-inclusive approach. We will engage in interactive activities to help participants gain confidence in language and strategies to integrate these principles into existing curriculum. While puberty education is associated with younger grades, this content will also be relevant to educators who work with middle and high school students in school and community settings.