Whether it’s from the media, family, friends, or an intimate partner, youth are bombarded with messages that influence their feelings about their bodies. In this training we will explore the connection between body image and sexuality and examine how the way young people feel about their bodies can affect their sexual and reproductive health decisions. We will look at how we – as service providers and adults – can model anti-oppressive behavior that affirms the diversity of body types and helps youth make informed, healthy choices about their bodies and sexual health. At the end of the training, participants will be able to: articulate the connections between body image and sexuality, understand the impact of the media on ideals of beauty and young peoples’ body image, employ strategies to create supportive spaces for discussing body image, and conduct activities for young people that promote healthy body image, critical thinking, and media literacy. This event costs $45.
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