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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Alisha Worthington, SSW, a sexual educator, on the topic of providing healthy sexual education to our pre-adolescent children. How do we approach sexuality of children without projecting our own adult sensibilities? What do we teach about sexuality without even realizing it? What are the best ways to respond to things like masturbation/self-touch, pornography viewing, and experiences such as “playing doctor?” How do we talk to our kids about their body parts? How do we teach protective stances and boundaries, especially when it comes to the potential of child sexual abuse? How do we avoid shaming/fear-based sex education and embrace pleasure-based sex education, even when we want to reinforce concepts such as consent, appropriate boundaries and the risks associated with sexuality? And much more….
Alisha Worthington is an LDS Sexual Educator and has contributed to many media resources such as: FamilyShare.com and The Deseret News. She has been a regular contributor on the Radio From Hell show on x96 taking live calls on sex and intimacy and has been a guest on KUTV 2 morning news. She is an educator, group facilitator, and coach for The Healing Group, where she offers many workshops and services regarding women’s health and sexuality, and co-author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couple’s Guide to Healthy, Genuine Sexuality. She is also a member of the Mormon Mental Health Association.
Links to resources that are covered during the podcast:
Elizabeth Smart Foundation: Mission focused on preventing and stopping predatory crimes.
Yes! You can talk to your kids about sex by Kristin Hodson and Alisha Worthington
A Parent’s Guide an LDS Manual
Teaching Youths in the 21st Century by Elder M. Russell Ballard
The Naked People in Your iPod by Paul Malan
Where Willie Went by Nicholas Allan
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health by Robbie Harris and Michael Emberley
For Goodness Sex by Al Vernacchio
The Case for Teaching Kids ‘Vagina,’ ‘Penis,’ and ‘Vulva’
Why You Should Teach Your Kids Correct Names for Genitals
Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST, CSTS can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current past president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.