Sexual Health Educator Program (SHEP)

Are you interested in receiving the training and support you need to teach effective sex ed to young people? If so, you are in the right place! At the Responsible Sex Education Institute, our educators are your training facilitators. Every member of our team has current, in-depth training and experience providing comprehensive sex education to youth of all ages. Not only do we offer open enrollment and custom in-person trainings, we also have a variety of support services designed to provide you with the ongoing education you need. Read on to learn about the available training opportunities, including our choose-your-own-adventure training modules!

SHEP Programs

Our Opent Enrollment SHEPs are designed to give educators the skills and information they need to facilitate comprehensive sexual health education effectively. We handle the logistics like the venue, agenda, materials, and even lunch – all you need to bring is yourself! The length & location of these trainings vary based on the needs of each community.

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Due to COVID-19 Restrictions all Open Enrollment SHEP trainings will be virtual.

Click here to read more about V-SHEP 1.0.

To find out when the next training is, visit the “Upcoming Events” tab.

This 1.5-Day training is designed to help new and established peer education groups learn to become sexual health educators.

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During this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn information about all options available to pregnant folks, including medical and legal details about each. There will be several opportunities for participants to reflect on their own values, as well as an emphasis on each person developing skills to equitably serve people whose values may vary from their own. This workshop can be added on to any type of SHEP, and can also stand alone. To find out where we’re headed next, visit the “Upcoming Events” tab.

Click here to see a sample agenda!

This 1-day training is designed to help educators extend comprehensive sex education to young people and adults with cognitive disabilities. It can be added on to any type of SHEP, or can stand alone. To find out where we’re headed next, visit the “Upcoming Events” tab.

Click here to see a sample agenda!

Custom SHEP

Whether you have a couple of hours or a couple of days, we can build a training agenda to meet your needs! All trainings are virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. Keep reading to check out the available modules, and reach out to us at with questions or when you’re ready to book!

After briefly reviewing key components of adolescent development, an application activity allows participants to apply this information to real-life scenarios and identify age-appropriate content using a variety of resources.

This session introduces a question protocol to identify, classify and practice strategies for addressing the types of questions young people often ask about sex.

To start the session, participants will develop a shared understanding of consent. We will then review examples of consent throughout recent pop culture history, briefly discuss the consent laws in your state, and close by providing skills and tools educators can use to build a culture of consent in their education spaces.

This topic, adapted from Advocates for Youth, presents a holistic theoretical model of sexuality. The activity helps participants understand how the multifaceted nature of sexuality can affect both the way we teach as well as the way youth learn about it.

This framing session digs into the way stigma acts as a barrier for educators when it comes to providing quality sex education.

This presentation highlights the importance of condom demonstrations, provides tips, and allows participants to practice with their peers.

Presentation provides strategies to engage parents & families in the sexual health education of their children, including how to address difficult questions.

Participants discuss medically accurate terminology that will be necessary to use when teaching sex ed and strategies to create a safe learning environment while managing use of slang terms by young people.

RSEI Trainers can mock facilitate the following presentations:
Birth Control (Middle School, High School)
Consent + Refusal Skills (MS, HS)
Healthy Relationships (Upper Elementary, MS, HS)
Puberty (UE, MS)
Sexual Abstinence (MS, HS)
Sexual + Reproductive Anatomy (UE, MS, HS)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (MS, HS)

An introduction to WECARE, an internally developed process for responding to abuse disclosures that prioritizes the safety and well-being of all who are present.

This session briefly discusses risks and benefits and then helps participants build the skills to address three primary concerns of the impact of technology on young people.

101: Utilizing a justice lens, this lesson provides a basic understanding of terms, highlights the impacts of related -isms on youth, and closes with tools educators can use to support and advocate for the LGBTQ youth they serve.

201: This lesson provides a deeper exploration into the impacts of heterosexual and cisgender biases, with a primary focus on the importance of support systems and how educators can better serve youth.

Opportunity for participants to practice facilitating activities from a variety of sources.

This session is aimed at identifying situations of potential trauma and building skills to minimize retraumatization and create compassionate, resilience-focused classrooms.

This presentation encourages participants to explore personal values that may be queued when providing sex education, discusses the different types of values that should and should not be expressed, and provides tips to use when navigating a values conflict.

Upcoming Events

RSEI regularly hosts a variety of events, including trainings and free monthly webinars.

Need the tools to teach sex ed?

We’ve got you covered! Visit our shop to check out the lesson plans and birth control kits we have available for purchase. Become a member today and get access to our exclusive members’ only area including our library of previously recorded webinars, shop discounts, resources, office hours, and more!

Office Hours

Do you need support with classroom management? Do your conversations about consent lead down a rabbit hole of what ifs? Maybe you’re preparing for a tough group and you just need a little pep talk. Sign up for office hours with an RSEI educator to get 1:1 support you need to grow as a sexual health educator! Email to book a session.

SexEd Textline

SexEd is a textline for youth-serving adults. Maybe a young person asked you a question and you know the answer, but you’re not sure how to give the answer at a developmentally appropriate level. Whatever the case, we’ve got you!

How to Use:

  1. Text SEXED to 57890
  2. You’ll get a confirmation text
  3. Send your questions any time!
  4. You’ll get an answer from a trained educator within 48 hours (but usually it’s much sooner!)

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