2017 Annual Conference

"21st Century Sex Education"

April 21, 2017


In space at, Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 North Woodlawn Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122

8:00 am to 4:00 pm


Conference Sponsors


2017 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D, Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, will present "Sexting: 21st Century First Base,", and Audra Bishop, MEd, CACIII, Youth and Young Adult Unit Supervisor at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will present on positive youth development. 


In addition to the keynote, conference participants can choose from at least six breakout sessions!  

Early Registration (Before March 21, 2017. Regular registration rates are $25 higher starting March 22, 2017). Space is limited! Reserve your spot today by registering online or contact the Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership at 314-884-8275 for alternative registration options. 

$100 - 2017 TPPP Member

$125 - Non-Member

$50 - Student (Student ID will be requested at Conference)

Additional $10 for Social Work CEUs

NO REFUNDS: You may send substitute.

2017 Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 am                                   REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST/EXHIBITS

8:30 – 8:45 am                                   WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS 

8:45 – 10:30 am                                 MORNING KEYNOTE

Sexting: 21st Century First Base

Presented by: Prof. Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D, Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University 

10:30 – 10:45 am                               BREAK/EXHIBITS

10:45 am – 12:00 pm                         BREAKOUT SESSION #1

a.      Parenting from a Place of Trauma, Nancy Spargo,CEO/ Co-Founder, St. Louis Center for Family Development  

          Understanding the impact of trauma on parenting and the challenges created for providers is a requirement for successful interventions with children and youth. This presentation uses parallel processes to help guide client engagement and enhancing parent effectiveness while using a trauma lens. The four basic assumptions of trauma informed care and key principles inform the training. 

b.      The Case for Inclusive Curricula, Katy Paul, Project HART Coordinator, Safe Connections 

          Participants in this workshop will be provided with a foundation for understanding healthy relationships for LGBTQ youth. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of LGTBQ identities as well as the specific experiences LGBTQ students face in school and with their peers. This training will provide best practice tips for educators in creating and interpreting their own healthy relationships curriculum.

c.       Mad Consent Skillz, Christina Meneses, Education Supervisor, YWCA Metro St. Louis 

         Moving towards affirmative consent will require all of us to communicate with more honesty and vulnerability, using skills we may not have been formally (or informally) taught. During this session, participants will experience up to 5 different activities which can be used to teach vital communication skills. 

d.       How to be a Teen Friendly Clinic, Meghan Proehl, MSW, MPH, Social Worker, Patient Navigator, The Contraceptive Choice Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Clinical Research

         This session will discuss ways to improve teen uptake of resources and services, and demonstrate successful ways to become teen friendly. Participants will learn how to treat teens so that they feel supported and comfortable in a clinical setting.The session will also cover state laws surrounding teens and sexual activity and social media strategies to connect teens with health information. 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm                        LUNCH/EXHIBITS

12:45 – 2:30 pm                               AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

Positive Youth Development: An Evidence-Based Public Health Strategy

Presented by: Audra Bishop, MEd, CACIII, Youth and Young Adult Unit Supervisor at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

2:30 – 2:45 pm                                   BREAK/EXHIBITS

2:45 – 4:00 pm                                   BREAKOUT SESSION #2/EVALUATIONS/ADJOURNMENT

a.      Improv: Why and How, Pheonix Lintner, Prevention Educator, Safe Connections

Participants will discuss ways to help students work through social media, sexuality issues, and interpersonal issues using improvisational acting. Participants will get a chance to try these techniques and leave with several ideas for implementing these techniques in the classroom or therapy group.

b.      Body Image, Romantic Relationships, and Sexual Behaviors:  How are they Associated?, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri School of Social Work

         We hear it from Adele.  Meghan Trainor talks and sings about it (Is it really “All About that Bass?”).  Colbie Calliet suggests “we don’t have to ‘Try’ so hard…we don’t have to change a thing.”  Pop culture speaks and our youth listen, but how does this relate to sexual health? What if promoting positive body image and preventing negative body image could lead to a reduction in sexual behaviors that put adolescents at risk for unplanned pregnancies and STIs? This session will explore the association between body image, romantic relationships, and sexual behavior among youth.  The session will include a brief PowerPoint lecture of an overview of existing research, interactive discussion of these associations, and both individual and group activities.  Participants will leave with an activity that can be used to address body image with adolescent groups.  

c.       Nothing About Us Without Us: Developing Youth Led Prevention Activism, Katie Russell, Prevention Specialist, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault 

          This workshop takes an in-depth look at how professionals can empower youth to create and implement their own prevention action programs within their schools and the community at large. 

d.       Human Trafficking Prevention Introductory Session, Amanda Colegrove, Coalition Against Trafficking & Exploitation Organizer, Crime Victim Advocacy Center St. Louis, MO

         Using one to two case scenarios, participants will walk through identifying vulnerabilities, indicators of trafficking, and possible next steps. We will discuss how the trauma bond impacts how professionals should respond and what to expect from potential victims. 

TPPP welcomes sponsors and exhibitors to support this valuable professional development event. Please contact Meg Boyko, Executive Director for a complete sponsorship package.

To submit an exhibitor fee online, click here.

Justification Letter (A letter that explains the benefits of attending TPPP's conference, for conference attendees to submit to their supervisors)

Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 North Woodlawn Ave,
St. Louis, 63122