March 24, 2021
The Uncomfortable, Taboo and Awkward: Staying Person-centered and Growth Oriented

Speakers: Sarah Champ & Kaitlyn Morris

March 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Professionals working with diverse populations, particularly adolescents and adults, are often faced with unique challenges and situations that can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. Maintaining professional and personal boundaries navigating topics such as personal hygiene and toileting, emerging sexuality, religion, politics, bullying, discrimination, gender, and sexual identity issues or drug and alcohol use/abuse while remaining person-centered and growth-oriented can feel daunting and confusing.  Communicating and educating families about these topics, even more so.  When confronted with behaviors that call into question our own beliefs and values, how can a helping professional and educator hope to stay balanced, focused, and compassionate?  What is appropriate for discussion and intervention and how can professionals ensure an unbiased and growth-oriented approach? What is the role of the family and how can collaboration be formed for maximum effectiveness?  What boundaries, if any, exist in doing this kind of “taboo” work? This presentation offers a simple framework for approaching these types of situations ethically and respectfully, and concrete strategies for working with students and their families. 

There will be an opportunity to post questions for the presenter during the live webinar.

In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn how to use a simple three-step framework to support a person-centered response and intervention when faced with an uncomfortable situation.
  • Learn how to use a variety of strategies to support student learning and growth around uncomfortable topics such as drug and alcohol use, sexuality, or religion.
  • Learn how to use a variety of strategies to support family communication around uncomfortable topics such as drug and alcohol use, sexuality, or religion.

Meet the Speakers:

Sarah Champ is the Associate Director of Individual Services at Threshold Community Program. She has worked as a special educator for public and private schools for over 15 years. 

Learn more about Sarah



Kaitlyn Morris, Associate Director of family services at Threshold Community Program, is a licensed professional counselor specializing in the support of Autistic adolescents and young adults and their family systems.

Learn more about Kaitlyn


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