demystifying sexual taboos:

education, science, and sex-positive christianity

Part 1: April 27, 2022 4:00 PM ET

Religious values often shape our perspectives on sex and sexuality. How can we explore the impact of religious beliefs on young people, their sexuality, and sexual behavior?

We will identify the discomfort and the resistance—some of it from religion—to sex education and gain skills to ease that tension. We will also consider what is at stake for our students if we are unsuccessful.

Join us for this hour-long, free virtual session that will challenge our thinking as we unlearn and relearn together. 

After this training, participants will be able to: 
  1. Identify two ways to build trust with young people and their caregivers on the topic of sexuality and religion.
  2. Apply developmental stages of faith to sexuality issues.
  3. Identify three consequences of unaddressed religious shame and guilt.

Part 2: May 4, 2022 4:00 PM ET

This session takes a deeper dive into how science, culture, and religion can be tools to discuss sexuality and faith.

We will use a case study to apply what we learned in Part 1, focusing on the many positive things connecting religion and sexuality, and to gain the skills to advocate for young people’s freedom to live fulfilling, healthy lives. 

After this training, participants will be able to:
  1. Contrast two harmful religious myths with scientific research.
  2. Apply religious values of wisdom and growth to a case presentation.
  3. Practice at least one way to communicate the positive things connecting religion and sexuality.
photos of Desirée N. Robinson, LCSW-C, ACS and Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale

Desirée N. Robinson, LCSW-C, ACS  is an Integrative Psychotherapist passionate about supporting people to repair emotional wounds around sex, intimacy, body image, and self-worth. She supports individuals and couples to navigate how to use their skills for connection—as opposed to survival or protection. Every session is client-centered with a focus on education, empowerment, and inviting her clients into a new (and more fulfilling) way of living. Humor and insight are key to her psychotherapy work, and she actively works to diligently support her clients in cultivating and nurturing the insight, awareness, and skillset to do life and love in a way that gets their needs met.  Desirée also specializes in working with ethnic, religious, and spiritual individuals currently working towards developing or strengthening their practice and enhancing their sense of self.

The Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale is an ordained Christian Clergy who founded the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith, a training program for academically trained professionals in the fields of theology and sexual health. In addition to teaching sexuality and religion courses at Lancaster Theological Seminary, she is the co-author of “Advancing Sexual Health for the Christian Client, Data and Dogma” (Routledge 2019) and serves as a clergy-in-residence at a congregation in the Philadelphia region.


When registering for this training, you will be sent the Zoom information for both sessions. It is recommended that participants join both sessions but not required.

This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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