Our Whole Lives Training
Junior / Senior High
Friday, August 9, 2019 – 3:00 pm to Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 3:00 pm, Sunnyhill
To become an Our Whole Lives certified trainer, attendance in a Facilitator training is mandatory.
The curriculum offers guidance on leading discussions, games, and activities, and training helps assure that facilitators lead them well. Our Whole Lives (OWL) facilitator trainings enhance:
- knowledge of an age group and its developmental needs,
- knowledge about human sexuality,
- facilitation skills,
- classroom management skills,
- understanding of the curriculum’s activities (through participation and peer-teaching)
- understanding of appropriate boundaries
- understanding of OWL values and philosophy.
Trainings also offer an evaluation process by which Our Whole Lives trainers, who are experienced sexuality educators, can give feedback to a potential facilitator and to congregational leaders if there are concerns about whether or not that potential facilitator is ready to facilitate an Our Whole Lives program.
Trainings are designed for adults who plan to facilitate or advocate for the curriculum in their congregation or organization. Attendees are generally drawn from congregations, health-related non-profit organizations, public and private schools.
Criteria for being an Our Whole Lives Facilitator at Sunnyhill
The most important criteria for leading Our Whole Lives programs are characteristics such as maturity, knowledge, character, skills, and commitment. These qualities and experiences tend to increase with age, so the UUA sets age 25 as the minimum for Unitarian Universalist Our Whole Lives facilitators at the Elementary and Secondary grade levels of the curriculum.
In addition to the above, all volunteers working with children and youth are required by law to submit Pennsylvania Clearances.