Sexual & Reproductive Justice: History, Expansion, Lessons Learned

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Reproductive Justice (RJ) is a framework and practice that guides us to do the work rooted in body autonomy and self-determination. When reflecting upon how we have come to witness the RJ movement expand, there is a deep connection to a global health equity approach for young women and girls. This course offers an historical overview of how RJ came to be, the global connections, successes, and missed opportunities that have also expanded to include sexual justice.

Learning Objective

Participants will learn about the origins of the US Reproductive Justice framework and movement.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the origins of reproductive justice
  • Identify how reproductive justice is aligned with sexuality work
  • List the differences between reproductive rights, health, and justice
  • Describe the lessons learned when missed opportunities continue in collaboration

Essential Questions

  • What are the roots of reproductive justice and sexual justice?
  • What are the core principles of reproductive justice and sexual justice?
  • How do I tell the difference between reproductive health, rights, and justice?
  • What opportunities exist for RJ to expand?

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas (CKA)

  • C. Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values), in relation to sexual values and behaviors.
  • G: Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology
  • O. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students and colleague
  • P. History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling and therapy.

AASECT Sexuality Educator Training

  • A. Theory and methods of general education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • B. Theory and methods of sexuality education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • C. Ethical issues in sexuality education.
  • D. Theory and methods of approaches to sexuality education with specific populations (e.g., youth, older adults, couples, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities).**
  • E. Theory and methods of different approaches to sexuality education delivery (e.g., small group work, one-on-one education, large group lectures or interaction, online delivery or use of other electronic means)

AASECT Sexuality Therapist & Counselor Training

  • A. Theory and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, including several different models.
  • C. Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.
  • E. Principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.
  • F. Ethical decision-making and best practice.

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