Many factors can cause young men today to struggle with their sexual feelings and decisions (including exposure to pornography, lack of adequate adult support and guidance, having been sexually, physically or emotionally abused or neglected, social isolation, loneliness, depression, etc.). Teenagers and their parents need information, guidance and support during this challenging period in their lives.
Many school sex education programs focus on the biological aspects of sexuality but do not teach an effective decision-making process that teens can use in the real world. Adolescents need to be aware of the significant personal, interpersonal and legal ramifications of decisions to engage in sexual activities.
What does the program provide?
Cornerstone’s Sexual Responsibility Program is designed for both teens and their parents and consists of weekly group sessions (parents and teens meet separately) over a six-week period and is intended to:
- Serve as an early intervention for teens showing problematic sexual attitudes or behaviors.
- Provide young men and their parents with factual, straightforward information about sexuality.
- Inform teens and parents about the legal implications of sexual behavior (i.e. laws concerning consent, impairment and/or intoxication, age differences, etc.)
- Provide a continuing assessment of the teen’s sexual issues.
Who will benefit from the program?
- Adolescent (age 12 – 18) who has shown problematic sexual attitudes or behaviors.
- No chronic history of physical violence.
- No active chemical dependency.
- Referred by juvenile courts, other providers or family.
We welcome referrals of clients who may need a more flexible approach, particularly those with complicated family situations or co-existing conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, etc.
What will participants learn about?
- Healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviors.
- The laws governing sexual behavior.
- The facts about pregnancy, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- A relationship-based model for sexual decision-making.
- Myths about sexuality.
- Cybersex and online pornography.
- Why scoring is appropriate in sports, not dating.
- The influence of culture on sexuality.
- The difference between flirting and sexual harassment.
- And much more