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Lauren Barineau

she/her  |  Consultant, Educator  |  Georgia, US

About

Talk More is an organization focused on providing resources to families and other trusted adults to support their ability to have positive and proactive conversations about healthy sexuality throughout childhood in age-appropriate and integrated ways. Visit Talk More to download our Parent Planners, join a Caregiver Workshop, or request specific support in program development or training.

Purpose

I've been in the field of sexuality education for just over 10 years. After earning my MPH/CHES, I led comprehensive sexuality education capacity building work with many Georgia school districts at the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), a statewide nonprofit. This included curriculum selection guidance, teacher training and technical assistance, and supporting family engagement strategies and workshops. During this time I served as the facilitator of two of Answer's (Rutgers University) online professional development opportunities, focused on LGBTQIA+ inclusive practices and intentionally adapting sexuality education for boys and was a founding contributor to the Professional Learning Standards in Sexuality Education (PLSSE). I have worked extensively in sexuality education training and facilitation, providing instructor coaching and program/resource development. During my tenure in sexuality education, I was often surprised at how few resources there were for parents and families, especially when directly building the confidence and skill of this audience is critically important to shifting narratives around sexuality that are mostly based on secrecy and shame in order to normalize talking about sexuality and build our sexual wellbeing. To contribute to this space, I have spent the last year building Talk More, an organization focused on providing resources and support to families and other trusted adults to strengthen their ability to have positive and proactive conversations about sexuality with kids throughout childhood, in age-appropriate and integrated ways.

Expertise

Program and content development, training and public speaking, and perspectives on social-emotional skill development as an integrated component of positive sexuality.