American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Adolescent Sexuality and God Identity 2.0

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Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce the next course in our new professional development series, Adolescent Sexuality and God Identity 2.0: Reaching Today’s Teens, a resource that features two leading adolescent mental health experts, pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker, and Dr. Joshua Straub.

These three, one-hour presentations cover critical topics for any counselor, pastor, lay leader or caregiver who currently works with at-risk and hurting adolescents.

Understanding Today’s Adolescent Culture

The statistics are alarming. There are nearly 800,000 adolescent pregnancies each year in the United States (more than one every minute). This is the highest rate of any industrialized country in the world. Nearly 30% of all teen girls will get pregnant at least once, and two-thirds will not complete high school. One out of every six pregnancies is to a teenager. Nearly 750,000 of those will be aborted. Seventy-nine percent are unmarried and 80% of this group will go on welfare. The annual cost is over $7 billion.

There are an estimated 15 million new cases of a sexually transmitted disease contracted every year. That is about one every two seconds. Of the top 11 reportable diseases in the United States, five are STDs.

Many of our teens struggle in their relationships and, as a result, are often confused about their self-identities and who they are as individuals. Counselors need to be equipped to provide effective, solution-focused interventions and competent care.

Adolescent Sexuality and God Identity 2.0 touches on core issues that impact every young person as he or she moves into adolescence and early adulthood. Each presentation is biblically-based, clinically-excellent and theologically-sound. This new, three-hour DVD study program is tailored just for you—the Christian counselor.

Three, one-hour presentations include:
ASID 101: Kids at Risk 1: Sexuality and Relationships

Presented by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Sexual promiscuity, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are just a few of the serious issues facing today’s adolescents. Contemporary culture, the media, and peer pressure all play significant roles in contributing to a growing problem, and one many counselors frequently face with their clients. This session describes statistics, current trends and the societal and familial impact of unchecked teenage sexual behavior.

ASID 102: Kids at Risk 2: Effective Parenting Strategies and Interventions

Presented by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Sexually transmitted diseases are becoming more pervasive and, some say, are now reaching epidemic levels. The harsh realities facing today’s teens must be intentionally and strategically confronted by parents, counselors, ministry leaders and caregivers. This session offers medically and biblically-oriented advice in the middle of ongoing cultural wars over morality, media-driven sexual expressions and traditional family values.

ASID 103: God Attachment and Self-Esteem

Presented by Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

It is important to help teenagers understand why they believe what they do about their faith, who God is, and how they relate to Him in this context. This session investigates an adolescent’s attachment relationships, self-identity formation, the stages of spiritual development, and strategies that assist teens in creating healthy attachment patterns. Steps to breaking free from past experiences and moving into a position of health are also reviewed.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.

Sincerely,

Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

World-class Faculty

       
    Meg Meeker, M.D. Joshua Straub, Ph.D.