Sex Education in a Church Setting
The Octopus Training Manual


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Sex Education in a Church Setting
The Octopus Training Manual

by Fred Isberner (Author)



ISBN: 9780809313150


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OCTOPUS is the unlikely acronym for a church-centered sex-education program for teenagers and their parents. Designed for use in any house of worship or by other community groups, it involves a network of health professionals, religious leaders, teens, and parents. The purpose of the program is to prevent teenage pregnancy by activating Open Communication regarding Teens Or Parents Understanding of Sexuality. This manual was created to give not only information on birth control, reproductive anatomy, and sexually transmitted diseases, but also on responsible decision-making, adolescent development, and community resources. The fact that parents need more input into the sex education of their children is recognized and made an essential element of the OCTOPUS program. Included in the manual are activities, exercises, and homework assignments designed to enhance family communication skills. There are also group sessions on the values of love and relationships, churches perspectives on sexuality, and issues of decision-making and responsibility. The bibliography offers additional resources and suggested readings. The church has proven an effective setting for sexuality training because of its traditional family orientation. OCTOPUS offers churches and community organizations a unique, family centered, sex education program based on three years of development and more than two years of testing in the field."


ISBN 809313154
ISBN13 9780809313150
Publisher Southern Illinois University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/12/1986
Pages 107
Weight (grammes) 181
Published in United States
Height (mm) 222
Width (mm) 146