Want to really know what Matrescence is all about?

To find out about the history of #Matrescence starting at Columbia University and now the halls of Teachers College, Columbia University with Dr. Aurelie Athan's work visit: matrescence.com

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"Perhaps reviving the conceptual term matrescence, coined by and borrowed from anthropology, would be most apt within the landscape of maternity. Much like adolescence, it is an experience of disorientation and reorientation marked by an acceleration of changes in multiple domains: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. We are indeed indebted to the early 'maternal developmentalists' who aptly characterized motherhood in its multi-dimension and dynamism, both the oppressive and the liberating-- the dichotomous phenomena that are often the hallmark of any major life transition. Their perspectives equalized and served to normalize the 'mixed feelings' of women."



CCPX 4126 Mother-Child Matrix: Clinical & Developmental Implications

Take this course - a decade in the making - with Aurélie Athan, Ph.D. offered every semester, and this summer online. There is no one expert on the subject of Matrescence. This course will highlight the writers and scholars in fields ranging from Feminism, Psychoanalysis, to Anthropology who have developed models of maternal development. To learn more and strengthen your knowledge base, see the course description here:

Few areas in psychology have developed as slowly as research and theory about mothers and the transition to motherhood. The purpose of this course is to explore the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions that influence a mother's well-being. Theories of maternal development from conception through pregnancy and beyond will be critically examined alongside prevailing conceptualizations of perinatal distress and psychopathology. Matrescence will be proposed as a term like adolescence to describe this significant rite of passage from physiological to identity and role changes. Readings will be interdisciplinary from psychology to anthropology and include empirical, descriptive, theoretical, literary and popular publications. 

You may be taking this course for a number of reasons. Perhaps you have interest in working with mothers and their children. Perhaps you have a personal connection to the issues women commonly face as mothers. This course has been structured to fit a variety of goals. However, if you expected this course to emphasize the infant, then it will be a surprise inversion of focus. We will shift attention to the mother and her experiences, in service of understanding both her and her ultimate relationship with her child--for they both live and thrive within a mother-child matrix.

Sex Ed: Lessons from the Frontline - Panel Discussion - RSVP NOW!

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Open to the Public

RSVP Now with Eventbrite!

Learn more: https://sex-ed.tc.columbia.edu/

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The following sex education leaders will be featured on the panel:

Brittany Brathwaite (reproductive justice activist | KIMBRITIVE)
Brittany Brathwaite is a reproductive justice activist, community accountable scholar, and justice designer with a deep-seated commitment for supporting the leadership, organizing, and health of girls of color. Brittany has worked to create change through sexual health education, advocacy, policy and research. Brittany is the co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at KIMBRITIVE, a social start-up unapologetically working to educate and empower communities about sexual health, reproductive justice and everything in between. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from Columbia University. When she’s not attempting to save the world, you can catch on her co- curating a feminist gift box inspired by women of color, The Homegirl Box. 

Kurt Conklin (sexuality education trainer)
Kurt Conklin, MPH, MCHES began his career at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. Later, as Director of Programs at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) he trained school personnel in places as diverse as Mississippi, California, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, and New York City. He is a contributor to the national Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, and continues to train teachers to use the National Sexuality Education Standards. He is currently on the faculty of the Montclair State University Department of Public Health. His 2013 research article “’We Can’t Let Chicago Outdo Us, Can We?’ Sex Education and Desegregation in New York City's Public Schools” appeared in the journal History of Education Quarterly.

Lindsay Fram (Children's Aid)
Lindsay Fram currently serves as the Director of Capacity Building for the Children’s Aid Adolescence Division. She has an MPH from Tulane University and served two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala working with schools on HIV education and prevention. Lindsay then spent several years teaching sexuality education as part of the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (Carrera Program) and then went on to developed a middle school sexuality education curriculum for the Carrera Program titled Above the Waist: Sexuality Education Beginning with the Brain. Lindsay also works as an independent consultant training teachers and parent groups who want to increase their capacity to talk to young people about sex and sexuality. 

Emily Kadar (National Institute for Reproductive Health)
Emily Kadar is the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund. In that role, she lobbies for proactive policies that fortify access to abortion, contraception, and sexuality education in New York State and City and manages the organization's electoral activity. She also serves as co-chair of the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC), a broad coalition that advocates for comprehensive, K-12 sex ed that meets the National Sexuality Education Standards for all New York City youth.

Lindsey Harr (New York City Department of Education)
Lindsey Harr is Executive Director for the Office of School Wellness Programs at the NYC Department of Education. She leads her team in promoting comprehensive health education as essential to student well-being and achievement. This work encompasses advising on systemwide policies, like the sexual health education mandate and the high school condom demonstration policy, as well as developing and implementing school-level efforts to strengthen sex ed. Through free trainings and curriculum, CDC-funded initiatives, the high school Condom Availability Program, and teacher mentoring, Lindsey and her team collaborate with educators and partners citywide to improve student access to quality, inclusive sexual health education. 

Wazina Zondon (sexuality educator and trainer)
Wazina, enters her fourteenth year in the field of holistic sexuality, beginning as a sexuality educator at Planned Parenthood traveling throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region from high schools to prisons. She spent three years focusing on promoting and training on LGBTQ best practices for with the Empire State Pride Agenda and GLSEN; she returned to the classroom full-time in 2010. Inside and outside of the classroom, Wazina offers expertise on addressing the intersections of homophobia and islamophobia, often traveling as part of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love, a storytelling performance. Currently she is part of the founding team at the Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA), an all-girl STEAM high school in BedStuy. 

Learn more about our Teacher Training Program, please visit: https://sex-ed.tc.columbia.edu/

For a link to the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/132071334104176/

To register on the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sex-ed-lessons-from-the-frontlines-tickets-36676699997 

Hope to see you on December 4th! 

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Calling all health/sex ed teachers!

The Reproductive Health/ Well-being Lab at the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project at TC is seeking NYC educators to participate in a short online survey about teaching sexual health education. We are passionate about arming teachers with the tools they need in order to ensure all students receive the quality, comprehensive and medically accurate sex education they so deserve. This study will lead to a better understanding of the current state of sex education in NYC and indicate possible areas of development for teacher training. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and one may withdraw from this study at any time without any penalty. No identifying information will be requested of participants.

If you do not teach health/sex education, please help spread the word! We would greatly appreciate any effort (facebook, twitter, linkedin, email listservs) to get our survey out to as many NYC health teachers as possible!

The survey can be accessed here: https://goo.gl/au4dop  

Understanding Roadblocks to Providing Comprehensive Sex Education

Faced by Middle and High School Teachers in New York City

Dear Educator,

We invite you to take a brief online survey for a DOE-approved study that aims to identify the needs of New York City educators who teach about sexual health.

I am writing to you on behalf of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project of Teachers College, Columbia University. The current study will provide information about sexual health education to better understand the factors influencing teacher effectiveness in this area.

The link to the online survey is below. It will take approximately 15 to 25 minute to complete, and will ask about attitudes and beliefs regarding teaching about sexual health. Participation is voluntary. Participants may decline to answer any questions presented during the survey. Furthermore, one may decide to withdraw from this study at any time. No identifying information will be requested of participants. Responses will be stored on an encrypted server that is password protected. I assure you that this study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Research Ethics Review Board (IRB) at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as the NYC Department of Education IRB Board.

If you would like to participate, here is a link to the survey: https://goo.gl/au4dop

If you do not teach about sexual health in New York City but know of anyone who does, I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this e-mail on our behalf.

If you have any questions about this study, I can be reached at brewster@tc.columbia.edu. For concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please contact the Institutional Review Board of Teachers College, Columbia University (irb@tc.edu).

Thank you for your assistance in this project.

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