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Healthy Relationships Training (HeaRT) Workshop

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Did you know that sex education for LBUSD high school students is limited to just one unit during 10th grade biology?  Unfortunately, the information the kids receive is primarily focused on biological facts instead of the skills kids need to navigate and negotiate sex in a healthy, consensual, and safe way.

Did you also know that as many as 65% of high school students report being psychologically abused, 50% experience stalking or harassment, and up to 19% are physically or sexually abused in dating relationships (US Department of Justice, 2022)?  Unfortunately, these topics are not really discussed in high school, and many teens don’t know how to behave in healthy ways or know what to do if they find themselves in unhealthy relationships.

Did you also know that the best way to prevent bullying, microaggressions, harassment, and violence is to teach kids to stand up to their peers?  Programs that allow students to practice being effective bystanders have been shown to significantly reduce violence perpetration, and programs that teach teens how to support victimized friends significantly improve outcomes for survivors.

My name is Dr. Courtney Ahrens, and I am a Professor of Psychology at California State University at Long Beach.  I serve as the campus trainer for a number of peer-led sexual and dating violence prevention programs that we regularly run on campus.  As the parent of a 9th grade Poly PACE student, I also recognized that this information could be equally, if not more, valuable for high school students.  I thus set out to adapt our programs for a high school audience, merging best practices from across the country with my college students’ recommendations about what they wish someone would have told them in high school.

The resulting program is frankly amazing, and we are very excited to offer our Healthy Relationships Training (HeaRT) program completely FREE of charge to any high school student who is interested.  The program will take place from 10am-5pm on Sunday, April 14 and includes FREE breakfast, lunch, water, and snacks.

More information about the program can be found on the following website which provides a word-for-word script of what will be said, what we will do, and the information we will hand out:

If you are interested in having your child participate, you can complete a brief registration form using the link below:

The program itself is run by trained college students, but I will be across the hall during the program in case of emergencies.  The program has been vetted and approved by the university.

I hope this program is of interest to you.  Should you have any further questions about the program, feel free to contact me via the email listed on the flyer or at


April 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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