Secondary School Program
Family Life Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to providing a positive, straight forward and sensitive approach to sexuality and relationships. Our programs respect the differences of individuals in relation to age, gender, social back-ground, knowledge and abilities.
The units are designed to introduce components of work related to AusVELS, conducted over 1.5 hours. Strategies for each unit are developed based on a profile of a group and are conducted in a fun but sensitive style. The in-built flexibility of the program ensures that the content is relevant and appropriate for the needs and abilities of each group.
The following units of work are available:
Puberty – “I Am Changing, But I’m Not Alone”
The process of puberty is a significant time in the life of a young person and many young people find some difficulty adjusting to the many changes that occur. This session allows participants to discuss some typical experiences of puberty. The physical and emotional changes of puberty are discussed and reproductive vocabulary is introduced to assist students develop a broader understanding of the male and female reproductive systems.
This unit has been developed to equip young people with information they need to help make decisions regarding their sexual health and sexual activity, based on ‘Am I Ready?’. Participants will be able to discuss and explore a range of issues relevant to sexual health within a decision making context, including exploring some possible positive or negative consequences of sexual activity. The laws around sexual activity and contraception will also be discussed.
Relating with Others
Adolescence for many young people can be a time when there can be many changes in relationships that can be difficult to understand and deal with. Most teenagers say that their friends are really important in their lives. Students will be able to discuss the notion of friendships, including intimate relationships, and what makes them effective. Participants will explore what a respectful relationship looks like in a friendship or intimate relationship, including discussion on how relationships can change as people grow older.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
This unit aims to provide students with current information about STIs and their prevention. Discussion will be based on the concept on Safe Sex. Information about agencies and resources that are available for testing, treatment, counselling and support will also be discussed.
Students will have the opportunity to discuss a range of current issues for young people about sexual relationships, sexual intercourse and contraception. Current contraceptive methods as well as information about agencies and resources that are available will be given. Students will be able to discuss some of the facts about contraception and clear up any misconceptions.
Choosing, Reflecting & Acting
This unit looks at how the values we hold affect the decisions we make. The strategies used in this unit will enable students to gain an understanding not only of the decision making process, but also of the influences, consequences and effects they may have on themselves and their relationships. Students will have an opportunity to identify factors and influences that can help them make better decisions.