Sexual Health Education and Trainings

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at OHSU is committed to promoting sexual health for everyone, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In partnership with many organizations, we provide trainings and education to self-advocates, parents, care givers, support staff, teachers, and other professionals across Oregon.

Sexual Self-Determination Certification program

The Sexual Self-Determination Certification program is a three-tiered training program designed to train professionals, as well as self-advocates, parents, and others who provide support, to promote healthy sexuality and relationships for people with disabilities. Learn more about the certification program here.

Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) Team Work training

Team Work: Working Together to Support the Sexual Health of Youth Experiencing Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities is a training designed to provide a foundation to help teams build comfort, confidence and skill in supporting the sexual health of young people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing rights-based, person-centered and holistic sexual health education. Learn more about the Team Work training here.

Oregon Friendships & Dating Program

In 2020-2021, the UCEDD at OHSU is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide training and support to Oregon high school transition programs to teach skills that will promote sexual health and healthy relationships. Learn more about the transition programs support here.

Among Friends sexual health trainings

The UCEDD has partnered with Shanya Luther, founder of Among Friends, to provide trainings to parents, support providers, and disability professionals to improve their skills in promoting sexual health and healthy relationships. She is a speaker and trainer specializing in healthy relationships, sexual development, and gender identity. Since 2017, we have provided training to approximately 400 individuals across the state through this partnership.

Sex and Medicine: The Imperative for Medical and Mental Health Care Professionals to Address Sex and Sexuality

If you are interested in hosting a training in your community or organization, contact Lindsay Sauvé at or 503-494-3281.