Summit Speaker Announcement: MICHAEL BECKETTS
We are delighted to announce Michael Becketts as a speaker for the 2021 NC Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit!
Michael Becketts is a social worker and sexuality educator. Professionally, he has worked for organizations to that serve to address issues of violence and sexual violence in families and communities. Currently, he is the Director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services. In this role he provides leadership over Domestic and Sexual Violence Services for the county. He is currently working on his dissertation at Widener University where his research is centered on how a helping professional’s worldview – values, beliefs, feelings – regarding sexuality may impact relationships and outcomes with clients. He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, a Master of Education from Widener University.
Presentation Title: “Courageous Conversations about Sexuality”
Presentation Description: “This presentation will introduce the importance of understanding that one’s own beliefs, values, and feelings regarding sexuality may impact how the helping professional provides services to victims of sexual violence. The presentation will review the fundamental components of sexuality using the Circles of Sexuality, introduce the concept of sexological worldview, and invite the participants to examine their own sexological worldview using the Courageous Conversations Protocol. This learning experience blends one’s understanding of sexuality – including sexualization with the CCP to create an opportunity for participants to examine how their sexological worldview may shape their interaction with victims of sexual violence. Participants will leave the presentation with a tool that promotes critical reflection as a tool to sharpen their work with victims.”